3 Nov 2015

book review: shopaholic to the rescue by sophie kinsella

The Shopaholic series is one that I enjoyed reading a few years' ago when I first stumbled upon The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic. Therefore, I was really happy to be given the chance to read Sophie Kinsella's latest Shopaholic offering in Shopaholic to the Rescue. If you're new to this series, you may have seen or heard of a film called Confessions of a Shopaholic which starred Isla Fisher and Hugh Dancy and was set in New York (whereas the book was set in London).

In this one:

"Becky Brandon (neƩ Bloomwood) is on a major rescue mission! Hollywood was full of surprises, and now she's on a road trip to Las Vegas to help her friends and family.

She's determined to get to the bottom of why her dad has mysteriously disappeared, help her best friend Suze and even bond with Alicia Bitch Long-legs (maybe...).

As Becky discovers just how much her friends and family need help, she comes up with her biggest, boldest, most brilliant plan yet. Can she save the day when they need her most?

Becky is setting out to make things right in this laugh-out-loud, feel-good conclusion to her American adventure."

This novel is quite a bit different from the first and throughout the series, we get to see how much Becky grows up as she gets married, has a daughter and how her relationships with the people around her change. The blurb makes it sound like this could potentially be the last book in the series and if that is the case, I think it is quite a fitting ending.

I felt that the plot moved at a decent pace and I loved how there were emails interspersed within the book. A few cameo emails from Derek Smeath actually did make me laugh out loud a few times and I disliked Alicia just as much as I did when I read the first book! All characters had their own little quirks but I still feel that Luke is a bit too straight-laced for my liking.

Overall, I really enjoyed this read - Becky's plan was hilarious (and only Becky Bloomwood would come up with something like that) and the first half of the book set the scene really well. Although this is a book within a series, Sophie Kinsella does well at dropping in a brief bit about each character in a timely manner. This way, you can still understand what's going on without having to read all the other books. I would give this book a 7.5/10 - one of the better chicklit books I've read this year.


  1. Hi, Angela!

    I love Sophie Kinsella, have you ever read "The undomestic goddess?" is very good. I haven't read this one, it will go to the "to read" list.

    Also, I just finished "Carry on" from Rainbow Rowell (from "Fangirl"), I loved it so much! :D

    Do you have a goodreads account?

    Have a nice week!

    1. I think I have read The Undomestic Goddess a good few years ago but I may have to read it again as I've forgotten what happens in it. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell is on my to-read list - I loved Fangirl :)

      I do have a Goodreads account but I haven't used it for a good few months now :) x