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Shopaholic Abroad (Shopaholic #2)

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  94,888 Ratings  ·  2,527 Reviews
For Rebecca Bloomwood, life is peachy. She has a job on morning TV, her bank manager is actually being nice to her, and when it comes to spending money, her new motto is Buy Only What You Need - and she's really (sort of) sticking to it. The icing on the brioche is that she's been offered a chance to work in New York.

New York! The Museum of Modern Art! The Guggenheim! The
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 2006 by Vlack Swan (first published 2001)
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Sep 01, 2009 Angelc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: already-own-read
Love her or hate her, Rebecca Bloomwood is possibly one of the most memorable characters in current fiction. She's so over the top and fabulous even though the poor thing really does have an addiction as bad as any other addiction-she's a shopaholic. I read the first Shopaholic book and absolutely loved how fun and fanciful the whole idea was, and Becky's romance with Luke was unexpected and sweet. However, reading the sequel, I often felt like I was reading the exact same book over again, but w ...more
Jan 18, 2015 Zoë rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 10/100 for 2015!
I loved this book! Rebecca really grew as a character and I am in LOVE with her and Luke. I really enjoyed the change in location from London to NYC as well! I can't wait to get my hands on the next book!
Jul 11, 2008 Lanette rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I tried, I really did... but I couldn't get past the first chapter... and knowing that there are, what, 3? 4? more books in the series after this... I just couldn't make myself finish it.

It's probably because I get very irritated by people who are stupid when it comes to managing their money and being irresponsible... so the fact that this dim-wit is now giving others financial advice left a bad taste in my mouth... and the fact that she had dug herself into debt again just made me mad.

I looke
Off the bat, I'm yet to warm up to Rebecca Bloomwood.

I didn't connect with her in Shopaholic, or in Shopaholic & Sister (I read it before Manhattan).

You would think that with the second book, Rebecca has at least grown some or gained depth. Instead, she's the same Becky we met in Shopaholic: a pathological liar, a trait that makes her look insecure rather than someone to be pitied

She's still dumb, daft, dense, shallow, whiny and a hypocrite who dishes out what she can't take.

Rebecca is a
I am (slowly) working my way through this series and re-reading it before the movie premiers. I laughed my way through the books the first time and really got a kick out of it. And I am laughing again the second time 'round too; however, I am starting to realize that Becky is - to put it quite frankly - DUMB! Who does the things that she does? And then gets by with it? Pure dumb luck is the only thing that pulls her out of the strange and contradictory situations that this girl gets herself into ...more
Jun 15, 2007 Janna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I know I know - I hated the first one, why read the second? I actually really TRIED to like these since my friend just LOVED them and raved about them and continuously wanted to discuss them. *sigh* I wouldn't have finished if I didn't have this obsessive tendency to HAVE to finish a book I start. Our favorite whiny, self-destructive, vacuous character on a rampage in Manhatten - despite finding the "job of her dreams" she manages to be miserable. Bah. I don't think I disliked it because of the ...more
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Rebecca's life seems to be in order now, what with the thriving TV show she's part of and her finally getting rid of all those debts. And then her boyfriend announces he's going to open his business in the USA. What else does a woman in love to do? Follow her boyfriend, of course!

And soon, Becky Bloomwood strikes again! This time, her crazy antics reached Manhattan, and Carrie Bradshaw was right to steer clear of her while she's in town. Becky accompanies boyfriend Luke Brandon in NYC and before
Aug 30, 2015 Laurence rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dying-to-read

Once again, Sophie Kinsella does it: she creates a funny, romantic and original novel.

I loved the first book in this series. Its idea is so original, so well-thought and so addicting that I know that, no matter how long it takes me, I'm going to read this series to its end, because it's really amazing. The continuation of the story in this book is just great. Becky is more aware of her tendencies, even though that doesn't mean she doesn't make mistakes again ('cause she makes A LOT of them
This was a terrific, funny book. Book two of the Shopaholic series sees Becky and her boyfriend Luke moving to New York so he can set up a new office there. As expected, Becky's shopping gets out of hand again, creating disaster. It's not a complicated book at all. But that's not a bad thing -- this is a terrific book to curl up in bed with, or to take to the beach with you.

I found myself laughing out loud a great deal more than I did with the first book. Becky's attempts to sneak in her purcha
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At A Glance

Chick lit
Love Triangle/Insta Love?: nope.
Cliff Hanger: nope.
Rating: 4.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 7
Plot: 8
Characters: 8
World Building: 7
Flow: 8
Series Congruity: 8
Writing: 8
Ending: 8

Total: 8

In Dept

Best Part:
New York!
Worst Part: Again, too clean an ending.
Thoughts Had: yay new york!; that witch!


