Thursday 29 January 2015

Review: Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella

In the seventh in the Shopaholic series, we’re reintroduced to Rebecca Brandon (née Bloomwood) and all of her wild antics. But this time she’s the Shopaholic to the Stars (like what I did there?) All of the familiar characters such as husband, Luke and best friend, Suze are whisked off to LA for an amazing new adventure.

Becky is tired of being a personal shopper and she’s set her sites on something much bigger, she wants to be a stylist! But not just any old stylist, a celebrity stylist! Luke’s new PR client is silver-screen super star, Sage Seymour and Becky is determined to get her on her side.

In typical Sophie Kinsella style, this book was filled with wit and humour. If you’ve read any of the Shopaholic books, you’ll know that Becky’s pride and greed can get her into some hilariously uncomfortable situations. These might seem like bad qualities in a person but Becky is a loveable character with a big heart, however, it didn’t translate well in this book.

All of the same situations and humour was included but it wasn’t as believable as before. I feel like I’ve grown up with Rebbeca’s character and she hasn’t shown any growth or progression. There was one scene in particular where Suze was distort and on the brink of bursting into tears and Becky continued to sneak glances at a new dress. I wanted to shake her!

I don’t think it’s believable to have a character behalf the exact same way as they did in the very first book. Becky is now married with a toddler. Her selfishness and the crazy situations that she gets herself in didn’t seem as genuine anymore. Her priorities should have changed however, her actions didn't.

Another big problem I had was the end. Oh my God, the end! To say that it ends abruptly is a complete understatement. It ends half way through a conclusion, which means to actually know what’s going on, you’ll have to wait until the next book.

I usually don’t mind waiting for books instalments, I expect it with series such as The Hunger Games, but not from Sophie Kinsella. Of course all of the Shopaholic books are linked but I’ve never read one that’s had such an ambitious ending. The great thing about the other books is that every loose end gets tied up. They've never ended on a cliffhanger before and I didn’t appreciate having a conclusion snatched away from me. 

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  1. My step mum loves the Shopaholic series, but I have to admit that I'm not really fussed. (Partly because my setep mum loves it so much, but there are other reasons too!) One of my pet hates is when characters make stupid decisions - and as someone who's been brought up to handle money responsibly, almost all of Becky's decisions seem pretty silly!
    Beth x

    1. I've loved the other books and I always forgave Becky for her spending habits - but this one was just too much. I really didn't enjoy it and the end was just the cherry on top! x


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