Saturday, January 3, 2009

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

ISBN - 0440245567
Pages: 384
Rating: 4 out of 5

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 "confessions" are the perfect pick-me-up when life is hanging in the (bank) balance.

The book was great! I enjoyed reading it. Admittedly I saw some of myself in the book, which has it own upsides and downsides. Considering that we are trying to cut back and pay down debt it is bad to see yourself in this book. However, on the other hand it makes the book relatable and a very easy read! 

Like for instance, today I was looking for a new bag for work (I have this one particular file that has broken TWO of my bags on the way in for CC's *sigh*) One bag I still have to contact the manufacturer to see if they can repair/fix the bag. The other one is hopelessly broken and I am not even sure who made it. The point, there are still many post-christmas sales on including 30% at this one luggage store. I got one from there completely unsure about it with the thought of probably returning it. After that, I went to another store and found the perfect bag (right size, opens perfectly etc.) so I bought it.  Still have to return the first bag, but for $100 a pop you can bet I'll be returning it!

Anyways - back to the book!  It was good, a definite page turner a points. Somewhat predictable ending but still very well done. I stayed up until 6 a.m. to finish reading the book!

I would recommend this book to anyone who's looking for some escape.  I enjoyed the book so much that I will be definitely reading the rest of the books in the series and by this author!

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