Shopaholic Abroad (Shopaholic #2) by Sophie Kinsella Book Review

Sunday, 29 November 2020

Title: Shopaholic Abroad (also known as Shopaholic Takes Manhattan)
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Pages: 387
Publisher: Dell Publishing Company
Publication date: 27th December 2004 (first published 3rd September 2001)
Genre: fiction

About the book
With her shopping excesses (somewhat) in check and her career as a TV financial guru is 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 boutiques.

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?

I reviewed the first Shopaholic book a couple of weeks ago and I enjoyed it for what it was but wasn't in a mad rush to pick up the next book. I decided to leave it a couple of weeks in between and I'm so glad I did because how I feel about Shopaholic Abroad is pretty much the same as how I felt about the first book and I think I would have found it a bit of a slog reading them back to back.

Becky is as charming and spontaneous as she is in the first book, only now she's in New York and there are some quite hilarious moments in this book. I absolutely loved the whole wedding situation and thought that was really well written and I really felt for Becky and the humiliation she faced in that scenario. In fact, there were quite a few times I felt sorry for her as she showed all the alarming signs of a true addiction - she hides her purchases from friends and family, she doesn't actually even remember what she buys and she definitely doesn't have the funds to support her habit. Having said that, there were also times when I genuinely couldn't comprehend her justifying her spending habits and found some of it slightly unrealistic and a bit over the top, even for Becky.

The biggest downfall in this book was the romance. It fell very flat for me and we simply didn't see enough of Becky and Luke together as a couple to warrant me caring about them and their relationship. What little we did see of Luke, he was always late or overly business-like and always seem to put Becky on the back burner, which I didn't particularly enjoy. I kinda found myself forgetting why they ever fell for each other in the first place and didn't care too much about their future together.

Overall, this book was a fun, satisfying escape and great if you're looking for something light to read. By the end I was ready to pick up another book not from this series, and I think this is how it's going to go for me with this series... I'm not dying to pick up the next book and will read other books inbetween, but I will carry on with the series as I have enjoyed the first two books so far, they're just not my all-time favourites.

Verdict: ★★★

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