Confessions of a Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella

Cover ImageFinished 4-4-10, rating 3/5, fiction, pub. 2001

Book 1 of the Shopaholic series.

Becky Bloomwood is a 25 year-old Londoner who has a job she hates, is deeply in debt, and can’t seem to stop herself from spending money she doesn’t have.  She writes for a financial magazine but knows next to nothing about the field and she is just going with the flow even though her overdue notices are piling up.  She decides to take control and curb her outlandish spending, but in doing this she spends even more money.  Then she decides to find some part-time work, but is a failure at that too.  Becky is a mess.

I expected a funny book and it was, but I could not seem to gather any love for Becky.  She drove me crazy.  She didn’t seem to have a clue.  She lied a lot, threw away bills and considered them gone, and got fired from a job after a few hours for doing the stupidest thing.  On page 256 she has an AHA moment, but I just didn’t believe it.  There was nothing before that made me think she was capable of such insight.  Do I sound judgmental enough? 

Everyone seems to love this book and series, so I feel like a total scrooge in just thinking it was average.  The writing was funny.  It was just Becky that drove me crazy.  Maybe it’s because I am not a huge shopper myself so I didn’t really get the compulsion.  Or maybe I was expecting too much. 

This book is from my personal library and was chosen for me by Kathy, Kerri, Julie H., Kathrin.  Here’s what they had to say…

“Good, clean fun.” Kathy

“Funny.” Kerri

“Hilarious and a quick read!” Kathrin

“You won’t be able to stop and you’ll have to read them all.”  Julie H.