SYNOPSIS: Sophie Kinsella returns to her beloved Shopaholic series with Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) newly arrived in Hollywood and starry-eyed. She and her two-year-old daughter, Minnie, have relocated to L.A. to join Becky’s husband, Luke, who is there to handle PR for famous actress Sage Seymour. Becky can’t wait to start living the A-list lifestyle, complete with celebrity sightings, yoga retreats, and shopping trips to Rodeo Drive. But she really hopes to become a personal stylist—Sage’s personal stylist—if only Luke would set up an introduction. Then, unexpectedly, Becky is offered the chance to dress Sage’s archrival, and though things become a bit more complicated, it’s a dream come true!
Red carpet premieres, velvet ropes, paparazzi clamoring for attention—suddenly Becky has everything she’s ever wanted.
SERIES: Shopaholic #7
RATING: ★★★☆☆ / 3 silly and fun stars!
REVIEW: This is the first Sophie Kinsella book that I've listened to and not read straight from the page even though I actually purchased the book in hardcover when it was first released. I buy Kinsella's books specifically for summer poolside reading, but for some reason, this time around I just never got around to picking it up. Instead, over a year later, I checked out the audiobook from the library as a way to finally check this book off my TBR list. This was one of the best listening experiences I've had with an audiobook. The tone of the novel is perfect for an audiobook...kinda makes me want to listen to all the previous ones just for the fun of it!
Oh, Becky...you're so perfectly crazy. You make me laugh, you make me angry, you make me nearly fall off the treadmill while cringing and saying, "NOooooooo, don't do that!" (seriously, that almost happened). So, Becky Brandon, nee Bloomwood, has made it to Hollywood, and I assure you that everything you imagine to happen indeed does happen. In classic Becky fashion, she tries a little too hard and always goes overboard with everything she tries to do. Hilarious for us, but not so much for those around her.
While the whole book was fun, it's not my favorite of the series, thus far. I'm not sure any future Shopaholic book could outrank some of the earlier ones, simply because then the ideas were fresh and new. By now it's all become a bit old-hat, definitely entertaining but not particularly surprising. My only major criticism of the actual story is the story-arc with her dad, specifically the way everyone expects Becky to be so overly concerned with him and his actions. He's a grown man and made it clear that there was something he didn't want to talk about and some sort of business that he needed to sort out for himself...so why is everyone bagging on Becky to intervene? I know that it's setting up another storyline, (by the way, this is the first Shopaholic book to end in a total cliffhanger), but the whole thing just bothered me.
So, another mostly successful Shopaholic book! I really do enjoy these books during the Summertime, and since the Summer in Southern California really lasts through Fall, I have plenty of time to fit in the next Shopaholic book too. I can't wait!