Saturday, 25 September 2010

Review: Confessions of a Shopaholic - Sophie Kinsella

Confessions of a Shopaholic (Movie Tie-in Edition)Rebecca Bloomwood just hit rock bottom. But she's never looked better...

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—and they're getting ever harder to ignore.

She tries cutting back; she even tries making more money. But none of her efforts succeeds. Becky's 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.

Technically I was re-reading this book, although as I first read it when it first came out I didn't really remember much of it so it was like reading it fresh. I'd also recently watched the movie (which was what inspired me to read this again) but they're so different that it didn't really make a difference - although it helped that I was now imagining Hugh Dancy as Luke, the potential love interest. :D

Confessions of a Shopaholic is a cute, fun read. The plot isn't all that challenging - it was pretty easy to figure out what was going to happen - but it made a nice easy read ... because sometimes your brain just needs some fluff.

First of all Becky is a great character who reminded me so much of myself in far too many ways! Lol. She spends most of her time at work having no idea what she's doing and considering her job is as a financial journalist, she also has a shocking spending habit. At one point Becky decides to keep a record of everything she buys - the first thing she does? She buys a new notebook and pen to write everything down. That's sooo what I'd do!

The main thing I loved about this book was the humour. There were lots of laugh out loud moments as Becky digs herself deeper and deeper into trouble. At the same time though I really started to understand and in some ways feel sorry for her.

I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the Shopaholic series and more Sophie Kinsella books in general.

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