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Shopaholic Takes Manhattan par Sophie…

Shopaholic Takes Manhattan (édition 2004)

par Sophie Kinsella

Séries: L'accro du shopping (2)

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With her shopping excesses in check- for now at least-and her new career as a TV financial adviser. But now Becky's business minded boyfriend needs to move to New York and he wants her to move with him!.
Titre:Shopaholic Takes Manhattan
Auteurs:Sophie Kinsella
Info:Dell (2004), Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
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L'accro du shopping à Manhattan par Sophie Kinsella

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"This expensive, glossy world is where I've been headed all along. Limos and flowers; waxed eyebrows and designer clothes from Barneys. These are my people; this is where I'm meant to be."
-Becky Bloomwood
Universally beloved by readers, Sophie Kinsella's national bestseller, Confessions of a Shopaholic, introduced the irrepressible one-woman shopping phenomenon, Becky Bloomwood. Now, in this hilarious follow-up, Becky and her credit cards are headed across the Atlantic....
With her shopping excesses (somewhat) in check and her career as a TV financial guru thriving, Becky's biggest problem seems to be tearing her entrepreneur boyfriend, Luke, away from work for a romantic country weekend. And worse, figuring out how to "pack light." But packing takes on a whole new meaning when Luke announces he's moving to New York for business-and he asks Becky to go with him!
Before you can say "Prada sample sale," Becky has landed in the Big Apple, home of Park Avenue penthouses and luxury department stores.
Surely it's only a matter of time until she becomes an American TV celebrity, and she and Luke are the toast of Gotham society. Nothing can stand in their way, especially with Becky's bills miles away in London.
But then an unexpected disaster threatens her career prospects, her relationship with Luke, and her available credit line! Shopaholic Takes Manhattan-but will she have to return it?
  Lin456 | Oct 20, 2020 |
"Shopaholic Abroad" is very funny and I can relate to some of Rebecca (Becky, Bex) Bloomwood's problems with shopping (after all, on a 10 week business trip to the U.K. I shopped so much I had to pay £625 in excess baggage fees). Although, in my case, it's not lilac sandals I think I need (on the other hand, I went into a shoe store on Neal Street in London with a woman on my team I was traveling with and debating if I should get some sandals and when I was doubtful she pushed me, "get them, get them" and I spent £69 on them) I'm more into CDs and books...

I last read "Confessions of a Shopaholic" a few years ago so when starting this I'd forgotten various details about Becky's life, Luke, her job and what-not, but it didn't take too long to pick it up again, and as a completely new story, it wasn't too much trouble.

Following Becky around as she's mostly oblivious to anything except clothes is a lot of fun, and then the stories she tells her roommate, Suze or her boyfriend, Luke and the way she digs deeper and deeper holes to cover up her trail... The one page letters from her bank scattered here and there give us a view of what's happening financially.

In this case, Luke takes her on her first trip to New York City, where she goes absolutely bonkers hitting all the shops, while staying at the Four Seasons. Meanwhile she's being spied upon by someone hired by Luke's main assistant who has her own plans for his downfall, which gives Becky no few problems of her own.

Very fast paced, easy to get through, and quite a few laughs. I'm looking forward to the next one in the series, when Becky and Luke get married.

I should reread this now that I live in Manhattan and might know the locations better than previously. ( )
  KevinRubin | Aug 17, 2020 |
The first 3/4 of this book is unbearable. Becky is so incredibly irresponsible I could only read a chapter or two at a time before putting it down for the day. What's worse than her complete lack of self control however is that she is a pathological liar. She desperately needs a therapist and yet no one ever mentions this to her. Becky becomes less of a colourful character and more of a ridiculous caricature as the book progresses. Finally you hit the stage where everything catches up with her but by that point it's hard to feel for her enough to really care.
Her romance with Luke also made very little sense because we're never given any deep indication of what Rebecca even feels about him outside of her narcissistic fantasies about what his success might bring her. It's impossible to tell what these characters even see in each other.

Despite my frustrations I will give it 2 stars because it did keep me coming back and I felt the story did greatly improve once things went sideways for Becky ( )
  mackinsquash | Aug 15, 2020 |
I am glad that I re-read this book, but feel disappointed overall with how the earlier books in the Shopaholic series no longer stand up. I think it's because I have already read these books and the latest, that I just feel nothing but flat out annoyance towards Rebecca (Becky) and her hare-brained schemes to not pay her bills, to cover up when she's in over her head, and somehow through sheer luck to get out of trouble. And then somehow is in the right in the end when she is 100 percent in the wrong.

I read the first book several years ago and remember being charmed by it. In this second book, we now have Becky and Luke dating. Becky has convinced Luke to go off and take a mini-break to the country. While there she realizes that Luke has plans to expand his company to America, specifically New York. Becky after the events in the last book has paid off all of her debts and thinks she finally has her shopping bug under control.

Spoilers, she does not.

Pretty much Becky acts as if she has paid her bills off, that apparently if she uses her credit card that means her balance stays zero. Considering that Becky is a financial expert (seriously this was always funny to me) on a morning television show, you would think she be a bit smarter. I think readers are supposed to find Becky endearing. I just found her to be hopelessly immature.

Becky's relationship with her parents is to keep them in the dark (though you of course realize they are not that dumb) and she wants Luke to make a public declaration of his love for her. Honestly, I never got to be much of Luke fan until the later books. He feels like a non-person in these earlier books. We are given bare bone facts about him and you can feel yourself sympathizing with him. But then we are supposed to ignore his need to prove himself in America cause Becky gets her feelings hurt when they go to New York.

There are secondary characters long time readers know about like Tarquin and Suze. They also don't age very well in this second book in my opinion.

The writing was okay, but the flow was pretty bad. I think it is because you are just waiting for the characters to move along to New York. Of course once we move from London to New York I was bored senseless. You don't get a real sense of the city, crowds, movement, the uniqueness of New York. That's cause all Becky is focused on is shopping and hiding it from Luke.

The ending at first I thought redeemed itself. But when we go to two months later and things are just kind of hand-waved away and Luke telling Becky how right she is (after once again having her finances get to threat level midnight levels) I just yawned myself through it.

I read this for Romance Book Bingo 2017 square: Second Chances

This fits that square because the main couple breaks up and then gets back together at the end of the book.. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Would I rather read this than, oh, some intractable poetry by James Joyce? Eh, I guess. Is it seriously lacking in panache, realism, and depth? Heck, yes.

Basically an offering on the altar of late nineties/early naughts consumerism. The relationships, the jobs, the friendships, are all besides the point. "Gourmet Rhapsody," an orgy hymn to food in many ways, works because (a) food nourishes the soul, (b) Muriel Barbery is not just a passable, but an AMAZING writer.

Sophie Kinsella is funny and all, but I really doubt I will read more in this series. Maybe the first one. Couldn't even muster up enough energy to really hate her, ya know? Would serve as a good case study for sociologists in 2500 AD wanting to understand our culture, though. ( )
  charlyk | Nov 15, 2019 |
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