Thursday 22 October 2015

Review: Shopaholic to The Rescue by Sophie Kinsella

Becky’s biggest ever challenge takes her to Las Vegas and beyond in a fast-paced, fun-filled, road-trip adventure. Becky’s gone too far in the past - but now she's putting things right. She’s determined to track down her missing dad, help her best friend Suze, bond with her worst enemy Alicia Bitch Long-legs (maybe...) and work out how to play blackjack.

As she discovers quite how much her friends and family need help, she comes up with a brilliant plan. Becky is going to rescue everyone. But can she rescue herself?

Review: so this book made me laugh just as much as any other shopaholic novel, gave the same feels as the other shopaholic novels but had a bit of a sense of an ending for me. Having been a little disappointed in Becky's last outing, I felt it was an abrupt ending, it was nice to finally have some closure on some of the things from Shopaholic to The Stars. This book pretty much picks up where that one left off and so it might be an idea to refresh yourself as to what happened in that Becky adventure before beginning this on. That also means that this book definitely wouldn't work as a standalone. I think the pair would work as a duet however and they're both pretty quick reads (I read this one in exactly 5 hours cover to cover!)

It was so nice to have the old Becky back, they way she sees the world and her family and friends is so innocent and this sees Becky on a little bit of a wild goose chase so fans of Shopaholic will know the kind of conclusions Becky is likely to have jumped to! It's great because of all Becky's 'clan' is with her in this novel, Suze and Tarkie, her mum and dad, Janice, Minnie, Danny, even Elinor, Luke's mum and of course Luke. I love Luke so much, he is such a calming influence on Becky and so unflappable. I don't think I loved him quite as much in the last novel and so it was great to see him clamping the waters and remaining ever faithful in this one! 

The storyline itself doesn't have a great deal of depth to it and only takes place over a couple of days and so if you're expecting something more like the first few Shopahoiic novels then I'm afraid you will be disappointed but this novel really does mark a turning point in Becky's life. She does seems to realise that she's growing up and so are her friends and her husband, and that her parents need to be their own people as well and so I do think this book signals either an ending or a transition into a new Brandon/Bloomwood era. Even Minnie seems to have grown up a little (as children have an annoying habit of doing). I enjoyed this novel, as I said above it was a very quick read for me and there wre some classic Becky moments which I loved, I was glad I wasn't reading in public because I had a sort of ongoing 'oh Becky!' Kind of dialogue for the duration of reading. Fans will definitely be pleased with this offering from Kinsella but I wouldn't recommend this as a starting point into the world of Becky Bloomwood the Shopaholic! 

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