I'm a big Jane Austen fan and I thought this book would bring her works into a more contemporary setting. The book started out slow, but I figured it would get better as it progressed. Unfortunately it didn't. There were snippets of each Jane Austen book and the themes were reflected in each chapter, but the whole concept didn't mesh very well. Too choppy at times as each character's story was being told. I had a hard time keeping everything straight. The narrator's voice didn't help either. She sounded condescending at certain points and just plain annoying the rest of the time. I'd like to give it another try, so I'll probably read it rather than listen to it.
There were several parts of this book that I enjoyed, but the main character was so ditzy and clueless at some points that I felt like giving up on the book because it frustrated me so much. The long-winded descriptions also made it hard to listen to. I felt like fast-forwarding at certain points. It could have been half the length and been much more entertaining. Similar to the Shopaholic series in some ways, although this one was written first. Not the best "chicklit" I've listened to, but not too bad if you're willing to stick it out until the end.
I enjoyed this lastest Shopaholic book very much, but I found that Becky Bloomwood was at her most irritating in this book. Despite all the trouble she's gotten into in past books she never seems to learn from her mistakes and the mishaps in this book are very similar to those in the other three. i.e. Becky tells a fib and finds things spiralling out of control because of her lie. Of course, she always redeems herself in the end so it's impossible to hate her, but I came really close this time. The introduction of a sister for Becky made for an interesting plot, especially since they're so different. I was very ambivalent about Shopaholic and Sister until right at the end. However, it's a definite must-read if you are a fan of the Shopaholic series.
This book was great! I listened to the whole thing in one day. If you liked the Shopaholic books then you'll love this one. The main character is much more down to earth and likeable than Becky Bloomwood. Although I liked that character a lot too. I laughed out loud so many times. It's a good thing I wasn't on the bus.
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