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Shopaholic Takes Manhattan Paperback – January 29, 2002

4.4 out of 5 stars 472 customer reviews
Book 2 of 7 in the Shopaholic Series

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The world is a different place since Helen Fielding triumphed on both sides of the Atlantic, but the torrent of benignly self-indulgent Bridget Jones's Diary knockoffs has not subsided. In this sequel to Kinsella's bestselling Confessions of a Shopaholic, Becky Bloomwood, a personal finance "expert" with her own TV show, is more of a financial mess than ever: she can't stop shopping, even though she can't afford anything. She's even assigned her flatmate, Suze, to monitor her spending, but to no avail: Becky is full of cute rationalizations, like "Foreign money doesn't count, so you can spend as much as you like," and can't stop herself from sneaking into posh boutiques. Her work-obsessed boyfriend, Luke, runs a financial PR agency, and when he gets the green light to open an office in New York City, he brings Becky along. Upon her arrival in the Big Apple, she euphorically discovers Barney's, Saks, Sephora and sample sales but when wind of her shopping excesses gets back to the British press, she loses both her relationship and her TV job. Becky manages to save the day in predictably winning fashion, with plenty of comic moments along the way. Sure, it's tongue-in-cheek and all in good fun but will the barrage of shopping hijinks be enough to hold readers this time around? Kinsella creates some winning characters, but the credit card and shopping bag action is wearing dangerously thin.

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Praise for Sophie Kinsella and Shopaholic Takes Manhattan
 
“Kinsella’s Bloomwood is plucky and funny. . . . You won’t have to shop around to find a more winning protagonist.”People
 
“A laugh-a-minute read.”Glamour (U.K.)
 
“Faster than a swiping Visa, more powerful than a two-for-one coupon, able to buy complete wardrobes in a single sprint through the mall—it’s Shopaholic!”The Washington Post
 
“Kinsella has a genuine gift for comic writing.”The Boston Globe
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Product Details

  • Series: Shopaholic (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dell Pub.; Reprint edition (January 29, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385335881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385335881
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (472 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Of course, this is book is good, but it's the same as Shopaholic Takes Manhattan! It's just a different title for the UK. I thought I'd discovered some UK-only releases of Becky's adventures, but alas, now I need to return it.
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Don't worry that this sequel might be a letdown from "Confessions of a Shopaholic". I thought it was even better. Becky Bloomwood is back, this time with her television career going well, her love life in great shape ... but, with those old spending habits as strong as ever. Accompanying her boyfriend to the States, she hits New York City like a whirlwind and injects more than a little money into the NY economy. The plot of this book is, I think, quite a bit stronger than the first book with a little intrigue lurking in the background. If you've ever enjoyed a good shopping spree in New York (or have ever dreamed of having one), you will love her exploits. I read this book in a 24 hour period - I laughed and laughed and just couldn't get enough of it.
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I first fell in love with Becky Bloomwood in "Confessions of A Shopaholic." I have been looking forward to the sequel, but was afraid it might be just a lame extension of a story that had already been told. How wrong I was! This is funnier than the original (a hard act to follow) and Becky continues to be the designer-loving fashion plate who was born to shop.
Life looks good for Becky as she spouts financial advice on her tv show, finds romance with Luke, and continues to wrap her bank manager Derek Smeath around her pinkie. But when Mr. Smeath retires from Endwich Bank and Luke announces he wants to make it big in New York, big changes are in store(literally) for Becky. She takes to New York like an angel to heaven, or as she so succintly says, "These are my people. I've found my homeland." Becky has never been happier and the reader is treated to Becky hyperventilating at a Prada sample sale, seeing the Guggenheim in a unique way, winning the attention of employees at Barney's, all while taking a three-hour group walking tour of New York that turns into a thousand dollar shopping day when the tour director invites them to enter a magnificent place of worship and Becky enters Saks rather than St. Patrick's. But an unplanned event sends Becky into a depression and destroys her relationship with Luke. Will Becky recover? How will she muddle through without job or boyfriend? Will the new bank manager succumb to her charms or demand full payment? Is it possible for Becky to live up to her own catch phrase she preaches to her loyal viewers, "Look after your money...and your money will look after you."
Every page is filled with Beckyisms, wise words on shopping that are hysterically funny in light of our heroine's "tragic flaw." Will Becky rise from the ashes?
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Just when we thought Becky Bloomwood had her life in order, when we thought she had paid her bills and curbed her shopping habits...she strikes again! When Becky Bloomwood finds herself stumbling upon her "homeland" in the hottest shopping districts of Manhattan, we can hardly expect her to pass up on all of the savings! From desinger sample sales to visiting the Guggenheim, Becky will find a way to shop without "really spending 'real' money!" In this sequel to Confessions of a Shopaholic you will experience yet another ride in Becky's shopping roller coaster. This sequel was just as funny as it's predecessor. How is Becky and Luke's relationship coming along? Can the couple make it in the big city where life is more fast paced and chaotic than London? Will Becky be able to say no to the new Clementine sandals or Vera Wang cocktail dress? This book is laugh out loud funny and for any gal who loves to shop, you won't be able to put it down. Shopaholic Takes Manhattan is funny and entertaining from cover to cover~
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But I didn't find it as funny as the first one. Maybe it's because I am not one for fashion and shopping ~~ so the excitement of all the shopping just whizzes over my head. But I do have to admit, it's adorable reading and I had a blast reading it in an afternoon!
Becky follows Luke to New York and while there, bought out the entire city (or so it seems) only to face problems with the creditors again ~~ and caused problems for Luke's new business endeavor. My favorite part of the whole book was the trip to the spa with Luke's mom ~~ it was something unreal and totally unexpected ~~ and funny.
I am looking forward to reading about Becky and Luke's preparations for the wedding ~~ being newly married that is something I can totally relate to!!! So I am hoping for a third book as well ~~ and hopefully, it'll be funnier than this one is!
(P.S. Nothing quite beats the first book ~~ now that was a fun take on shopping and romance!)
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More antics from our favorite spender, the girl who knows how to spend a dollar or a pound from continent to continent. Becky has some of the best rationalization skills when it comes to her needs, or should I say wants. She will have you laughing all the way to the bank a place her money never seems to end up.
This follow up book to Kinsella's debut novel CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC is a wonderful piece of light hearted banter with a main character that leaves you wanting to shake some sense into her, while her heart of gold makes her contagious to a fault. The problem with Becky is she just can't say no, not only to spending, but also to people and their demands. This fault in her character leads her into some hysterically tight spots.
This light-hearted read packs a punch on the humor Richter scale. I promise it will keep you smiling long after the fact. Kelsana 1/31/02
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