Shopaholic Ties the Knot (Shopaholic, #3)
Life has been good for Becky Bloomwood: She’s become the best personal shopper at Barneys, she and her successful entrepreneurial boyfriend, Luke, are living happily in Manhattan’s West Village, and her new next-door neighbor is a fashion designer! But with her best friend, Suze, engaged, how can Becky fail to notice that her own ring finger is bare? Not that she’s been thinking of marriage (or diamonds) or anything . . . Then Luke proposes! Bridal registries dance in Becky’s head. Problem is, two other people are planning her wedding: Becky’s overjoyed mother has been waiting forever to host a backyard wedding, with the bride resplendent in Mum’s frilly old gown. While Luke’s high-society mother is insisting on a glamorous, all-expenses-paid affair at the Plaza. Both weddings for the same day. And Becky can’t seem to turn down either one. Can everyone’s favorite shopaholic tie the knot before everything unravels?

Shopaholic Ties the Knot (Shopaholic, #3) Details

TitleShopaholic Ties the Knot (Shopaholic, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 31st, 2004
PublisherDell Publishing Company
ISBN-139780440241898
Rating
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit, Fiction, Romance

Shopaholic Ties the Knot (Shopaholic, #3) Review

  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    Only Becky Bloomwood could get herself in this much trouble. But the best part is always seeing her struggle to get out of it! Never change, Becky.
  • Zoë
    January 1, 1970
    I love Sophie Kinsella's writing style so much! Her books are like candy and I can't get enough! I love how Rebecca isn't a totally likable character; she has her flaws but she always learns from her mistakes in the end and becomes stronger. I was obsessed with the first half of the book as I'm totally invested in Luke and Becky's relationship, but the wedding drama kind of dragged on a bit too long for me. Still really liked this book, though, and I will be reading the fourth very soon!
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  • Rena
    January 1, 1970
    I love Kinsella's books, and I loove Becky, but this one was my least favorite. The way she had to drag on the wedding decision totally wore out my patience. What sucked was that THAT was basically the main part of the story. At some point, I was so irritated at her that I wasn't really concentrating on what I was reading because I wanted to hurry up and get to the conclusion. And it's too silly how Luke was so unaware of the chaotic wedding planning, don't you think? Almost pretentious. I mean, I love Kinsella's books, and I loove Becky, but this one was my least favorite. The way she had to drag on the wedding decision totally wore out my patience. What sucked was that THAT was basically the main part of the story. At some point, I was so irritated at her that I wasn't really concentrating on what I was reading because I wanted to hurry up and get to the conclusion. And it's too silly how Luke was so unaware of the chaotic wedding planning, don't you think? Almost pretentious. I mean, my boyfriend is totally successful/super busy and I may be a ditz.. but he would know if I'm planning two weddings. But yet it was definitely entertaining, and it did make me want a spectacular wedding at Plaza. Wouldn't anyone?
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I know a 2-star rating is typically an automatic: "she didn't like it", but I am using the formal goodreads definition for the rating here. It was OK. To be honest, I am playing catch-up on this series now that my library has finally added the audiobooks, and reading about Becky's epic avoidance-laden screw ups back-to-back was not the brightest idea. The cute is quickly turning to annoying, so I'll wait a few weeks before continuing to the next installment. Overall, it's a great series, but I w I know a 2-star rating is typically an automatic: "she didn't like it", but I am using the formal goodreads definition for the rating here. It was OK. To be honest, I am playing catch-up on this series now that my library has finally added the audiobooks, and reading about Becky's epic avoidance-laden screw ups back-to-back was not the brightest idea. The cute is quickly turning to annoying, so I'll wait a few weeks before continuing to the next installment. Overall, it's a great series, but I wouldn't recommend a Shopaholic bingefest. Everything in moderation, right Becky?
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    If it were possible I would give Shopaholic Ties the Knot and extra star, because this is my favorite book in the series. I'm not sure why, maybe it's all the descriptions of wedding cake. I don't know. I just enjoy this book the most. I especially enjoyed it this time because it temporarily stopped my reading slump. In Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Becky deals with a problem we have all had to deal with, two weddings on the same day in different countries. We've all been there! Somehow Becky is goi If it were possible I would give Shopaholic Ties the Knot and extra star, because this is my favorite book in the series. I'm not sure why, maybe it's all the descriptions of wedding cake. I don't know. I just enjoy this book the most. I especially enjoyed it this time because it temporarily stopped my reading slump. In Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Becky deals with a problem we have all had to deal with, two weddings on the same day in different countries. We've all been there! Somehow Becky is going to have to pick between the quaint backyard wedding her mother is planning back in Oxshott and the over the top Enchanted Forest wedding her mother-in-law to be is planning at The Plaza in New York. Of course being Becky she makes a bad situation worse but as always everything works out in the end. In this book we meet Luke's estranged mother Elinor, who I kept picturing as (despite how she's described)Joan Crawford shoulder pads and all. Who abandoned Luke as a child but now that he's rich and successful wants s relationship of sorts with him. Luke is often a B or even C character in this series but in The Knot Luke actually gets some character development and expands beyond just being the straight guy to Becky's comedy. As always if you liked Confessions of a Shopaholic than you'll enjoy the rest of the series. If you didn't like the first book don't read the rest of the series.
