Confessions of a Shopaholic – Sophie Kinsella

A self-confessed chick-lit lover, this was always on my to-be-read list. Particularly since I enjoyed [intlink id=”530″ type=”post”]The Undomestic Goddess[/intlink] by the same author so much. However, I have to say I was slightly disappointed. I’m not sure if it’s because there’s so much hype around the book and film right now, but I was expecting something quite spectacular, and didn’t get it. The subject matter is clearly topical at the moment (despite the book first being published in 2000) as the world is deeply affected by the credit crunch, and I suspect that is a contributing factor to the success of Confessions of a Shopaholic.

The story goes: Rebecca Bloomwood is a young, single woman living in Fulham with her best friend. She has a high-flying job as a financial journalist and spends much of her day telling other people how they should best manage their money. However, she’s living a double life. A hopeless, helpless shopaholic, Rebecca just can’t stop buying things. And this isn’t a shopping-spree-in-Primark type thing. It’s designer, it’s expensive, and it’s spiralling her deeper and deeper into debt. And the more bills she gets, the more she sticks her head in the sand and buys more things to “cheer her up.” Rebecca’s in real trouble, and it takes something serious to give her the kick she needs to get it sorted.

Overall, this wasn’t a bad book, and I whizzed through it pretty quickly. I just wasn’t blown away. I know thousands, possibly millions of people will identify with the main character in some way, but I didn’t entirely believe in her and her hair-brained ways. I don’t want to give too much away, but I just think the way things panned out was too “smooth” and unlikely to happen to the thousands, possibly millions of people out there in a similar situation.

I wouldn’t discourage anyone from reading this book, but just don’t expect the witty, laugh out loud moments I experienced in [intlink id=”530″ type=”post”]The Undomestic Goddess[/intlink].
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