That's a long time to see how a series is going to end, folks. I don't know why I waited so long, but I did. That book was:
I have followed Becky Bloomwood's antics for a long time; since my college days. The last installment of the series was cute. Kinsella used the same successful plot recipe in writing the previous installments of Shopalholic and ran with it. I don't blame her; the books always proven to be entertaining. However, with this last book I found myself growing tired of Becky. Whereas I used to be quite fond of her and her shopping addiction, I found this particular book to be obnoxious. I no longer can relate with Becky, is what I'm ultimately saying.
At first, Becky and I were both young, single 20 somethings who could fling our credit cards about without a second thought. We both got married and we both had babies, and while I cut out the shopaholic tendencies, she did not. It didn't sit right with me and I believe that is where the disconnect lies.
In sum, I didn't enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed it's successors, but I believe it's because I've changed and not Becky. The classic, "it's not you, it's me" excuse. I broke it off with Becky at the end of this book.While I was perusing the Kinsella section of the library, I came across this book:
The premise seemed interesting: the main character is injured and loses a three year chunk of her memory, during which she turns a complete 180 in all aspects of her life. As she fits the pieces together, the reader realizes she's not so different from the girl she once was.
I have found that Kinsella tries so hard to relate her heroines to the modern, everyday girl that sometimes it weighs her novels down. I enjoyed this story, but it could have been wrapped up a lot more quickly. I found myself sighing a lot, just trying to wade through the pages.
I do always enjoy Kinsella's writing style; it's full of British dialogue and I find myself reading it to myself with a British accent. It's fun.
Here's what's on my shelf now, waiting to be read:
|I know, another Kinsella book...couldn't help myself.|
Have you read these? What are you reading now? Should I add any more to my queue?