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Shopaholic to the Stars: Shopaholic, Book 7 | [Sophie Kinsella]

Shopaholic to the Stars: Shopaholic, Book 7

Becky and her two-year-old daughter, Minnie, have relocated to L.A. to join her husband, Luke, who is there to handle PR for famous actress Sage Seymour. Becky can't wait to start living the A-list lifestyle, complete with celebrity sightings, yoga retreats, and shopping trips to Rodeo Drive. But she really hopes to become a personal stylist - Sage's personal stylist - if only Luke would set up an introduction.
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Publisher's Summary

Number one New York Times best-selling author Sophie Kinsella returns to her beloved Shopaholic series with Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) newly arrived in Hollywood and starry-eyed. She and her two-year-old daughter, Minnie, have relocated to L.A. to join Becky's husband, Luke, who is there to handle PR for famous actress Sage Seymour. Becky can't wait to start living the A-list lifestyle, complete with celebrity sightings, yoga retreats, and shopping trips to Rodeo Drive. But she really hopes to become a personal stylist - Sage's personal stylist - if only Luke would set up an introduction. Then, unexpectedly, Becky is offered the chance to dress Sage’s archrival, and though things become a bit more complicated, it’s a dream come true!

Red carpet premieres, velvet ropes, paparazzi clamoring for attention - suddenly Becky has everything she's ever wanted.

Or does she?

©2014 Sophie Kinsella (P)2014 Random House Audio

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    Amazon Customer 10-23-14
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    "A Cliffhanger!"

    If you're this far in the series, you enjoy these fun books as much as I. It's a whe new crazy venue, and Becky is growing...slowly. (Ok, Minnie is probably maturing more quickly.) Just beware, there is a cliff hanger ending, and the follow up book better be soon!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Kline 10-24-14
    Julie Kline 10-24-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Do NOT waste your money!"
    What would have made Shopaholic to the Stars better?

    Plot resolution, likable characters, decent writing.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not anything by Kinsella. I need some Jane Austen to cleanse my mental palate after this crappy book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator could have familiarized herself with the characters & series. Danny Kovitz, for example, is NOT English, he's American. He shouldn't have had an English accent. Sage Seymour is English, not "French/American" with the weirdest, most grating accent I've ever heard.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance that I wasted a credit.


    Any additional comments?

    Becky is back and her self-delusion and narcissism have reached new, and revolting, heights. In earlier books, Becky had redeeming qualities that helped readers to look past her immaturity. But in "Stars," she has crossed the line from charming ditz to completely unlikeable, self-obsessed fool. What worked for the first 3 books of the series no longer works because Becky is now 10+ years older but she has not grown, developed or matured an iota. If anything, she has regressed. This character has become a monster of selfishness and a consummate liar. Dishonesty, not shopping, may be this character's strongest trait.

    Most of the secondary characters in the book behave completely out of character, especially Suze, who has been transformed into a bitch on wheels. Major plot lines are started only to be left unresolved. Characters from the past reappear without any real reason for them to do so.

    Probably the most disturbing, and insulting, aspect of this book is that it just ends abruptly in the middle of the story, so don't expect any resolution if you do manage to slog through this thing. In what is a clear set up to milk this tired series for more $$$$, you're going to have to buy the next piece of claptrap by Kinsella to find out what happens with the plot points she doesn't resolve.

    Was this drek even written by Kinsella? Frankly, it reads much more like bad fan fiction.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Andre L. Gray Bronx, NY USA 10-31-14
    Andre L. Gray Bronx, NY USA 10-31-14 Member Since 2007

    gee & unlay

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    "PROBABLY THE WORSE AT ALL OF THE STORIES"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story was too vapid and the narrator was terrible.


    What was most disappointing about Sophie Kinsella’s story?

    Rebecca's shallowness was too exaggerated! The author could have delve more into the workings of Hollywood.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was terrible!! At first she sounded like a scatter brain teenager. However, she did improve toward the end of the book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was amusing at times but could have been so much better. Rebecca is so lovable and funny!


    Any additional comments?

    Get Emily Gray from now on to narrate these stories. She brings Rebecca to life!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Liz Greenfield Township, PA, United States 10-28-14
    Liz Greenfield Township, PA, United States 10-28-14 Member Since 2010
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    What did you like best about Shopaholic to the Stars? What did you like least?

