#BookReview | SHOPAHOLIC ABROAD (Shopaholic #2) by Sophie Kinsella @KinsellaSophie (March 15 2012 Transworld Books @TransWorldBooks)


For Rebecca Bloomwood, life is peachy. She has a job on morning TV, her bank manager is actually being nice to her, and when it comes to spending money, her new motto is Buy Only What You Need – and she’s really (sort of) sticking to it. The icing on the brioche is that she’s been offered a chance to work in New York.
New York! The Museum of Modern Art! The Guggenheim! The Metropolitan Opera House! And Becky does mean to go to them all. Honestly. It’s just that it seems silly not to check out a few other famous places first. Like Saks. And Bloomingdales. And Barneys. And one of those fantastic sample sales where you can get a Prada dress for $10. Or was it $100? Is Becky too dazzled to care?


This was another re read for me as I had already read this series a few years ago. I really enjoyed but fell behind when life got in the way so when I added the newest ones to my beat the backlist for this year it gave me a good excuse to re read the previous books.

Being back in Becky’s world is like coming home. I really enjoy Becky’s escapades and I find myself actually laughing out loud at the adventures she finds herself in. 

In this addition Becky is doing great in her new job as financial advisor on breakfast TV and after clearing all her debt from the first book she now finds herself back in the red on hundreds of her store cards and her credit card. Then the opportunity of a lifetime comes up for Becky to move to New York with her boyfriend Luke Brandon and suddenly a world new world opens up to Becky when she realises she will be able to shop at the big places like Barneys, Bloomingwoods and sample sales galore. 

Becky also gets given the opportunity to meet Elinor, Luke’s mother in this installment. As Becky sees who Elinor really is she becomes confused as to why Luke is so besotted with his mother. As Luke’s obsession grows so too does Becky’s negative bank balance.

Although I have never been to New York it is on the list of my must visit places so to be able to see it through Becky’s eyes (even if it was just the shops) has made me even more determined to visit. I loved this book and found myself eager to keep reading to discover the scrapes that Becky could get into next. I love how Becky is so loyal to her friends and family and how her instincts are also so spot in relation to the other characters. I also feel connected to Becky in that my safe place is home to my parents. Yet again Becky becomes Luke’s superhero as she manages to swoop in and save the day (& his company) for him.

Of course the shopaholic series wouldn’t be the same if there wasn’t a happy ending and goes Abroad covers that with Becky coming to the conclusion that she should sell up and move to New York by herself. With her debts finally cleared will Becky find the fresh start she’s looking for?

I can’t wait to read the next installment and discover for myself….  


You can buy Shopaholic Abroad from the following booksellers

(and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

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