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  • Broken Base: Opinions about Shopaholic to the Stars and Shopaholic to the Rescue are very divided. Some fans enjoyed the more exciting mystery based storyline, and Becky's focus on something other than shopping, while others disliked the unrealistic storyline and the focus on newly introduced characters outside of Becky and her friends. Shopaholic to the Stars was especially disliked as it ended on a poorly written cliffhanger.
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  • Designated Villain: Derek Smeath gets treated fairly by the end of the first book, and John Gavin by the end of the second. Claire Edwards, on the other hand, is nothing but friendly to Becky in the first book and, while harsh on TV, not a bad person in the second. Becky, on the other hand, only loathes her because she's meticulous about her own finances.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Becky routinely lies her way out of being a responsible adult without facing barely any serious consequences (and the few times she does, everything ends up okay with her seemingly having forgotten her lesson).
  • Stoic Woobie: Luke. Abandoned by his birth mother Elinor when he was just a baby, he grows up wanting nothing more than to meet her. His father tries to get Elinor to see him, Elinor's new husband even tries to get her to see Luke, but she refuses and even flat out ignores a fourteen year old Luke when he tries to visit her in New York. Luke is clearly very affected by it, and works so hard just to try and impress her, and finally earn her love. Elinor then uses him for his company, which is the thing that finally shatters Luke's view of her. They later make up, but things are decidedly strained.
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  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: It's really hard to root for Becky when she repeatedly lies and refuses to take responsibility for her addiction in every single book.

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