Monday, July 20, 2015

[Review] Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic #1) - Sophie Kinsella

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Becky Bloomwood is addicted to shopping. While many people casually say this, with her it's actually true. She can't walk past a single shop without entering. It's not even only clothes, it's everything!

Her credit cards are all maxed out and she's on the verge of getting a visit by a bailiff. So now she has two options: Cut Back or Make More Money. 

This is actually the very first thing that got me into Sophie Kinsella.
I've watched the movie about a couple of times and absolutely loved it, so I decided to check out a novel by her and ended up loving "Remember Me" to death.

Now I finally took the plunge and read the book that the movie was based on. However, I was absolutely disappointed.

No Match for Kinsella's Other Novels

The wit that makes Kinsella without comparison my favorite chick-lit author is absolutely missing. Becky is a shallow, conceited and surprisingly childish grown woman who doesn't have anything figured out in her life. She managed to cheat her way into becoming a financial journalist and is a pathological liar. She's not funny like the protagonists of other Kinsella novels, she's downright scarily naive. 
It's intended to be funny how Becky is unable to save even a penny and ends every day with having spend a couple of hundred pounds that she doesn't even have. To me, this isn't funny, it's just sad and seriously, I wanted to shake her so that she'll finally get a grip on her life. Becky is a really frustrating character that doesn't seem to have learned anything in life and she doesn't even act like a grown woman. The novel might as well could have been about a sixteen year old teenager maxing out her mother's credit cards behind her back.

Inredibly Boring Side Characters

The supporting cast of characters is basically non-existent. They don't really seem to be of importance, except for Becky's roommate who has multiple appearances. The time Becky spends with other characters just feels like filler content and her colleagues at work all seem like the same person, just copied and pasted into another chapter.

The love interest Luke is really one of the most boring characters I've ever seen. Their fling seems like a really cheap side plot and counting by the times that Becky straight up lied to his face and embarrassed herself, you'd think that a grown, successful man like him would want nothing to do with someone like her. They're like day and night and in this case, I don't think opposites attract.

The plot is basically non-existent and every day seems to be the same. Becky starts off with saying "I'm not going to spend more than 2.50 today" and ends up with a ridiculous purchase of over 200 pounds. It's the same over and over again.
The thing with Kinsella novels is though, that you can't put them down. This novel isn't for me, it's not witty, there's no plot, no tension and I didn't even like characters. The writing, however, is just excellent. There's no other word for it. The book has nothing that appeals to me, except maybe the little hope that it might get better. It reads very, very, very easily, because it's written so lightly. That's about all I liked though.




Overall: Do I Recommend?

No. I like the movie way better, because they decided to cut out a lot of filler material that's just cluttering the novel. It was an easy read, but I didn't like it personally.

"Rebecca Bloomwood just hit rock bottom. But she's never looked better.... Becky Bloomwood 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 Visa and the Endwich Bank--letters with large red sums she can't bear to read--and they're getting ever harder to ignore. 

She tries cutting back; she even tries making more money. 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 Bloomwood'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. "
(Source: Goodreads)

The Series

Confessions of a Shopaholic (#1)
Shopaholic Takes Manhatten (#2)
Shopaholic Ties the Knot (#3)
Shopaholic on Honeymoon (#3.5)
Shopaholic and Sister (#4)
Shopaholic and Baby (#5)
Mini Shopaholic (#6)
Shopaholic to the Stars (#7)

Additional Info

Dial Press Cover, 2005.

Original Title: Confessions of a Shopaholic
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Published: December 30th 2008
Pages: 320
Medium: Paperback
Publisher: Dial Press
Cover: Dial Press, 2008.
Genre: Adult / Chick-Lit
ISBN:  9780385342353

Link on Publisher's Site 

(pictured above: Dial Press Cover, 2008.)

Have You Ever Read a Kinsella Novel? What's Your Favorite?


  1. Grace @ Rebel Mommy BookBlogJuly 20, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    My first Kinsella was Finding Audrey which I found really cute. I want to read her again so maybe I will skip this and try a different book. I still have to see the movie of this one - Great review!

  2. Try Remember Me or Can I Get Your Number, they're all adult chick-lits though. I was really disappointed with this one, she's one of my favorite authors usually :/

  3. I know what you mean. I tried to read this book on multiple occassions and I just ended up putting it on DNF. I was really disappointed because it was my first Sophie Kinsella book, but I guess her other books are better.

  4. Definitely! I have no idea why this one didn't click with me I have never rated one of her books two stars before...

  5. I actually liked this books a lot. i have no idea how I would rate it now, but at the time this book (and the rest of the shopaholic series) were just what I needed. I was at Advanced Individual Training for the Army. School for medics was really tough and I picked these up from the library on base. They were the perfect escape from reality for me at the time.
    Sorry you didn't enjoy the book.

  6. You can't have it all, I enjoyed a lot of her other books though. I get why anyone would like these, but it just not my cup of tea.


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