SHOPAHOLIC TO THE RESCUE: Shopaholic Maturing

SHOPAHOLIC TO THE RESCUE

Shopaholic to the RescueShopaholic #10 (?)
By: Sophie Kinsella
Narrator: Clare Corbett

Penguin Random House/Random House Audio
Genre: Fiction – Humorous
Release Date: November 10, 2015
9 Hours and 30 Minutes

Becky is on a major rescue mission! Her father has vanished from Los Angeles on a mysterious quest with her best friend’s husband. Becky’s mum is hysterical; her best friend, Suze, is desperate. Worse, Becky must tolerate an enemy along for the ride, who she’s convinced is up to no good.
 
Determined to get to the bottom of why her dad has disappeared, help Suze, contain Alicia, and reunite her fractured family, Becky knows she must marshal all her trademark ingenuity. The result: her most outrageous and daring plan yet!
 
But just when her family needs her more than ever, can Becky pull it off? – See more at: http://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/251140/shopaholic-to-the-rescue/#sthash.sePaAHSy.dpuf

 

My Take Oblong

This recent addition to the Shopaholic series is:

Cute –  The character in this series is always cute as she bumbles her way, in an over the top fashion, through the social and personal landscape.

Interesting: The plot in this one is pretty complex.  My understanding of it was somewhat hampered by the audio-format and because I have missed several books in the series — I did not realize the series was still going on.  Regardless, the story still works, features several characters from Becky’s past, and shows a lot of growth.  I was a little lost in trying to figure out why Becky’s family and Suze’s were in California.

Well-Narrated: Clare Corbett does the voices to perfection, jumping from Becky, to her mom, to her daughter (adorably) without a misstep.  It’s really amazing how well she gets the voices with their assortment of accents; both American and British.

Mature Chick-Lit: This genre is growing up with the generations who fostered it. Sadly, I am more of Becky’s parents’ generation than Becky’s.

Clean: It’s fun to read romance with out a lot of nookie once in a while; it gives a great way to see how love relationships develop in realish life.

Best Things:

Becky seems to grow, hugely, throughout this storyline. She has a sort of existential shopping crisis.  It gives her the chance to reflect on her parents — to see them realistically and with love. It gives her a chance to see her best friend, and to shore up the cracks in their relationship. It helps her put her fears and foibles in perspective and helps her with her feelings that she is responsible for everything, that she need to have everyone like her and keep everyone safe and happy.  It is the impossible goals of responsibility, likability and being a pleaser that she had developed her addiction to shopping as a compensatory mechanism.  This is a huge step for Becky.

It also shows relationships, love, friendship and family in all their good and bad glory. Her relationship with her husband, Luke, is really strong. I think it is a lot like  her parents’ marriage. Her relationship with her bestie has been problematic and Becky is unsure why – of course she takes all the responsibility and this has repercussions.

Worst Things:

The reasons behind the families’ relocation to California confused me. And a plot thread in Las Vegas where they do a lot of OCEANS 11 or 12 stuff lost me as I had never seen the movie.
Silly, legalities and technicalities are glossed over; Luke takes care of al of these things through telephone calls and email.

If, like me you enjoyed Chick Lit and other books in Sophie Kinsella’s series then this one will probably be a winner for you!

 

Links Blue Horizontal

AUTHOR: http://www.sophiekinsella.co.uk/

PUBLISHER: http://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/251140/shopaholic-to-the-rescue/#sthash.sePaAHSy.dpuf

AMAZON link to all Amazon formats: http://www.amazon.com/Shopaholic-Rescue-Novel/dp/B016QWH8YG/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=