Shopaholic & Baby

Shopaholic & Baby

Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) is pregnant! She couldn't be more overjoyed-especially since discovering that shopping cures morning sickness. Everything has got to be perfect for her baby: from the designer nursery . . . to the latest, coolest pram . . . to the celebrity, must-have obstetrician. But when the celebrity obstetrician turns out to be her husband Luke's glamorou...

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Title:Shopaholic & Baby
Author:Sophie Kinsella
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ISBN:0385338708
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:359 pages

Shopaholic & Baby Reviews

  • Alison
    Apr 03, 2007

    I read the Shopaholic books as soon as I can get my hands on a copy. Sophie Kinsella is a really funny writer. She has sustained the Shopaholic idea through more sequels than most writers can. However, this book (and the previous one, Shopaholic and Sister) isn't as spot-on as the first two. I mean, isn't Becky ever going to learn to stop overspending? Every book involves her getting in a financial hole, then reforming at book's end, only to start over again in the next book. And of course, now

    I read the Shopaholic books as soon as I can get my hands on a copy. Sophie Kinsella is a really funny writer. She has sustained the Shopaholic idea through more sequels than most writers can. However, this book (and the previous one, Shopaholic and Sister) isn't as spot-on as the first two. I mean, isn't Becky ever going to learn to stop overspending? Every book involves her getting in a financial hole, then reforming at book's end, only to start over again in the next book. And of course, now that she's married to a rich guy, it's not quite so nervewracking when she maxes out her credit card. It IS true that when you have your first baby, you buy all kinds of things you didn't know you "needed," and the part of the book when Becky learns about "baby couture" and decides she needs multiple strollers is fun. Die hard fans like me will probably keep reading--but it's not the best in the series for sure.

  • Trin
    Jun 03, 2007

    Ahh, how times have changed. I used to consider these books a good guilty pleasure; now I find there's a lot less pleasure and a lot more guilt. Kinsella is still an amusing, energetic writer, but Becky really grated on my nerves this time around. She's just

    shallow and

    frivolous, and while in the first few books she was also just a regular working girl, now that she's rich (thanks entirely to her husband), her insane overspending and materialism swiftly loses its charm and becomes...icky.

    Ahh, how times have changed. I used to consider these books a good guilty pleasure; now I find there's a lot less pleasure and a lot more guilt. Kinsella is still an amusing, energetic writer, but Becky really grated on my nerves this time around. She's just

    shallow and

    frivolous, and while in the first few books she was also just a regular working girl, now that she's rich (thanks entirely to her husband), her insane overspending and materialism swiftly loses its charm and becomes...icky. It can be difficult to read a whole book about someone you would probably feel uncomfortable having lunch with.

    So, while I still think there's a...certain charm to these books, and that they're in many ways better than a lot of chick lit, I also just don't think they're for me anymore. I've become too old and cranky to enjoy them. They belong to a part of my life that no longer exists (in which, for example, I also secretly owned an Avril Lavigne CD).

  • Irah
    Jul 15, 2007

    first few pages made me laughed already but as i go later into the story YES....becky has gotten more shallow for some reason;it felt like someting was missing comparing from the previous series.

    BUT

    i'll admit;she is fab!

    ...that made me laugh so hard.how sophie kinsella create becky's mind is wonderful!shallow and materialistic but creative and one of a kind.

    just a great fun to read it.

    some say she's dumb but i find it unique!

    come on who have that much drama

    first few pages made me laughed already but as i go later into the story YES....becky has gotten more shallow for some reason;it felt like someting was missing comparing from the previous series.

    BUT

    i'll admit;she is fab!

    ...that made me laugh so hard.how sophie kinsella create becky's mind is wonderful!shallow and materialistic but creative and one of a kind.

    just a great fun to read it.

    some say she's dumb but i find it unique!

    come on who have that much drama during labour??

    im always a fan of her ,becky;im sure she'll be flattered.

  • Morgan
    Jan 14, 2009

    this was my favorite of the whole series. partly because she doesn't do anything completely ridiculous, and you can see that she is learning and growing and communicating more, even if it's not as much as she should. i seriously love how becky and suze refer to people they don't like as "cows". maybe it's an english thing, but it seems like such a random choice of words. even though all along you know how kind hearted, fun and well meaning becky is, i love how it comes out even more in this book

    this was my favorite of the whole series. partly because she doesn't do anything completely ridiculous, and you can see that she is learning and growing and communicating more, even if it's not as much as she should. i seriously love how becky and suze refer to people they don't like as "cows". maybe it's an english thing, but it seems like such a random choice of words. even though all along you know how kind hearted, fun and well meaning becky is, i love how it comes out even more in this book. i am a forever hopeless romantic, so i love the many becky and luke moments in this book, and i LOVE the end. i love that becky has grown and matured, but is still the same old becky who loves to shop, and always will. and i love that she is a mom.

  • Ruthie
    Apr 02, 2009

    I had the misfortune of buying this book before a long flight to Europe. Due to a lack of alternative entertainment, I read the book from cover to cover. While the book had some funny excerpts, my extreme dislike for the main character (Becky Brandon) overshadowed any enjoyment garnered from the book.

    Rather than being lovable, I found Becky to be irresponsible, annoying and pretentious. For example, after Becky's husband explains that his company is "hemorrhaging money" and asks her to reign in

    I had the misfortune of buying this book before a long flight to Europe. Due to a lack of alternative entertainment, I read the book from cover to cover. While the book had some funny excerpts, my extreme dislike for the main character (Becky Brandon) overshadowed any enjoyment garnered from the book.

