Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie KinsellaShopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella

Shopaholic Takes Manhattan

bySophie Kinsella

Mass Market Paperback | March 2, 2004

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The irresistible heroine of Confessions of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Ties the Knot is back! And this time Becky Bloomwood and her credit cards are headed across the Atlantic.…

With her shopping excesses (somewhat) in check and her career as a TV financial guru thriving, Becky’s biggest problem seems to be tearing her entrepreneur boyfriend, Luke, away from work for a romantic country weekend. And worse, figuring out how to pack light. But packing takes on a whole new meaning when Luke announces he’s moving to New York for business—and he asks Becky to go with him! Before you can say “Prada sample sale,” Becky has landed in the Big Apple, home of Park Avenue penthouses and luxury boutiques.

Surely it’s only a matter of time until she becomes an American TV celebrity, and she and Luke are the toast of Gotham society. Nothing can stand in their way, especially with Becky’s bills miles away in London. But then an unexpected disaster threatens her career prospects, her relationship with Luke, and her available credit line! Shopaholic Takes Manhattan—but will she have to return it?
Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series, as well as The Undomestic Goddess and Can You Keep a Secret? She lives in England.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Title:Shopaholic Takes ManhattanFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 6.87 × 4.16 × 1.05 inPublished:March 2, 2004Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet and predictable, but loved it anyway You could kind of see the direction of this story as it went along, but I enjoyed the read. Light and whimsical. Becky's adventures are downright hilarious (and sometimes cover-your-eyes dreadful, haha!)
Date published: 2018-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the series! I love the Shopaholic series, these books are laugh out loud funny!
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific Novelist Like the rest of the series, this book doesn't disappoint. Sophie Kinsella is hilarious in everything she writes and is very easy to follow.
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny - great series I really enjoy all of the Shopoholic series. They are easy to read and quite funny
Date published: 2018-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love this such a good sequel if you loved the first you are guaranteed to love this, really well done
Date published: 2018-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good Another entertaining book from the shopaholic series. Loved it!
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! A great book for a leisure day.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Great Book! Love this series and loved this book! couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from great vacation read one of those guilty pleasure book
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved these books! Since I enjoyed the original confessions of a shopaholic book and film, I went on to read this book, and I thought it was great! If you like girly-YA fiction novels, then this is for you.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Read! Enjoyed reading this just as much as I enjoyed reading Confessions of a Shopaholic! Very funny and entertaining.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this Super fun read - a great addition to the series #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Super fun read - a great addition to the series #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The series gets better I am a huge fan of the shopaholic series. Becky Bloomwood gets herself into these hilarious hi-jinks and always finds her way out and gets the guy. This is a funny series and great read that has had me captivated from the beginning.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Takes Manhattan This is another silly, but easy to read book in this series! #Plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Second book in the Series I collected the first few of this book and still interested to find out more about how things will go with this girl...
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Shopaholic Takes Manhattan (Shopaholic #2) by Sophie Kinsella In this installment, Becky has a great job as a financial advisor on a London morning talk show, which she is very good at. Her romance with successful and gorgeous entepreneur Luke Brandon is going places. Unfortunately, she still has a teeny tiny problem with overspending which could potentially ruin everything she has worked so hard to gain.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from shopaholic takes manhattan this is a cute, funny book. very entertaining
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious I'm a fan of all the books in the series, especially since they're so funny and Becky is so lovely and relatable.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Fast, fun read. Better than the first one.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Couldn't Get Enough Kinsella has not disappointed me yet - the "always-in-financial-hot-water", rationalizing and charming Becky Bloomwood is back in another conundrum. Although her problems are self-induced, her outrageous "half-truths" and personal downfall has you empathizing with her. With her new relationship with the infamous and what I imagine to be gorgeous Luke Brandon, we see her embark on a trip to NYC while having a fanciful career. This all comes to halt when a tabloid leaks her extraordinary spending habits. Seeing our heroine come out from the red line of debt once again makes you do a fist-pump! Hilarious, I'd totally read it again!
