Shopaholic Takes Manhattan
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Published: January 1, 2001
Genre: chick lit
Paperback: 325 pages
Source: borrowed from the library
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Synopsis (from GoodReads): With her shopping excesses (somewhat) in check and her career as a TV financial guru thriving, Becky’s biggest problem seems to be tearing her entrepreneur boyfriend, Luke, away from work for a romantic country weekend. And worse, figuring out how to “pack light.” But packing takes on a whole new meaning when Luke announces he’s moving to New York for business–and he asks Becky to go with him! Before you can say “Prada sample sale,” Becky has landed in the Big Apple, home of Park Avenue penthouses and luxury department stores. Surely it’s only a matter of time until she becomes an American TV celebrity, and she and Luke are the toast of Gotham society. Nothing can stand in their way, especially with Becky’s bills miles away in London. But then an unexpected disaster threatens her career prospects, her relationship with Luke, and her available credit line! Shopaholic Takes Manhattan–but will she have to return it?
My Thoughts: About 10 months ago, I read Confessions of a Shopaholic (well, I listened to it). It was my first introduction to Sophie Kinsella and I fell in love. I loved the character of Becky Bloomwood and I love Kinsella's writing style. I was hooked on her books after that, but hadn't read any other books in the Shopaholic series. I decided to remedy that situation and read the next book in the series, where Becky Bloomwood goes to Manhattan. To say it was hilarious would be an understatement. I was laughing so much while reading this novel! From Becky and Luke's weekend away to her few days in Manhattan, Becky had me laughing hysterically with her antics.
All of the characters in this novel are so well developed. Becky is funny but you also witness her grow as a character. She realizes what it is that she must do to change her situation. Luke, Becky's boyfriend, is a great foil to Becky. Where she is serious and banking on everything working out in the end, he is a workaholic, throwing himself entirely into his job. They make a great couple and balance one another throughout the story.
While not great literature, Kinsella has written a novel that pulls you in and makes you never want to leave Becky Bloomwood's world. If you feel like you are in a reading rut, then check out this series. It will have you laughing outloud!