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  • Michelegg
    January 1, 1970
    Well, I'm definitely glad Becky is off on her round the world honeymoon. I was so stressed by the time this book was over, I thought it would never end! Not as funny as the first two, there was just too much tension. I can't say I enjoyed this one a whole lot.
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  • Vicki
    January 1, 1970
    This third book in the series was just as funny and in some ways more hilarious than the first book. This book has Becky and Luke moving forward in their relationship. The problems begin when Becky can't say no, to totally different plans for the same event. The cast of characters is fun and full bodied. They have their own personalities which fill this book with a lot of conflict and humor. Well written and fun, I was glad I read this book.
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  • Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    January 1, 1970
    I'm continuously surprised at how much I enjoy these books. For one, they're chick-lit, which I don't read much of and generally find insipid and insulting. They're about a woman who is obsessed with shopping, something we really don't have in common. Whenever she buys something (which is often, and usually something she really doesn't need), I cringe. Her debts make me anxious. Her silly lies and cover-ups give me acid burn. The situations she gets herself into, the many times she lets people s I'm continuously surprised at how much I enjoy these books. For one, they're chick-lit, which I don't read much of and generally find insipid and insulting. They're about a woman who is obsessed with shopping, something we really don't have in common. Whenever she buys something (which is often, and usually something she really doesn't need), I cringe. Her debts make me anxious. Her silly lies and cover-ups give me acid burn. The situations she gets herself into, the many times she lets people steamroll her, frustrate me. And yet, and yet...Becky Bloomwood is an engaging character, perhaps because of her flaws. She's oddly vulnerable, and genuinely nice. She's way more polite than I am, the way she always finds something nice to say to people so as not to hurt their feelings instead of being brutally honest - I admire her for that, since it's a skill I've never been good at. The downside is that it puts her in situations she can't politely get out of. In this case, it's two weddings. Now engaged to Luke, both her mother and Luke's mother are planning weddings - for the same day, in different countries. Becky can't seem to say no to either woman; one because it would break her heart, the other because she'd just be ignored.The wedding Luke's mother, Elinor, is planning is a huge, hugely expensive and over-the-top affair at the Plaza in New York. Everyone's talking about it. The wedding planner, Robyn, is an unstoppable force, and even though Elinor is paying, Becky learns that to pull out she'd have to pay Robyn $100,000.On top of that, when she finally summons the courage to tell Luke her problem, he has a mid-life crisis over his mother and career and Becky is left to figure out a miracle. How to make Luke better, and go through two weddings without anyone realising another wedding ever existed?I didn't think Becky would be able to solve this one, I really didn't. Well, I learnt to have more faith in her. She does that, you know. Makes things an even bigger mess than they ever needed to be, and then at the last minute, finds a way to fix it all. These books power along with barely a moment to catch your breath; along the way there's laughter and some subtle digs - in this case, at the wedding industry. It also pokes fun at the daggy home wedding, and it's this irreverent British humour that appeals to me. I'm much more comfortable with it than the American kind, to be honest. I understood it. The Becky Bloomwood novels are similar to Bridget Jones' Diary, which I loved - book and movie. They both have the same flaw though: the male love interest is too much a side-dish. I believe Becky and Luke love each other, and in this book especially we get to understand Luke better. But it seems sometimes like he doesn't really know Becky. At times he clearly knows her very well and reads behind her silly assertions, and I like that he gets more amused than pissed off by her frivolous spending habits. But it bothered me that he was so absent. I don't care for men who leave the planning of their own wedding entirely in the hands of the bride - it's inconsiderate, and a man who takes no interest in the wedding, no matter how small, seems like a man disinterested in being married. BUT, I believe Luke wanted to marry Becky, and I understood that he has issues with his mother that took over. So I'm willing to forgive. I just don't like that Becky couldn't talk to him, didn't want to burden him with her own problems, and had no one to turn to. Communication is so important in a relationship, and I hated all her cover-ups and denials. Sometimes I just want to shake her!