    I love that this book made me LOL several times, I also as always, think Sophie kinsella does a great job with creating realistic tension in Becky and Luke's relationship. I don't like how the moral of this story seems to be that Becky's a bad person for wanting to be a stylist because it smells like the old " women can't have it all" plot line, and the whole Hollywood is shallow thing is kind of old. I like the shopaholic and I don't want her to be shamed! I also hate that there is a cliffhanger ending. These are books I like to listen too over and over while waiting for the next one to come out, and without a satisfying ending I just don't think I can do that. My only hope is that the next book will prove that Becky wasn't totally " selfish" in this one and everyone will apologize to her and she will find a way to use her shopping powers for good-- or at least good clients. Also the mysterious threads DO sound like they are leading to a classic Kinsella surprise, so my hopes are high:)


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Pissed Off.


    Have you listened to any of Clare Corbett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I like her.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Absolutely, I wish this was made into a long running TV show on amazon or netflix with the tone of The mindy project with each book being a season or so.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Toby Portsmouth, NH, United States 10-24-14
    Toby Portsmouth, NH, United States 10-24-14 Member Since 2010

    Anglophile. Prefer only British fiction and mysteries. Good translations of Italian, too.

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    "A generally good read with some laughs"
    What did you love best about Shopaholic to the Stars?

    I mostly enjoyed this book, but having read all of her previous Shopaholic and other novels was a bit let down by the ending. Not much was resolved and this may have been intentional. Still, it could have been done so with a bit more information.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Becky, I suppose. I would have enjoyed ore of Sooz and the other other characters. Shopaholic and Sister was so ripe with rich characters. This may have spoiled me. However, as satire of Hollywood and american shallowness, this is pretty right on as the characters are exactly that.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I had been overly anticipating the new one. I think this book could have been much better if it had gone on for a few more chapters, "to sort things out a bit more."


    Any additional comments?

    The character of Eleanor was ripe for expanding and this did not happen. Also, Minnie was a bit stereotypical and not particularly lovable. I also felt the reader/presenter was too gushy and the variations in sound level annoying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy CUMBERLAND FORESIDE, ME, United States 10-22-14
    Nancy CUMBERLAND FORESIDE, ME, United States 10-22-14 Member Since 2007
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    "SO Disappointed!!! Where is the old narrator?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The old narrator terrible narration


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Will not buy her books again unless she uses EMILY GRAY


    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie 12-21-14
    Stephanie 12-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointing"
    What didn’t you like about Clare Corbett’s performance?

    She didn't sound like Becky. The old narrator was much better. She made Danny have a British accent, and Danny is American.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is so unlike any of the other Shopaholic stories. It can't seem to stick to one plot - it is all over the place. I couldn't stand most of the characters, while usually they are lovably flawed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leisha AMAROO, Australia 12-10-14
    Leisha AMAROO, Australia 12-10-14 Member Since 2012

    Its an weird thing but my favourite genre to read is murder/mystery books but when it comes to audio books, I love ChicLit! Odd I know!

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    "Enjoyable but a continuation of an old story"

    Would recommend this book as a casual read but it is one of many in the series and the story is wearing a bit thin. But in saying that, i would still read the next installment (if there is one)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helena Noblesville, IN, United States 12-02-14
    Helena Noblesville, IN, United States 12-02-14 Member Since 2010

    yaya0918

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    "Expecting so much more!"
    If you could sum up Shopaholic to the Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Expecting much more.


    Would you recommend Shopaholic to the Stars to your friends? Why or why not?

    maybe... I was just disappointed with the self-center Becky... I enjoy her in all the past Shopaholic books and laugh till I cried. I did not in the this one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where Becky and Luke meet outside the theater...


    If you could take any character from Shopaholic to the Stars out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Luke or Suz


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe I just wasn't in the right frame of mind. I may try to listen again. I look forward to a really good laugh with all of Sophie's books and was disappointed in this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke Conway, SC, United States 11-12-14
    Brooke Conway, SC, United States 11-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it!!!"

    Sophie does it again!! I've forgotten how much I miss Becky. This book did NOT disappoint!! What a trip! Although, I'm curious what happened with her father and his friend...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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