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Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, No 1) Paperback – February 6, 2001
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If you've ever paid off one credit card with another, thrown out a bill before opening it, or convinced yourself that buying at a two-for-one sale is like making money, then this silly, appealing novel is for you. In the opening pages of Confessions of a Shopaholic, recent college graduate Rebecca Bloomwood is offered a hefty line of credit by a London bank. Within a few months, Sophie Kinsella's heroine has exceeded the limits of this generous offer, and begins furtively to scan her credit-card bills at work, certain that she couldn't have spent the reported sums.
In theory anyway, the world of finance shouldn't be a mystery to Rebecca, since she writes for a magazine called Successful Saving. Struggling with her spendthrift impulses, she tries to heed the advice of an expert and appreciate life's cheaper pleasures: parks, museums, and so forth. Yet her first Saturday at the Victoria and Albert Museum strikes her as a waste. Why? There's not a price tag in sight.
It kind of takes the fun out of it, doesn't it? You wander round, just looking at things, and it all gets a bit boring after a while. Whereas if they put price tags on, you'd be far more interested. In fact, I think all museums should put prices on their exhibits. You'd look at a silver chalice or a marble statue or the Mona Lisa or whatever, and admire it for its beauty and historical importance and everything--and then you'd reach for the price tag and gasp, "Hey, look how much this one is!" It would really liven things up.Eventually, Rebecca's uncontrollable shopping and her "imaginative" solutions to her debt attract the attention not only of her bank manager but of handsome Luke Brandon--a multimillionaire PR representative for a finance group frequently covered in Successful Saving. Unlike her opposite number in Bridget Jones's Diary, however, Rebecca actually seems too scattered and spacey to reel in such a successful man. Maybe it's her Denny and George scarf. In any case, Kinsella's debut makes excellent fantasy reading for the long stretches between white sales and appliance specials. --Regina Marler
From Publishers Weekly
Add this aptly titled piffle to the ranks of pink-covered girl-centric fiction that has come sailing out of England over the last two years. At age 25, Rebecca Bloomwood has everything she wants. Or does she? Can her career as a financial journalist, a fab flat and a closet full of designer clothes lessen the blow of the dunning letters from credit card companies and banks that have been arriving too quickly to be contained by the drawer in which Rebecca hides them? Although her romantic entanglements tend toward the superficial, there is that wonderful Luke Brandon of Brandon Communications: handsome, intelligent, the 31st-richest bachelor according to Harper's and actually possessed of a personality that is more substance than style. Too bad that Rebecca blows it whenever their paths cross. Will Rebecca learn to stop shopping before she loses everything worthwhile? When faced with the opportunity to do good for others and impress Luke, will she finally measure up? Rebecca is so unremittingly shallow and Luke is so wonderful that readers may find themselves rooting for the heroine not to get the manAalthough, since Shakespeare's time, there's rarely been any doubt concerning how romantic comedies will end. There's a certain degree of madcap fun with some of Rebecca's creative untruths; when she persuades her parents that a bank manager is a stalker, some very amusing situations ensue. Still, this is familiar stuff, and Rebecca is the kind of unrepentant spender who will make readers, save those who share her disorder in the worst way, pity the poor bill collector. (Feb. 13) Forecast: This is a well-designed book, with a catchy magenta spine, and a colorful and kinetic double coverAwhich will attract many browsers. Major ad/promo, including national NPR sponsorships, will enhance sales, despite the novel's flaws.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I'd expected light and funny fare, but it was neither. I certainly didn't feel light-hearted when the book aroused so much anger and frustration in me; and the parts that were obviously intended as humor showed her being so badly humiliated I cringed instead of laughing. Too bad--the subject has promise--so much that Kinsella dragged it out for several more shopaholic books—but I won't be reading them.
I won't give away any of the plot, but this was a story that kept me turning the page.
My favorite books are full of dialogue between the characters, but Rebecca is telling her story and it’s captivating. So pleased that there are more in this series!
I didn't feel Luke Brandon was a realistic character only because he was such a knight in shining armor to the extent that he was. Rebecca seemed realistic though, and that's what counts. Luke served a purpose in that he got her to use her talents, honed during years of hardcore shopping. The first half of the book was fun when the wonderful solution was not in reach and there was constant suspense.
This novel was a joy to read....and many the compulsive shopper will certainly be able to relate to the loveable albeit flaky Becky Bloomwood.
Becky Bloomwood is a hip English 20-something who has a serious addiction to shopping! She can't help but stop in the shops after work (she writes for a financial magazine called Successful Saving), and then when she sees that gorgeous scarf.. how can she possibly resist? So out comes the Visa! But when that Visa bill comes at the end of the month, Becky can hardly believe she managed to spend THAT much money in such a short period of time. She then has to come up with some creative solutions to her financial woes, or else her credit cards might be turned off!
The antics between Becky and her credit card company and bank manager are hilarious! Sophie Kinsella writes a lot of it in letter form, which is just plain funny.
Becky's relationship with Luke Brandon is the one part of the story I felt could have been better. I like most of the interactions between them - but I did want more. We barely saw Luke during most of the story, I would have preferred a few more interactions between them. I thought the shopping expedition between the two of them was great - especially Becky's reaction when she finds out they're picking out luggage!
Overall, it's a fun, light read. I read the entire book in a matter of a few hours and read the sequel later that night. All the characters are fun and interesting, with unique (yet realistic) personalities. I highly recommend this book, it's a riot!
This is a fun and quick read for anyone who just wants to sit down, have a glass of wine, and read away. Not all books require a "deep meaning" or some twisting subplot. Sometimes, just cracking up while reading a book is a good thing and Confessions has a flawed, but likeable character, and some witty dialogue which makes it a great read.
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Becky Bloomwood is a shopaholic who is seriously in debt.Read more