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    One of the best chick-lit series I've read! Becky Bloomwood is a delight and adorable! She has her issues, of course, but somehow you can't help loving her! Part of what makes these books so funny and cute is the ability Becky has to justify every purchase she makes. And her shopaholic problems aside, she's a sweet, kind and big-hearted person.My sister and I were actually able to go to an author talk with Sophie Kinsella, and she's just as adorable as Becky! So far there are 5 books in the seri One of the best chick-lit series I've read! Becky Bloomwood is a delight and adorable! She has her issues, of course, but somehow you can't help loving her! Part of what makes these books so funny and cute is the ability Becky has to justify every purchase she makes. And her shopaholic problems aside, she's a sweet, kind and big-hearted person.My sister and I were actually able to go to an author talk with Sophie Kinsella, and she's just as adorable as Becky! So far there are 5 books in the series (Confessions of a Shopaholic is the first), and all are worth the read. My favorites are books 1, 4 and 5, but 2 and 3 are really important and also really good!Again, without giving lots away I can tell you little more about this book than the title already does. But, just imagine the delights of a shopaholic with an excuse to purchase all things wedding-related.:)Happy reading!Winner of Annie's Awards 2005:"Favorite Comedy" - 2nd place
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  • Daphne Hartman
    January 1, 1970
    Weer een leuk verhaal over Becky en Luke. Hoewel ik het midden wat langdradig vond, zit het verhaal wel leuk in elkaar. Grappig hoe alles uiteindelijk toch op z'n pootjes terecht komt. En wat ben ik benieuwd naar deel 4; in dit deel wordt onthuld waar deel 4 over gaat en dit heeft mij erg nieuwsgierig gemaakt!
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  • Myrna
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this one. Much better than #1 and #2 in my opinion.
  • Ashley (mac&chip)
    January 1, 1970
    I really wanted to like this book - I was planning my own wedding at the time and thought this would be an easy, relatable read - nope. This book was by far my least favorite in the series. I thought Becky came off too strong and annoying in the Manhattan book, but apparently she had a lot more "character" in her.In this book, Becky and Luke are planning their wedding. Becky accepts Luke's icy mother's offer to throw them a top-notch New York wedding and has all the glitz and glamour Becky dream I really wanted to like this book - I was planning my own wedding at the time and thought this would be an easy, relatable read - nope. This book was by far my least favorite in the series. I thought Becky came off too strong and annoying in the Manhattan book, but apparently she had a lot more "character" in her.In this book, Becky and Luke are planning their wedding. Becky accepts Luke's icy mother's offer to throw them a top-notch New York wedding and has all the glitz and glamour Becky dreams about. Well, several days later she also accepts her mom's invitation to have an English wedding in her parents backyard. The book is about Becky figuring out which wedding she wants to have because she doesn't want to hurt feelings.Becky is just so freaking irresponsible in this book, it is really hard to read. She made me mad in this book page after page and I have no plans in reading this book again.
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  • Megs ♥
    January 1, 1970
    These books are seriously addicting. I know the main complaint people have about these books is how annoying Bex can be, but I don't mind her. She has her moments where I would like to smack some sense into her, but overall I like her funny, awkward moments. Bex is basically running around like a chicken with her head cut off throughout this whole book. She has promised both her mother and her mother-in-law that they could plan her wedding, and nobody knows...Not even Luke. Also, both weddings a These books are seriously addicting. I know the main complaint people have about these books is how annoying Bex can be, but I don't mind her. She has her moments where I would like to smack some sense into her, but overall I like her funny, awkward moments. Bex is basically running around like a chicken with her head cut off throughout this whole book. She has promised both her mother and her mother-in-law that they could plan her wedding, and nobody knows...Not even Luke. Also, both weddings are in separate countries. The story had Kinsella's usual humor littered throughout. I will admit she is the queen of laugh out loud humor. She can make you cringe and laugh at the embarrassing situations her heroines get into.Dragging out the decision about where to have the wedding was the only bad part. After a while it got old, and I just started skimming just to see how it would end.