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this series! This book got me hooked on the series. Once I started reading it I couldn't stop
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Guilty Pleasure I loved this book. It didn't disappoint after the previous one. You can't help but love Becky Bloomwood and following her on her (mis)adventures. Love.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it my favorite sequel in the series
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great loved this series of books
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Why did I do this to myself? I tried to read this book after reading the first one thinking that maybe it would be better than the first one & hearing how everyone loved them. I was wrong. The character is still annoying and unrelatable and the story was just too unrealistic. I think this is my last attempt at trying to like these novels. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny Like the first book, it is humorous and fun to read!
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious! Super funny and crazy. It's a book I'd read on the airplane to pass the time.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing super sequel and super funny
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great very good book, just as funny as the first!
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! A cute continuation of the first novel with a happy ending.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read This was a great read. Rebecca is one hilarious fictional character.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read I loved the previous book, "Confessions of a Shopaholic" so I had to read the second book in the series. It was adventurous, although Becky can get really stupid sometimes but I still enjoyed the story. Still fast-paced and very entertaining.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyed the ending Not as good as the first but really enjoyed the ending
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I was on a high from the first Shopaholic book, and was very excited to see Becky take Manhattan. I felt a little let down, perhaps still soaring off of the original; but I overall enjoyed this second installment and the quirks that took place in the big Apple.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really funny Another great book from Sophie Kinsella
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great read I loved this book. A great addition to the collection.These books are always so enjoyable to read.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice progression This novel does a great job showing how Luke and Becky's relationship has matured and gotten more serious. Of course, it also contains Becky's old antics that make her infamous!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun book Uh-oh, Becky's got herself in some trouble again, this time in Manhattan. At first I didn't like this book as much as the first in the series, but then it grew on me halfway through. It was pretty funny like the first one and much like the first one I loved the little notes from her bank throughout the book - it's a cute touch. I really loved the last page. It leads you to think she's going to get herself into trouble again lol. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun read These books are fun, easy & enjoyable reads!
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Enjoyed reading this book in the series. Light read and well written
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YES!! I know some other reviewers on here have said that they did not enjoy this book, but I must say.. I LOVED IT! I was literally on the edge of my seat, in a trance, reading through the entire thing in hours. I loved this book (however it really isn't THAT realistic) but I found myself being drawn into it. I was getting worried about Becky's problems and it was just great. If you're only into books for the realism in them, I would not recommed this book, but if you want a light read with romance and conflict - I say you should get it. I really enjoyed it, and have enjoyed every book in the series.
Date published: 2012-07-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok but not great After reading Sophie Kinsella's The Undommestic Goddess and Can you Keep a Secret, I started on the shopaholic series. i was not very impressed with the second book in the series and found it hard to get through the hole thing. I didn't find it to be very well written and was disappointed, especially after enjoying the first book so much. 100% recommend her other books before reading the shopaholic series.
Date published: 2012-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Series. Funny reads I love this series. But Becky's naive concepts about life and the real world always makes me laugh. I love that this book shows Becky standing up for herself and taking charge of her life. I would recommend this series to anyone who can laugh at the most outrageousness person
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Characters not-so-great It really wasn't a bad book. Definitely didn't end the way I expected it. The story was great and very well written. The problem I found was the characters. Becky just seemed really dense. The trait in the previous book made for the great story, but now that readers know that she has a degree in accounting and business the whole idea of her not knowing how to manage her money made me dislike the character a bit. I am very glad she found her true calling at the end though. Luke was either on one end or the other. I just really hate male characters that go all out for their relationship one chapter and then do nothing the next. But since that made for the storyline, I can forgive. It just made it harder to read. Other than that, good book. I just really really hope that Becky smartens up with the shopping next time.
Date published: 2009-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shopaholic Takes Manhattan I'm not a fan of chick lit but this book, the sequel of Confession of a Shopaholic, is a must for every readerholic. I really enjoyed reading Becky many problem with her obsesion of shopping, it was funny, light and highly enjoyable.
Date published: 2009-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! This book is just as funny as the first one!! If you like the first one then you'll love this one as well!! It's a must read!
