The latest Sophie Kinsella instalment of the much-loved Shopaholic series. The date for the release of Shopaholic to the Stars was a hotly awaited one in my diary. I literally pushed people in the bookstore to get my mitts on it.
This is the seventh book in the series all about Becky’s adventures in Tinseltown. Becky Bloomwood in Hollywood – what’s not to like about that?
I loved this book, filled with classic Shopaholic laugh-out-loud moments as Becky gets herself in a variety of scrapes.
Just a word of warning – there’s a sequel so don’t expect the story to get neatly sewn up in this book. I did get a shock when the novel came to a slightly abrupt ending, and I really do hate being made to wait. Other than that, an enjoyable return to our favourite Shopaholic.
Becky is back and this time she’s living it up in Los Angeles, the City of Angels – and shopping!
She channels the urge to shop by deciding to become a stylist to the celebrities. What could be better than to shop for others, and get paid in the process? Starry-eyed Becky sets her sights on becoming personal stylist to mega-star Sage Seymour.
When she gets the opportunity to dress Sage’s arch-nemesis, things get complicated. Dazzled by the bright lights, Becky ends up in the spotlight herself – for all the wrong reasons.
Los Angeles is a great – and challenging – setting to drop Becky into as she battles with her shopping demons. I loved the scene where she spends big in the rehab gift store following a therapy session for her shopping addictions. Classic Becky!
There’s some hilarious moments in this book and I really enjoyed Becky’s fantasies about befriending the stars (don’t we all secretly dream about these things, or is it just me?)
As usual, Becky has copped some criticism from readers for being ‘flaky’ in this book. And as usual, I disagree with the haters.
Becky has to allow herself to be dazzled by Hollywood in order to get herself into the pickles we all love reading about. If it weren’t for that sequence of events, Becky wouldn’t be able to magically resolve everything at the final hour which always makes the story!
For me, Becky is still the loveable heroine we befriended in the first book – Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic. The fact that she is easily distracted by shiny things (and really, who can blame her?) is part of her unique charm.
I adore Sophie Kinsella’s books and have never once come away disappointed. Her voice is hilarious and I adore the madcap moments all her heroines, including Becky, get themselves into.
Becky’s supporting cast is always hilarious and I was pleased her parents, Suze and Tarquin all make an appearance in LA in this book adding to the hilarity.
It’s worth being aware that there is a sequel to this novel so you are not dismayed by its abrupt ending. Otherwise, a fast-paced page turner with lots of laugh out loud moments as Becky rubs shoulders with the rich and famous in LA – frothy, fun and fabulous!
“I mean, here we are in LA. The home of celebrities. They’re the local natural phenomenon. Everyone knows you come to LA to see the celebrities, like you go to Sri Lanka to see the elephants.” – Sophie Kinsella, Shopaholic to the Stars
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