To anyone familiar with the Shophaholic series,
the thought of having Becky Bloomwood, now Brandon, even
near Rodeo Drive is sufficient to want to rush and read
SHOPAHOLIC TO THE STARS. Right from the first page, I was
giggling even without having read a single word because
it starts with a letter, and long-time fans will fondly
recall what it means. But Becky is not in trouble. She is
simply bugging everyone for freebies and privileges!
Becky's husband, Luke, has to temporarily reside in Los
Angeles for work, and our favourite shopaholic is over
the moon to accompany him. Becky needs something to do,
finding a job is not so easy as she tends to make tiny
gaffes, shall we say. But then it becomes obvious to
Becky: why not become a stylist to the stars? What could
Becky is such a fabulous character. She's like the best
friend whom we love in spite of her many shortcomings.
She is self-centered, too often selfish, but she usually
means well. However this time, it's Becky's ambition that
is totally out of control, not her shopping habits, and
in her quest for stardom, she nearly destroys everything
she holds dear. It was a genius idea from Ms. Kinsella to
send Becky to Hollywood, and the author delivers in
spades! I was wondering if a new reader to the series
would "get" Becky and her relationships to the regular
characters, and it is astonishing how subtly the author
inserts any detail of consequence in such a neat way,
that I had to think about it, and this was paramount when
an old nemesis of Becky's surfaces in a most surprising
As always, there are serious issues behind Becky's madcap
adventures, but rest assured that our favourite
shopaholic is not getting stale, far from it! And we get
a glimpse of what's coming ahead for Becky and I'm
already salivating at the prospect!
Sophie Kinsella returns to her beloved Shopaholic series with Becky Brandon
(née Bloomwood) newly arrived in Hollywood and starry-eyed. She and her
two-year-old daughter, Minnie, have relocated to L.A. to join Becky’s
husband, Luke, who is there to handle PR for famous actress Sage Seymour.
Becky can’t wait to start living the A-list lifestyle, complete with celebrity
sightings, yoga retreats, and shopping trips to Rodeo Drive. But she really
hopes to become a personal stylist—Sage’s personal stylist—if only Luke
would set up an introduction. Then, unexpectedly, Becky is offered the chance
to dress Sage’s archrival, and though things become a bit more complicated,
it’s a dream come true!
Red carpet premieres, velvet ropes, paparazzi clamoring for attention—
suddenly Becky has everything she’s ever wanted.
Or does she?