Date published: 2009-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from oh hot damn! this book was beyond amazing! it had me thinking rebecca hit rock bottom & this time around there was no getting back up. it had me on the edge of my seat & crossing everything i could possibly cross for god luck. i'd recommend this book for sure! la la loved it!
Date published: 2009-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Right where we left off.... The [Shopaholic] story continues right where we left off; still getting herself further in debt, daydreaming, and now - NYC! Not as good as the first, but I still enjoyed reading further about this character and all her mishaps. Can't wait to read the next one!
Date published: 2008-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Novel! Shopaholic is back with another novel! She's off to NY and she's buying left and right! Again, a great novel. Love this set!
Date published: 2008-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the Shopaholic books! If you havent read any of the Shopaholic books - stop what you are doing and go get them! They are laugh out loud funny and so endearing. I find myself anxiously waiting for the next book in the series so I can find out what Becky is up to!
Date published: 2008-05-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Funny but not as good as the first one. It's still a great book and Becky just gets better!
Date published: 2008-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ..and it continues the hilarious drama continues......I'm totally wrapped up in this girls life and love it.
Date published: 2007-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT this book is great. itsa a must read for all teenage girls as well as confwessions of a shopaholic and shopaholic ties the knot
Date published: 2006-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just as good as the first I LOVED IT. There are not other word. This was the best book, so excited and very relatable. Everyone gets them selves into a little mix up but she takes the cake. Once you pick it up you won't put it down. Very funny book.
Date published: 2006-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Once Again A Great Read! It was a great summer read. Funny and loveable! Can't wait to read the next!
Date published: 2006-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the 1st I enjoyed this book even more than Confessions of a Shopaholic! Becky Bloomwood is so funny, and it's so easy to sympathize with her. It's very easy to read it over and over again.
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bridget Jones meets Carrie Bradshaw Shopaholic Takes Mahattan is laugh out loud funny. It is like taking the Bridget Jones' world and mixing it with the Carrie Bradshaw world (Sex in the City). Becky Bloomwood is a 26 year old shopping maniac. When she discovers New York there is no stopping her! From buying an office shredder to a cocktail dress worth thousands of dollars, she keeps you laughing. Great read from Sophie Kinsella, who showed me you haven't lived till you've shopped in Manhattan!
Date published: 2006-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! Very funny, creative and detailed. The book is great for all ages, from teens to adults! We follow Becky through her adventures of Manhattan. A awesome novel! HIghly reccomended, I definitly enjoyed it.
Date published: 2006-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! True... Becky keeps shopping! But what is the point of a SHOPAHOLIC that doesn't shop? ... I mean it's totally in her character! ... Great Book... Ironically, it was my first in the series and I just loved it and had to make my mom get me all the rest! SO OBSESSED ... my fav is still the fourth one ~ so romantic at the end! I'll recommend this book to all of you out there that has a guilty pleasure of shopping ~ who doesn't ... except for JESS maybe LMAO ~ ... anywayz ... all of you shopaholics will love this book 4EVA!
Date published: 2005-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic summertime reading! Kinsella truely captures the heart of all women! These books will have you laughing in spite of yourself. You won't be able to put them down!
Date published: 2005-06-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from ARGH!!!!!!!!! At the beginning this book was interesting, but it soon became nothing more than a long list of Becky's shopping trips and expenses, briefly interspersed with bits of plot. The way that the main character kept on shopping was annoying and made me want to yell at her. This book was, however easy to read and I got through it in 2 days. Take it out from the library instead of spending 20 bucks on it.
Date published: 2005-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW As corny as a non-stop shopper running into a financial crisis seems, Sophie Kinsella does not EVER stop creating humor that is impossiblt to keep from bubbling out.
Date published: 2005-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Even better than the first one, Becky kept me laughing in this one as well. A must read, and a good pick me up book!!!
Date published: 2005-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book if absaloutly amazing! She still has her problems and cant get ride of them. Her hubby is still as charming as ever!
Date published: 2004-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST BOOK EVER if you wanna find a great novel pick this one up!!!! its the best book ive ever read... the other books in the series are sublime 2.... if u r under age 10 i dont rekomend this book bcuz the f-word is used quite a bit!!! if your looking 4 a great read youve found the right book!!! I kant wait until the next book comes out!!!
