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Shoe Addicts Anonymous (Shoe Addict #1)

3.56  ·  Rating Details  ·  23,859 Ratings  ·  846 Reviews
Helene Zaharis's politician husband keeps her on a tight leash and cancels her credit cards as a way of controlling her. Lorna Rafferty is up to her eyeballs in debt and can't stop her addiction to Ebay. Sandra Vanderslice, battling agoraphobia,pays her shoe bills by working as a phone sex operator. And Jocelyn Bowenis a nannyfor the family from hell (who barely knows a so ...more
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published June 12th 2007 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2007)
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Jul 06, 2008 Kristenhaynes2 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: shoe lovers, ladies in DC, chick lit readers
I liked this book a lot. Yes, it's a bit vapid and implausible, but whatever, it's chick lit! I'm glad someone finally showed that women in DC have style and excellent taste in luxury. While I'm not part of the exquisitely elite, I could appreciate a lot of the name brands, political parties, money manners, and behaviorisms of the supporting characters in this book. I DO wish that the author would have gone more into areas where the women could have gotten shoes, mentioning the blossoming U Stre ...more
Jul 16, 2008 Debbie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves fun chick lit
A fun book about shoes bringing a diverse group of women together. The unlikely group forms a very strong bond. It's interesting to watch the development of the relationships and the addiction to shoes!
Vee Charles
This book was pretty funny and I laughed out loud a few times. (*^_^*)
The thing I liked most about this story is that every woman was from a different class, facing different struggles yet their common interest (as funny as it was) brought them together without judgement to build an extremely strong friendship.
I really appreciated the way Harbison pulled all these personalities together. It's hard not to relate to at least one character or a few things about every character.

This book made me lau
Aug 06, 2008 Christa rated it liked it
Shelves: library
This wasn't a bad book, but I found at least the first hundred or so pages to be fairly depressing. The book is equally about four female characters, and the beginning chapters are devoted to learning about them and their problems. Each of the characters is facing some large issue, making the book start off heavy and dreary. As the characters meet and get to know one another, the tone does lighten up some. The issues were all dealt with, and the book ended on a much happier note than that on whi ...more
Mickey Reed
Dec 10, 2011 Mickey Reed rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Chick novel fans, funny book fans
Shelves: audio, 2011
This book is hilarious! I laughed pretty hard a couple times. These are characters we can all relate to! They're slightly down on their luck, they're working crappy jobs, they're putting up with cheating and slimy men, and they're shy and overweight. They each have a trait or characteristic that makes this book personable and humorous.

A coworker recommended this book, so I was all over it. After finishing it, it didn't seem like a book she would have read and enjoyed, but she really did. We bot
Jun 28, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit

I really enjoyed this book and loved how the girls found friends with strangers. It reminds me of my book club we started as strangers but have become really great friends from a mutual interest. This book was great, it was light and entertaining. A perfect summer pool read.
♥ Marlene♥
Finished it this morning. Really enjoyed it. Just a fun read. yes it was bit how do you say that, where those things do not happen in real life, but I had fun non the less.
Might want to get my hands on the other book by this author.
Nov 10, 2010 Dina rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
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Aug 03, 2012 Tiffany rated it really liked it
A friend and I have taken to exchanging books that we've enjoyed reading. I was intrigued when she loaned me Shoe Addicts Anonymous. At first the title threw me off a little because I'm not a shoe addict myself (although purses are another story, lol) But once I started reading this book I realized it's more about the bonds that women can form and how important friendship can be than it is about shoes.

Shoe Addicts Anonymous throws four unlikely strangers together from a personal ad on 'Gregslist
Apr 14, 2009 Bella rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
I was looking for something light and fun, and this book definitely delivered. It had all of the great components of a "beach" book, and it discussed the characters' love of shoes. How can you not like that?

The characters were all well developed, and a one of them (Helene) was so interesting that I would love to read a book just featuring her. The writing was fast-paced and easy, making it perfect for my day spent in bed with a cold.

