Shopaholic Ties the Knot is the third book in the series. In the first one, Rebecca (Becky) Bloomwood couldn't help but go into debt and her cards were frozen, then she wrote a front-page article about a bank scandal, got a job with Morning Coffee on finance and paid off her debt. In Shopaholic Takes Manhattan (my favourite book of the series so far) she got herself back in debt but her excuse was all the new deals she was getting in the Big Apple and then her life like a car accident crashed due to public revelations about her shopping addiction. Now she's living with her boyfriend Luke Brandon in New York where Becky's been working for a while as a personal shopper at one of New York's biggest and most expensive shops, Barney's. But anyway, Luke and Becky return to her home town in Oxshott to celebrate the wedding of her best friend, Suze. And there, Luke proposes. Becky is simply as enthralled as ever, and she thinks the hardest part will be picking the right wedding dress, since she's never really bought one thing before and this will be a memory she'll forever cherish, but it's even worse when Becky's parents, Jane and Graham, start preparing the Oxshott wedding. Then Luke's mother Elinor shows up, and let's just say she acts like someone who eats shrimp off a platter three meals a day and sees friendship as abnormal. But Elinor's been a real driving point for Luke. Then Elinor starts a wedding preparation at New York's Plaza Hotel...even though she already knew one was being prepared. And then, well, Becky ends up in a situation where she's holding all the cards (maybe) and the future is destined for her to hurt at least a few people's feelings. And now we have Becky Bloomwood's latest horror story; her wedding.
I liked it. I liked it a lot. However at this point I'm not sure if I'm going to keep reviewing Kinsella's Shopaholic books. The best thing about this series is the addicting scenarios Becky gets herself into. The worst part is how there's never any real progression with her character, a character who loves shopping and lies herself into a ditch she'll keep digging herself under more until someone walks up from above and ambush-buries her. I started reading this book and had the fourth book, Shopaholic and Sister, with me as well from the library, and I skimmed through that book too alongside this and I now see the pattern. I mean, there's some great dialogue, comedy and even story here, but at this point it feels like all the Shopaholic books are basically the exact same, minus something new like a baby or in this case, a marriage. So after this book it seems pointless to keep giving in-depth reviews. However, this novel definitely manages to stand on its own in the series.
Something I admired in the second novel was how the situations Becky gets herself into mostly weren't her fault. Her shopping had a ratio of it but not entirely. And her fear at certain people's reactions is relatable in this crisis of hers; I'm not good at purposefully making people upset. It just hits a nerve with me. So breaking bad news is hard for me. If I would be as entranced by Becky for the Plaza Hotel wedding I don't think so. Personally, when I get married (I hope I get married) my friends, family and love are all I need. But anyway, when Becky ends up in a very inescapable situation, I had to fly through the pages to find out when it would all crash and it was quite fun. This will certainly be the zaniest wedding story you'll ever read about.
I also like how it takes a break with Becky's shopping addiction, to a degree. I mean, it still says 'Shopaholic' in the title, but she doesn't get herself in debt this time, really. It's good to shake it up a little. Also, Luke's development reaches a tip I didn't expect it to go on. I came across by accident mention that Kinsella was going to make this the last book when she felt she really missed Becky and her adventures. Well, with the way things went, I can see that.
I'd say my main criticism of this book is it has a bit of a slow start and there's a moment where a character does something, well, quite aggravating and Becky later is very calm and collected to her, almost like Becky forgot about it. I wish more could've been done on that behalf. Plus, as I've said, all of her lying can get uncomfortable. Honestly, if Becky happened to get hit with the Truth Ray like in Kim Possible, and was forced to only tell the truth for one day, you'd be able to smell the fires from anywhere in the world before it was over. Still, this is like the others an enormously entertaining book with Kinsella's use of addictiveness simply working and staying sowing.