Becky Brandon (neé Bloomwood) adores Christmas. It’s always the same – Mum and Dad hosting, carols playing, Mum pretending she made the Christmas pudding, and the next-door neighbours coming round for sherry in their terrible festive jumpers.
And now it’s even easier with online bargain-shopping sites – if you spend enough you even get free delivery. Sorted!
But this year looks set to be different. Unable to resist the draw of craft beer and smashed avocado, Becky’s parents are moving to ultra-trendy Shoreditch and have asked Becky if she’ll host Christmas this year. What could possibly go wrong?
With sister Jess demanding a vegan turkey, husband Luke determined that he just wants aftershave again, and little Minnie insisting on a very specific picnic hamper – surely Becky can manage all this, as well as the surprise appearance of an old boyfriend and his pushy new girlfriend, whose motives are far from clear…
Will chaos ensue, or will Becky manage to bring comfort and joy to Christmas? (synopsis from Goodreads)
I first started reading the Shopaholic series fifteen years ago, when I was thirteen years old. I have enjoyed this series of books for more than half of my life, which is actually a bit difficult for me to wrap my mind around. Incredible. I eagerly anticipate each new addition to the series, and I have formed a special bond with these characters. While I tend to read Harry Potter when I’m anxious, sad, or in need of escape, I read the Shopaholic books when I am in need of a good laugh. No matter how many times I read these books, I am always highly amused by the antics of Becky Brandon (neé Bloomwood).
However, the last two books in the series have honestly not been my favourite. I enjoyed them sure, but they didn’t have the same sparkle. Well, I am happy to report that things have certainly turned around, and Christmas Shopaholic is amazing. Becky Brandon (neé Bloomwood) is back, and she is just as fabulous as she was in the beginning of this series. Christmas Shopaholic is a perfect addition to this delightful series of books.
If you have read any of the books in the series (if you haven’t – what are you waiting for?), then you know that something, or to be more accurate several things, always seem to go wrong for Becky. And yet, she always makes it through stronger than ever. Her antics never fail to leave me crying with laughter. I frequently find myself thinking “no, she couldn’t possibly do/say that. How ridiculous.” And yet, Becky never fails to surprise me. She is honestly one of my favourite fictional characters, because reading about her various adventures brings me so much joy.
Now, if you know a thing or two about Becky already, then just imagine her at Christmas. What is the first word that come to mind for you? Chaos, perhaps? Now I don’t want to give anything away, so all I’m going to say about the storyline of Christmas Shopaholic is that it is hilarious. If you find yourself stressed out by your own Christmas this year, or any other holiday that you celebrate, then pick up this book. You will find yourself engrossed in the world of Becky Brandon (neé Bloomwood), and perhaps forget all of your own troubles.
Sophie Kinsella is an English author. Over 40 million copies of her books have been sold across more than 60 countries. Her books have been translated into more than 40 languages. The first novel in the Shopaholic series was published in the UK in 2000, and there are now nine books in the series.
Christmas Shopaholic is a delightful, heart-warming read. It will make you laugh out loud, and hopefully forget any of your own stresses during this chaotic time of the year.
My rating: ★★★★★
Waterstones (UK): here
Amazon (US): here
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