Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella

Book Summary (from the back of the book)

Life has been good for Becky Bloomwood: She's become the best personal shopper at Barneys, she and her successful entrepreneurial boyfriend, Luke, are living happily in Manhattan's West Village, and her new next-door neighbor is a fashion designer!. But with her best friend, Suze, engaged, how can Becky fail to notice her own ring finger is bare? Not that she's been thinking of marriage (or diamonds) or anything...

The Luke proposes! Bridal registries dance in Becky's head. Problem is, two other people are planning her wedding: Becky's overjoyed mother has been waiting forever to host a backyard wedding, with the bride resplendent in Mum's frilly old gown. While Luke's high-society mother insisting on a glamorous, all-expensed-paid affair at the Plaza. Both weddings for the same day. And Becky can't seem to turn down either one. Can everyone's favorite shopaholic tie the knot before everything unravels?

My Review

Yeah, I read it. I told you I liked to have sherbet books once in a while, and the Shopaholic collection is quite that. You should also know I intend to read Shopaholic and Sister eventually, as well as Shopaholic and Baby; and apparently there’s a new book that just came out. 

Why do I like Becky Bloomwood? She is funny, airheaded sometimes, but funny. And is light to read, I finish the book in 2 days (technically 3, but that’s because I forgot my book at my boyfriend’s car, so doesn’t count). And because, just as Elle Woods (oh, what? You don’t know who that is? are a boy right?) at the end she surprises you in a sweet yet smart way.

The book wasn’t predictable, which is sometimes the problem with this type of books. Well, of course you know she will get married, but you don’t know when nor the problems she will encounter. The book doesn’t have a lot of new characters either. Luke is there, working his way to success, a little bit oblivious to the wedding preparations (luckily for Becky) and trying to work on his relationship with his mother (not so luckily for Becky). We have Suze, always trying to help Becky, even though her life is going through mayor change. And Becky’s lovely parents, giving it all for her daughter. I’m telling you, you cannot get a better feel-good book than this type of books…if you are a girl.

One thing that I particularly love of this series is the odd pages showing the letters Becky gets or writes, from banks, credit card companies, etc. They are just hilarious, and give you a bit more of the story. Also, you have tiny side stories, than do not overshadow the main, but some of them will merge to help the conclusion of the story in a soft, not over the top way.

Sometimes you will feel like Becky is selfish…and she is, she is just not consciously selfish. But once it hits her, it hits her hard. At the end, she will not only solve the conundrum of having 2 such opposite weddings, but in the meantime, she will help everyone around her, swiftly and effectively. And what’s more, she will make sure that does who she loves and love her back, will be placed before her, and will get the wedding of their dreams. Everyone will be happy…well almost. 

This book gave me exactly what I needed, a fun, relaxed time, before going to sleep. Funny characters, funny situations, tiny problems that look big in the verge of a wedding, sorry, weddings, and a resolution of all of them, wrapped in a happy occasion that opens the window for another book just like it.

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