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Shopaholic #5

Shopaholic & Baby

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Becky Brandon's life is blooming. She's working at London's newest big store, The Look, house-hunting with husband Luke (her secret wish is a Shoe Room)... and she's pregnant. She couldn't be more overjoyed--especially after discovering that shopping cures morning sickness. Everything has to be perfect for her baby: from the designer nursery and the latest stroller to top-of-the-line medical care.

But when the must-have celebrity obstetrician Becky's been so desperate to see turns out to be Luke's glamorous, intellectual ex-girlfriend, Becky's perfect world starts to crumble. She's shopping for two... but are there three in her marriage?

359 pages, Hardcover

First published February 15, 2007

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Sophie Kinsella

114 books38.1k followers
Sophie Kinsella has sold over 40 million copies of her books in more than 60 countries, and she has been translated into over 40 languages.

Sophie Kinsella first hit the UK bestseller lists in September 2000 with her first novel in the Shopaholic series – The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (also published as Confessions of a Shopaholic). The book’s heroine, Becky Bloomwood – a fun and feisty financial journalist who loves shopping but is hopeless with money – captured the hearts of readers worldwide. Becky has since featured in seven further bestselling books, Shopaholic Abroad (also published as Shopaholic Takes Manhattan), Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Shopaholic & Sister, Shopaholic & Baby, Mini Shopaholic, Shopaholic to the Stars and Shopaholic to the Rescue. Becky Bloomwood came to the big screen in 2009 with the hit Disney movie Confessions of a Shopaholic, starring Isla Fisher and Hugh Dancy.

Sophie has also written seven standalone novels which have all been bestsellers in the UK, USA and other countries around the world: Can You Keep A Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number, Wedding Night, and My Not So Perfect Life, which was a Goodreads Choice Awards finalist for Best Fiction in 2017.

In 2014 she published a Young Adult novel Finding Audrey about a teenage girl with social anxiety and her madcap family, and in January 2018, Sophie published her first illustrated book for young readers about the charming adventures of a mother-daughter fairy duo, Mummy Fairy and Me (also published as Fairy Mom and Me).

Sophie’s latest novel, Surprise Me, published in February 2018, presents a humorous yet moving portrait of a marriage—its intricacies, comforts, and complications. Surprise Me reveals that hidden layers in a close relationship are often yet to be discovered.

Sophie wrote her first novel under her real name, Madeleine Wickham, at the tender age of 24, whilst she was working as a financial journalist. The Tennis Party was immediately hailed as a success by critics and the public alike and became a top ten bestseller. She went on to publish six more novels as Madeleine Wickham: A Desirable Residence, Swimming Pool Sunday, The Gatecrasher, The Wedding Girl, Cocktails for Three and Sleeping Arrangements.

Sophie was born in London. She studied music at New College, Oxford, but after a year switched to Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She now lives in London, UK, with her husband and family.

Visit Sophie's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/SophieKinsell...

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Profile Image for Trin.
1,786 reviews558 followers
June 4, 2007
Ahh, how times have changed. I used to consider these books a good guilty pleasure; now I find there's a lot less pleasure and a lot more guilt. Kinsella is still an amusing, energetic writer, but Becky really grated on my nerves this time around. She's just so shallow and so frivolous, and while in the first few books she was also just a regular working girl, now that she's rich (thanks entirely to her husband), her insane overspending and materialism swiftly loses its charm and becomes...icky. It can be difficult to read a whole book about someone you would probably feel uncomfortable having lunch with.

So, while I still think there's a...certain charm to these books, and that they're in many ways better than a lot of chick lit, I also just don't think they're for me anymore. I've become too old and cranky to enjoy them. They belong to a part of my life that no longer exists (in which, for example, I also secretly owned an Avril Lavigne CD).
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267 reviews649 followers
July 15, 2020
A pregnant Becky is twice as annoying as regular Becky.
Luke, my boy, I really feel for you.
Profile Image for Kat.
Author 8 books353 followers
March 24, 2022
Becky and Luke are back in another hilarious book in the Shopaholic series. As their relationship is progressing, now they are expecting a baby. Becky wishes to know the sex because (of course), shopping! Luke wants it to be a surprise. Couldn’t stop laughing at the scene at the doctor’s office (the narrator in this one does a fantastic job as well!) Additionally, they need to move into a house now that the baby is coming (more issues to negotiate) and when Becky finds out that there is a “obstetrician for the stars” she can have rather than her fussy old family obstetrician, she connives a way to get an appointment… only to find out the new doctor is Luke’s ex… awkward. Venetia the obstetrician is so horrible that I can’t even, and the scenes with her and Becky made me shiver. Sophie Kinsella completely has a gift for writing villains that make you want to throw the book across the room! I loved that Becky and Suze were back together in this one, and also that she and her sister had a warmer relationship as well. So many hilarious scenes, particularly at the baby shopping market.
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1,233 reviews1,143 followers
February 6, 2021
Jar of Death Pick #17
ChickLit A Thon: Read a Sophie Kinsella book