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  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    I've decided that, since I'm pretty preoccupied with wedding stuff as it is, what could be more fun that going through the adventure with an old friend? Hence, some of my joys and stresses will be meshed with Becky's--and I'm grateful for the companionship! :-)
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  • Attack Salmon
    January 1, 1970
    My least favourable Shopoholic book so far. Becky is stuck having 2 weddings and she have to decide which one she want the most and still manage to make everyone happy. It is an ok read but the story wasn't as funny as the previous ones and throughout the whole book Becky just keep avoiding confrontation and whining. Very little plot material for this one.I still can't get the chemistry between Luke and Brandon. They are vastly different. Yeah u can say opposite attract but I still can't see how My least favourable Shopoholic book so far. Becky is stuck having 2 weddings and she have to decide which one she want the most and still manage to make everyone happy. It is an ok read but the story wasn't as funny as the previous ones and throughout the whole book Becky just keep avoiding confrontation and whining. Very little plot material for this one.I still can't get the chemistry between Luke and Brandon. They are vastly different. Yeah u can say opposite attract but I still can't see how they fit in each other's life
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  • Noella
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsBecky Bloomwood is about to get married! Only there is one BIG dilemma. Where is she going to have her wedding? In her hometown Oxshott with family and friends, planned by her loving mother or in Manhattan at the extravagant Plaza Hotel organised by Luke's mother Elinor? Becky's indecisiveness and lies return in this installment of the Shopaholic series. I was quite frustrated by her actions throughout the book as she ran away from her problems and escaped by lying. I didn't grow to hat 3.5 starsBecky Bloomwood is about to get married! Only there is one BIG dilemma. Where is she going to have her wedding? In her hometown Oxshott with family and friends, planned by her loving mother or in Manhattan at the extravagant Plaza Hotel organised by Luke's mother Elinor? Becky's indecisiveness and lies return in this installment of the Shopaholic series. I was quite frustrated by her actions throughout the book as she ran away from her problems and escaped by lying. I didn't grow to hate her but I just really wished she learnt a lesson from her past experiences!! The book was prolonged quite a bit as Becky makes (failed) attempts to turn down a wedding and go ahead with the other arrangement all whilst keeping Luke in the dark on the final decision. This was fortunately made up for by the time with the secondary characters such as Danny her next door neighbour, her Barney's workmates and clients, and Michael. I could really see how Becky really cared about these people even though her own wedding plans were a mess! The way her wedding eventuated was a comical surprise. I just hope in one of the future books, Rebecca would solve her problems in a better way. It always seems to me that lucky things happen so that Rebecca doesn't actually have to confront her dilemma head on. Overall, an entertaining read but be prepared for some silliness from Becky.
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  • Aleida Oskam
    January 1, 1970
    Het heeft weer even geduurd voor ik dit boek uit had maar het was weer een ouderwets goede. Weer heerlijk gelachen om de onhandigheid van Becky en de situaties waar ze zich in werkt. Nu even een pauze in de shopaholic serie tijdens de resterende tijd van m'n vakantie en daarna weer vrolijk verder! Het blijft een leuke serie om te lezen.
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  • Steffi
    January 1, 1970
    Rebecca Bloomwood is probably the only character I forgive being an absolute pain in the ...She makes me furious and eye-rolling, I want to shout at her and still I find myself enjoying the books.I loved all the wedding talk. Must the Disney princess inside me still waiting for her big day.
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  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    Becky Bloomwood's life has been running fairly smoothly recently, she is a personal shopper at Barney's, she and boyfriend Luke are living together and they've even opened a joint bank account. At best friend Suze's wedding Luke proposes and suddenly Becky's life has been flung upside down. Her mum wants her to get married in Oxshott whereas Luke's mother Elinor wants her to get married in New York - at the Plaza no less! As both women begin to plan their respective weddings Becky knows that eve Becky Bloomwood's life has been running fairly smoothly recently, she is a personal shopper at Barney's, she and boyfriend Luke are living together and they've even opened a joint bank account. At best friend Suze's wedding Luke proposes and suddenly Becky's life has been flung upside down. Her mum wants her to get married in Oxshott whereas Luke's mother Elinor wants her to get married in New York - at the Plaza no less! As both women begin to plan their respective weddings Becky knows that eventually, sooner rather than later, she will have to make a decision and cancel one of her weddings. But once she gets around to dress shopping and cake tasting, the thought of cancelling one of her weddings becomes near impossible and Becky finds herself in trouble yet again. With Mini