Date published: 2003-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even Better Than The First After I finished the first book I couldn't wait to get to the store so I could read the next. I had high expectations and this book did not disappoint.
Date published: 2003-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from You will learn to appreciate Denny and George What I enjoyed so much about the first one were the sticky situations that Becky got herself into. In this book, she didn’t get herself so much into sticky situations as much as she found herself in a downward spiral. It got depressing. Although there weren’t as many, the situations that she did get into again, were absolutely mortifying and hilarious. But from time to time I suppose I found myself getting a little impatient when situations and people from the first book were explained so elaborately and so often. This was used to catch up anyone who hadn’t read the first book, and it just made me say, “come on then, I know all this, lets get to the good stuff!” This book is a set up for the next book, and a very nice bridge from the last book. If you have already read the first one, dont stop now. And if you didn't read the first one, I highly suggest you do. But even if you decide not to take my advice, rest assured, Ms. Kinsella will more than fill you in. You probably wont feel lost. But you wont feel connected either. Read Confessions of a Shopaholic first so you can get a real sense of Becky, and a good backbone to the story.
Date published: 2003-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book EVER!!! confessions of a shopaholic was a great book but this one just ended perfectly with luke! i think that every girl would LOVE to have a boyfriend like him... i know i would! i cant wait to read shopaholic ties the knot! i really really recommend this to every girl! it is the best! PS- ill write another review when i read shopaholic ties the knot i know it will be good already because they just make the best couple! i wish i was becky!
Date published: 2003-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Halarious!! This book is amazing! It's the kind of book you never want to put down. These 3 books are all killer and true knee-slappers. Not one is better than the other. They are all so funny that I burst out laughing everytime I read. I'm almost done the third one! I can't wait for Sophie Kinsella's Can you Keep A Secret? YAY IM SO EXCITED!!
Date published: 2003-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the First Book I loved this book better than the first one. You feel like you're on an emotional roller coaster as you are there experiencing Becky's unfortunately circumstances (especially that embarrassing wedding scene!). A must read. Can't wait to read the third book.
Date published: 2003-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Identical Twin Separated at Birth? Rebecca Bloomwood is every fashionista's hero. I couldn't put the book down. I burst out laughing on the subway a few times but didn't care. I love this character and all of her antics are not as far fetched as people may believe. Happy Shopping!
Date published: 2003-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As good as the first! I was just as addicted to this book as I was to the first. Sophie Kinsella has a way of making you feel Becky's emotions; her happiness, sadness, and embarassment!! I'm sure everybody will feel the same when I say that you see a bit of yourself in Becky's shoes, whether they are Donna Karan sandals or Hobbs' boots!!!
Date published: 2003-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the first! Just finished this chapter of Rebecca's fictitious life, and I must say, although I enjoyed the first book, this is one is even better. Not so sure about Suze dating her cousin... but that was my only negative reaction to the book. If you haven't read the first book, read it, quickly, then start straight away on this one! Keep it up Sophie! Looking forward to the upcoming wedding edition!
Date published: 2003-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FUNNY and FANTASTIC This is a great, light-hearted read. The story is good, and the ending is happy...I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2003-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It!! I stayed up late last night just so I could finish this book as I couldn't put it down. I loved it just as much as the first one! Becky is a wonderful character with such a nack of getting herself into the strangest situations but she always manages to come out on top. The writing is wonderful and I find I can't wait for the next one.
Date published: 2003-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I've read in a long time! This book is wonderful, a must read for any woman! I think it's even better than Confessions of A Shopaholic, because in this book you get to see her relationship with Luke Brandon play out. I swear, I literally could NOT put it down, I read it on the very same day I got it! Becky Bloomwood is a great character, so easy to relate to, not just for her shopping antics, but for her job related ups and downs as well. I can't wait to read Shopaholic Ties The Knot!
Date published: 2003-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely better than the first I thought this was a vast improvement to the first novel. There is more action and more to care about. Luke and Becky's problems tug at your heart and their reunions make it all that much more romantic. Frankly I think the book would make a fab movie!! My only beef is with Tarquin and Suze which is sort of odd. Aside from that, the book is a definite keeper and a wonderful read. Kinsella has never been better!
