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Shopaholic and Sister by Sophie Kinsella
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May 11, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: chick-lit, not-a-straight-white-male-author, female-writers, holy-shit-that-was-bad

By this book, Becky Bloomwood is too annoying to read about. It's the same crap over and over again, and after three books of reading the same jokes, she's no longer funny, she's infuriating. I think that's the problem with this series. Since the main character suffers from an addiction, she's obviously supposed to exhibit the same behavior time after time. But this series is supposed to be funny, and if you hear a joke too many times, it loses its humor. Not only that, but since Becky never shows any improvement in the subsequent novels, it makes their endings worthless. In each book, Becky has some big epiphany at the end and we're led to believe that she's going to be more level-headed about her shopping, but then every sequel starts with Becky acting just as stupid as she was in the very beginning. It kind of makes you feel like everything she goes through is for nothing.

Becky also reaches extreme levels of stupidity--oops, I meant "ditziness"--in this novel. At least in the first two books she had SOME intelligence, but here she's just plain dumb. Sophie Kinsella has stated that she originally planned her "Shopaholic" series to end after the third one, in which Becky gets married to Luke. According to her, she just missed Becky too much and decided she had to bring her back! Well, it shows. This plot is extremely contrived. All of a sudden Becky has a long lost sister whose biggest personality trait is her hate for shopping? Gimme a break. It would've been a better move for Kinsella to just skip straight to "Shopaholic & Baby" (which also sucks but is better than this one) and not bother with such a dumb storyline.

Personally, I think Kinsella should have ended this series after "Shopaholic Takes Manhattan."
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Finished Reading
May 11, 2010 – Shelved
September 15, 2010 – Shelved as: chick-lit
September 25, 2012 – Shelved as: not-a-straight-white-male-author
September 25, 2012 – Shelved as: female-writers
February 18, 2013 – Shelved as: holy-shit-that-was-bad

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