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Book Review: Shopaholic To The Rescue By Sophie Kinsella

Book Review: Shopaholic To The Rescue By Sophie KinsellaShopaholic to the Rescue is the latest book in Sophie Kinsella’s best selling Shopaholic series. This time Becky is galavanting around the West Coast of America, trying to find her Dad and her best friend’s husband. They have gone off on a mysterious secret mission together that has everyone worried.

After Becky’s behaviour in LA, Suze is no longer speaking to her and has become best friends with Alicia (a total bitch). Her Dad refuses to tell his family what he’s up to and Suze’s husband, Tarkie, refuses to contact Suze at all.

They know that this mission has something to do with setting something from the past right but they have no idea what it could be. They follow a trail from what they know of Becky’s dad’s past but all leads end up being dead ends. As per usual, Becky has a plan…

I’ve only read the first book in the Shopaholic series so I was a little worried about diving in again at book number eight. Yes, there are a grand total of eight books in the Shopaholic series so far. The great thing about this series is that you can pick up any book at random and read it as a standalone novel.

There were occasional references in Shopaholic to the Rescue to things that had occurred in the previous book but these were minor details. All of these have been seamlessly integrated into this story and properly explained without detracting from the new story in any way. This means that existing and new fans of Rebecca Bloomwood can enjoy this story, which can’t be said for a lot of other longstanding series.

Kinsella’s writing is light and fun as usual and Shopaholic to the Rescue is very easy to read. I’d say some of themes dealt with in this book are slightly more ‘serious’ than in her other novels e.g. divorce, family relations etc. but she still manages to tell the story in a light-hearted manner.

The story can be a little ‘silly’ at times, but let’s be honest, Rebecca Bloomwood has always been a bit of ridiculous character. She uses lots of cunning strategies to try and find out more about her dad’s whereabouts, which, when you take a step back, seem farfetched, but when you’re engrossed in the story it seems entirely normal! I guess that is the magic of Kinsella’s writing.

There’s an element of mystery in Shopaholic to the Rescue which I don’t think the other Kinsella books have and Becky turns into a bit of a detective. All their leads seem to point towards one thing though nothing is certain, however, in the end the story turns out to be something completely unexpected.

You would think that this sort of chick lit would be entirely predictable but in actual fact this is not. There are a few twists and turns along the way and whilst they’re not the most dramatic of plot twists, you’ve got to give Kinsella credit for keeping the ending hidden throughout the story.

What is slightly disappointing is that Shopaholic to the Rescue seemed a little less about Becky herself. Of course, she is still very much the protagonist but the entire story is about helping others as therefore we get a little bit less of Becky herself, which is a shame. She’s also not much of a shopaholic in the story but I guess she had to grow up one day.

That said, she is just as determined and strong-headed as she’s always been and she’s still an inspiring young lady. She’s now a mother and wife and has responsibilities but this is balanced with the old frivolous Becky we first met to make a quirky and very ‘real’ character.

All in all, Shopaholic to the Rescue is a fun, girly read that is perfect for anyone looking to unwind for a few hours. You’ll flip through the pages quite easily, eager to find out more about Becky’s dad’s adventures, but there’s nothing you have to think too hard about.

This is a story about family and friendship, about righting wrongs and doing good for other people. It’s a heartwarming tale and you will no doubt be rooting for Becky and her friends and family throughout. This is a slightly different Rebecca Bloomwood story but it is a good read nonetheless and I’d highly recommend it if you’re looking for an easy, relaxing afternoon read.

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  1. mummyslittlemonkey
    5th November 2015 / 1:06 PM

    I’ve never actually read any Sophie Kinsella books – I feel like only person in the UK who hasn’t, haha!!! x

  2. 5th November 2015 / 2:46 PM

    I love Sophie Kinsella books, not read this one though will be popping home with me at some stage x

  3. fashion-mommy
    5th November 2015 / 4:11 PM

    I’m a fan of Sophie Kinsella – would recommend you try 20s Girl – it’s fab.

    • 5th November 2015 / 4:24 PM

      Ooh ok, thanks for the recommendation, will add that to my wishlist!

