Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella

3.5 Star

Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) has stars in her eyes. She and her daughter, Minnie, have joined husband Luke in LA—city of herbal smoothies, multimillion-dollar yoga retreats, and the lure of celebrity. Luke is there to help manage the career of famous actress Sage Seymour—and Becky is convinced she is destined to be Sage’s personal stylist, and go from there to every A-list celebrity in Hollywood! But things become complicated when Becky joins the team of Sage’s archrival. How will charming and supportive Luke deal with this conflict? Is it possible that what Becky wants most will end up hurting those she loves most? 

Kathryn - 3.5 Star

I have to admire Sophie Kinsella’s ability to keep writing these novels about Becky without losing any of the floaty, seemingly selfish but still charming character that was present in the original book.  There is definitely still the essence of Becky even all these years later and several novels in.  It’s impressive that this character has not lost her appeal and is still as popular as ever.

I confess that I don’t leap on these novels as I used to but I’m still under the charm of Becky when I pick up a new installment.  She’s quite infuriating and her husband Luke must be some kind of saint because she would drive me mad.  Completely selfishly in this novel she decides it’s her destiny to become a Hollywood stylist and forges ahead on this path leaving behind friends and family to fend for themselves. In Becky’s true fashion though she does have these moments of doubt and uncertainty about her path and that’s what continues to make her endearing.

Although quite “LA”, this novel actually doesn’t seem far-fetched and I was happy that Suze and Tarquie made an appearance. There was a bit of frustration for me at the end that we weren’t given much of a conclusion about Tarquie and Suze- perhaps that is sorted out in the next novel?  I also wish we’d been given a better wrap up about Lois and Sage as they were heavily involved in Becky’s plot line and yet there was no real recap for their story either.  Again, perhaps this will be concluded in the next novel?

I was a touch perturbed about the various children and the seemingly lack of child care when all these adults were out and about.  However the children are peppered throughout the novel and Kinsella does ensure that all the parents are shown as loving as always – the rapport between parent and child is clear despite them all going off in different directions all the time!

Another installment of Becky Bloomwood that fans will appreciate!

Thank you to Random House Canada for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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