Review: Shopaholic to the Stars

Synopsis:

Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) has stars in her eyes. She and her daughter, Minnie, have joined husband Luke in LA – city of herbal smoothies and multimillion-dollar yoga retreats and the lure of celebrity. Luke is there to help manage the career of famous actress Sage Seymour – and Becky is convinced she is destined to be Sage’s personal stylist, and go from there to every A-list celebrity in Hollywood! Red carpet here she comes!

But things become complicated when Becky joins the team of Sage’s archrival without telling Luke. Will her ambition to make it in Hollywood cost too much?

Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella 

My thoughts:

I started this book months ago. I needed a bit of break from murder mysteries and thrillers which is generally the only thing I read. I thought reading a girly book would be a nice change. I got about half way when life happened (work, work and more work) and I only managed to start reading it again recently. I had to reread a lot of it to remember what happened where. Not such a memorable a book I guess.

This story was nothing I could relate to in real life. But very much like I would imagine living in Los Angeles would be like; or was like a few years ago when BlackBerrys were still a thing (as mentioned in the book).

The whole story takes place over a couple of weeks. Everything happens so unbelievably fast it is pretty hard to keep track of what happened when and how and to whom. And it is actually pretty tiring. I kept wondering while reading this – “When does anyone ever sleep, eat, work?”.

So this semi wealthy British family move to LA for a couple of months. In that short time, Becky wants to make her name as a Hollywood stylist and it needs to happen yesterday already. I found Becky, the main character,  to be incredibly shallow. From the beginning she is trying to look the part of an A-lister, dress like an A-lister, eat like an A-lister, go to shopping rehab and yoga classes like an A-lister. She wants to meet all the celebrities and then become a celebrity as soon as possible, at whatever cost.

As all of this is happening Becky’s best friend Suze and her husband (who is a wealthy Lord and even an investor in the Hollywood film industry) and her three children, also come from the UK for an extended holiday to LA to add to the mayhem. Then there is her dad who also comes to stay unexpected as well as Luke’s mom whom he hasn’t spoken to in years. All this makes for some great family slash relationships drama.

All the while Becky is so focused (selfishly) on making a name for herself that she loses track of what really matters: with her dad, her best friend, her husband. Shopping, becoming famous and making a name for herself is way more important.

It can only end badly. It did end badly but (as in not real life) everything came right for her in the end.

The ending was less than ideal. It was pretty predictable. There were a lot of loose ends though and the parts that were the most exciting and dramatic had not apparent conclusion or resolution (the side stories).

A nice change I suppose but I prefer crime novels and thrillers. And I really want to know what happened.

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