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Shopaholic Takes Manhattan Paperback – January 29, 2002
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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.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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
Top customer reviews
She finds Bloomindales and Barneys and sample sales and Vera Wang, she thinks she's died and gone to heaven! She starts spending money like crazy .. and ends up getting herself in even bigger trouble than she did last time back in London.
I absolutely loved this novel. I read it the same night I read Confessions of a Shopaholic and I thought they were both hilarious. Becky is a very likeable character with thought processes we can ALL relate to! The writing is fast paced and I managed to read this entire book in a couple of hours.
My only problem with the book is that I wish the author (Sophie Kinsella) had spent more time on the relationship between Luke and Becky and a tad bit less time on shopping mishaps. Even so, it was a fun novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. I highly recommend reading it! It's one of those books that's so fun and fast, its hard to put down once you start reading!
1. You can buy things you can't get in Britain.
2. You can name-drop when you get back home.
3. Foreign money doesn't count, so you can spend as much as you like."
We were so sure that Becky had turned her life around and that she had become a responsible adult (regarding monetary matters) when we left her at the close of CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC. But alas, the first page of the book is a copy of a letter to Derek Smeath, the Endwich Bank manager who has had a multitude of dealings with our young heroine. She is asking him if he can "accidentally, on purpose" lose a thousand pound overdraft. She is still the financial advisor for a London television morning news magazine where she gives common sense, warm and folksy responses to people in dire straits. She has received a large check for writing a money management guide (although she can't get past the type font she plans to use) And she shops and shops and shops! The difference now is she has hooked the gorgeous, wealthy work-a-holic Luke, who is president of Brandon Communications.
Becky and Luke move to Manhattan where he attends meetings and Becky shops. With all the fabulous stores, Becky is in Heaven. She even resorts to (again) telling half-truths to cover herself. In fact, on her immigration papers, she states that she was a great chemistry student at Oxford and a member of the British Olympic long-jump team. Despite the fact that everything catches up with Miss Bloomwood, she still is able to help save Luke's company. And again, she learns a humbling lesson while redeeming herself.
This is another hilarious book. While reading it I was either laughing out loud or grinning. Becky Bloomwood and her loveable, warm personality along with the scrapes that she gets into make for an enjoyable read. You won't want to put it down--order the entire set, I have!
• Worth the read
• Witty, Romantic and Exciting all packed into one; with more.
• Relevant and positive
• A book that I beg others to read so I will have someone to talk about it with. Although never really had that problem an endless amount of people had recommended it to me
• Overall a fab book. A definite must read.