Thursday 5 February 2015

Book ~ "Shopaholic to the Stars" (2014) Sophie Kinsella

From Goodreads ~ 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?

Becky, her husband, Luke, and their daughter, Minnie, are living in LA because Luke has a client there, actress Sage Seymour.  Becky dreams of becoming a stylist to the stars ... she just has to figure out how to get access to them and convince them to hire her.   Her best friend, Suze, and her family come for an extended visit which provides Becky with the opportunity to show Suze around and hoping land a spot on the red carpet.

Though I've read a few of Kinsella's books over the years, it's been a while since I've read a "Shopaholic" book ... the last was Shopaholic and Baby in 2007, which I wasn't too crazy about it.  I liked the series in the beginning and thought Becky was funny and ditzy.  Over the years, though, Becky, despite being married and having a child, hasn't matured and has become more self-centred and self-indulgent.  She's more annoying than funny.

I found the book long and boring.  I didn't like the characters and couldn't feel any emotion for them.  Becky was all about Becky and anyone her age and with her responsibilities would never make the choices she made and get into the situations she got into.  She's lucky that Luke puts up with her and funds her hair-brained ideas.  Speaking of Luke, though he is physically there, he is rarely emotionally there.  Their daughter Minnie is a spoiled brat with little discipline.  The rivalry between actresses Sage and Lois was tiresome.  The hijinks that Becky got into with and without Suze weren't amusing.

The author left this book with a crazy cliffhanger that could break up two families that I could care less about and this will be my last "Shopaholic" book I'll read.

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