Review by Melinda Bookworld Super Reviewer
You have to rub your hands together with glee when you see that Becky is heading to Hollywood to tackle celebrities and the “L.A Lifestyle”!
As always, Sophie Kinsella treads a fine line in creating a character that is likeably enough that you want her to do well, but cringe worthy enough that you gasp at the debacles that she gets caught up in.
Becky is having a hard time adjusting to life in L.A. She’s a fish out of water, with little support and an old arch nemesis butting in, who appears as though she’s had a personality transplant.
When Luke asks her if she needs a hand up in the fickle L.A fashion scene, Becky sets a challenge to herself, to become a celebrity stylist, and no-one is going to get in her way!
There’s a few bumps in the road, when her father arrives in town on a top secret mission, sending her family into panic, and Suze and Tarquin come to visit, wanting to escape the confines of Manor living in the UK.
Becky attempts valiantly to become a stellar celebrity stylist, and it dawns on her towards the end of the novel that the price she needs to pay in order to achieve success might just be too much, even for her.
Shopaholic to the Stars is a strong novel, written in Kinsella’s usual style. There are certainly many moments where there is a superb realism to Becky’s fiascos, to the point where I had to stop reading when I started feeling secondhand embarrassment for her!
The novel definitely leaves you wanting more, my only question would be: “how long do I need to wait now Sophie?”