  4. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    5th November 2015 / 4:22 PM

    I love Sophie’s books. They are so easy to read, which is just what I need at the moment.

  5. 5th November 2015 / 4:33 PM

    I have to admit I love Sophie Kinsella as an author – I’ll have to grab this one ASAP. x

  6. 5th November 2015 / 4:56 PM

    I’ve never read a Sophie Kinsella book, I’m more of a PD.James Girl, I’ll even go as far as Lee Child… I have less and less time for reading at the moment though so I’m just glad to get a summary of a book! – It’s a very well written review! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  7. 5th November 2015 / 6:00 PM

    I’ve read all of the series apart from this one. Can’t wait to get my hands on it.

  8. PrettyLusciousThings
    5th November 2015 / 7:30 PM

    Loved the film but so far have not read the books – rarely get time these days to enjoy a good book.

  9. Beautyqueenuk
    5th November 2015 / 9:10 PM

    Ive read this too and I enjoyed it a lot, I absolutely love the series though and am a big Sophie Kinsella fan x

  10. 5th November 2015 / 11:58 PM

    I love the Shopaholic series. Have you ever read Remember Me?

  11. 6th November 2015 / 12:59 AM

    I need to get my hands on this ASAP. I love Sophie Kinsella’s writing voice.

  12. Teresa Bowen
    6th November 2015 / 1:05 AM

    I have never read any of the Shopaholic books as usually Chicklit simply doesn’t appeal to me, but you have made this one sound interesting. I will have to find out some more about it.

  13. Laura
    6th November 2015 / 4:51 AM

    Sophie Kinsella is one of my favourite authors, I absolutely LOVE her books and have this one to read on my kindle already xxx

  14. Charlotte
    6th November 2015 / 11:46 AM

    I haven’t read a book by Sophie Kinsella but I would like to. x

  15. Wendy K
    6th November 2015 / 3:37 PM

    I’ve just this minute finished reading my copy! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve read every one of the Shopaholic stories in order, and can’t imagine reading this book before the other one – you’ve missed the whole saga with wondering where Tarky and Becky’s Dad took off to! It finished on a cliffhanger so was waiting for this book to come out. Great read. Ties up all the unanswered questions in Shopaholic to the Stars. Don’t think there’s 11 books in the series? There’s 9 altogether including a free e-book I haven’t read yet. All the rest, yes though. If you haven’t read them, do so! They’re great.

  16. Bex Smith
    6th November 2015 / 5:38 PM

    I’m getting this for Christmas from my parents although I still haven’t read Shopaholic to the stars yet lol!

  17. 6th November 2015 / 7:54 PM

    Ooooh now this is interesting – I thought there were only 3 shopoholic books! I read them in my late teens. I would love to give this one a go as I used to love them for a bit of lighthearted reading xx

  18. Lina
    7th November 2015 / 12:22 AM

    I read one or two of these ages ago – I do confess I like a nice easy read!

  19. 7th November 2015 / 12:56 AM

    I have read some of her books and do love her style of writing. Very easy to read. Might need to pick this one up x

  20. 7th November 2015 / 12:41 PM

    How have I never read any of this series? I keep on seeing them around and they look like the sort of thing I like to read on holiday, but I’ve never actually picked one up. Think I’ll download the first one and give it a go!

  21. Renna Creighton
    7th November 2015 / 4:12 PM

    I think I’d enjoy this series, but, I just can’t sit and relax to read a book.

  22. Emma Russell-Bennett
    7th November 2015 / 5:33 PM

    Oh wow, I can’t believe I didn’t know this book was coming out! I’m heading to Amazon now

  23. raine_hp
    7th November 2015 / 9:44 PM

    Sounds like a book that I can share with boyfriends mum as this falls into her sort of style of reading

  24. tracey bowden
    8th November 2015 / 9:26 PM

    I have read all the other shopaholic books but wasn’t really fussed on the last one I found myself cringing at points so I haven’t rushed to buy this one however I’m sure I will get round to buying at some point

  25. 20th November 2015 / 8:24 PM

    Fun andn girl sounds great. I have heard other great things about this one as well

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