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Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella August 29, 2009

Posted by KJ theBookGirl in review, Uncategorized.
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Confessions of a Shopaholic

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Confessions of a Shopaholic (originally published as “The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic) is a fabulously funny novel; the Bridget Jones of shopping. It has that special zing to it which makes the reader relate to Rebecca Bloomwood from the very first sentence, and will not allow the reader to put it down until it has been finished and the sequel picked up.

“Meet Becky Bloomwood, an irresistible heroine with a big heart, big dreams and a teeny tiny little weakness…

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Becky Bloomwood has a great flat, a fabulous wardrobe full of this season’s must-haves and a job telling other people how to manage their money. The only problem is, she can’t afford to live the high life any longer. The letters from the bank are getting harder to ignore, she tries Cutting Back, she tries Making More Money, she tries really hard, but nothing is working.

Her only consolation is to treat herself to something – just a little something…

Confessions of a Shopaholic…the perfect pick me up when life is hanging in the (bank) balance!”

Have you ever had one of those moments when you are walking casually down the high street with a fellow shopper, listening rather intently to something interesting they’re saying when you sort of let your gaze slip? And then you see It in an innocent window…and your eyes lock upon It. You can’t look away. It’s captured you. But your friend keeps walking and talking, and you have to pretend your interested in this ever-so-boring-non-It-related conversation, so you “mm” and “Ahh” and occasionally look back at your friend but all the while your thinking about It, and how much you like It and how much It would suit you, and what you could wear It with and wear It to, and what everyone will say about It.

Then you realised your friend is walking away from It and walking fast! So you sort of work in an angle, almost into your friend, who gives you an odd look before continuing to talk rubbish. And then they walk even fast away from It! How, you don’t know, but they do, so, before you think, you interrupt them mid-flow,

“Oh my God! Look at that!” You squeal and half run over to It, where you all but drool against the window, waiting for your friend to say, yes, yes, we shall go in, where you must try on that fabulous item!

Do you know that feeling? Have you had one of those moments? Well, Rebecca Bloomwood does too, and this novel understands that – she understands the need to shop.

The plot follows Becky as she realises that she really needs to get rid of her debts, some way or another, and so begins her journey, either to try to stop spending, or to make more money, but both of which are so hard! And what do you do when you’ve had a hard day? You shop.

This novel is insightful and understanding as it allows the reader to analyse Becky and think for a minute of two at the irony of her situation.

It is actually far more profound and deep than the constant humour and stupidness makes out, and by the end of the novel she is a very different person from the beginning.

Rebecca Bloomwood, as the character, is your typical RTR (relates to readers) Joe Bloggs girl, who is nothing exceptional, yet nothing to be pitied. She is just your average girl, and this is why this book is so successful; yet again the reader wants to read a book where they can really imagine properly what happens, because it could be them. Of course, it also gives the perfect escapism novel – money’s tight, life’s going downhill, love doesn’t exist; you read a novel about a girl just like you in the exact same situation, and suddenly, as it works out for her, it will work out for you too.

This aspect, combined with the thorough and rich humour throughout the book, provided by Becky as she gets into also sorts of complicated and entirely avoidable situations, allows a light laugh and a deeper reflection, and is altogether a great read.

This is truly an excellent book, and well worth a read. If you have already seen the film and not read the book, you definitely should NOT give this a miss – it is different enough to captivate, but not so different that you will fall out of love with Rebecca.

All in all, it is a positive read and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.




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