Top critical review
Not for me
on 23 June 2013
I only bought this book because I love the other Sophie Kinsella books. I have delayed buying this despite its popularity but then enjoyed the others so much I decided to buy it. The reason I delayed buying it was because I'm not really one of those girls who enjoys shopping that much. I really wish that I had followed my instinct.
I can imagine many people would love this book as it has its funny, heartfelt and entertaining moments just like other Sophie Kinsella books. However I am giving this book 2 stars because firstly I found the main character shallow, naive, vapid, annoying and desperate. If I knew her in real life she would be someone that I couldn't hold a 5 minute conversation with before wanting to scream 'just get over yourself' and try to slap some sense into. Another reason is that, not being a great fan of shopping, I really couldn't identify with her obsessions and couldn't understand her misplaced priorities where she puts a scarf before more important things like her job. People will probably now think that I'm a bit of an idiot because the clue was in the title but I still think the character could have been more likeable. Why also does it seem that she gets herself into awkward situations due to her bad judgement then just expect everyone else to bail her out?
The other thing that annoyed me was, looking at the others in the series, the main character doesn't learn anything from her mistakes and carries on getting into serious debt despite the risk of losing her loved ones. The books seem to follow the same storyline but with different settings.
I'm sure many people will love this book because as I said, it does have its good points but it really wasn't for me and I won't be buying the others in the series.