|Shopaholic & Baby
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With over eight million copies of her beloved books in print, Sophie Kinsella is a true phenomenon. Now Becky Brandon (n¨¦e Bloomwood) is back, in a hilarious new Shopaholic novel!
Becky¡¯s life is blooming! She¡¯s working at London¡¯s newest big store, The Look, house-hunting with husband Luke (her secret wish is a Shoe Room)...and she¡¯s pregnant! She couldn¡¯t be more overjoyed¡ªespecially since discovering that shopping cures morning sickness. Everything has got to be perfect for her baby: from the designer nursery¡to the latest, coolest pram¡to the celebrity, must-have obstetrician. But when the celebrity obstetrician turns out to be Luke¡¯s glamorous, intellectual ex-girlfriend, Becky¡¯s perfect world starts to crumble. She¡¯s shopping for two¡but are there three in her marriage?
- My favorite of the Shopaholic Books
I'm not going to get into the book but just wanted to write that I love all the Shopaholic books and this was by far, my favorite. When I read chick lit books I'm not expecting sudoku or political enlightenment and I'm sure most of you aren't either. It's a quick read because it's light and fun and you can escape everday life and live in Becky Bloomwood's little dreamworld for a while. ;) Perfect for the beach or a plane ride. If you haven't read the Shopaholic series yet I suggest you start from the beginning, Confessions of a Shopaholic. Enjoy and try not to take it all so seriously!...more info
- Fun to read, but its getting old
Shopaholic (Becky) is now pregnant, nothing has change really, she is still overindulging and on this last book, she seems more stupid than ever!! dont get me wrong, i love the shopaholic series, but how much more can she buy? ...more info
- Wonderful conclusion (?) to the Shopaholic series...
I remember the first time I read a Shopaholic novel. It was the first book in the series, Confessions of a Shopaholic, and I thought Becky Bloomwood and the constant trouble she got into for overspending were hilarious. (I loved the opening line, "OK. Don't panic. Don't *panic*. It's only a VISA bill. It's a piece of paper; a few numbers. I mean, just how scary can a few numbers be?" After all, who hasn't gone through THAT?) Five books later, I'm still having fun with Becky. The least likable book to me was Shopaholic and Sister, because I felt that Kinsella had run out of ideas and was churning out a filler novel just to continue to cash in on her successful series. In the meantime, I thought The Domestic Goddess and Can You Keep a Secret? were wonderful. (The books she wrote under the pen name Madeleine Wickham aren't bad either.) I'd had Shopaholic and Baby on my TBR pile for a VERY long time, since it was released in hardcover last year. Now I wonder what took me so long to give it a whirl. Rebecca Brandon (nee Bloomwood) is back, and now she and Luke are having a baby. Which, of course, means new shopping possibilities. Imagine all the baby stuff she could get! Plus, she and Luke would need a bigger house now, and she's heard of this celebrity obstetrician that she simply must receive care from! Be careful what you wish for, Becky, because the glamorous Venetia Carter, OB-GYN to the stars, could well put her (somewhat) ordered life and marriage in jeopardy...
I really loved reading this book. Sophie Kinsella has one of the sassiest voices in chick-lit I have read. (I can't help but wonder if she'd write a Young Adult novel one day. I think she'd be brilliant at it. Perhaps a prequel -- Rebecca Bloomwood, teen fashionista-slash-shopaholic?) Becky's shopping expeditions and Luke's reaction to them are hilarious, of course, but the story is riveting because it focuses more on her relationship with Luke. I had always wondered why Luke loved Becky, someone so different from him, and now I know why. This installment has more depth than the previous books because Luke is more fleshed-out; he's not just the rich, handsome boyfriend-turned-husband who has no time to notice in this one. The thing with Venetia, while unoriginal, adds some spice into the storyline. And I enjoyed revisiting Becky's friends Suze, Tom and her sister Jess. The one thing that has always irked me about Becky (besides her tendency to be annoying) and Luke is that they keep secrets from one another -- hence the big misunderstanding in this novel. Then again, without it there would be no conflict, and in turn no story. Anyway, I enjoyed Shopaholic and Baby. I don't know if this is the conclusion to the Shopaholic series, but it should be. I mean, what's next? Shopaholic and a Toddler? Shopaholic and a Pre-Teen? Shopaholic and Menopause? Well, you get the picture. I recommend this novel and I can't wait to read Remember Me?...more info
- Kinsella pleases again!
