Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) has stars in her eyes. She and her daughter, Minnie, have joined husband Luke in LA—city of herbal smoothies, multimillion-dollar yoga retreats, and the lure of celebrity. Luke is there to help manage the career of famous actress Sage Seymour—and Becky is convinced she is destined to be Sage’s personal stylist, and go from there to every A-list celebrity in Hollywood! But things become complicated when Becky joins the team of Sage’s archrival. How will charming and supportive Luke deal with this conflict? Is it possible that what Becky wants most will end up hurting those she loves most? Shopaholic fans old and new will devour Sophie Kinsella’s newest adventure!
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This is the first book I am reading in the Shopaholic Series… I haven’t been living under a rock and so I know how popular they are and I have watched the movie. Another blasphemy – watching a movie before reading the book – I know! But somehow I never managed to get my hands on this series before now.
Becky Brandon is moving to Hollywood with her daughter, thanks to her husband Luke who is taking on new clientele at his PR firm. Armed with the ‘American dream’, Becky soon realizes how difficult it is to have a thriving career there. She initially plans to work as a stylist to Luke’s clientele but ends up joining the team of a rival celebrity. Dreams are hard to achieve but Becky isn’t the one to give up easily…
The first thought that came to my mind after finishing this book is that the movie could not have done justice to the book. Becky’s character is so much more fun in the books than in the movie and I loved reading about her while she got on my nerves in the movie. And my does she love to woo trouble in her life. It is amazing how many ‘situations’ she can get herself into and then come out of it little worse for wear. I really loved Luke too… He is always standing tall and strong to support Becky through her rollercoaster of a life. Her friend Suze is a gem too.
There were certain parts that I could have done without, but since I am reading the series out of order, I might have missed some points and that made things seem out of the place. In Any case, the story never lagged or dragged, instead the pages flew by. Written as beautifully as her other books, full of laughs, this book is a firecracker of an entertainer.
Review Copy received from Random House India