WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5
If you are looking for some good chick-lit which is also witty, this is your book to go to. There is something about Rebecca Brandon (nee Bloomwood) that though naïve is also strangely hilarious. Agree that the book promotes a kind of excessive consumerism that is to a large extent responsible for today’s decadent society but then who cares about all that when you are looking for a hilariously funny and gripping read!
In Shopaholic and Baby, which is a continuation of Sophie Kinsella’s famous Shopaholic series, Becky Brandon is pregnant and has no clue about what motherhood is really going to be like. She, like her usual self, is busy buying the baby his couture clothing collections and 400 thread count bedcovers. In the process, she discovers that she does not have the must go to “celebrity obstetrician” which all fabulous moms-to-be have.
Next, we know she is busy convincing Luke to get her Venetia Carter, the “must have celebrity obstetrician” who does holistic water births with Lotus flowers and exotic Thai massages. But Becky has a new problem, Venetia is Luke’s ex and still seems very much interested in him. So how will Becky get over all her insecurities? How will she tackle the red-haired model figured celebrity who is the very epitome of beauty with brains? What will happen in Becky’s life? To know this and much more, read this amusing novel today!
I liked the fact that Shopaholic and Baby is focused on a new aspect of Becky’s life. This makes the book quite different in character and depth. Becky, though annoying and foolish at times, does make for an entertaining character. The characters of Luke and Venetia are also good in their own ways but it is only Becky who steals the show. Though I am sure, many girls out there would vie for Luke as their future husband.
The plot is mediocre and so is the story but the writing style of the author which brings out hilarity even in the mundane is really commendable. I also liked the way Becky matures as a person as the story progresses. The USP of her character is her naivety and if that is taken then I don’t think the books will be fun anymore. So yeah, she is good just the way she is (at least for me).
All in all, Shopaholic and Baby is a merry read and thus I would give the book 4 out of 5 stars on entertainment quotient. That being said, I recommend the book to all chick lit lovers like me.
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