I have read all the books in the "Shopaholic" series and was not disappointed with this newest installment. Once again Becky only wants the best and will spend whatever she has to, to get what she wants. Even if it almost causes doubt in her marriage. I hope there will be another book in the series just so we can see if the newest member of the family will be as "spoiled" as mom =)...more info
- Fantastic, Neurotic, Hysterical....
If you like the Shopaholic series you will luv this book. Becky Bradon is a great character who has not changed since becoming pregnant. Her justifications for shopping for the baby will make you laugh and smile. I could not put the book down and now all my friends are reading Sophie Kinsella's latest Shopaholic book. I hope there is a new one in the works. Enjoy!...more info
- 3.5 Stars
I started reading the Shopaholic series in 2004. I loved the first book, Confessions of a Shopaholic and immediately jumped into Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, which is still my favorite of the series. It's filled with humorous situations, however it takes a real look on the consequences of impulsive shopping. I read books 3 and 4, but when Shopaholic & Baby was released, I started it and then put it down.
Fast forward to 2009. It's two years later and I've finally picked this up again to read. I decided to listen to the audio book and the narrator, Rosalyn Landor, did a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life. Becky and her husband, Luke, are expecting their first child. Always wanting to have the latest "in" thing, Becky convinces Luke they must have Dr. Venetia Carter as their OB-GYN as she is also the physician to the celebrities. During their initial visit, Becky learns that Dr. Carter and Luke are former school mates and previously dated! Becky is stunned by the news and gradually begins to feel insecure about herself and her marriage.
True to the series, Ms. Kinsella fills the pages with humor as we read about the predicaments Becky finds herself in. Having doubts about her marriage, Becky hires a private detective, only what he discovers is not what she asked for. Becky learns that things are not always what they seem.
So is it a girl or boy? I guess you'll have to read Shopaholic & Baby to find out!
- Absolutely my favorite out of the entire series!
I could not put the book down! I stayed up until 1:00 am to finish it. I absolutely loved it. I found myself hysterically laughing at so many parts in the book (Becky's mum and Janice talking about what labor was really like & the names Becky told Elinor they were considering.... so funny!). The story brought so many memories back of my own first pregnancy and the fears I felt about labor and being someone's mother. Also, that first time you see that little baby and the feeling that comes over you - Sophie Kinsella hit it on the head! Then there was the serious parts too when Becky thought she had lost Luke (and I don't blame her for feeling that way either). All around, it was just a FABULOUS book! I know Sophie Kinsella has said she will bring Becky & Luke back, I really hope this is true (she just HAS to - too much is left unfinished)and that she does it sooner rather than later (that's for my own selfish reasons - LOL). In fact, I hope she brings them back in several more books (for those who think the story is over, you don't have to buy them - there are plenty of us who will GLADLY keep on reading them)....more info
- Shopaholic and Baby
The latest in the Shopaholic series is hilarious and heartwarming and just a load of fun to read. I couldn't put it down. I have become a Sophie Kinsella adict, and I am happy to be one!...more info
- She's a red headed Bitch and I HATE HER!
Can Becky get any funnier? Why yes she can! There's a baby on the way and Becky is ready to shop! And of course get into the practice of a celebrity obstetrician! Imagine her dismay when the doctor turns out to be one of Luke's ex girlfriends! And she's after Becky's man! How in the world will Becky handle this one? And will she manage to get everything the baby needs in time? The fifth book is wonderful and you'll love it just as much as all of the others!...more info
- Typical for the series
I enjoyed the first few Shopaholic books. But this one I started to get a little annoyed with the main character. Hasn't she learned her lesson YET? How can anyone be that much of an idiot with money? Well, maybe there are people out there like that, sadly. Anyway, the book was entertaining at times. I am probably just tired of the series....more info
- Shopaholic & Baby
Just finished reading Kinsella's latest enstallment for Becky Brandon (nee: Bloomwood). Was as funny and entertaining as all of the other books in the series. If you're a fan of Becky Brandon, I'd suggest reading this latest additon. ...more info
- The best yet!