Shopaholic less than a month away I've decided to re-read the entire Shopaholic series in preparation for the new book. I think it's the first time I've re-read all of the books back-to-back and it's so exciting picking out the details I remember and learning details I've forgotten particularly with the books I've only read once. Because I didn't get much reading done whilst I was in England, I only got the chance to re-read Shopaholic Ties The Knot once I was on the plane back to Tenerife. Four hours later and I had finished the book!Shopaholic Ties The Knot is the third Shopaholic book and follows Confessions of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Abroad. I'd already read the first two books a couple of times but if I remember correctly, this is only the second time I've gotten the chance to read Shopaholic Ties The Knot. Unlike the previous two books, Shopaholic Ties The Knot isn't focused solely on shopping. There's no debt in sight, and whilst Becky does still shop (come on, it's Becky Bloomwood), it isn't as hectic or as frenetic as in the first two books. Shopaholic Ties The Knot focuses firmly on Becky and Luke's wedding and I liked the fact that it was different to the first two books. Becky has dealt with a lot of things throughout the first two books but having to pick between two weddings is certainly the most difficult. I mean, either disappoint your mother who wants you to wear her wedding dress or give up a Plaza wedding. I've never been to the Plaza but I can imagine how beautiful it is and I'm well aware how much people would give to marry there. That is Becky's dilemma and although her flakiness and lack of commitment to one wedding was mildly irritating, it was an understandable dilemma. How it all sorts itself out is one of my favourite Shopaholic scenes ever, it was a stunning twist and it's the one scene that always sticks in my mind.As ever, the characters are just as fantastic. Becky does seem to grow up a bit more as the books progress but her sunny, sparkly nature remains throughout. I have three more books to review and I'm running out of ways to say I love Becky Bloomwood. Honestly, I feel as if I'm beginning to sound like a broken record (I do apologise for that). I would also like to say, for the record, that I love Luke Brandon too. I've loved him since book one and if he weren't Becky Bloomwood's... No, I joke, I love Becky and Luke and if Kinsella ever broke them up I would cry. We get to know Luke so much more during Shopaholic Ties The Knot and it seems as if he has some unresolved issues, particularly where his mother Elinor is concerned (whom I don't like, for the record). It's refreshing to see Luke open up a bit more and I definitely felt as if I got to know him more. Suze, Becky's best friend is still around and Becky's parents are hilarious as ever (Becky's mum in particular is funny and made me laugh out loud). We also meet Danny, a new friend Becky makes in New York. Again, like the previous two, the book is written in a chatty, recognisable way and I was surprised to find that I had managed to finish it in under four hours (even the lady on the plane mentioned how quick I read the book). I can't say that I have a favourite Shopaholic as I love them all for different reasons but they do keep getting better and better and it was nice to see Becky when she's not completely consumed by shopping (please note that I did say "not completely consumed"). If you've read the other books in the series you really ought to pick this one up and if you haven't yet read any of the books, why haven't you? The series is great and Shopaholic Ties The Knot is a worthy addition!
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  • Cara and Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    Oh no! Oh no! What happened to Sophie Kinsella when she wrote this book??!!!Needless to say I wasn’t really pleased with the third novel. The problem book series have, especially when the first two novels were really good, is that the reader is hungry for more good story telling. But unfortunately, with Shopaholic Ties the Knot, it seems like the author has lost her fire….OH NO!!!Okay, what didn’t I like about it? Well, for starters, the plot seems really ridiculous. Becky Bloomwood’s character Oh no! Oh no! What happened to Sophie Kinsella when she wrote this book??!!!Needless to say I wasn’t really pleased with the third novel. The problem book series have, especially when the first two novels were really good, is that the reader is hungry for more good story telling. But unfortunately, with Shopaholic Ties the Knot, it seems like the author has lost her fire….OH NO!!!Okay, what didn’t I like about it? Well, for starters, the plot seems really ridiculous. Becky Bloomwood’s character builds a certain level of expectation particularly readers she was introduced to in two prior novels. She is a Shopaholic, right? Then why would she allow two other people to plan her wedding? I mean, if she loves to shop, then what better way to start the story with Becky not being able to resist the huge million-dollar industry of Weddings? There are tons of irresistibly spending sprees she could have done and could have used the excuse, ‘Hey, I only get married once!’ to explain her splurges. But instead Ms. Kinsella takes the reader to a bizarre scenario where two weddings are being planning for Becky to occur on the same day. How weird is that! I know this is fiction, but at the very least try to think of the readers and how they would relate to the main character! I just got married very recently and I was hoping for the book to indulge me with wedding (mis)adventures so that I can