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Review: Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Monday November 14, 2011 at 12:00 am |

Publisher: Dial Press
Copyright: 2001
Published: February 1, 2001
Pages: 310
Form: Paperback
Series: Shopaholic Series Book #1
Author: Sophie Kinsella
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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.

My Thoughts:

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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11 Responses to “Review: Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella”

  1. I read this series in high school, and I loved it. I found them very funny, and passed them along. They certainly were entertaining.

  2. For as popular as this book has become, I’ve actually never read a review on it. Well, until now! Great job! I appreciate your reactions to her character (I think I’d feel the same!) along with your interest regarding the plot. I’m intrigued, and something tells me I’ll come away with similar opinions as you when I read the book. 🙂

  3. I loooove Sophie but have been avoiding this series for the same reason. After I saw the film, something told me the character would bug me.

    GReat honest review.

    • Jade Jade says:

      JuJu I haven’t seen the movie yet, but after reading the book I’m curious to see how they translated this character on screen. From your comment I have an inkling they stay pretty true to her character.

  4. Brie says:

    LOL Jade! Tell me what you really think! I haven’t read this series because I had a feeling I was going to have the exact same opinion you had. The book I did read was Can You Keep A Secret? And that one I loved, it was pure fun but the heroine isn’t a delusional idiot, so that helped. I think I made a good decision about not reading this series, especially because there a like a thousand shopaholic books! Shopaholic takes NY, shopaholic gets married, shopaholic dog, shopaholic baby, shopaholic gets a divorce… Too much!!!

    • Jade Jade says:

      Your comment made me laugh Brie. Yes there a fe shopaholic books to get through. Though I’ll get to them eventually I doubt it’ll be anytime soon. Can You Keep a Secret I haven’t read, so I’ll have ot check this one out.

  5. Missie says:

    OMG! I read this one many many moons ago. Oh, how I LOL all over the place. Yes, Becky is quite despicable at times, but she is also a very adorable.

    I would have like more Luke Brandon too, and was disappointed to find that as the series goes on, he is always just lurking quietly in the background.

    • Jade Jade says:

      That was my conflict Missie. Though Becky was infuriating…there was a part of me that was rooting for her to get her stuff together. I think the comedy of it all made me a little sympathetic to her cause. I’m sorry to hear Luke never really gets to shine in this series…he is quite intriguing, and sweet, and nice.

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