The basic plot is about women who meet because of their love o
Jun 13, 2008 Aparna rated it liked it
Shelves: girly
It was good fun, considering I feel half my life is wanted if i dont buy at least a pair of shoes evey month. Of course, the book is over the top. Irrespective of HOW MUCH one likes shoes, there is a point where a normal person can draw the line (work as a phone-sex operator to buy a pair - make that TWO - one in black and one in a deep pink of Ralph Laurens, realy????). Which is really ironic, coz all these woman are potrayed as normal people, albeit with an abnormal liking for shoes.
So you hav
Sherri Hunter
Oct 28, 2015 Sherri Hunter rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
My Thoughts: Cute story about shoe addiction that brings four women together once a week to trade designer shoes. These women are from completely different walks of life, but along the way, they become friends as they deal with their shoe addictions, personal problems and living their lives. The author does a wonderful job of introducing each character, spending enough time with each one to give the reader an opportunity to bond and empathize with them. Fans of chick-lit and romance novels will ...more
Kirsty Hoggons
Nov 10, 2014 Kirsty Hoggons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Shoe addicts, anyone looking for a light read
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. Honestly, when I picked it up at a fête I was drawn to it by the title alone and didn't really even bother reading the back of the book. However, I was not disappointed. Each of the main characters in the book are introduced very well to the reader and you get a lot of background information on them up front. I enjoyed this because I felt like I was better able to relate to them because I knew where they were coming from. This was very cleverly done. ...more
May 15, 2015 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: empfehlungen, 2013
"Sex im Karton. Genau das war's. Spannender, atemberaubender, dekadenter Sex in einem Karton."

Dieses Buch hat mein Opa mir angedreht und es lag schon ewig auf meinem SuB. Bis vor kurzem... Allein die ersten Sätze sind genial!

Zur Story: 4 junge Frauen, die sich mit ihren ganz eigenen Problemen herum schlagen müssen. Doch eine von ihnen bringt den Mut auf, sich als Schuhsüchtige zu outen und bringt sie so alle zusammen. Aus einer kleinen Selbsthilfegruppe werden 4 wahre Freundinnen, die eines ver
May 16, 2016 Linnéa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Publishers Weekly is quoted on the back cover reviewing 'Shoe Addicts Anonymous' as "reading this novel is like eating a slice of cake", and I could somewhat agree.
Here we have the classic case of a beach read. Which isn't a bad thing. I found this book entertaining, with sweet and sharp witty humour sprinkled throughout. Who doesn't like sprinkles? But let's call a spade a spade: entertainment is what you will get and that's it. Unfortunately I was able to predict the entire plot before I star
Oh man, this novel was a real doozy! Let me just start off by saying how seriously under-appreciated and unpopular this novel is. This is the type of book you take one glance at, roll your eyes and mentally gag and stuff back onto the shelf; pretending as if you hadn't just wasted your time picking up such a novel. I implore you to pick that book back up and run!

I absolutely freaking loved this book. This isn't my usual read, far from it actually, and I'd bought it at a thrift store on a whim.
I was torn between the 2 and 3 star ratings, so take this as a wavering 2.5 stars. I mean, this book started out so well. The author did an amazing job setting up all the characters, places and situations. This was a 5 star read up until the midpoint, after which it almost felt like this book was intended to be a series, or, at the very least, longer. For example, relationships the writer had so carefully and intriguingly set up, advanced way too fast - and most of the time off the page. My bigg ...more
Jun 30, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it

I really liked this book because I can relate to a lot of it. I couldn't put the book down because I liked it so much. The only reason I am giving it 4stars is because the book had so many errors!!! I've never come across a book like that! There were grammatical errors as well as spelling errors.... I mean don't these books have to go through editors? Overall though I enjoyed the book!
Oct 19, 2014 Zina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute, funny and a light read. :)
Elphaba J
Opinião completa em:

Feminino, ligeiro e dramaticamente divertido, este romance é uma verdadeira tentação para as consumistas literárias que procurem entre páginas boas horas de entretenimento.

