Monday, September 26, 2005

Book Review IX

Book Review Title: Shopaholic Takes Manhattan Author: Sophie Kinsella Genre: Chick Lit Summary: Becky Bloomwood has a shopping problem that should have been conquered in her first print appearance in Confessions of a Shopoholic. While the debt was cleared away, she has been offered a trip of a life time -- to New York City. For Becky, her shopping dream quickly turns into a nightmare. Thank goodness one can wake-up from dreams. What was Good: I avoided reading this book, even though Confessions of a Shopoholic was superb. I feared it would just be more of the same, but I WAS WRONG. Ms. Kinsella was marvelous, simply marvelous. Becky's habits manifest in a completely different and equally funny way. New York allowed her shopping overrun her life, yet again. The recovery was even more amazing than her first instance of paying off her debt, which was referenced a few times. What wasn't: Becky has problems with the conversion between British pounds and American dollars from the start. It didn't work for me. The math is pretty basic; I've had to work it the other direction. The Take-Away: Becky's outrageous behavior makes me laugh and her solutions make me envy her. Recommendation: Take an afternoon and laugh at someone's else credit card debit. Be comforted that your's isn't as bad. Then start thinking of a Becky-like solution to absolve yours.

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