Becky Brandon and her shopping habit head to Hollywood in the latest book in Kinsella’s series (Mini Shopaholic, 2010, etc.).
Shopaholic Becky, her husband and their daughter move from London to LA so Luke can tackle a new job doing PR for celebrities. Becky, however, is mostly interested in the celebrity part of his job—she wants to use Luke’s connections to become a stylist to the stars. After a lot of work (read: shopping) and a chance run-in with a thieving celeb, Becky winds up with a gig styling a real live actress…who just happens to be the nemesis of Luke’s client. Predictably, the entire situation gets out of hand, especially when Becky discovers that things aren't always what they seem in Hollywood. Luckily, Becky’s best friend, Suze, is around to support her—that is, if Becky can manage to think about anyone’s problems but her own. Becky soon finds herself doing whatever she can to advance her career and stay in the press, even if it involves causing problems with Luke, neglecting her family and letting down her friends. With so many plots to keep straight (Becky’s dad’s mysterious quest, Becky’s BFF problems, Becky’s desire to be a stylist, the relationship between Luke and his mother), the book starts to feel a bit bloated and hard to follow. Luckily, Becky is a truly engaging narrator. She may be self-centered, a shopping addict and a bit flighty, but she’s also good-natured and genuinely funny. It’s a joy to accompany her on her journey, no matter how tangled it seems at times.
A light, enjoyable read that’s pure escapism.