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: yah

Short Review: I think that the fact that i read two of Sophie's books in just 1 day should be reason enough for others
May 10, 2016 Nusrat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: most-favorite, 2016
hahahahaha!!!!! I mean her life is fabulous and terrific and pathetic at the same time. I love this book, I totally love this book. because like Becky, I myself put my leg on an axe so many times, screwed my life so many phases of my life still I survive the situation by continuous witty lies (don't judge me okay? I have also a good heart like her) and then one day wins everybody's heart and my luck with my truth and hard work. It's a fun read, a very comfy read to relax your mind. highly recomm ...more
Jan 09, 2016 Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Becky Bloomwood. I read about what's going on in her head, but I still don't understand it. I don't see how she could think that some of the things she does are logical.

I really liked the change of scenery, but I was worried I was going to get a over-stereotyped version of New York/America (like in the Georgia Nicolson series). That was not the case! I'm really pleased with how it was done actually. Although I don't understand why both Becky and Georgia think all Americans are so nice. People a
May 07, 2016 Kavita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, romance
Becky and Luke are now together, but Luke turns out to be the kind of man who is always busy with his work. He cancels out on dinners and weekend trips, holidays and meeting with parents on a regular basis, so much so that Becky's parents haven't even set eyes on him and the neighbours have a rumour going on that Luke does not exist at all. When Tom gets married to Lucy, all hell breaks loose because Becky desperately wants to be seen as a couple with Luke - who has again got caught up with work ...more
Cara and Ashley
Just when I thought I would be disappointed in a sequel, Ms. Kinsella proves me wrong! This Shopaholic book is a fantastic read, and amazingly it’s even better than the first!!!
The first book introduced us, with vivacious clarity, to the funny and quite endearing protagonist Becky Bloomwood. But in this second novel, although the reader will receive more exposure to her hilarious shopping exploits, the author has narrated a completely different perspective by placing Becky in the fashion capital
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Hippo dari Hongkong
First of all... I'M NOT A CHICKLIT READER!
get that?

OK. *Most* Women love to shop.
I get that.
Why women love to shop and tend to buy something they don't actually need (useless?)
I don't get that.
Well, it's a "girl stuff" I guess and I don't wanna know :D

You see, dear, it is not true that woman was made from man's rib; she was really made from his funny bone. ~James Matthew Barrie~

That's how I felt about Becky's character, in another word; I like her. I know that some reader (girls) really, I mea
This is not the kind of book I usually read, but my father, fully aware of my handbag addiction, had given me one of the sequels for my birthday once, and since I recently visited Manhattan for the first time, I thought "Shopaholic Takes Manhattan" could be fun. But I found that in this book, Shopaholics shopping addiction is a bit over the top even for her, seeing that she almost becomes bankrupt twice because of it, and then sells everything she owns. I had also been hoping for more Manhattan, ...more
Sep 26, 2015 Noella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been around six months since Rebecca Bloomwood successfully paid off her credit card bills but things are getting out of hand again. Her manager Derek Smeath at Endwich Bank has retired and a stricter manager has replaced him. Even though Becky's salary has increased with her job at Morning Coffee, her spending has also increased dramatically. When Luke heads to New York for business, Rebecca follows him and there she discovers a shopping paradise which empties her pockets in no time! It go ...more
Love Fool
Jul 29, 2014 Love Fool rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How could you not be excited for Becky Bloomwood and her traveling to New York City with her hot new man. New love is so much fun and I love reading about the ins and outs of it. Plus, the best shopaholic is in NYC, one of the best cities for fashion lovers. If you loved part 1 like I did you will not be disappointed by part 2.
Melissa Ann
Mar 30, 2016 Melissa Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really love Becky, she's like a kindred spirit. I don't exactly have a crazy out of control shopping problem but I's not far of. I definitely have an extreme attachment to some of the stuff that I have bought for now logical purpose. "10 yards of Doctor Seuss ribbon, I totally needed that, it was a bargain, 10 yards was cheaper than buying just 1. It will come in handy one day."