The Shopaholic series is what some people would call a "guilty pleasure" but since I don't believe in "guilty pleasures" I simply call it a pleasure.

Becky Bloomwood - Brandon is a compulsive shopper and I love her. I too love to shop, I have a second closet filled with clothes, shoes and bags that still have to tags on them. I learned this behavior from the best, my mother. My mother spent the last 30 years of her life battling a terminal illness, so she lived everyday like it was her last because it could have been. She bought what she wanted, she simply lived life to the fullest and she raised me and my sister the same way. She also taught us how to budget so we wouldn't end up in debt.

Unfortunately no one ever taught Becky about budgets. In Shopaholic & Baby Becky is you guessed expecting a baby. So naturally she needs to buy everything a baby could ever need and a lot of things a baby will never need. Becky is a lunatic and that's what makes her so much fun. These books are just frivolous fun and sometimes we need that.

A great series but not for everyone
Profile Image for Celia {Hiatus} .
568 reviews83 followers
October 22, 2022
3,4 stars.
A parte que mais me aborreceu neste livro foram as cartas/e-mails ridículos que Rebecca escreve.
Aqui voltamos a ver uma Rebecca mais matura, menos egoísta e mais "normal".
Kinsella exagera na personagem de Rebecca.
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3.4 stars.
The part that bothered me the most about this book was the ridiculous letters/emails that Rebecca writes.
Here we see a more mature, less selfish and more 'normal' Rebecca.
Kinsella exaggerates Rebecca's character.

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Profile Image for Morgan Olson.
153 reviews5 followers
January 23, 2009
this was my favorite of the whole series. partly because she doesn't do anything completely ridiculous, and you can see that she is learning and growing and communicating more, even if it's not as much as she should. i seriously love how becky and suze refer to people they don't like as "cows". maybe it's an english thing, but it seems like such a random choice of words. even though all along you know how kind hearted, fun and well meaning becky is, i love how it comes out even more in this book. i am a forever hopeless romantic, so i love the many becky and luke moments in this book, and i LOVE the end. i love that becky has grown and matured, but is still the same old becky who loves to shop, and always will. and i love that she is a mom.
Profile Image for Claudia.
369 reviews19 followers
May 19, 2013
Okay, how do I feel about this series?

Dear Becky,
Just quick question; why are you so dumb?
I don't mean to offend you because academically you seem fine, but the general rule of intelligence is to learn from your mistakes.
Have you EVER learned from your mistakes? People around you are aware you're spoiled and shallow and irresponsible but you just can't help yourself can you?
Luke could probably do better, but he obviously loves you and that is truly what is important. I do actually quite like your relationship - except for the secrets! You're aware that you should have an honest, open relationship but it's near impossible for you to manage it! Come on!
However, I do love pregnant you, and I think you'll make great mum. Hopefully you and Luke get out of your economical problems soon because you will need all the money you can get to support both you and Minnie's shopping.
Another thing: Minnie? The name. WHY?
I'm sorry, but I just really detest that name. It's like you're asking for your daughter to be a brat. And she will be.
Now, Becky, you're loved and you love. You have a big heart and you get great ideas sometimes. But please, please try and learn to not get into any messes because I am this close to just abandoning you completely.
Love and well wishes,
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8 reviews7 followers
April 3, 2009
I had the misfortune of buying this book before a long flight to Europe. Due to a lack of alternative entertainment, I read the book from cover to cover. While the book had some funny excerpts, my extreme dislike for the main character (Becky Brandon) overshadowed any enjoyment garnered from the book.

Rather than being lovable, I found Becky to be irresponsible, annoying and pretentious. For example, after Becky's husband explains that his company is "hemorrhaging money" and asks her to reign in her spending, Becky responds by hiding her purchases from him. How very responsible of her, indeed.

