Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Book review: Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

This is a book in the chic lit genre about a woman in her late twenties, Rebecca Bloomwood. She lives in a flat in a trendy neighborhood. She works as a journalist at Successful Savings; it doesn't pay her well enough and bores here to death. Rebecca lives a high-maintenance life, a life she cannot afford but finances with credit cards. When the credit card invoices stars showing up in Rebecca's mailbox, she just hides them away; this will eventually led her into trouble. How on earth is she going to pay her debt? She tries to cut back on her favorite hobby, shopping, and save money but that doesn't work for her. Rebecca finds consolation in shopping.. One day Rebecca stumbles upon something that might become an excellent front-page article, it changes her life and the life of the people around her.

The first two books in the Shopaholic series were adapted into a film in 2009, the Australian actress Isla Fisher is playing the main character, Rebecca.

Book details:
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (November 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440241413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440241416

My review:
I read this book as a part of my Chic Lit 2009 Challenge, and I had planned to read the entire Shopaholic series but now I feel that I might be in desperate need for some great suggestions on other chic lit books that I can read instead.

Sophie Kinsella paints a perfect picture of how bad we humans can be in materialist ways, that I'll give to her. BUT I didn't like the book, almost everybody thinks' it's hilarious, sure I giggled a couple of times but hilarious, spectacular? No way! I couldn't feel any sympathy for the main character. I felt the urge to tell Rebecca that she's a compulsive liar with an addiction, and that she needs to go someplace for treatment. If she'd only been created a little more humble and repentant then maybe I would have started liking her. I had high expectations to Confessions of a Shopaholic, I loved Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones diary and expected this book to be somewhat of the same character. The story however is way too exaggerated for my liking; maybe I'm just more like Bridget Jones than Rebecca Bloomwood? LOL.

I listened to the audiobook, unabridged, version of this book and I have one positive thing to say; the narrator, Emily Gray, did a great job telling the story, she was fantastic.

My verdict of this book: 2 out of 5 points.

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About the author Sophie Kinsella:
The authors real name is Madeleine Wickham, she was born in England in 1969. She lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and their three boys.

Under the pseudonym Sophie Kinsella Madeleine has written five books in the Shopaholic series and four standalone novels. In her own name, Madeleine Wickham, she has published seven novels.


  1. Thanks for stopping by on my blog.

    I didn't mind the first couple of books in the series but then she started to annoy me and I stopped reading them. She doesn't change.

    One Foot In the Grave is part of a series. The first book was Halfway to the Grave and it is about a half vampire who hunts vampires. It is a fun paranormal mystery/romance.

  2. It wasn't one of my favorites either, I actually preferred her book, Remember Me? which is not part of the Shopaholic series. My favorite light reading is a series by Victoria Laurie, a real psychic, who writes about a psychic private eye!

  3. I enjoyed Remember Me? as well. You may want to try the Blackbird Sister Mysteries by Nancy Martin. They are mystery chick-lit and are just light fun reads.

  4. Caspette: If she doesn't change then I don't think I'm missing out by not reading more of the Shopaholic books.

    bookbabie: Maybe I'll try reading Remember me. I will definitely check out the author Victoria Laurie, thanks for the suggestion =D

    Jess: Thank you so much for the suggestions. I will take a look at the Blackbird Sister Mysteries, sounds great!

  5. I'm with the other posts, Remember me is a much better book!

  6. I think I'll take your word for it and see if I can find the book :)


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