When I read Confessions of a Shopaholic I fell in love with Sophie Kinsella. It was a similar reaction to that of which I had when I read Bridget Jones's Diary. Must be British authors and their humor. One of the qualities of the Shopaholic books I enjoyed was their break from the story with pages that were bills or letters to and from the bank. It brought you more into the shopaholic story. Sophie didn't let me down and continued this pattern in book two of the series, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan.
It's a very lighthearted funny story, but I do have to admit, once I read this I actually wrote an English paper on Oniomania, which is Shopaholic Syndrome. Throughout the stress of nursing school, this book brought comic relief.
Anyone who read the first book and then watched the movie (like I did) will enjoy reading the second book because you find out they combined the two in Confessions of a Shopaholic (the movie). Other people who may enjoy this are younger girls and anybody who needs to sit and just relax. Unless you're a male, then I'd advise you to pass. It may not be romance, but is definitely a chick flick read.
One thing I didn't like was the lack of British humor. It was based in Manhattan and it ended up feeling like Rebecca Bloomwood was an American, not just visiting. I also felt like the ending came about just a little too smoothly, but my preference for reading just tends to be not clearcut happy endings. Characters continued on well from the first book. I enjoyed the fact that although the focus was Becky and Luke in New York, they also made intriguing changes with Suze back in London.
I did enjoy the moral at the end of the story. One might assume a book such as the Confession of a Shopaholic series would just be in fun, but the ending leaves you with a message that people should learn to grasp more often.
*This is also titled Shopaholic Abroad in some countries*
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