Shopaholic Takes Manhattan: A Review

3 01 2009


Short Background:

Just to share how I started with Sophie Kinsella’s series…   Being a shopaholic myself, I wanted to get myself  the Confessions of a Shopaholic about 4 or 5 years ago.  Besides, I hadn’t read any book for a while so I thought it was about time to start reading again.   I can’t remember what happened but I wasn’t able to buy the book until about 3 or 4 months ago.   I first purchased the Shopaholic Ties the Knot, the third book in the series but after reading a few pages, I thought I need to read the first book to be introduced to the characters.  My other reason was I read that the film version is  going to be released in February 2009.  After I read Confessions and was again starting  Shopaholic Ties the Knot, I realized the need to read the second book but when I checked the National Bookstore nearest to my residence, it was out-of-stock so I decided to include it in my wishlist for our office kris kringle last month.  But I wanted to start the book soonest… I wanted to buy it myself… I can check the other branches or Powerbooks anytime but what if my secret Santa chose to get the book for me, instead of the branded tea and umbrella?  Be patient…  Yeah, it was worth the wait… my boss gave me the book plus a teabag (haha) and an umbrella.

I started the book right away… finished it a few minutes ago….


I enjoyed reading Shopaholic Takes Manhattan more for Sophie Kinsella was able to touch her readers’ emotions  in this 17 chapter-book.   There are a lot of surprises – unpredictable events and lines,  humor (I really heard myself  chuckle a couple of times), sadness (I felt a lump in my throat and was almost in tears), lots of highs and lows.  And anyone will be surprised with Becky Bloomwood’s  uncontrollable spending habits despite her rising debt problem.  I think no one can equal her.   I wonder how one can really afford to just ignore all those dismal follow-up letters, calls, etc.   On the brighter side, any lady would envy her for having that dashing Luke as her boyfriend and it must be really true love.   She also got very supportive parents and not to forget to mention friends, real friends indeed who in times of troubles  comforted and uplifted her spirit.  The last 6 chapters were the saddest of all that you’ll find yourself empathizing with Becky, however, like most stories, this series concluded with a happy scene.


Too good to pass up.  You would really want to finish it in one sitting.  A light and easy read, not sort of a thought-provoking book. 

Quite excited to know what Kinsella has in store for Becky’s  followers in Shopaholic Ties the Knot, so I’m starting after writing this post.   Was planning to postpone it until I finish another author but… 

And I can’t wait to see Touchstone Pictures’ Confessions of a Shopaholic in widescreen that’s coming out next month although it will be surely quite different from the book.  The movie trailer starring Isla Fisher as Becky Bloomwood can be previewed at Sophie Kinsella’s official site or at YouTube.




2 responses

6 01 2009
a cup of tea and a story

Of course not! Basically, girls just love shopping but as I said, I think no one can equal her. I’m probably just 25% comparable to her hahaha. Read the book to get to know her. I’m now reading the third book and she hasn’t changed. I would want to dislike her but I can see that she’s trying to improve in that aspect of her life, so let’s give her a chance. I believe the book will have a positive ending…

6 01 2009

I’m assuming that you are NOT another Becky Bloomwood right?

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