Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic #1) by Sophie Kinsella | Book Review

Plot in a Nutshell:
Becky Bloomwood has what most twenty-five-year-olds only dream of: a 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 she can’t actually afford it — not any of it. Her job writing at Successful Saving magazine not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. Still, how can she resist that perfect pair of shoes? Or the divine silk blouse in the window of that ultra-trendy boutique? But 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. 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.
-Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Thoughts in General:
Back in 2008, I saw a preview for the film adaptation of this novel and it really intrigued me. So I decided to buy the first three books on Amazon (the Shopaholic Gift Set actually) and I am so glad that I did. First of all Confessions of a Shopaholic is a hilarious novel. This is one of the few books that made me laugh so hard, tears were streaming down my face. This is also the kind of book that you SHOULDN’T take seriously. From the title in itself you’ll know you won’t be getting the answer to the meaning of life by reading this book. However if you are looking for a super light, funny and enjoyable read pick this up because Becky Bloomwood’s misadventures will make you forget all your worries in life. This is the definition of Escapism!
Thoughts in Details:
Character/s
Rebecca “Becky” Bloomwood is one of the most endearing, funny and totally clueless character I have ever read. She is really one in a million yet I could still identify with some of her problems. Being the titular “shopaholic”, Becky always finds herself splurging on things that she honestly doesn’t need and at the same time burying herself deeper in debt. Yes, there were times that I was so frustrated with her and I found most of the things she did completely ridiculous but I still found her really fascinating. Her voice is unique and relatable that I found myself rooting for her all the way.
The minor characters were portrayed really well. Suze is such a good friend and Becky is so lucky to have her in her life. Luke Brandon is the total opposite of Becky and I like that contrast between the two characters and their chemistry is undeniable. Tarquin is weird and strange but he is a true gentleman. Jane and Graham Bloomwood, Becky’s parents, are really funny and they kind of remind me of my own parents. Janice and Martin Webster, Becky’s old neighbors, are annoying at first but, later on, I found them as good and sweet people.
Setting
I have never been to London but the way Sophie Kinsella depicted the whole city made me feel as if I was there and she also translated the world of journalism and finance in a comical way which made it very interesting.
Story
The plot of this book really focused on Becky Bloomwood’s obsession with shopping and the repercussion it had in her life. There are some nuggets of life lessons in this book like Graham’s advice on Cutting Back and Making More Money which is sensible. I like how some scenes were kind of random because it felt natural. Some of the things Becky thought and did were really outrageous but that, I think, made this book really charming.
Rating:
I’m giving Confessions of a Shopaholic a…
Thumbs Up
I am really happy that I re-read this book and I remembered all the reasons why I love it so much!

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Happy Reading,

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