Of course, I realize the book is of the chick lit genre, but it would have been nice to have a modicum of reality intermixed with the fiction.

To me, Becky represents the irresponsible consumerism that has resulted in the current credit crisis, and frankly, I don't find anything laughable about that. Kinsella appears to have mailed in this book, and it's evident that she exercised the same level of brain power as possessed by her heroine in thinking through the plot.
Profile Image for Michelle.
1,356 reviews124 followers
May 12, 2023
As ridiculous as these books are, I find them so funny and a lovely read between heavier books.

Long may the series continue.

Five stars.
Profile Image for Prabhjot Kaur.
1,047 reviews149 followers
August 29, 2021
Becky is pregnant and that means she gets to shop for her baby. She shops the things that the baby would need and also the things that the baby wouldn't need. She is back to her spending streak again but this time her excuse is justified since all the shopping is for the baby.

I was okay with the plot but I just couldn't like Becky in this. She really really annoyed me in this again. I know she is pregnant but she was just over the top. I felt bad for Luke in this one and I don't even like him all that much.

I really wanted to love this but I just couldn't.

2 stars
Profile Image for Jennifer.
1,729 reviews6,662 followers
July 9, 2018
I'm enjoying the Shopaholic series more and more the deeper I get. It has finally segued from her spending addiction to the root of her problem which is poor impulse control. And when someone has minimal self-control, we all know the messes they can get themselves into lol. Becky's impulses always get the best of her but her happy attitude, out-of-the-box thinking, and sheer determination never fail to get her out every time. And I absolutely loved Luke in this one. We don't see enough of him in this series but I thoroughly enjoyed getting a few more glimpses of his character.

My star ratings are increasing and I am officially excited to continue the series!

My favorite quote:
“Make-up artists should hereby get the Nobel prize for adding to human happiness. And so should hairdressers. And so should Luke.”
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87 reviews3 followers
December 31, 2021
I'm officially over the Shopaholic books. They are all the same, Becky never learns anything, and I just can't imagine someone being as self-absorbed as she is. It was definitely something mindless to read while sitting by the pool, but won't change your life or anything.
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2,736 reviews940 followers
July 8, 2021
I happened to skim this book the other day because I was waiting to start a new romance read. Why I went back to this well is totally on me. This was sitting in my book basket of books I am looking to donate now that COVID-19 is over. But I wondered to myself was this book as bad as I remembered it. And yes, it is. I think that the bloom fell off the rose with "Shopaholic and Sister" but following Becky as she is pregnant and still causing issues because of her shopping addiction was just aggravating. Throwing in a long-lost love interest of Luke's did not help. The whole book was tedious from beginning to end.
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11 reviews
July 15, 2007
first few pages made me laughed already but as i go later into the story YES....becky has gotten more shallow for some reason;it felt like someting was missing comparing from the previous series.

i'll admit;she is fab!
"she's a red-hed bitch,and i hate her"...that made me laugh so hard.how sophie kinsella create becky's mind is wonderful!shallow and materialistic but creative and one of a kind.
just a great fun to read it.
some say she's dumb but i find it unique!
come on who have that much drama during labour??

im always a fan of her ,becky;im sure she'll be flattered.

Profile Image for Vicki.
1,207 reviews145 followers
March 4, 2017
Sometimes I find the shopaholic books hit or miss. This one was a miss for me. I did not like the frivolous way that Becky behaved. I always find her odd and flighty, but this story made me totally confused. I understand the doubts and nerves of gaining baby weight and yet, she takes it to the extreme. I found her to be even more self-absorbed while she should have been focusing on the baby, and Luke.

As I said, a miss. I am not sure I am going to continue with the rest of the books. Maybe it is time to retire the shopaholic and focus on another quirky addiction.
1,061 reviews80 followers
July 26, 2021
I love these books, they are so funny. The things that Becky get up makes it for fun reading and at times we all need pure escapism. This series delivers just that. Just what we all need especially now.
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171 reviews101 followers
February 2, 2015
There is something wonderful about being able to pick up any book in the Shopaholic series and laugh out loud, forgetting about any other worries and escaping for a few hours. Sure some would say that chick-lit novels are a fluffy alternative to 'real' books and I guess they are, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun reading them. And that's what the Shopaholic series is - fun. The Shopaholic series also happens to include my future fiction husband: Luke Brandon. *dreamy sigh*

The fifth book in the series follows Becky Brandon through her pregnancy as she battles her "Red Headed Bitch" celebrity obstetrician who is trying to seduce her husband away...or is Luke willing going to abandon Beck and her baby? It is written in typical Kinsella fashion with brilliant laugh-out-loud scenes which culminate in a...