I loved all of the Shopaholic novels, but this has been my favorite. I found the new villain, Venetia Carter, of the book to be well-rounded and a good addition. But most of all, and for the first time ever, I actually felt Becky's pain when she discovered, or falsely discovered, that her husband was cheating on her and was as pissed off as her when Venetia did other things (eg.: made her wear weird "baby-supporting" clothes). I'd love to see another Shopaholic book, but, if not, this was a great final installment. I highly recommend it!...more info
- The last one, really?
I can't believe this is the last one, I was disappointed to have been done with Becky and Luke! A great book though, but after reading the other 4 you would have to think it was coming. Extremely funny. Great book to read. Loved them all. ...more info
- GREAT READ!!
I have read all of Kinsella's books up to this new one, Shopaholic & Baby, I haven't quite finished yet, but her books are amazing and fun to read!!...more info
I have directed my dear sister to never, ever use me again as guinea pig should she want a "guy's reaction" to a book. I can only hope that this expression of so-called chick-lit is not the standard by which most women are entertained. Ms. Kinsella has, as we say in pre-school sandlots, a bit of a potty-mouth, and has transformed this into a genre that I title as "Wants to be cute so she swears." OK, we get that you know all the FCC-forbidden words. We get that your characters think endlessly about consummation of, well, just about any enounter they encounter. My recommendation for Ms. Kinsella's penalty is that she must stay on a desert island for one full month (one of the longer months, like March), and then read and read Bronte and Austen (not re-read, as I am sure that writers like Ms. Kinsella have never read Bronte or Austen), and learn from them how to use prose to transform the reader. I even have a new crime of which I now accuse Ms. Kinsella: Prose Abuse....more info
- Love Love Love Becky Bloomwood
love the shopaholic series!!!! have to say the first 2 are still my favorite and definitely did not like the sister one.. but sophie kinsella brings the magic back with this one... i absolutely love the letters that becky sends to her financial investment guy... hilarious and sensitive at the same time! :) ...more info
- Shopaholic & Baby
Becky Bloomwood is back... but was it worth it? I'm still pretty strong in my convictions that Ms. Kinsella should have stopped two books ago. This isn't to say that it's a weak book, it's just, like Meg Cabot has repeatedly said when asked if she'll continue Mediator/1-800, after everything eventful has happened, the convoluted situations can lead to nothing good. Kinsella has already taken the time (three books) to establish the strong bond between Becky and Luke--only to randomly (seemingly) break it in this one? Quite annoying, really. I felt like everyone's characters seemed to break a little bit, and the one relationship that I really did like the developments in, Jess and Tom, didn't really have a satisfying ending...or much of an ending or beginning at all. Will there be more books, then? It would seem like overkill, although I would personally love a spinoff focusing solely on Jess and Tom. I still did love how Kinsella wove all those stories together, eventually bringing them all back. Well done, and I was very glad to hear that Becky has a daughter--another future Shopaholic--we just couldn't have it any other way!
Rating: 4/5...more info
- A WONDERFLY FUNNY BRIT COM IN BOOK FORM!
IT'S EASY TO SEE HOW THIS FUN READ MADE IT TO THE TOP OF THE NY TIMES BEST SELLER LIST!! THE BOOK WAS ALSO CHOSEN BY AARP MAGAZINE. THIS BOOK WOULD EVEN BE A GREAT GIFT FOR THE PERSON WHO DOES YOUR EYEBROWS! I LAUGHED ALOUD OFTEN! I ENJOYED THIS READ SO MUCH, THAT I'VE ALSO READ MANY OTHER OF MS. KINSELLA'S BOOKS AND SHARED THEM WITH FAMILY AND GIRLFRIENDS!...more info
- BEST SHOPAHOLIC BOOK YET!
I absolutely LOVED this book...I thought it was her best book yet! it kept me smiling and laughing throughout the whole book!...more info
- Same Becky as ever
If you have enjoyed the Shopaholic series in the past then you will enjoy this too. I found this particular adventure of Becky's even more fanciful than they others.
In this book,as the title probably gives away, Becky is pregnant with her first baby. She has her same wacky adventures mostly related to Pram shopping but she is dealing with a potentially cheating husband.
The caricature of her conniving OB and her husband are kind of over the top and Kinsella works so hard to sell the cheating senario that as she wraps up the book a lot of the pieces don't fit together.
I also wasn't totally on board with Becky's pregnancy experience, having had two kids myself it didn't feel very realistic to me.
