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“A hilarious tale . . . hijinks worthy of classic I Love Lucy episodes . . . too good to pass up.”—USA Today
“Kinsella’s Bloomwood is plucky and funny. . . . You won’t have to shop around to find a more winning protagonist.”—People
“If a crème brûlée could be transmogrified into a book, it would be Confessions of a Shopaholic.”—The Star-Ledger
“A have-your-cake-and-eat-it romp, done with brio and not a syllable of moralizing. . . . Kinsella has a light touch and puckish humor.”—Kirkus Reviews
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- ASIN : B000FBFN0Q
- Publisher : Delta (March 4, 2003)
- Publication date : March 4, 2003
- Language : English
- File size : 2895 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 384 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0385335482
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #67,884 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Becky was really, really annoying and the overuse of the phrases wouldn't it, shouldn't it, doesn't it.. etc got really old really fast.
I did smile at some parts but overall the story was the same thing Becky buys more stuff she doesn't need and finds new ways to "hide" her bills so she doesn't have to look at them. I finally thought things were going to change at the end a little but no the same story from the first page.
I do understand there are shopaholic and it is rather serious problem and this was just meant to lighten up things and be funny but at all it did for me is annoy me most of the book by how immature Becky is and how bad she is at her job yet seems to fall into these great things.
Probably won't read anymore of the series but I may look to see if the author has anymore books as I did love the first one I read.
The story got better and finally I could relate to the mainn character but it still was a fairy tale like story and at times I found myself yelling out loud, "wth!!!"
The writing style is great though and it's an easy read after you get past the beginning part.
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.
Top reviews from other countries
As soon as I picked it up, I remembered why I loved Rebecca Bloomwood. She is just so hilarious. I love her inner monologue, that is 99% of the time going off on a tangent and is entirely opposite to what is going on in the real world. I was once again laughing out loud, gasping and falling in love with the characters. There was also a lot of eye-rolling as she does manage to get herself in some unimaginable scenarios and dilemmas.
I did get confused somewhat as I was reading it and getting towards the end as I remembered lots of things happening that didn’t appear to be in the book. However, I once watched the film, and those things happen in that. I was convinced it was the book through, but I was wrong.
I absolutely loved revising this world, and I can’t wait to get stuck into all the other books again.
These books are so unique, other authors have tried to capture something similar in their stories but come up short. Becky Bloomwood is one of a kind as is Sophie Kinsella as these are expertly written!
At some level we all know the horror of those brown envelopes dropping through the door. The heart stopping pause as you bend to pick them up. If you're unlucky you know the terror of the phone ringing, wondering if it is a collection agency trying to claw back money you don't have but you have spent. Whichever category you fall into there is something about Rebecca Bloomwood's life that speak to a modern existence. Conspicuous consumption, measuring your worth as a person against material goods, it rings all too shockingly true.
Told with a wit and humour that manages to breakthrough the relentlessness of Rebecca's precarious position. Ms Kinsella manages to draw fun out of Rebecca's situation and the romantic element, whilst entirely predictable, is light and enjoyable. The story is well balanced and has enough reality in it to make it relatable to most readers.
I thoroughly enjoyed this glimpse in to a world that I have no knowledge of. City living, is almost as odd to me as country living. Working as a journalist is something I have no clue on - although it sounds as much a drudge as any other job. All I could relate to was trying to balance a budget and failing.
Fun and wittily told, I found myself rooting for Rebecca and wondering just how she was so blind to romance.
She has a great flat? A fabulous wardrobe full of seasons must-haves, and a job telling other people how to manage their money. She seems her Elsinore time... shopping.
Retail therapy is the answer to all her problems. She knows she should stop, by she can’t. She tried cutting back, she tried making more money. But neither seems to work. The letter from the bank are getting harder to ignore.
Can Becky ever escape this dreamworld, find a true love and regain the use of her credit card?
Where it all began... the first book in the shopaholic series.
So I’m now finally on Sophie’s Shopaholic series and I was very excited to begin with, but once I started reading the book, I got quite bored. The first half of the novel, I found to be extremely boring... it seem to go on forever too. I almost gave up reading it. But then to my surprise the other half of the book was really good! I really enjoyed it! It doesn’t exactly end on a cliffhanger, like I was expecting, because it’s part of a series, but it does make me want to buys more just so I can follow Rebecca in her journey!
I can imagine many people would love this book as it has its funny, heartfelt and entertaining moments just like other Sophie Kinsella books. However I am giving this book 2 stars because firstly I found the main character shallow, naive, vapid, annoying and desperate. If I knew her in real life she would be someone that I couldn't hold a 5 minute conversation with before wanting to scream 'just get over yourself' and try to slap some sense into. Another reason is that, not being a great fan of shopping, I really couldn't identify with her obsessions and couldn't understand her misplaced priorities where she puts a scarf before more important things like her job. People will probably now think that I'm a bit of an idiot because the clue was in the title but I still think the character could have been more likeable. Why also does it seem that she gets herself into awkward situations due to her bad judgement then just expect everyone else to bail her out?
The other thing that annoyed me was, looking at the others in the series, the main character doesn't learn anything from her mistakes and carries on getting into serious debt despite the risk of losing her loved ones. The books seem to follow the same storyline but with different settings.
I'm sure many people will love this book because as I said, it does have its good points but it really wasn't for me and I won't be buying the others in the series.