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Shopaholic & Baby Hardcover – February 27, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Hail the return of Kinsella's airhead heroine, Becky Bloomwood, now married, pregnant and working as the head personal shopper for a brand-new London boutique. In this latest installment of the Shopaholic franchise (Shopaholic Ties the Knot; Shopaholic Takes Manhattan; etc.), the commercially insatiable Bex shops for two in every upscale baby shop and catalogue in London, snags a celebrity ob/gyn and leverages a pair of the moment's "most coveted" boots to negotiate a home purchase. Complicating an otherwise uneventful pregnancy, Becky suspects her husband, PR biz-wiz Luke Brandon, is having an affair with her hot doc (who also happens to be Luke's ex-girlfriend), so she hires a gumshoe with predictable madcap results. For chick lit lovers with babies of their own, or for those who covet one, Kinsella mines a rich vein by tweaking 21st-century glossy mag obsessions: from sonograms to the hottest baby strollers to tricked-out birthing rooms. Kinsella's ode to baby blues is both sly and slapstick—and for now, at least, Becky is more lovably Lucille Ball than annoyingly Paris Hilton. (Mar.)
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Kinsella's follow-up to Shopaholic & Sister(2004) finds the irrepressible Becky expecting her first child with her dashing husband, Luke. Naturally, there's shopping to be done: Becky is determined that her child will be as stylish as a baby can be. That includes having the best obstetrician, so when Becky learns about Venetia Carter, who caters to models and movie stars, she's determined to get herself into Venetia's practice. She succeeds, only to discover to her dismay that the stunning Venetia dated Luke in college and may still be carrying a torch for him. Becky will go to any length to keep her husband, whether it be intercepting text messages from Venetia in Latin or hiring a private detective to trail Luke and learn whether or not he has actually been unfaithful to her, rendering marriage over before it has really begun. Through it all, Becky never loses her spark, making this fifth entry in the Shopaholic series every bit as delightful and hilarious as its predecessors. Kristine Huntley
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Becky and her husband Luke have sold their swanky London flat and found their dream home, one that includes a shoe room for Becky. In true Shopaholic fashion, Becky is buying every designer baby item she can get her hands on. She even manages to land an appointment with an OB/GYN to the stars that has just moved to London. Everything is going swimmingly for the Brandons.
Just when it seemed that the baby would complete Becky's perfect world, it begins to fall apart. An old girlfriend of Luke's resurfaces and Luke begins to spend quite a lot of time with her. Becky brushes it off at first, but she soon discovers that Luke is lying to her about his whereabouts and is receiving text messages written in Latin. Add into the mix Luke's snooty mother, a job in a store that is the laughingstock of London, and the inability to find the perfect pram, and Becky is at wits end. Can the ever bubbly Becky Bloomwood Brandon turn it all around in time for the birth of her baby?
Review: I really liked this book. It had been a very long time since I read a shopaholic book, and I was glad to once again bask in the glow of all things Becky Bloomwood. Kinsella's books aren't the most intellectually challenging books. But you know what? They don't have to be. What her books are are a good time. The characters are endearing. There is no one like Becky Bloomwood and now matter how hair-brained her schemes may be, you can't help but love her.
I recommend this entire series. If you've never met Becky Bloomwood, go introduce yourself!
I really loved reading this book. Sophie Kinsella has one of the sassiest voices in chick-lit I have read. (I can't help but wonder if she'd write a Young Adult novel one day. I think she'd be brilliant at it. Perhaps a prequel -- Rebecca Bloomwood, teen fashionista-slash-shopaholic?) Becky's shopping expeditions and Luke's reaction to them are hilarious, of course, but the story is riveting because it focuses more on her relationship with Luke. I had always wondered why Luke loved Becky, someone so different from him, and now I know why. This installment has more depth than the previous books because Luke is more fleshed-out; he's not just the rich, handsome boyfriend-turned-husband who has no time to notice in this one. The thing with Venetia, while unoriginal, adds some spice into the storyline. And I enjoyed revisiting Becky's friends Suze, Tom and her sister Jess. The one thing that has always irked me about Becky (besides her tendency to be annoying) and Luke is that they keep secrets from one another -- hence the big misunderstanding in this novel. Then again, without it there would be no conflict, and in turn no story. Anyway, I enjoyed Shopaholic and Baby. I don't know if this is the conclusion to the Shopaholic series, but it should be. I mean, what's next? Shopaholic and a Toddler? Shopaholic and a Pre-Teen? Shopaholic and Menopause? Well, you get the picture. I recommend this novel and I can't wait to read Remember Me?