Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous flat in London’s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season’s must-haves. The only trouble is that she can’t actually afford it—not any of it. Her job writing at Successful Savings not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. And lately Becky’s been chased by dismal letters from Visa and the Endwich Bank—letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read. She tries cutting back. But none of her efforts succeeds. Her only consolation is to buy herself something … just a little something….
Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life—and the lives of those around her—forever.
This book was different but worthwhile since I found myself experiencing a range of emotions while reading this. Becky Bloomwood works a a financial journalist but it doesn’t really pay the bills. But despite her mediocre pay, Becky shops and shops till her heart is content. There is only one problem…her heart is never content. She continues to dig herself into more and more debt while trying to figure out who she is and what she wants.
I’ve never read about a more infuriating character. And if I’m being honest, I didn’t even really care for Becky. She was completely irresponsible, selfish, rude, and frankly a liar…and a pretty bad one at that. Becky lives in what I like to call la la land. She disregards the fact that she cannot afford all she buys. She has a tendency to let her imagination get the best of her and has a way of running away with her unrealistic fantasies. She refuses to be accountable for her poor decision making and takes no responsibility for the state of her finances.
Rebecca suffers from a bit of naivete and a heavy dose of delusion, which caused me to be amused, yet completely frustrated by her. I didn’t fully realize her delusion until she resolved to get herself out of debt by buying a lottery ticket. Convinced that she would win the lottery, she has worked how she’ll spend her winnings and is utterly devastated when she doesn’t win. I found it ironic her mother was trying to guide her when it’s clear she is the one she picked up her bad shopping habit from.
Though Rebecca is quite despicable, I couldn’t help but be fascinated by her antics and did get a chuckle or two from the crap she got herself into. I instantly took a liking to Luke Brandon and really wanted the author to eplore his character more. The ending is one of those neat bow endings where Rebecca gets a better job, pays off her debt, and gets the guy.
Overall, though I wasn’t a fan of Rebecca’s, I can’t deny that the story was very entertaining. I’m actually curious to see how her story continues being it wrapped up perfectly. So I’ll eventually continue the series.
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