Having said that, I gave the book 4 stars because it is just plain fun to read. So bottom line, if you are a shopaholic fan, you will enjoy this too, just don't wait for it to get the pulitzer....more info
- library material - weaker than the first books
In my opinion, this is not the best Kinsella's work, even though it has enough funny moments to keep you entertained. And it's not even because Becky didn't "grow up", as some other reviewers suggested. In the real life, women understand what had happened to them only after the baby is born, and so many of us just love to be not practical when it comes down to "baby stuff". So, I wasn't bothered by the fact that Becky continues to behave as if she is still 14 years old (that's certainly part of the charm, and one of the reasons for me to read these series).
It's simply that in "Shopaholic & baby" the humor of most situations wears down, the plot follows the main line of the previous books, with the variation of Luke's ex-girlfriend coming to the scene... and some of these "funny" situations actually made me cringe because of their absurdity.
In addition, I began to be annoyed by the fact that Luke is so absolutely perfect and understanding. Sophie Kinsella attempted to make him less perfect with all this "affair" story, but somehow it did not work for me - any normal guy that I know would immediately see the difference between friendship and flirt... and probably be more than a little upset about his wife's 16 offshore overdrafts!
I was able to re-read the first books in the series, when I needed to relax and rewind, but not this one. I suggest borrowing the book from the library and waiting for the next installment.
- Nice read
I love the Shopaholic series, I like Becky. I like how she is obssed with shopping, celebrity OBGYN and La Mer products.
This book is no different than the former ones, very fun to read. ...more info
- The last shopaholic book I'll ever buy!
I've been a big Kinsella fan ever since I read her Undomestic Goddess book, followed by the Shopaholic series (yes, I read every single one of them!) I HAD looked forward to this one...and what a disappointment it was! Kinsella had a lot of material to work with...there's dearth of material to write about having a baby! But instead, Kinsella made Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) so STUPID! This is the first Kinsella book I bought that I cannot finish. This book was absolutely AWFUL! (Did anyone read her draft before publishing it?) I may never read any of Kinsella's books again. ...more info
- LAUGH OUT LOUD FUNNY
Well, typical Becky antics. She is still as shallow and immature as ever, but somehow, it didn't grate on my nerves as much as in "Shopaholic Ties The Knot". I love how Suze tried to explain the concept of nesting to Becky, and how differently it affects some women. In Becky's case, her extreme (early) shopping for Christmas signifies she is ready to give birth. Incredible. Becky's mental reactions to her gynecologist's suggestions to wear support hose and special orthopedic sandals as well as a fanny pack struck me funny also.
But my favorite part is how it ended. Everything didn't get wrapped up nice and tidy like in past books. In fact, the future doesn't look as rosy as Becky would like it.
I also thought the book was a few pages too long. The whole scene with Suzeand Becky at the market where Becky is pushing aroung a stroller full of baby stuff, and gets pushed to the front of the line to pay, sets off a security alert for a missing baby, was typical Becky, and added nothing to the book. This could have been left out and the outcome the book would have been the same.
All in all, I think this is the best Shopaholic since "Shopaholic Takes Manhattan"....more info
- It's a very funny fast read.
Rebecca gets into a lot of trouble like the other books but finds out shes going to a good mother....more info
- Couldn't take anymore!!
I am not the type of person to not finish a book, but I couldn't force myself to read all of this. I have read the other books in this series. I liked the first one. It was kind of original and somewhat relatable. But now, the main character, Becky Bloomwood, is just annoying and irresponsible. The foreign bank accounts, credit cards, etc. are just ridiculous. Her husband has become a joke. What man, of any means, would put up with this amount of lying and trickery. I realize that there are people out there who have shopping disorders such as this, but it's an addiction. I think that the next book should be Shopaholic and Therapist. ...more info
- Absolutely dreadful
While attempting to read this book, I could not stop my gag reflex from releasing vomit into my throat. I have never in my life tried to read such a dreadful, plotless piece of tripe before. I slightly enjoyed Can You Keep a Secret? and was looking for another light read. This was so light it floated away on a sea of disgust. The book is 99% dialogue, i.e. there is no plot. The main character is heinously insipid. I refused to donate this book to be sold as used to prevent someone else from having to waste their time with this horrid book. ...more info