review: Shopaholic to the Stars.

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on 03.04.15

in Reviews

I’ve been reading some heavier novels lately, so I was in the mood for something a little more fun and lighthearted. Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella fit that description to a T. I’ve been following the adventures of Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) since the first Shopaholic novel in the early 2000s.

shopaholic to the stars

In the latest installment, Becky finds herself in Los Angeles with her family, as her husband is doing some business in the City of Angels. Combining her love of fashion and her desire to make a name for herself in Hollywood, Becky quickly launches herself on a new career path:  stylist to the stars. One of Luke’s clients in LA is Sage Seymour, one of the hottest celebrities around, and Becky sets herself as making Sage her first client and a launching point in to her career. In the usual Shopaholic style, Becky lands herself in one disaster after another, and in her single-minded focus to kickstart her career, she alienates everyone she loves the most.

For fans of the series may enjoy Becky’s latest adventure, however, I personally feel like this series is on its last legs. The first books were a good, lighthearted beach read. While certainly not the next great American novel, they were fun. Becky’s hijinks are getting increasingly tedious, as she never seems to learn any lessons from one book to the next. I found her character to be far more self-centered in this book than I have in any of the others. She was going to launch her career, no matter who she hurt along the way. In the first books, I found Becky to be a likable, kindhearted woman, but that Becky has faded into the background. While this novel was enjoyable enough to finish, I hope that Kinsella will let this series end with the Brandon family driving off into the sunset.

2 out of 5 stars.

Book 9 of 52 read in 2015 (see the full list).

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NYC Marathon, here I come.

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on 03.03.15

in Goals and Challenges

I just had to pop in and share my excitement that on November 1, I’m crossing a huge bucket list race of my list: the New York City Marathon!

best news

The lottery was today and I am overjoyed that I was one of the lucky runners selected. This has been a race I’ve wanted to run probably since before I started running. Maybe not that long, but for many years now. The pending charge showed up on my credit card this morning, but I didn’t want to believe it until I saw the official email. All the feels right there.

I don’t know that two marathons in one year will be my smartest move ever, but I cannot freaking wait for this 26.2 mile block party through the five boroughs of New York.

YOLO, my friends.

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