Shopaholic to the Stars

Dial. (Shopaholic, Bk. 7). Oct. 2014. 496p. ISBN 9780812993868. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780812993875. F
In the latest installment of the series, Becky and her two-year-old daughter, Minnie, relocate to Los Angeles because Becky's husband, Luke, is doing short-term PR consulting for Sage Seymour, a famous actress with a bit of an attitude problem. After a job offer to be a personal shopper in a store falls through, Becky decides to aim higher and become a personal stylist to the stars. She just needs to find a way in, so she sets her sights on Sage. In typical Becky fashion, chaos ensues at every turn, and she is immersed in a multitude of dramas with her father, old friends Suze and Tarquin, Luke and his mother, and even someone at Minnie's preschool.
VERDICT Fans of the series who love Becky just as she is (and has always been) will enjoy this seventh series entry (after Mini Shopaholic, released in the United States in 2010). Becky still loves to shop, of course, and still makes ridiculously bad decisions. In fact, L.A. possibly brings out the worst in Becky, as her desire for stylist stardom seriously clouds her already questionable judgment. Shouldn't she have learned something by now? Lack of character growth aside, Kinsella expertly plots this story and deftly drops in some unexpected twists. [See Prepub Alert, 5/19/14.]
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