Date published: 2003-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! This book captures a women's need to shop. The author taps into the mind of any women who has ever stepped into a mall, however, lets the character do things us normal people can't afford to do. With every page comes a new adventure which makes it hard to put down. Can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2002-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hillarious loved it!! It's just one of those novels that make you laugh out loud..being an avid shopper i so could related to becky's character. If you want a light read this one is quite entertaining.
Date published: 2002-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i loved it!!! This was a really great book! I think everyone can relate to becky. I've read it about 3 times! It's so funny i couldn't help but laugh out loud while reading it! recommend it to anybody who wants a laugh.
Date published: 2002-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This must have been one of the best books I have ever read. I hope Sophie Kinsella writes a third. The first book I liked but this one was even better.
Date published: 2002-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!! This book is soo much fun to read! i recommend it to anyone who is addicted to shopping just like me!
Date published: 2002-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better Than the First Shopaholic This was better than the first one...if that's even possible. I couldn't believe Becky could dig her grave even deeper. Funny, funny stuff!
Date published: 2002-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! I hadn't actually read the first book 'Confessions of a Shopaholic' before reading this book, but none the less it was great! I found myself laughing outloud sometimes while reading it, as i found it not only humourous but also quite entertaining. I would definately recommend this book for a fun, summer read! I was most impressed! I can't wait to read the original!!! This book is truly a must-read!
Date published: 2002-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Looking forward to part 3 A visit to Manhattan is definitely in order. Becky has presented many shopping havens that must be conquered! I found this sequel to be as entertaining as the first. It was a delight through and through, and entirely recommendable. In reading other book reviews I am pleased to note that a third sequel is forthcoming. Am already looking forward to getting lost in Becky's next adventure.
Date published: 2002-07-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as the first! When I read the first book, I loved it - and I couldn't wait to read this one! Unfortunately, I was disappointed. In this book, Becky comes across more as a shallow, self-centered woman with absolutely no self control. Even worse, she seems to run in to people she's trying to avoid with such regularity that it's impossible to believe that it's coincidence. I was disappointed, but I still highly recommend the first book!
Date published: 2002-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am just like may be too! If you find yourself shopping frequently and having the habit of justifying all your purchases, you should read this book. If you find that you can't control yourself when it comes to shopping, this book is for you. Becky Bloomwood is someone you can relate to, and it's a laugh to hear what she goes through just to go shopping. I truly enjoyed this book more that Confessions of A Shopaholic, but you must read the first book before you read this book, to see how crazed Becky is when it comes to shopping and her love life.
Date published: 2002-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't get my hands on it fast enough!!! I purchased Confessions of a Shopaholic months and months before I read it, completely out of the habit of reading. I finally read the book while on an airplane to England. I read the book and enjoyed it so much that one of the 1st things I did in London, was search out another book by this english author!!! I managed to get my hands on it before it came out in Canada!!! 3rd one will be out in July in England - Shopaholic Ties the knot, Looking forward to Becky's next adventures!!
Date published: 2002-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoroughly enjoyable read But you must read BOTH Books, Confessions of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Takes Manhatten.
Date published: 2002-04-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from good laugh This book is great if you want an easy, funny and hilarious read. However, if you're expecting a challenge this book doesn't even come close. Some of the situations are so pathetic that I found myself wondering if the author went overboard with her character Becky. It has an ideal, Cinderella-esque ending which saves the story,in my opinion, from being an utterly shallow read.
Date published: 2002-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You have to buy them both! Don't buy Confessions of a Shopaholic without buying Shopaholic Takes Manhattan! I finished the first one so fast I was glad I had the second one waiting for me. You know Becky's going to Manhattan by the title, but the last minute plot twist at the end is great! Becky is someone who says everything you would say to the characters if you were her. This book documents a fantastic adventure in her life and you definitely have to own the pair of books. And trust me, it's something you NEED, not like Becky's juicer or the fencing mask she keeps promising herself she'll use when she gets the time to sign up for lessons. I just hope I win the trip to New York City so I can live out the ultimate shopping dream! Don't delay! Shop (and buy this book) today!