Shopaholic and Baby is another wonderfully light hearted instalment in the Shopaholic series and, while it won't win a Pulitzer Prize, it's well worth the read for anyone looking for a good laugh.
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2,962 reviews485 followers
April 25, 2020
Re-read 2020

Well, Becky and Luke are having a baby and a whole new reason for shopping is born! Of course, Luke and BFF Suze try to steer Becky to be frugal but she's a first time Mama and her child will have the best of everything. But while Becky is in the glows of motherhood expectations, she's a little worried about Luke's work life and her obstetrician's role as an ex-girlfriend.

The storyline is good but it would be so nice to have one book where Becky isn't completely fixated on her relationship with Luke. Or in turn, he wasn't completely keeping Becky out of the loop. Overall, there were still comedic moments that made me laugh.

Goodreads review published 24/04/20
Profile Image for Hannah.
458 reviews98 followers
February 2, 2019
In book five Becky is pregnant after thinking she was at the end of book four. They have worked out the baby is a honeymoon baby but they are not going to find out the sex, Becky sort of wanted to but thought against it.

Becky gets her heart set on having Celebrity Obstetrician Venetia however it's case of be careful what you wish for as she's wanting Mr Brainie back quite swiftly. Venetia is Luke's ex from Cambridge and from the outside would look perfect for Luke. I love how Suze is with Ventetia calling her Luke's regret and how she goes along with Becky's crazy ideas.

I really did hate Ventia and she was really unprofessional talking to Luke only through the sessions with him and Becky. What she keeps saying to Becky is uncalled for and what she describes with some men not finding a woman's body after attractive is describing a man who is not worth Becky's time and that is not Luke. In the end all Luke is capable of is being a workaholic (including not being at the antenatal class but that is really comical with her mother and Janice) not an affair. I love the scenes with choosing the pram between Luke and Becky apart from he really needs to switch his phone off when he's with her sometimes, Luke knows how to ruin a moment. Luke has really grown on me as a character throughout this story even more I have total respect for him when he tells Ventia to shut the FxxK up. It was so funny. I love how even with how serious he is he laughs at the T-shirts saying something along the lines of the red haired bitch is leaving. He actually refers to Ventia unlike the others.

The second story to the baby drama is the pair house hunting and thinking they have found the perfect house but this just adds to the problems. Wonder how they will get on with her parents.

I wouldn't give this book five stars because to me it just dragged a little compared to ones I have rated five but still a very enjoyable read. I think it was because i was so impatient to get to the baby part a little girl called Minnie who Becky compares the birth to a visa bill best remembered as a blur. Only Becky could give such a description. I guessed the fake birth would turn into the real one.
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552 reviews28 followers
April 3, 2007
I read the Shopaholic books as soon as I can get my hands on a copy. Sophie Kinsella is a really funny writer. She has sustained the Shopaholic idea through more sequels than most writers can. However, this book (and the previous one, Shopaholic and Sister) isn't as spot-on as the first two. I mean, isn't Becky ever going to learn to stop overspending? Every book involves her getting in a financial hole, then reforming at book's end, only to start over again in the next book. And of course, now that she's married to a rich guy, it's not quite so nervewracking when she maxes out her credit card. It IS true that when you have your first baby, you buy all kinds of things you didn't know you "needed," and the part of the book when Becky learns about "baby couture" and decides she needs multiple strollers is fun. Die hard fans like me will probably keep reading--but it's not the best in the series for sure.
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553 reviews10 followers
October 28, 2015
In this book, Rebecca and Luke are expecting their first child. Becky has to have everything for the new baby from the best pram down to 400 count crib sheets. Everything is perfect. Luke's job, Becky has the celebrity obstetrician that no one else can get into, a spot in British Vogue. Things couldn't be better. Than her world comes crashing down.

To her utter dismay, she finds out the this new doctor is Luke's ex-girlfriend who turns out to be a royal pain in the butt. She really is, as Becky puts it, a "cow". However, Beck is not about to allow Venetia, the doctor, interfere in her marriage even if it puts Becky in labor.

