The Shopaholic is back… After a ten-months honeymoon around the world, Becky Bloomwood is ready to go back home in London, where she is sure everybody misses her terribly. She wants to tell about everything she has seen, and about the changes she and Luke have undergone: Luke, with his long hair, his new earring and his tan, doesn’t look even remotely like the workaholic he used to be. Becky has started yoga in Sri-Lanka and her teacher says that she has a beautiful spirit. True, she feels completely detached from materialistic matters: or is she really?…

Back to London, things are not exactly the way they ought to be: her parents act funny, and Suze has found a new best friend; bossy Lulu Hetherington… But some unexpected news is soon broken to Becky: she has a long lost sister, a soulmate, a new best friend with whom she will be able to do tons or shopping… Or will she? Is it rather possible that Jess, her newly found sister, does not like shopping?

With every shopaholic book, I wonder how Kinsella will manage to come up with new ideas, new characters and funny situation: but she succeeds every time. Kinsella has a knack for sketching caricatures of types of people we all know and can recognize. She also manages to put Becky Bloomwood, her heroine, in inextricable and hilarious situations. She does this with this inimitable British humor. Unfortunately, this installment in the Shopaholic series was not quite as good as the rest: it started very well, but towards the end, Kinsella chose to privilege a little bit of drama over humor, which I personally think is too bad: after all we read the shopaholic to have fun, not to ponder seriously about the meaning of sisterhood. Still, I had a couple of good laughs, and for those who worry, Kinsella has provided an ending which calls for a sequel!

Good light summer reading for those already familiar with the Shopaholic series…

Rating: 3/5