Date published: 2002-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go, Becky, Go! Wow, this is such a great follow up to the first shopaholic book. It made me laugh out loud, cry, and even buy two new pairs of shoes! But, the book is definitely about more than just cruising the malls - Becky is so full of character, and possesses such inspirational style and attitude. I couldn't put the book down. READ IT!!!
Date published: 2002-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A definite Chic book!!! I love everything about this book. It seems as if this was written for me! A definite must for the shopaholics around.
Date published: 2002-02-01

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Chapter OneOK, don't panic. Don't panic. It's simply a question of being organized and staying calm and deciding what exactly I need to take. And then fitting it all neatly into my suitcase. I mean, just how hard can that be?I step back from my cluttered bed and close my eyes, half-hoping that if I wish hard enough, my clothes might magically organize themselves into a series of neatly folded piles. Like in those magazine articles on packing, which tell you how to go on holiday with one cheap sarong and cleverly turn it into six different outfits. (Which I always think is a complete con, because, OK, the sarong costs ten quid, but then they add loads of accessories which cost hundreds, and we're not supposed to notice.)But when I open my eyes again, the clutter is all still there. In fact, there seems to be even more of it, as if while my eyes were shut, my clothes have been secretly jumping out of the drawers and running around on my bed. Everywhere I look, there are huge great tangled piles of . . . well . . . stuff. Shoes, boots, T-shirts, magazines . . . a Body Shop gift basket that was on sale . . . a linguaphone Italian course which I'm definitely going to start soon . . . a facial sauna thingy . . . And, sitting proudly on my dressing table, a fencing mask and sword which I bought yesterday. Only forty quid from a charity shop!I pick up the sword and experimentally give a little lunge toward my reflection in the mirror. It was a real coincidence, because I've been meaning to take up fencing for ages, ever since I read this article about it in The Daily World. Did you know that fencers have better legs than any other athletes? Plus, if you're an expert you can become a stunt double in a film and earn loads of money! So what I'm planning to do is find some fencing lessons nearby, and get really good, which I should think I'll do quite quickly.And then—this is my secret little plan—when I've got my gold badge, or whatever it is, I'll write to Catherine Zeta-Jones. Because she must need a stunt double, mustn't she? And why shouldn't it be me? In fact she'd probably prefer someone British. Maybe she'll phone back and say she always watches my television appearances on cable, and she's always wanted to meet me! We'll probably really hit it off, and turn out to have the same sense of humor and everything. And then I'll fly out to her luxury home, and get to meet Michael Douglas and play with the baby. We'll be all relaxed together like old friends, and some magazine will do a feature on celebrity best friends and have us in it, and maybe they'll even ask me to be . . ."Hi, Bex!" With a jolt, the happy pictures of me laughing with Michael and Catherine vanish, and my brain snaps into focus. Suze, my flatmate, is wandering into my room, wearing a pair of ancient paisley pajamas, with her blonde hair in plaits. "What are you doing?" she asks curiously."Nothing!" I say, hastily putting the fencing sword back. "Just . . . you know. Keep fit.""Oh right," she says vaguely. "So—how's the packing going?" She wanders over to my mantelpiece, picks up a lipstick, and begins to apply it. Suze always does this in my room—just wanders about picking things up and looking at them and putting them down again. She says she loves the way you never know what you might find, like in a junk shop. Which I'm fairly sure she means in a nice way."It's going really well," I say. "I'm just deciding which suitcase to take.""Ooh," says Suze turning round, her mouth half bright pink. "What about that little cream one? Or your red holdall?""I thought maybe this one," I say, hauling my new acid-green shell case out from under the bed. I bought it last weekend, and it's absolutely gorgeous."Wow!" says Suze, her eyes widening. "Bex! That's fab! Where did you get it?""Fenwicks," I say, grinning broadly. "Isn't it amazing?""It's the coolest case I've ever seen!" says Suze, running her fingers admiringly over it. "So . . . how many suitcases