    Rather than being lovable, I found Becky to be irresponsible, annoying and pretentious. For example, after Becky's husband explains that his company is "hemorrhaging money" and asks her to reign in her spending, Becky responds by hiding her purchases from him. How very responsible of her, indeed.

    Of course, I realize the book is of the chick lit genre, but it would have been nice to have a modicum of reality intermixed with the fiction.

    To me, Becky represents the irresponsible consumerism that has resulted in the current credit crisis, and frankly, I don't find anything laughable about that. Kinsella appears to have mailed in this book, and it's evident that she exercised the same level of brain power as possessed by her heroine in thinking through the plot.

  • Michelle
    Nov 21, 2010

    There is something wonderful about being able to pick up any book in the Shopaholic series and laugh out loud, forgetting about any other worries and escaping for a few hours. Sure some would say that chick-lit novels are a fluffy alternative to 'real' books and I guess they are, but that doesn't mean you can't have

    reading them. And that's what the Shopaholic series is - fun. The Shopaholic series also happens to include my future fiction husband: Luke Brandon. *dreamy sigh*

    The fifth book i

    There is something wonderful about being able to pick up any book in the Shopaholic series and laugh out loud, forgetting about any other worries and escaping for a few hours. Sure some would say that chick-lit novels are a fluffy alternative to 'real' books and I guess they are, but that doesn't mean you can't have

    reading them. And that's what the Shopaholic series is - fun. The Shopaholic series also happens to include my future fiction husband: Luke Brandon. *dreamy sigh*

    The fifth book in the series follows Becky Brandon through her pregnancy as she battles her

    celebrity obstetrician who is trying to seduce her husband away...or is Luke willing going to abandon Beck and her baby? It is written in typical Kinsella fashion with brilliant laugh-out-loud scenes which culminate in a...

    Shopaholic and Baby is another wonderfully light hearted instalment in the Shopaholic series and, while it won't win a Pulitzer Prize, it's well worth the read for anyone looking for a good laugh.

  • Claudia
    May 18, 2013

    Okay, how do I feel about this series?

    Dear Becky,

    Just quick question; why are you so dumb?

    I don't mean to offend you because academically you seem fine, but the general rule of intelligence is to learn from your mistakes.

    Have you EVER learned from your mistakes? People around you are aware you're spoiled and shallow and irresponsible but you just can't help yourself can you?

    Luke could probably do better, but he obviously loves you and that is truly what is important. I do actually quite like

    Okay, how do I feel about this series?

    Dear Becky,

    Just quick question; why are you so dumb?

    I don't mean to offend you because academically you seem fine, but the general rule of intelligence is to learn from your mistakes.

    Have you EVER learned from your mistakes? People around you are aware you're spoiled and shallow and irresponsible but you just can't help yourself can you?

    Luke could probably do better, but he obviously loves you and that is truly what is important. I do actually quite like your relationship - except for the secrets! You're aware that you should have an honest, open relationship but it's near impossible for you to manage it! Come on!

    However, I do love pregnant you, and I think you'll make great mum. Hopefully you and Luke get out of your economical problems soon because you will need all the money you can get to support both you and Minnie's shopping.

    Another thing: Minnie? The name. WHY?

    I'm sorry, but I just really detest that name. It's like you're asking for your daughter to be a brat. And she will be.

    Now, Becky, you're loved and you love. You have a big heart and you get great ideas sometimes. But please, please try and learn to not get into any messes because I am

    to just abandoning you completely.

    Love and well wishes,

    Claudia

  • Zia
    Apr 23, 2014

    What did I think?

    What did I not think?

    She's goddamn amazing.

    But I just couldn't bring myself to like this book. To be completely honest I felt the books got more and more horrible.

    Rebecca's Bloomwoods character is much to immature for her age and she really irritates me, her character has slowly become intolerable.

    How can you think your bladder is your baby?

  • Miguel
    Feb 09, 2015

    é uma adição à sequela que celebrizou Sophie Kinsella, protagonizada pela consumista, gastadora, dissipadora e pródiga Becky Brandon. Com efeito, qualificativos de valor depreciativo não faltam para imputar esta personagem. Contudo, no reverso da moeda, encontramos uma mulher carente, leal, que protege, ampara e vela pelos seus. A sua energia contagia e revitaliza os que estão à sua volta. Becky é extremamente sugestionável, sensível e emotiva, embora adore f

    é uma adição à sequela que celebrizou Sophie Kinsella, protagonizada pela consumista, gastadora, dissipadora e pródiga Becky Brandon. Com efeito, qualificativos de valor depreciativo não faltam para imputar esta personagem. Contudo, no reverso da moeda, encontramos uma mulher carente, leal, que protege, ampara e vela pelos seus. A sua energia contagia e revitaliza os que estão à sua volta. Becky é extremamente sugestionável, sensível e emotiva, embora adore futilidades. É uma personagem hilariante, sem dúvida!

    A escrita de Sophie Kinsella acompanha o próprio género da narrativa; é descontraída, ligeira, leve e desprendida de ambições. Gargalhei imenso com algumas passagens, ri a bandeiras despregadas, diverti-me, pura e simplesmente: através de uma leitura que, presumo, não é tida como profícua na consideração de muitos leitores emproados e desdenhosos.

    É evidente que assumo que

    não irá causar mudanças notáveis na Literatura, mas tal evidência não inviabiliza o usufruto da leitura!

  • Zoë
    Mar 07, 2015

    Book 31/100