A Book Review : Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella

Monday, 18 May 2015

I grew up as a teenager with Becky Bloomwood. I laughed, I cried, it was all an emotional roller coaster. She is warm and funny and relatable, and the series (although it all got a bit unrealistic at times), was well loved and re-read countless times. (The film, however, was terrible.) I must admit once she had her baby I stopped reading the series with such avid interest, and moved onto the Harper Lee Collins and Joe Dunthornes and (of course) John Greens of our time. 

Unfortunately this won't be a good book review. When I saw this book in Sainsburys for half price I picked it up to make my morning commute go quicker. And despite missing a few of the last books in the series, it was all very easy to pick up and I don't feel like I needed to have ready any of the series before picking up this one. But the story lacked twists and depth, Becky's character became unfamiliarly unlikeable with very minimal character development and the end… well. Where to start with the ending? It felt like Kinsella had sat down and written out the ending in five minutes because she wanted to finish the book and hadn't even pre-planned what would happen. Nearly all of the challenges Becky was going through suddenly became irrelevant and fixed themselves magically, which ties in with her lack of character development.

And it ended on an abrupt cliffhanger which in my opinion was completely unnecessary. I hate to say it, but it almost felt as though it was merely done so that people fork out the pennies to pick up the next book - which I won't be doing. 

I think my time with Becky and Kinsella has come to an amicable ending after reading this book, and having looked online at book reviews for this piece of the series it seems I'm not the only one who felt this way.

Have any of you read this and felt equally disappointed in comparison to the rest of the series?
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