relate, laugh, and recollect about my own wedding planning (not that I splurged…well, maybe a little…)!The new characters Ms. Kinsella introduced are annoying and incomprehensible. First there is Becky’s NYC bestfriend, Danny. He is supposed to be an up and coming designer. Hmmm, really now…then why does he leech off his older brother (who pays the rent) and lies about having his clothes being sold in Barney’s? And when he does design Becky’s outfits, the clothes come apart!!!?? Becky wears one of his ‘T-shirt Gowns’ (what the heck is that???!!!) when she walked down as Suze’s maid-of-honor, but the pieces of the outfit were coming off!!! Isn’t the criteria of a good fashion designer not just in the creativity of the work but the WORKMANSHIP and innovation of the sewing! Danny also creates Becky’s wedding gown by making ‘denim’ ruffles? WHAT?????!!!! What bride in her right mind would wear such a thing in a supposedly posh wedding at the New York Plaza, where Hollywood Stars get married? The theme of the wedding is Sleeping Beauty, but Becky has DENIM material on her gown? I am completely appalled at the ridiculousness of all this! Ms. Kinsella should have done some research in dress-making…OR should have not created the Danny character and stuck it out with Suze, whom I always found to be super cool!The character of Luke’s Mom, Elinor, is incomprehensible. Did Ms. Kinsella do this on purpose? Are we really not suppose to understand her? She is rich, snobbish, and very narcistic (she has ‘secret’ surgeries in Switzerland), who apparently does not really care for Luke and is in fact using him for his time to build up her charity work. However, if she really doesn’t care much for him and is using him for money, then why would she pay six figures to throw them a wedding? Why not be consistent and have him pay for the wedding? The falling out Luke eventually had with Elinor causes him to break down, which Becky calls ‘mid-life crisis’. I find this part of the story very unconvincing. In the end, Luke and Elinor made-up in such a casual way that I end up shaking my head and asking the question, “Why go through the trouble of putting a crisis in the story when it is clearly half-baked crisis?”The part I like the best was whenever Becky would find ways to ‘cover’ her expenses on the bank statement. One of the arguments she and Luke had was “Is a Miu-Miu skirt a house hold expense?” I found that quite funny, but everything else in the story, I shrugged in disappointment.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not a big chick lit fan, but find Sophie Kinsella's work to be a real guilty pleasure-- slight but fun. However, Shopaholic Ties the Knot is definitely not her best. In the other Shopaholic books, protagonist Becky Bloomwood, is ditzy and self-indulgent, but basically a fun and sweet girl that you can sort of identify with. In this book, that mostly goes out the window. Here, Becky gets engaged and is torn between having the simple English wedding her mother is planning and the big society w I'm not a big chick lit fan, but find Sophie Kinsella's work to be a real guilty pleasure-- slight but fun. However, Shopaholic Ties the Knot is definitely not her best. In the other Shopaholic books, protagonist Becky Bloomwood, is ditzy and self-indulgent, but basically a fun and sweet girl that you can sort of identify with. In this book, that mostly goes out the window. Here, Becky gets engaged and is torn between having the simple English wedding her mother is planning and the big society wedding at The Plaza that her future stepmother desires. Becky's inability to make a decision and be a grown up reaches new heights and gets pretty darn annoying. In the end, Kinsella never does force Becky to get herself together and make a choice. She gets the best of both worlds, guilt free. That's sloppy writing, in my opinion. Becky doesn't really learn anything or become a better person in any way. So why did I need to take this journey with her, then? This book was definitely subpar, even for chick lit.
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  • Love Fool
    January 1, 1970
    Life has been good for Becky Bloomwood: She’s become the best personal shopper at Barneys, she and her successful entrepreneurial boyfriend, Luke, are living happily in Manhattan’s West Village, and her new next-door neighbor is a fashion designer! But with her best friend, Suze, engaged, how can Becky fail to notice that her own ring finger is bare? Not that she’s been thinking of marriage (or diamonds) or anything . . . Then Luke proposes! Ugh, why can't Becky and I be friends in real life? An Life has been good for Becky Bloomwood: She’s become the best personal shopper at Barneys, she and her successful entrepreneurial boyfriend, Luke, are living happily in Manhattan’s West Village, and her new next-door neighbor is a fashion designer! But with her best friend, Suze, engaged, how can Becky fail to notice that her own ring finger is bare? Not that she’s been thinking of marriage (or diamonds) or anything . . . Then Luke proposes! Ugh, why can't Becky and I be friends in real life? And damn, life has been very good for her. Living in West Village is a DREAM of mine and she has a dream job and has a successful boyfriend/fiance AND has a friend who is a designer... can I please be her?Yes, Luke's mom can be a bitch but she's a rich bitch so it's allowed... especially when she is trying to throw you a wedding that is to top all weddings. Right now in my life I am in engagement/wedding fantasy because I actually have a boyfriend I like haha so I really enjoyed this book. Typical Becky Bloomwood messes that make you laugh.
