3.20.2016

Book Review: Confessions Of A Shopaholic

After inspecting my recent reads, I realized almost all of them were quite tragic/psychology thrillers about either family troubles or disturbed lives. So I decided to read something light and fun. These two words could only spark one author's name in my mind. And that's Sophie Kinsella.
She has been my favorite humor author for as long as I can remember. I started from Can You Keep A Secret? and loved everything about it. I kept on reading more and there came I've Got Your Number and Remember Me? and made me love her work even more.

Funny enough, I hadn't read her most famous work, the Shopaholic Series, that seems to be every Kinsella fan's essential. I picked up Confessions Of A Shopaholic (first book in the trilogy) in the past week to freshen up my mood and drag my mind out of the thriller genre for a while. And It was UNPUTDOWNABLE.
This is going to be a positive & oh-so-five-stars review. I loved this book so much.

SYNOPSIS:


MEET BECKY BLOOMWOOD, AN IRRESISTIBLE HEROINE WITH A BIG HEART, BIG DREAMS --- AND JUST ONE LITTLE WEAKNESS ... 

Becky Bloomwood has what most twenty-five-year-olds only dream of: a 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, she can't actually afford it --- not any of it. Her job writing at Successful Saving magazine not only bores her to tears, it doesn't pay much at all. Still, how can she resist that perfect pair of shoes? Or the divine silk blouse in the window of that ultra-trendy boutique? But 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. Her 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.

My Review:
Rebecca Bloomwood has a problem. She spends a lot of money that she doesn't actually have on things she doesn't really need. She is a shopaholic with thousands of unpaid bills and a job that pays less than her spendings.
I cringed when I started the book as it started with a deadline letter from Rebbeca's bank for her due payment that she had been delaying for a while. But her casualness towards the deadlines was so unreal that I wanted to get inside the book and tell her how wrong it was. All the bills from her bank and Visa, they went straight to either junk or somewhere she couldn't see them. Like, if you can't see it, it never happened, right?!?!?! Not right.

If I were a character in the book who knew Rebecca from afar, her life would seem perfect. She shopped at all the finest branded stores, lived in a posh neighborhood, and had a successful career. But if I really knew her, the list of her debts would have blown me away.

Her problem was the (bad) habit of unnecessary spendings. And lying. And not being responsible or happy about her life. If she saw a brick in an alley with Gucci written on it, she might pay $100 for that in a blink. A brand-conscious shopaholic. Eyes roll.
But, she was absolutely hilarious when it came to tackling the problems:

Life would be a lot easier if conversations were rewindable and erasable, like videos. Or if you could instruct people to disregard what you just said, like in a courtroom.

A man will never love you or treat you as well as a store. If a man doesn’t fit, you can’t exchange him seven days later for a gorgeous cashmere sweater. And a store always smells good. A store can awaken a lust for things you never even knew you needed. And when your fingers first grasp those shiny, new bags…

Ok. don't panic. Don't panic. It's only a VISA bill. It's a piece of paper; a few numbers. I mean, just how scary can a few numbers be?

The irony was: Rebecca worked as a finance journalist yet her financial situations were out of control. She was never happy with her job and whilst she attended press conferences and met people from her field, all she was thinking about "this bag looks amazing. I should buy it" or "that woman in red looks lovely. I should really buy this dress"

The characters in the book sounded so real. A best friend who always supported Rebecca, both financially and emotionally, normal parents with normal concerns, and of course, field rivals.

As much as I loved this hilarious fiction, I couldn't stop abhorring the fact how spending unnecessarily can be a disaster. I used to be a mindless spender myself, but it got better (thankfully!) and reading this book helped me appreciate my decision even more. Shopping is so fun, for real, but it shouldn't hurt your bank. Or your life.

The storyline is quite typical and oh-so-Kinsella. The protagonist gets into trouble, more trouble, and even more trouble. But eventually, it settles. Like a perfect fairy tale. It wouldn't be wrong to say Sophie Kinsella's books are modern day fairy tales with a troubled protagonist who get her life together with a perfect guy in the end. This book wasn't an exception.

If you love a good chic-lit with tons of humor, DASS GONNA BE YOUR JAM. If you can't handle reading about a girl buying clothes uncontrollably and crying over the bills later, then you probably shouldn't pick it up.
There are two more books in the series. I am not sure if I would read the trilogy, but I am definitely going to watch the movie and read some more books from Kinsella. I've been going well with my Goodreads, if you use it too, let's connect there. Woohoo!

My rating: 5/5 (OMG IT WAS A GEM)

Have you read this book? What was your most recent read?
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