De forma descomplicada, Beth Harbison conseguiu criar uma apelativa narrativa que toca muitos pontos aos quais as mulheres são sensíveis, procurando, com uma boa dose de humor, que estas se identifiquem com a simplicidade das suas personagens e com os seus dil
Kelly D
Oct 10, 2012 Kelly D rated it it was ok
I felt that there were a few threads left undone and a few plot lines that were under developed. I was anxious for the end of the book so I could move on to the next book on my night stand.
Петър Стойков
Първия чиклит който издържах до края и като цяло не е никак лош, ако го погледнеш от правилната страна.

Цялата книга се чете малко като женски вариант на Американски психар, макар убийства да няма - четири жени от средната класа, по-скоро богати, отколкото бедни (освен едната), чийто живот, съзнание и ежедневие са абсолютно изпразнени от всякакъв смисъл, действие, мечти, стремежи, възвишени пориви и дори човечност. Превърнати в роби на страстите си (по-точно пазаруването) те пренебрегват всичко о
Jan 30, 2016 Monique rated it really liked it
Great chick lit book. Kept me thoroughly entertained. I was just pre-reading a couple chapters to see if it was good enough to take to my beach vacation but I couldn't put it down. It had a fun six degrees of separation angle where all the characters (even the random ones) ended up knowing each other or somehow meeting each other in a way. One girl is a waitress who has a literal shoe addiction. She won't pay her electricity or car payments but she'll pay for designer shoes. Another is a senator ...more
Sep 13, 2012 Chelsey rated it it was ok
While this book had some interesting parts, it was surprisingly less about shoes and more about phone sex! LOL
Julie Ann Listi
Dec 31, 2012 Julie Ann Listi rated it it was amazing
My all-time favorite book. Hilarious, heartwarming, and makes me want to buy more shoes!
The Styling Librarian
Nov 15, 2014 The Styling Librarian rated it really liked it
Shoe Addicts Anonymous by Beth Harbison - Loved all the characters and their issues with compulsive shoe shopping, they certainly made me feel like my life was on better track… but you never know what will happen when you get the power of women together, what they might generate. really a fun special book with a bunch of wit, ingenuity, woman power, and dire situations that make this one great listen. I actually sat for an hour last night in bed listening to the book because I wanted to know how ...more
Aug 20, 2008 Ikuko rated it really liked it
A really fun and quick read. Not just for shoe lovers.
Jun 25, 2015 Catsalive rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015

Hmm! I don't know how you could get yourself in financial difficulties like Lorna & not notice - particularly over shoes. Now, books are another kettle of fish altogether! Lorna's silliness over her debt & Joss' putting up with what was dished out to her in her nannying job, irritated me me, but overall I found the story entertaining & easy to read. If they came with a delicious-sounding man like Phillipe Carfagni, I guess I could get used to h
Mar 03, 2016 Megan rated it really liked it
This is that type of book that compels you to never put it down. Helene Zaharis's husband decides to punish her for all of her spending on unnecessary thing (hooked to Ebay) so he cancels all of her credit cards. The book actually starts of kind of slow but after the first few chapter have gone by, you won't want to put it down. Helene then has to find a job to pay for all of her shoes that she buys. Luckily she has some friends that can help her. She quickly finds a job as a telemarketer and is ...more
Jan 13, 2012 Sophie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could rate this book higher, but I was often so impatient with the characters that I had a hard time enjoying the book as much as I would have liked. The premise is cute, that a group of women addicted to buying designer shoes would meet and swap stories and shoes. The author drew me in with her portrait of three very different women who all use shoe therapy to deal with the problems in their lives, and how they end up together in Shoe Addicts Anonymous. I started to have problems with ...more
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Beth Harbison grew up in Potomac, Maryland, in the shadow of Washington, D.C. Apart from the occasional irritation at being held up in traffic by a presidential motorcade, she has remained fairly uninvolved in the politics that define her home town.

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