This book was so much fun to read and I enjoyed how she came out on top in the end, that's a good message
Joana Esteves
Tal como o primeiro, este é um daqueles livros indicados para quando queremos algo mais leve e divertido.
Jazzy (The Curious Alice)
I adored this book! Even though it is a very funny book there are serious elements to it which is what I love. Kinsella really touches on real life things with Becky being in debt. Beck is such a funny character and I love how driven she can be. She can be selfish at times but it always comes back to bite her in the arse. It was so funny to see Becky go to New York and try to fit in with everyone else and have her shopping habits get a little out of a control. This book definitely keeps me in ch ...more
Jun 13, 2015 Chantelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now this was more like it! All the Kinsella books I've read lately have made me cringe with embarrassment at the cheesiness, as well as the general awfulness of the plot. I loved Kinsella when I was younger, and I wondered after reading her newer work in my 20's whether I had just lost some of the love I had for her as I aged, or whether it was her writing getting worse and worse. Well...turns out it was the latter. Although Becky did do a lot of things in story that had me rolling my eyes and t ...more
Justine Wach
I hate this book.

I like this book at the beginning, like the first 30%, I guess. and after that I am annoyed with Becky. i mean, she has debt, $10k in the first book, she managed to pay it all. but then she just keep repeating the same mistake. i mean, do you have enough time in your short life to make the same mistake? come on.


she is clumsy. she forgot her red bill, that is basically her life saver. if people knew about it, she is completely a mess. she is a shopaholic but she is also a
Sep 01, 2009 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shopaholic Takes Manhattan By Sophie Kinsella is about a shopaholic Rebeca (becky) who just dissuaded to get rid of her debt. she works as a finical guru on tv so when her boyfriend luke asked her to move to new york she couldn't resist. She just got her debt in her grasp she starts spending bunches of money on new york fashions. soon then becomes a celerity, but rediscovers her debt in new york.

text to text connection to the first book but i think its pretty much the same although becky kind of
I'm still confused about this series. I wrote this review for "Confessions of a Shopaholic", and I'm feeling a very similar one for this book.

I just don't like this girl's spending problems! They actually make my stomach hurt! It just seems like such an odd topic to write so lightly about, and I'm still disturbed by her lies! I was relieved that she was able to pay everything off in the end (just like in book 1), but still -- I don't think I like these books the way I expected to.

Oddly, the "f"
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Sep 18, 2009 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, 2009
Things seem to be going so well for Rebecca Bloomwood: her slot handing out financial advice to housewives on Morning Coffee is doing great; she's going out with one of Britain's most handsome and eligible bachelors, Luke Brandon; and she has a new excuse to buy lots of clothes and shoes: "investing in her career".

But those pesky bills keep coming in the mail and her bank manager, Derek Smeath, has decided to retire - with a warning that his replacement won't be so flexible about her overdraft.
Kayla Finley
Jan 31, 2009 Kayla Finley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Oddly enough, I actually liked this sequel better than the original Shopaholic book! Of course, I was annoyed that Becky didn't seem to understand that she was slipping back into old habits. I don't understand how she can pay attention to the tiniest details of certain things that she really cares about, but doesn't pick up on the sketchy people that are trying to get information from her. Suze is even more of an airhead than Becky is, unbelievably at times.

So, yes. The whole series is about cra
Apr 25, 2010 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so I finished the series, mostly because I don't like to leave things unfinished rather than I was hooked. The thing is the characters are very underdeveloped and you have a hard time caring what happens to them. Even the main character, all you really know about her is she has a spending addiction and she can spin a tale. Almost all the characters are in all the books, yet we really don't know anything about them. Luke, works a lot, has a need to impress his mother and keeps upcoming major ...more
Daphne Hartman
May 21, 2016 Daphne Hartman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
I love Becky! Oké af en toe irriteer ik me ook aan haar onverantwoordelijke gedrag en domme acties maar dit maakt het verhaal ook weer grappig. In deel 2 van de serie is echt een hoop gebeurd waardoor het verhaal boeiend bleef. Ik kijk uit naar het lezen van de vervolg delen, ik wil graag weten hoe het Becky gaat verlopen. Ik kan iedereen aanraden de boeken te gaan lezen maar je moet ze wel met een korreltje zout nemen, Anders ga je je alleen maar irriteren.
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Madeleine Wickham (born 12 December 1969) is a bestselling British author under her pseudonym, Sophie Kinsella. Educated at New College, Oxford, she worked as a financial journalist before turning to fiction. She is best known for writing a popular series of chick-lit novels. The Shopaholic novels series focuses on the misadventures of Becky Bloomwood, a financial journalist who cannot manage her ...more
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Shopaholic (8 books)
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1)
  • Shopaholic Ties the Knot (Shopaholic, #3)
  • Shopaholic and Sister (Shopaholic, #4)
  • Shopaholic & Baby (Shopaholic, #5)
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