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  • Nina Draganova
    January 1, 1970
    Кой друг, освен Беки, ще си организира 2 сватби в един ден на 2 различни континента.Какво пък, важното е да има предизвикателства .Но пък във всяка следваща книга от серията, Беки израства и помъдрява.Няма как да й се сърди човек, не прави нищо със задни помисли. Просто й е по-трудно да взима бързи решения.Всяка от книгите в серията си имат култов момент. Не прави изключение и тази. Само си представете , как приятелката й започва да ражда неочаквано, без да си е взела приготвения багаж. Но плаши Кой друг, освен Беки, ще си организира 2 сватби в един ден на 2 различни континента.Какво пък, важното е да има предизвикателства .Но пък във всяка следваща книга от серията, Беки израства и помъдрява.Няма как да й се сърди човек, не прави нищо със задни помисли. Просто й е по-трудно да взима бързи решения.Всяка от книгите в серията си имат култов момент. Не прави изключение и тази. Само си представете , как приятелката й започва да ражда неочаквано, без да си е взела приготвения багаж. Но плаши ли се Беки не . Влиза в първия срещнат магазин и го изкупува от - до. Ами как иначе, как да не купи надуваемо кану за раждането и вместо пръскалка за освежаване на приятелката си- лейка . Пълна забава.Има един малко тъжен цитат, който си запазих:"Живеем в самоотразяващ се , самовлюбен свят ."И така , да видим какво става нататък.
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  • Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    Becky is getting married and ready to get settled! But where? While she’s enjoying life as a Personal Shopper at Barney’s, which I swear is every shopaholic’s dream, her family from England wanted her to stay in the countryside with her husband. But she couldn’t stay away from the glitz and glamour of Manhattan, could she? If you’re Becky Bloomwood, you would be at your wits end, and might just end up in a mental.While I enjoyed the first two books in the series, this one kinda made me back off Becky is getting married and ready to get settled! But where? While she’s enjoying life as a Personal Shopper at Barney’s, which I swear is every shopaholic’s dream, her family from England wanted her to stay in the countryside with her husband. But she couldn’t stay away from the glitz and glamour of Manhattan, could she? If you’re Becky Bloomwood, you would be at your wits end, and might just end up in a mental.While I enjoyed the first two books in the series, this one kinda made me back off a little from Becky’s spending ways. I swear this lady’s got real money issues. But with friends like Suze and Tarquin to talk to her, I guess I could give her the benefit of the doubt. There might still be chance for Becky after all.I enjoyed reading this third book and would still want to see what happens next when she’s finally settled. I’m sure it would be a riot.
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  • Nusrat Mahmood
    January 1, 1970
    Becky seems less lying in this book. she is just not telling full truth. umm...that's fun. gosh! I am so in love with this series.
  • Heaven
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 This series is slowly turning into my guilty pleasure that I enjoy greatly, however, this is my least favorite so far in the series. Becky gave me a headache in this book. I'm not sure how she got herself into the situation of having 2 weddings and continued to not fix it. I know this is supposed to be a fun and girly read, which it is but at some points I just wanted to pull my hair out.
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  • Tuuli
    January 1, 1970
    My least favourite so far; it dragged on and on. The marriage of the main couple in a chick-lit should, in my opinion, be fun and magical and exciting. In this book it was almost depressing.
  • Logan Hughes
    January 1, 1970
    Jane Espenson, writer for Buffy and Firefly, wrote a blog post about the first spec script she ever wrote as a pre-teen. It was for M*A*S*H and the whole episode was just Charles trying to decide whether to marry a girl he'd gotten engaged to. First he made one choice, then the other. Jane called the episode "The Seesaw," and in her post, she warns against mistaking alternation for advancing the plot.That's this book. It's just a seesaw. Becky has to decide whether to accept her parents' offer t Jane Espenson, writer for Buffy and Firefly, wrote a blog post about the first spec script she ever wrote as a pre-teen. It was for M*A*S*H and the whole episode was just Charles trying to decide whether to marry a girl he'd gotten engaged to. First he made one choice, then the other. Jane called the episode "The Seesaw," and in her post, she warns against mistaking alternation for advancing the plot.That's this book. It's just a seesaw. Becky has to decide whether to accept her parents' offer to throw them a wedding or Luke's birth mother's. First she makes one choice, then another. Ad nauseam. I can't get invested in this decision. Nor can I continue to be particularly interested in Becky, who is not, despite her friends' assurances, a plucky good-hearted optimist. She continually proves herself to be a weak-willed, short-sighted coward with a very shallow understanding of other human beings.Look, you know what you're getting into with a Shopaholic book by now, and it's not like I had towering hopes for this one, but I had a basic expectations based on the premise. Wedding drama seems like a natural progression for this series, what with the real-life pitfalls of overspending on a wedding that so many folks fall into. You come to the Shopaholic books for money drama, at least I do, but there's barely any money stuff here. There's decadence, but no budgeting choices, since both of Becky and Luke's wedding options are all-expenses-paid. Don't come to this book looking for something that you, as a person who may have planned their own wedding, can relate to.Don't come to it for romance, either. Luke and Becky's relationship is not central to the plot. At all. It's literally just wedding stuff. Luke might as well not be there. Which is fine, since he's basically a non-character, but it seems thematically inappropriate in a wedding book, doesn't it? This is the book where Becky should be learning to operate together with Luke as a team, especially financially, but despite a few comical references to their joint account, none of that happens. In fact, their communication is worse than ever and just gets worse and worse as the book progresses. Becky not only manages to hide from him all of her problems and concerns, including the most basic rough-outlines facts about their wedding, she actually ends up unilaterally making a number of decisions that profoundly affect his life, and either not telling him at all or telling him only after it's all decided, as a surprise. When she's not hiding things from him out of childlike fear of the scary father-figure, she's hiding things from him out of protective nuturing for the vulnerable child-figure. At no time is Luke an equal or even very much of a presence in the book. This should be the most romantic installment in the series, but it's the least.+1 star because I still like Suze.