have you got now?" She glances up at my wardrobe, on which are teetering a brown leather case, a lacquered trunk, and three vanity cases."Oh, you know," I say, shrugging a little defensively. "The normal amount."I suppose I have been buying quite a bit of luggage recently. But the thing is, for ages I didn't have any, just one battered old canvas bag. Then, a few months ago I had an incredible revelation in the middle of Harrods, a bit like Saint Paul on the road to Mandalay. Luggage. And since then, I've been making up for all the lean years.Besides which, everyone knows good luggage is an investment."I'm just making a cup of tea," says Suze. "D'you want one?""Ooh, yes please!" I say. "And a KitKat?" Suze grins."Definitely a KitKat."Recently, we had this friend of Suze's to stay on our sofa—and when he left he gave us this huge box full of a hundred KitKats. Which is such a great thank-you present, but it means all we eat, all day long, is KitKats. Still, as Suze pointed out last night, the quicker we eat them, the quicker they'll be gone—so in a way, it's healthier just to stuff in as many as possible right away.Suze ambles out of the room and I turn to my case. Right. Concentrate. Packing. This really shouldn't take long. All I need is a very basic, pared-down capsule wardrobe for a romantic minibreak in Somerset. I've even written out a list, which should make things nice and simple.Jeans: two pairs. Easy. Scruffy and not quite so scruffy.T-shirts:Actually, make that three pairs of jeans. I've got to take my new Diesel ones, they're just so cool, even if they are a bit tight. I'll just wear them for a few hours in the evening or something.T-shirts:Oh, and my embroidered cutoffs from Oasis, because I haven't worn them yet. But they don't really count because they're practically shorts. And anyway, jeans hardly take up any room, do they?OK, that's probably enough jeans. I can always add some more if I need to.T-shirts: selection. So let's see. Plain white, obviously. Gray, ditto. Black cropped, black vest (Calvin Klein), other black vest (Warehouse, but actually looks nicer), pink sleeveless, pink sparkly, pink—I stop, halfway through transferring folded-up T-shirts into my case. This is stupid. How am I supposed to predict which T-shirts I'm going to want to wear? The whole point about T-shirts is you choose them in the morning according to your mood, like crystals, or aromatherapy oils. Imagine if I woke up in the mood for my "Elvis Is Groovy" T-shirt and I didn't have it with me?You know, I think I'll just take them all. I mean, a few T-shirts aren't going to take up much room. I'll hardly even notice them.I tip them all into my case and add a couple of cropped bra-tops for luck.Excellent. This capsule approach is working really well. OK, what's next?Ten minutes later, Suze wanders back into the room, holding two mugs of tea and three KitKats to share. (We've come to agree that four sticks, frankly, doesn't do it.)"Here you are," she says—then gives me a closer look. "Bex, are you OK?""I'm fine," I say, rather pink in the face. "I'm just trying to fold up this insulated vest a bit smaller."I've already packed a denim jacket and a leather jacket, but you just can't count on September weather, can you? I mean, at the moment it's hot and sunny, but it might well start snowing tomorrow. And what happens if Luke and I go for a really rustic country walk? Besides which, I've had this gorgeous Patagonia vest for ages, and I've only worn it once. I try to fold it again, but it slithers out of my hands and onto the floor. God, this reminds me of camping trips with the Brownies, trying to get my sleeping bag back into its tube."How long are you going for, again?" asks Suze."Three days." I give up trying to squash the vest into the size of a matchbox, and it springs jauntily back to shape. Discomfited, I sink onto the bed and take a sip of tea. What I don't understand is, how do other people manage to pack so lightly? You see businesspeople all the time, striding onto planes with only a tiny shoe-box suitcase on wheels. How do they do it? Do they have magic shrinking clothes?"Why don't you take your holdall as well?" suggests Suze."D'you think?" I look uncertainly at my overflowing suitcase. Come to think of it, maybe I don't need three pairs of boots. Or a fur stole.Then suddenly it occurs to me that Suze goes away nearly every weekend, and she only takes a tiny squashy bag. "Suze, how do you pack? Do you have a system?""I dunno," she says vaguely. "I suppose I still do what they taught us at Miss Burton's. You work out an outfit for each occasion—and stick to that." She begins to tick off on her fingers. "Like . . . driving outfit, dinner, sitting by the pool, game of tennis . . ." She looks up. "Oh yes, and each garment should be used at least three times."God, Suze is a genius. She knows all this kind of stuff. Her parents sent her to Miss Burton's Academy when she was eighteen, which is some posh place in London where they teach you things like how to talk to a bishop and get out of a sports car in a miniskirt. She knows how to make a rabbit out of chicken wire, too.Quickly I start to jot some broad headings on a piece of paper. This is much more like it. Much better than randomly stuffing things into a case. This way, I won't have any superfluous clothes, just the bare minimum.Outfit 1: Sitting by pool (sunny). Outfit 2: Sitting by pool (cloudy). Outfit 3: Sitting by pool (bottom looks huge in morning). Outfit 4: Sitting by pool (someone else has same swimsuit). Outfit 5:The phone rings in the hall, but I barely look up. I can hear Suze talking excitedly—then a moment later, she appears in the doorway, her face all pink and pleased."Guess what?" she says. "Guess what?""What?""Box Beautiful has sold out of my frames! They just phoned up to order some more!""Oh, Suze! That's fantastic!" I shriek."I know!" She comes running over, and we have a big hug, and sort of dance about, before she realizes she's holding a cigarette and is about to burn my hair.The amazing thing is, Suze only started making photograph frames a few months ago—but already she's supplying four shops in London, and they're doing really well! She's been in loads of magazines, and everything. Which isn't surprising, because her frames are so cool. Her latest range is in purple tweed, and they come in these gorgeous gray sparkly boxes, all wrapped in bright turquoise tissue paper. (I helped choose the exact color, by the way.) She's so successful, she doesn't even make them all herself anymore, but sends off her designs to a little workshop in Kent, and they come back, all made up."So, have you finished working your wardrobe out?" she says, taking a drag on her cigarette."Yes," I say, brandishing my sheet of paper at her. "I've got it all sorted out. Down to every last pair of socks.""Well done!""And the only thing I need to buy," I add casually, "is a pair of lilac sandals.""Lilac sandals?""Mmm?" I look up innocently. "Yes. I need some. You know, just a nice cheap little pair to pull a couple of outfits together . . .""Oh right," says Suze, and pauses, frowning slightly. "Bex . . . weren't you talking about a pair of lilac sandals last week? Really expensive, from LK Bennett?""Was I?" I feel myself flush a little. "I . . . I don't remember. Maybe. Anyway—""Bex." Suze gives me a suddenly suspicious look. "Now tell me the truth. Do you really need a pair of lilac sandals? Or do you just want them?""No!" I say defensively. "I really need them! Look!"I take out my clothes plan, unfold it, and show it to Suze. I have to say, I'm quite proud of it. It's quite a complicated flow chart, all boxes and arrows and red asterisks."Wow!" says Suze. "Where did you learn how to do that?""At university," I say modestly. I got my degree in Business and Accounting—and it's amazing how often it comes in handy."What's this box?" she asks, pointing at the page."That's . . ." I squint at it, trying to remember. "I think that's if we go out to some really smart restaurant and I've already worn my Whistles dress the night before.""And this one?""That's if we go rock-climbing. And this"—I point to an empty box —"is where I need a pair of lilac sandals. If I don't have them, then this outfit won't work, and neither will this one . . . and the whole thing will disintegrate. I might as well not bother going."Suze is silent for a while, perusing my clothes plan while I bite my lip anxiously and cross my fingers behind my back.I know this may seem a little unusual. I know most people don't run every single purchase past their flatmate. But the fact is, a while ago I kind of made Suze a little promise, which was that I'd let her keep tabs on my shopping. You know. Just keep an eye on things.Don't get the wrong idea here. It's not like I have a problem or anything. It's just that a few months ago, I did get into a . . . Well. A very slight money scrape. It was really just a tiny blip—nothing to worry about. But Suze got really freaked out when she found out how much I owed, and said that for my own good, she'd vet all my spending from now on.And she's been as good as her word. She's very strict, actually. Sometimes I'm really quite scared she might say no."I see what you mean," she says at last. "You haven't really got a choice, have you?"From the Trade Paperback edition.