Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

confessions-of-a-shopaholicBecky 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 Savings 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 backs; 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.

Leave it to Becky Bloomwood and her hilarious antics to brighten a pretty dismal day. The best of the series, and my second favorite Kinsella book, Confessions of a Shopaholic is a lighthearted and funny read, and it is definitely my “guilty pleasure”. Becky is such an enduring character and I love how often she breaks the “fourth wall,” which makes the story all the more engaging. This is probably one of the best examples of first person witting, as well, and I love how it’s written in the present tense – like you’re right there with Becky – instead of a reflection of her struggles to curb her addiction.

I saw the movie yesterday, and it does not do the book justice. At all. In the book, there are no talking mannequins beckoning Rebecca to shop, Luke isn’t her boss, and her fantastic article isn’t about shoes and investment accounts. Basically, the screenwriters took Becky, her addiction, and Luke and completely butchered the story while incorporating events from the second book in the series, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan. Honestly, as I told my parents, I would have liked the movie if I hadn’t read the series, but I’m so glad I read the series.

Book Mentioned:

  • Kinsella, Sophie. Confessions of a Shopaholic. New York: Dell, 2005. Originally published 2000. Print. 368 pgs. ISBN: 9780440241416. Source: Purchased.
Book Cover © Dell. Retrieved: February 15, 2009.

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