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

Review: Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic #1) by Sophie KinsellaConfessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Series: Shopaholic #1
Published by Random House LLC on 2009-01
Pages: 384
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Millions of readers have come to adore New York Times best-selling author Sophie Kinsella’s irrepressible heroine. Meet Becky Bloomwood, America’s favorite shopaholic—a young woman with a big heart, big dreams…and just one little weakness. Becky 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 the bank—letters with large red sums she can't bear to read—and they're getting ever harder to ignore. She tries cutting back. 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. Sophie Kinsella has brilliantly tapped into our collective consumer conscience to deliver a novel of our times—and a heroine who grows stronger every time she weakens. Becky's hilarious schemes to pay back her debts are as endearing as they are desperate. Her

Sometimes you just need a light book to read after a long day. I chose Confessions of a Shopaholic for precisely that reason. That, and that means I get to watch the movie for the From Page to Screen feature. 🙂

Sophie Kinsella writes a really fun novel about quirky, perky Rebecca Bloomwood. Becky is a shopaholic (in the literal sense). She cannot stop spending, justifies her purchases in a rather insane way, and has no knowledge of finance or how to save money despite writing for a financial magazine. I think Kinsella walks a fine line with Becky. It would be really easy to hate her. But at just the right moments, Becky says something funny, shows that she has a conscience, or shows us how big her heart is. I ended up really rooting for her.

Becky really starts showing how big her heart is after family friends lose out on a financial windfall. She feels partly responsible and tries to fix the situation. What she ends up learning is that she knows a lot more about finance than she thought. Turns out she absorbed a lot of knowledge through osmosis and was just refusing to acknowledge the information because it would put an end to her shopping. I think she surprises herself with how much she knows. I love that about her because it shows how sincere she is. Kinsella creates a real character with real flaws.

I think Confessions of a Shopaholic also provides us with a really scary view of modern consumerism. Stores offer us sales, incentives, double points, BOGO offers, and 0% down options daily. It’s really easy to take on more debt than you can handle. Society has become accustomed to having luxuries and the latest and greatest items to the detriment of their finances. I think Becky teaches us that it’s ok to have those luxury items as long as you can afford them AND as long as you’re making moves to save for your future too. According to Becky’s dad, you have two options: CBC (cut back costs) or MMM (make more money). I think most of us can agree that this is good advice.

In the end, Becky Bloomwood is a flawed but lovable heroine who blunders through her professional life only to find out that she’s just as smart and just as capable as all the people who look down on her in the financial world. Confessions of a Shopaholic is a fun, albeit slightly scary, book about how a woman goes from being a shopaholic to a financial guru.

four-stars

© 2014 – 2016, Jessica Workman Holland. All rights reserved.

  • Peggy Farooqi

    You are right, in all of Kinsella’s light-heartedness and easy writing, there is actually a serious side to this consumerism and can’t we all identify with it?

    • JessicaWorkman

      We sure can identify with it. That’s one of the reasons why I liked this book so much.

  • JessicaWorkman

    Wow, thanks! I’ve never been nominated for anything before.

    Also, yes. CC or MMM. Those are the only options. 🙂

    • Monique

      you’re welcome! 🙂

  • JessicaWorkman

    I haven’t seen the movie but if you liked it I think there’s a good chance you’ll like the book too. 🙂

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