Becky Bloomwood and a hilarious cast of beloved family and friends (plus one enemy!) set off in a van to find her missing father, last heard from in Las Vegas.
Becky’s father Graham and her best friend’s husband, Tarquin, have disappeared from Los Angeles saying simply they have “something to take care of.”
But Tarquin’s wife Suze who is Becky’s best friend, and Becky’s mother Jane, are convinced the two men are hiding something and are in danger—their imaginations run wild. They must track them down!
Hijinks ensue as husband Luke drives Becky, daughter Minnie, Jane, Suze and other favorite Kinsella characters across country from LA to Las Vegas in search of the missing men.
Becky feels deeply guilty about ignoring her father while he was in LA, in addition Becky feels her enemy Alicia is threatening her friendship with Suze.
My first shopaholic book, and that’s probably why I enjoyed it so much. Many people are saying that it starts to get a little repetitive after 8/9 books, and yep I can totally imagine. But if you haven’t read any of the shopaholic stories, then I really recommend you read either this one. Or probably the first one. I had no problem picking up the storyline even though I hadn’t read the other ones.
How could I review this book without mentioning how funny it is? Every single page is snort-inducing and sometimes, it completely takes you by surprise. It’s a similar kind of humour to Finding Audrey, sometimes humour that is completely inappropriate yet hilarious.
While still managing to be lighthearted, and a very simple book, Sophie’s genius writing skills still show through. The book flows at a beautiful pace, and never feels to slow or too fast. The use of exaggeration and overreaction from the amazing characters is an amazing writing technique, done flawlessly in Sophie’s more than capable hands.
Enough about the comedy and writing. Let’s go to the ending. Honestly, when reading this book, I had no idea where Sophie would go. She had such an “out-there” plot that I was really not sure how she was going to wrap things up. And somehow, through some, crazy, unique stroke of genius, she thought of a way to end it. And it was perfect. Perfect ending, with more than a healthy dose of drama to get the reader on the edge of their seat.
While the ending is happy, it’s not the “everyone lives in pink castles and romps around on white horses” kind of ending. Rather, it’s the ending where I felt a little nostalgic, because the book was such a journey and it was finally coming to an end. Strangely enough, by the end of the book, I felt that every character had grown immensely, even though I couldn’t quite pinpoint how they grew or examples. Character development was so good that I didn’t even realise it!
While I’m going to give this book a ten, I did have one teeny problem with it, and that was two or three different occasions where there were coincidences that the book relied quite majorly on. For example, lots of people being called Rebecca, Becky looking similar to a person she had never met before, Becky winning consecutively at a casino, etc. While it did not interfere with the plot and didn’t get too annoying, it did frustrate me a little bit. But I still enjoyed the book. Hence the ten.
Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ 10/10
Shopaholic to the Rescue is out now. Buy at your local bookstore.
- Title: Shopaholic to the Rescue
- Author: Sophie Kinsella
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Press (October 22nd, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN10: 0593074637
- URL: Goodreads