Book Review – Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

4 Aug

Meet Rebecca Bloomwood. She’s a journalist. She spends her working life telling others how to manage their money. She spends her leisure time …shopping. Retail therapy is the answer to all her problems. She knows she should stop, but she can’t. She tries Cutting Back, she tries Making More Money. But neither seems to work. The stories she concocts become more and more fantastic as she tries to untangle her increasingly dire financial difficulties. Her only comfort is to buy herself something – just a little something …Can Becky ever escape from this dream world, find true love, and regain the use of her Switch card? Confessions of a Shopaholic …the perfect pick me up for when it’s all hanging in the (bank) balance.

This book was originally published as ‘The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic’ but had a name change when the film came out last year.

Confessions of a Shopaholic follows the ups and downs of Rebecca Bloomwood’s attempts to tackle her debts. She tries spending less and when that fails she tries to make more money. She looks for a new job; tries making picture frames in her spare time and even tries to make herself fall in love with her flatmate’s cousin who just happens to be the fifteenth richest bachelor in the country… and much more beside.

The book is written from Rebecca’s point of view which lets the reader get right inside Becky’s head so we get to see all of that hilarious logic at work first hand, but the thing that I liked most about Becky is that she is very real. An exaggerated version of real – perhaps most of us have a little more control (maybe not when it comes to books!) and aren’t quite as drastically in debt as Becky but who hasn’t treated themselves to a little something to cheer themselves up when they’ve had a bad day? And who hasn’t convinced themselves that they really really neeeeed that pair of shoes/bag/top/lipstick when you know you should be saving money? I loved the fact that the focus of the book is Becky, her shopping habit and her tactics for dealing with (or avoiding) her mounting debts – it made a nice change from purely romantic chick lit stories.

I love shopping but even if you don’t like shopping I think you should give this book a try. It is very funny. The supporting characters are as well written as Becky and her friends and family are very believable. Don’t be put off if you’ve seen the film version and weren’t so keen. I watched the film version last year and thought it was cute but I can’t believe how different the book and the film are. The basic ‘Becky and her debts plot’ is there but just about everything else is different!

Confessions of a Shopaholic really made me smile. This books still feels incredibly fresh despite the fact that it was actually released ten years ago! As I said in my challenge post, I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to start reading this series but now I have, there’s no stopping me! This is classic chick lit and a book that should be on every fan’s bookshelf.

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This is the first review in my Shopaholic Reading Challenge. I’m aiming to read and review all of the books in the series so far by September – just in time for the release of Mini Shopaholic. If you are joining me in this challenge, please do leave a comment below with your thoughts on Confessions of a Shopaholic or a link to your review. I thought I’d also pose a question to go with each book which you can answer just for fun…

In Confessions of a Shopaholic Becky can’t resist a bargain – what’s the best (or worst) bargain you’ve found?!

My answer to this one it a pair of Manolo Blahnik sandals which I found in the sale at Bergdorf Goodman in New York reduced from $1000 to $100 …  in true Becky Bloomwood style I had to have them! Sadly, I realised within five minutes of wearing them to a friend’s wedding that I couldn’t actually walk in them and spent the night dancing barefoot! They have since been sold on Ebay but they were a bargain – LOL!

7 Responses to “Book Review – Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella”

  1. Bookalicious Ramblings 4th August 2010 at 9:07 pm #

    I just KNEW you’d love it – I mean, how could you not?! Great review! :)

  2. Booksploring 7th August 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    Great review! I loved this book too…looking forward to reading the others in the series before Mini Shopaholic comes out!

    btw I’ve given you an award. You can collect it here!

    • Amanda 7th August 2010 at 10:00 pm #

      I’m glad you both liked the review – now I’ve started, I’m totally hooked and am on to Shopaholic Ties the Knot already!

      Thanks for my award Booksploring – I’m very honoured and it’s my first ever award! Yay! I’ll do a post about it tomorrow :-)

  3. Nirmala 20th March 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    I also just finished reading the book. Can’t say I loved it enough to give it 5/5. But it was an enjoyable read! :-)

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