I love Kinsella s books, and I loove Becky, but this one was my least favorite The way she had to drag on the wedding decision totally wore out my patience What sucked was that THAT was basically the main part of the story At some point, I was so irritated at her that I wasn t really concentrating on what I was reading because I wanted to hurry up and get to the conclusion And it s too silly how Luke was so unaware of the chaotic wedding planning, don t you think Almost pretentious I mean, my boyfriend is totally successful super busy and I may be a ditz but he would know if I m planning two weddings But yet it was definitely entertaining, and it did make me want a spectacular wedding at Plaza Wouldn t anyone
I know a 2 star rating is typically an automatic she didn t like it , but I am using the formal goodreads definition for the rating here It was OK To be honest, I am playing catch up on this series now that my library has finally added the audiobooks, and reading about Becky s epic avoidance laden screw ups back to back was not the brightest idea The cute is quickly turning to annoying, so I ll wait a few weeks before continuing to the next installment Overall, it s a great series, but I wouldn t recommend a Shopaholic bingefest Everything in moderation, right Becky This third book in the series was just as funny and in some ways hilarious than the first book This book has Becky and Luke moving forward in their relationship The problems begin when Becky can t say no, to totally different plans for the same event The cast of characters is fun and full bodied They have their own personalities which fill this book with a lot of conflict and humor Well written and fun, I was glad I read this book.
I m continuously surprised at how much I enjoy these books For one, they re chick lit, which I don t read much of and generally find insipid and insulting They re about a woman who is obsessed with shopping, something we really don t have in common Whenever she buys something which is often, and usually something she really doesn t need , I cringe Her debts make me anxious Her silly lies and cover ups give me acid burn The situations she gets herself into, the many times she lets people steamroll her, frustrate me And yet, and yetBecky Bloomwood is an engaging character, perhaps because of her flaws She s oddly vulnerable, and genuinely nice She s way polite than I am, the way she always finds something nice to say to people so as not to hurt their feelings instead of being brutally honest I admire her for that, since it s a skill I ve never been good at The downside is that it puts her in situations she can t politely get out of In this case, it s two weddings Now engaged to Luke, both her mother and Luke s mother are planning weddings for the same day, in different countries Becky can t seem to say no to either woman one because it would break her heart, the other because she d just be ignored.
The wedding Luke s mother, Elinor, is planning is a huge, hugely expensive and over the top affair at the Plaza in New York Everyone s talking about it The wedding planner, Robyn, is an unstoppable force, and even though Elinor is paying, Becky learns that to pull out she d have to pay Robyn 100,000.
On top of that, when she finally summons the courage to tell Luke her problem, he has a mid life crisis over his mother and career and Becky is left to figure out a miracle How to make Luke better, and go through two weddings without anyone realising another wedding ever existed I didn t think Becky would be able to solve this one, I really didn t Well, I learnt to have faith in her She does that, you know Makes things an even bigger mess than they ever needed to be, and then at the last minute, finds a way to fix it all These books power along with barely a moment to catch your breath along the way there s laughter and some subtle digs in this case, at the wedding industry It also pokes fun at the daggy home wedding, and it s this irreverent British humour that appeals to me I m much comfortable with it than the American kind, to be honest I understood it The Becky Bloomwood novels are similar to Bridget Jones Diary, which I loved book and movie They both have the same flaw though the male love interest is too much a side dish I believe Becky and Luke love each other, and in this book especially we get to understand Luke better But it seems sometimes like he doesn t really know Becky At times he clearly knows her very well and reads behind her silly assertions, and I like that he gets amused than pissed off by her frivolous spending habits But it bothered me that he was so absent I don t care for men who leave the planning of their own wedding entirely in the hands of the bride it s inconsiderate, and a man who takes no interest in the wedding, no matter how small, seems like a man disinterested in being married BUT, I believe Luke wanted to marry Becky, and I understood that he has issues with his mother that took over So I m willing to forgive I just don t like that Becky couldn t talk to him, didn t want to burden him with her own problems, and had no one to turn to Communication is so important in a relationship, and I hated all her cover ups and denials Sometimes I just want to shake her 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 That Her Own Ring Finger Is Bare Not That She S Been Thinking Of Marriage Or Diamonds Or Anything Then 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 Is Insisting On A Glamorous, All Expenses 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 One of the best chick lit series I ve read Becky Bloomwood is a delight and adorable She has her issues, of course, but somehow you can t help loving her Part of what makes these books so funny and cute is the ability Becky has to justify every purchase she makes And her shopaholic problems aside, she s a sweet, kind and big hearted person.
My sister and I were actually able to go to an author talk with Sophie Kinsella, and she s just as adorable as Becky So far there are 5 books in the series Confessions of a Shopaholic is the first , and all are worth the read My favorites are books 1, 4 and 5, but 2 and 3 are really important and also really good Again, without giving lots away I can tell you little about this book than the title already does But, just imagine the delights of a shopaholic with an excuse to purchase all things wedding related Happy reading Winner of Annie s Awards 2005 Favorite Comedy 2nd place Even after reading all this book and seeing Becky progress than only just shopping even though I hope just like Luke she never looses the Bloomwood I m sure I wouldn t want a joint bank account with this woman, she d also drive me a little crazy but in a good way in small dozes.
The shopaholic s life is on the up and at her friends wedding Luke proposes and Becky is now engaged Tasked with planning a wedding or shall we say two The whole problem from the start is everyone interfering, Becky should have just chose what she wanted from the start, it s there wedding no one elses I felt like shouting for much of this book it s Becky s Wedding so she should be deciding I love all the letter again including the one about divorce before they are even married.
Luke s mum even with the back story I still think she s a cow no wonder it took me a while to warm to Luke when he has some of her genes It starts with the prenuptial agreement it s just the way her manner is in anything she s asking I don t like the woman one bit The one person I hate as much as his mother is Robyn the American wedding planner she s like an axe murderer and I d happily sue the woman for 100 thousand dollars like she does for a cancellation fee It s like blackmail, she d have you marrying an axe murderer which Luke is not but still there is a much preferable wedding to be attended Luke was a character in the first two books I did not warm to however this one really changed my opinion of him, you took away his outer appearance of being always confident and replaced it to me with the real Luke He s very raw in this book and it s like he s having a mid life crisis but it s the best I ve ever thought of him and I ve never liked him better I like Micheal again in this book and i m pleased he gets over heart attack Suzie is another great character and the addition of the baby is an interesting one with where this series will be heading Alicia is still a bitch and I love it when Luke kicked her out another good thing to add to why i m not warming to Luke Back in England it s interesting to see Tom and Lucy split up and for Tom to still be in love with Sophie Danny is also a great character even with some of his dodgy sewing.
The wedding at the end is much perfect for them just due to it being not perfect with the sausage roll dress Becky and Luke at the end are set to go on a round the world trip for a honeymoon and in true Becky style two large suitcases to bring things back in, wherever there home will be.