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Confessions of a Shopaholic (2001)

by Sophie Kinsella

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    Norabee: This book is a lot of fun, just like Shopaholic! Slightly more serious tone but a fast and fun read - highly recommended!
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Although I've enjoyed Sophie Kinsella's standalone books, Remember Me? and Twenties Girl, I've been reluctant to try her Shopaholic series. The thing is, I'm not into shopping, fashion, designers or big name brands, and reading a series about a twenty-something who is, just sounded tedious. But, a Twitter friend recommended the book to me and I respect the recommendations of friends above my own knee jerk reaction.

I chose to listen to Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella as read by Emily Gray (the same narrator as Twenties Girl. It opens with a number of dire but cheerfully polite letters from the bank to Miss Rebecca Bloomwood. Although she's a financial reporter, she's completely clueless with her own personal finances. She's also too embarrassed to admit that she needs help both with her overdraft and with her addiction to shopping.

Rebecca needs to either spend less or make more. Ideally she needs to do both. The book humorously tracks her as she tries different schemes (including dating a billionaire). Nothing works out as planned but Rebecca does grow as a character and there is a happy ending.

It was a fun book, fun enough, that I went on to read the second book, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan. ( )
  pussreboots | Oct 9, 2014 |
Light and easy but well-written. ( )
  twerkysandwich | Jul 10, 2014 |
Solid chick-lit. A guilty pleasure, but so fun. ( )
  marthaearly | Jun 6, 2014 |
This book was a quick read, and I enjoyed the style of writing. I never felt like putting it down, and even though I had a few issues with the main character, it was fun to read.

However, I could not stand the complete idiocy of the main character. I hated her mindset that she was going to win the lottery, and that everything would fall into place. I mean, I can understand wanting to win the lotto, but to genuinely believe it, and to be truly distraught when you don't win? Ridiculous. She is so stupid. I dislike the fact that she never truly confronted her problems, and did not have to own up to her many, MANY lies. Plus, she doesn't ever learn to "Cut Back." She just happens to "Make More Money" so she's not really solving her problem(s).

While I can't relate to the shopping addiction, I can relate to the overwhelming feeling she gets when she realizes she can't hide from her problems, and I must say, this book did not make me feel any better about the finals I've been putting off studying by reading it. In fact, it stressed me out even more. Becky Bloomwood, you are not an inspiration to me. ( )
  JordanCorinne | Apr 2, 2014 |
This is a book wherein the heroine is someone I despise or at least disliked. She's impulsive and a compulsive liar. HAHA! She spends and spends and I just want to tell her to stop her senseless buying. I'm not this girl. I'm frugal. I can't connect with her. I love shopping but not to Becky Bloomwood's level. I'm just glad that she was able to at least redeem herself in the end. She 's very lucky that things work out in her favor. One thing is for sure, this girl needs HELP. If you want a funny and irritating (in a way) and you love shopping then this is for you. ( )
  krizia_lazaro | Mar 4, 2014 |
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If you've ever paid off one credit card with another, thrown out a bill before opening it, or convinced yourself that buying at a two-for-one sale is like making money, then this silly, appealing novel is for you. In the opening pages of Confessions of a Shopaholic, recent college graduate Rebecca Bloomwood is offered a hefty line of credit by a London bank. Within a few months, Sophie Kinsella's heroine has exceeded the limits of this generous offer, and begins furtively to scan her credit-card bills at work, certain that she couldn't have spent the reported sums.

In theory anyway, the world of finance shouldn't be a mystery to Rebecca, since she writes for a magazine called Successful Saving. Struggling with her spendthrift impulses, she tries to heed the advice of an expert and appreciate life's cheaper pleasures: parks, museums, and so forth. Yet her first Saturday at the Victoria and Albert Museum strikes her as a waste. Why? There's not a price tag in sight.

It kind of takes the fun out of it, doesn't it? You wander round, just looking at things, and it all gets a bit boring after a while. Whereas if they put price tags on, you'd be far more interested. In fact, I think all museums should put prices on their exhibits. You'd look at a silver chalice or a marble statue or the Mona Lisa or whatever, and admire it for its beauty and historical importance and everything--and then you'd reach for the price tag and gasp, "Hey, look how much this one is!" It would really liven things up.
Eventually, Rebecca's uncontrollable shopping and her "imaginative" solutions to her debt attract the attention not only of her bank manager but of handsome Luke Brandon--a multimillionaire PR representative for a finance group frequently covered in Successful Saving. Unlike her opposite number in Bridget Jones's Diary, however, Rebecca actually seems too scattered and spacey to reel in such a successful man. Maybe it's her Denny and George scarf. In any case, Kinsella's debut makes excellent fantasy reading for the long stretches between white sales and appliance specials. --Regina Marler

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Rebecca Bloomwood, a financial journalist at Successful Savings, seeks solace from the boredom, pressures, and difficulties in life with her shopping, a solution that brings her ever closer to financial disaster, until she finally encounters a story that she actually cares about and produces an article that will change her own life and the lives of all those around her.… (more)

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