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Reviewed by Ashleigh
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher & Pages: Black Swan (Transworld Publishers), 320 pages
Audience: Female, General
Blurb: Becky Bloomwood has a great flat, a fabulous wardrobe full of this season’s must-haves and a job telling other people how to manage their money. The only problem is, she can’t afford to live the high life any longer. The letters from the bank are getting harder to ignore, she tries Cutting Back, she tries Making More Money, she tries really hard, but nothing is working.
Her only consolation is to treat herself to something – just a little something…
Highlight: Becky is a very entertaining main character
Caution: Becky’s antics are highly embarrassing
Highlight: It was easy to relate to Becky
Caution: A few missed typos scattered throughout the book
Review: First, let me say that I struggled to find any major drawbacks of this book. In fact, the biggest problem I had with this book was the first time I encountered Becky’s embarrassing antics. On page 25 of the paperback version that I have, Becky enters into a conversation with a woman from a PR company, Alicia. This could just be an ordinary conversation, except that Becky has no idea what she’s talking about. She has to bluff her way through the entire conversation, and she soon gets caught out. Reading this, I felt so embarrassed. My cheeks were flaming, I could feel them heating up and I was cringing. I really wanted to stop reading at this point, but I forced myself to continue reading for the sake of this review. I simply felt so humiliated. I suppose this could be a reflection on the quality of Sophie Kinsella’s writing. After all, if she can make me, the reader, feel embarrassed even though I haven’t done anything to be embarrassed about, she has to have a way with words, doesn’t she?
Yes I forced myself to continue reading this novel after page 25, but I’m glad I did, because I quickly got used to Becky’s antics and found her amusing. I also found it very easy to relate to her because she was just like me. Becky loves shopping, is a writer, and has no money. If I had a fictional character soulmate, it would be Becky Bloomwood.
Besides Becky’s crazy antics, it was hard for me to find fault with this novel. There were a few typos scattered throughout the manuscript which I didn’t expect to find in a traditionally published novel. Overall, I highly recommend this book to any female of about fifteen or older. The reason I say this is because this novel borders on Chick Lit, yet is General Fiction.
Star Rating: 4 Stars
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