Review: Confessions of a Shopaholic

Confessions of a ShopaholicConfessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

MEET BECKY BLOOMWOOD, AN IRRESISTIBLE HEROINE WITH A BIG HEART, BIG DREAMS — AND JUST ONE LITTLE WEAKNESS …

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.

DNF

Like every light and fluffy book that I pick up I except to love it! I had watched the movie a few years back and absolutely loved it! I was so excited to read the book! However I did not consider that the story line would be completely different. This is really what killed it for me.

The book starts off with a few letters our main character Becky receives from the bank. Saying that she needs to contact the bank managers assistant as her bill is skyrocketing.

You can tell when you read the letters that Becky has managed to make-up excuses for not calling the assistant. For instance ‘she broke her leg’. Now the interesting part of this novel is that Becky actually does have a job (she’s been working there for 3 years). She just has no idea what she’s doing. It’s amazing how none of her co-workers have caught on to that. Bearing this in mind readers assume that yes while her job doesn’t pay that much she simply keeps on spending rather than paying her debt.

It was different in the movie. She was actually job hunting. She does get a job but I guess because she was just starting out it didn’t pay that much. And like the book she spent rather than saving.

The only reason I didn’t enjoy this book is because I liked the movie more. And why does this series need 8 books? I felt like that would just drag rather than be entertaining. Bearing this in mind I couldn’t bring myself to continue.

I did still enjoy some of it though (hence the 2 star rating). The relationship between Suze (her roommate) was really sweet! Luke was also nice to read about. And some of her adventures were hilarious! Unfortunately this wasn’t enough to keep me interested in continuing it.

Overall it wasn’t that good but not terrible. I recommend this to fans of the author and comedy.

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