Then there are problems with Luke's company and Becky's employment as well. But in the end, Becky learns that nothing else matters or is more important than family and friends.

Sophie Kinsella has a way of drawing in the reader and falling in love with her characters. She has a way of touching their hearts but making them laugh out loud.
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1,106 reviews134 followers
November 2, 2020
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Continuing to re-read the series before I finish the year with the latest, Christmas-themed book, I am still enjoying the story of Becky Bloomwood. This time, we have progressed to Becky’s pending motherhood. Kinsella keeps to the same formula as the previous books, so there are no surprises, but I think this adds to the appeal of the story.

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1,042 reviews88 followers
February 1, 2020
At A Glance

Chick Lit
Love Triangle/Insta Love?: Nope :D
Cliff Hanger: Nope.
Rating: 4 Stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 8
Plot: 8
Characters: 8
World Building: 8
Flow: 9
Series Congruity: 9
Writing: 8
Ending: 9

Total: 8

In Dept

Best Part:
Everything :D
Worst Part: Dumb red heads
Thoughts Had: Becky you're crazy; Don't fuck this up Luke!


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: yes!

Short Review: I love Becky, i really do! Investing in "Future Antiques" :D Genius right there. Plus Becky's Bank for Girls, that is a bank i am willing to trust with my money :D She had me laughing that's for sure. Then towards the middle this book took a crazy serious tone and i was worried i would be hating a certain fav of mine, but he turned out to still be my fav :D I can't say i like the name Minnie but we'll see what trouble her and Becky get into :D

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Profile Image for Johanna.
513 reviews37 followers
July 16, 2022
I loved to see how Jess' and Becky's friendship had developed and one their scene together was my favorite in this whole book. I also enjoy scenes with Becky's mother and Janice, they can be so hilarious at the best.

This was again fun & light but had so much new as well so didn't feel like something you have seen already in this series.

I really enjoyed, this one was nice addition to the series and entertaining.
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366 reviews8 followers
January 29, 2008
This is the fifth book in the Shopaholic series by Kinsella, and, I'm happy to say, an improvement over the last (Shopaholic & Sister). I don't want to spend a great deal of time catching you up on the whole series (check past blogs or Amazon for details), but in this installment Becky & Luke are pregnant with their first child. Like usual, Kinsella throws us right into it with three little words: "Ok. Don't panic."

Becky's spending habits seem to have toned down as she's gotten older and settled into married life, but even so her shopping gene flares in Pram City and the baby fair and becoming Vogue's number one Yummy Mummy! Then of course there's the major obstacle: the baby's sex! How can she possibly properly shop for the child unless she knows what it's going to be? Solution: get stuff for both!

As per usual, there is some crisis to overcome for Becky (creditors, journalists, Luke's ex's, family, etc.) and this time trouble comes in the form of a redheaded obstetrician all the celebrity mummies use (who just happens to be Luke's college girlfriend). It's difficult to tell if something is really going on between Luke and Venetia or not because her hormones are out of whack. Plus Luke can't see how Cruela De Venetia is out to get Becky on a fashion level because he's too busy trying to save his PR company from complete ruin. House hunting, pregnancy, the usual monetary panic, plus the private eye Becky hires have got her frazzled.

This was a fun chick-lit read -- not as great as the first two, but definitely better than the last. I wonder if this will be the last in the series. In my opinion it ought to be, but I wouldn't be surprised to see another somewhere down the road.
14 reviews3 followers
September 22, 2012
Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite authors, and the Shopaholic series my favorite books. . I find them witty, humorous, exciting, and so much fun to read! I personally find Becky to be the perfect blend of silly and intelligent. I find all the characters relatable and I think their flaws make them all the more endearing. Although I am definitely not a shopaholic, I could completely relate to the character and I LOVE Luke and their relationship. I get so into the stories I find myself angry or laughing right along with the characters. Sophie is a brilliant author who knows the perfect recipe to a great story. I think that if you are a super serious person who enjoys heavy books this might not be for you. But if you have a sense of humor and enjoy reading about fun characters and humorous yet realistic events, then you will love this book as much as I do!

This is my second favorite book in the series because I live when Luke stands up for Becky and gets all passionate about his love for her. Like every book in the series, I get completely wrapped up in their story and can't wait to know what happens next!
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