Sophie Kinsella's "Shopaholic and Baby"
December 15, 2009 6:17pm CST
Has anyone read this, besides me? I just finished it last night - after starting to read it.. the day BEFORE that. Needless to say, it was an extremely quick read - almost too quick! Sophie Kinsella has a way of making me do that: read an entire book in two sittings. Wow! In case anyone doesn't follow the "series", it started with Confessions of a Shopaholic (which later turned into a sub-par movie), and then came "Shopaholic takes Manhattan" and "Shopaholic Ties the Knot", and after that I think it was "Shopaholic and Baby" (hence this discussion.) Do you feel like this new(est) book holds true to the series? To summarize the first book for you: it's basically about a girl (or woman, I should say), who is addicted to shopping (but playfully so) and with three foots in the grave (as far as credit card debt goes!) she somehow lands a financial advising job. The later books deal with her love, life, family, and everything in between..And how her "going a little overboard" now and again gets in the way of that. This is one of those books that may be borderline touching a "touchy" issue, but should be taken totally lightly, as never once does it seem like Rebecca is TRULY confronted with her addiction to shopping. It's a playful chick lit book, with a little bit of Brit humor thrown in. (Don't ya just love that?) Anyway, "Shopaholic and Baby" was the 4th or 5th one of the series. I was honestly surprised that for the majority of the book - the baby was yet to be unborn. And Rebecca (I think that's her name..Oh how I forget!) gets herself into a lot of trouble; including dealing with her hubby's ex-girl friend, thinking that he's cheating, faking the birth of her baby, and a bunch of other cute twists and turns throughout the novel. The ending (what a surprise) is more pleasant than the last (and I'm not even sure how that's possible). My only complaint is that it seemed to turn out TOO well, like a lot of these chick lit books tend to do. Unrealistically well. *SPOILER* Instead of finding out her husband's cheating, which a normal wife would, she found out that someone was trying to make it LOOK like he was cheating. *shrugs*. Just not realistic. But it's not like you read these types of books BECAUSE they're realistic. . Anyway, this has been a long review sort of thing. Has anyone else read this book or any of Sophie Kinsella's? What did you think? Do you sometimes crave a less-than-perfect ending, too, or is it just me? And how do you think "Shopaholic and Baby" stacks up to the rest of her books? Better, or sub-par?