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  • Fred
    January 1, 1970
    I had been reading a lot of heavy, emotional books lately, so I was in dire need of something simple and funny. This book was strongly recommended to me by a friend because I asked for a light book.I had never read any of the shopaholic books but I was curious so I decided to give it a shot. I have to admit, I was a bit apprehensive because it is a Chick-Lit. However, since the Shopaholic books are so popular, I decided give it a shot with an open mind.When I first started the book, I was please I had been reading a lot of heavy, emotional books lately, so I was in dire need of something simple and funny. This book was strongly recommended to me by a friend because I asked for a light book.I had never read any of the shopaholic books but I was curious so I decided to give it a shot. I have to admit, I was a bit apprehensive because it is a Chick-Lit. However, since the Shopaholic books are so popular, I decided give it a shot with an open mind.When I first started the book, I was pleasently surprised. The author is extremely witty and there's a certain charm to her characters. However, after about 80 or so pages, I could not get myself to like the main character. In all honesty, I really hope no one in the real life is like her. He lack of being able to make any sort of decision was beyond frustrating! A good chunk of the book is based on where she's going to get married. She's being pulled 1 way by her mother in law and another way by her mom that lives in England. Everytime she makes a decision something happens to alter her choice. It was beyond frustrating and this is one of the main reasons why I can't give it more stars... and I actually feel like maybe I should give it 2 1/2 stars (but that's not an option) When you don't like the main character, it becomes really hard to like the book.That being said, I still gave it 3 stars because the author still managed to keep me somewhat interested. I am not a very fast reader (it usually takes me about a month or 2 to finish a novel), but this book only took me 2 weeks because of it's simplicity. Would I ever read this book again? No. Will I read any more Shopaholic books? Definitely not (I can't handle another book about the undecisive, self centered, spoiled brat that is Becky Bloomwood!). However, I would give this author another shot with one of her other books because I feel like this was simply a case of not connecting with the main character.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    I forgot to even mark this as read. I read it a few days ago, not anything that had an impact on me, just something fun. Something about reading about weddings is just fun. People are happy. Although this one was much more stressful that it needed to be. Becky knows there is a problem and thinks if she ignores them the'll just go away. She was pretty frustrating in this book. (view spoiler)[ Suze and Tarquin's wedding was great! I feel like I should mention the baby, but I don't have anything to I forgot to even mark this as read. I read it a few days ago, not anything that had an impact on me, just something fun. Something about reading about weddings is just fun. People are happy. Although this one was much more stressful that it needed to be. Becky knows there is a problem and thinks if she ignores them the'll just go away. She was pretty frustrating in this book. (view spoiler)[ Suze and Tarquin's wedding was great! I feel like I should mention the baby, but I don't have anything to say. I was a little annoyed how Becky "solved" this problem. She just deceived people. She didn't have to own up to anything. (hide spoiler)]I can not stand Elinor. I know we got a little more of her back story later, but I still don't see the need for her attitude. I didn't understand Luke's attachment and eagerness to defend her. I have no idea where that relationship is headed. I'm glad Luke took of some time from work in this one. Although when he was off, it really wasn't that great. He was so distraught. I'm excited to see what happens after what was said at the end of this. I don't think it's in the next book though. She might mention some things, but I don't think we're going to get the full story. Loving this series so far!
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