24 Sep 2008

Book Review: Shopaholic and sister

Shopaholic and sister by Sophie Kinsella is an interesting book which any females siblings can relate to. I m sure a family always consists of siblings who are mostly opposite each other in personalities. I can vouch for this because I am a part of a terrific duo. Becky Bloomwood and husband Luke are back from their extended honeymoon, and trying to settle down into life as a married couple. Having moved back to London, Becky’s out of a job and needs a way to entertain herself, but having gone a little...well...over the top with her shopping recently, Luke’s laying down some rules when it comes to money. That’s part of the story – the rest

As the title would suggest, the major part of the novel concerns a sibling. While she’s been away it transpires she does have a half sister at the other end of the country – a girl just a few years older than her, who she never knew anything about. Becky is delighted with the prospect of becoming best friends and shopping buddies with big sis Jess, but when they meet she begins to realise that things won’t be turning out exactly how she’s been dreaming.

Another part of the book also includes Suze who has been Becky's childhood friend, but since Becky was away on her honeymoon, has become busy with her twins and a new entrant in her life, Lulu, apparently her new best friend. This relationship also shows shades when the friendship starts breaking apart and finds a reunion at the end of the novel.

I wouldn't wanna ruin the end of the novel for you, since its takes many twists and turns for Becky to find a new self and set her priorities right.

The concept is nice and so is the way relations are handled. On researching about Sophie Kinsella's way of writing, i found out, she is best at making relationships work in her books. The situations mentioned are definitely something we can relate to whether we are a shopaholic or sibling of one.

Cud be better:
I think the situation with Suze and Lulu has been sidetracked in the novel. This relationship could have been given more importance since she has been her best friend since childhood.

My rating: 4/5

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