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Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic #1)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  474,603 ratings  ·  10,002 reviews
If you've ever paid off one credit card with another, thrown out a bill before opening it, or convinced yourself that buying at a two-for-one sale is like making money, then this silly, appealing novel is for you. In the opening pages of Confessions of a Shopaholic, recent college graduate Rebecca Bloomwood is offered a hefty line of credit by a London bank. Within a few m ...more
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Published April 1st 2001 (first published March 3rd 1999)
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Karen This book is about Becky Bloomwood, who works at a financial magazine but hates her job. She loves to shop to the point of being obsessive and the…moreThis book is about Becky Bloomwood, who works at a financial magazine but hates her job. She loves to shop to the point of being obsessive and the plot is essentially her dealing with that as well as an interesting romance.
Please disregard the previous answer by Skyril as the novel is aimed at adults so I did not think the novel was excessively profane. Also, I do not think the movie was better as it did not capture the humour and lovable characters in the novel.(less)
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Cee i don't think we know for now, but if there's a pattern on when the each book in the series has been released, we could base it off that (probably we…morei don't think we know for now, but if there's a pattern on when the each book in the series has been released, we could base it off that (probably we should make an exception about the four year gap of when mini shopaholic and shopaholic to the stars released)(less)

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May 09, 2007 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one! it's terrible!
So I used to work with this girl called Sarah, who was a real no bullshit kind of person. I really liked her because she was intelligent and articulate, someone I could actually hold a conversation with. She was well read, she kept up on current events and she could talk politics while maintaining integrity and respectability. When I saw this book on the break table in the back, I never would have thought that it was hers. When I found out I made fun of her. I couldn't believe a girl like her wa ...more
Christy Sherrill
Jul 26, 2013 Christy Sherrill rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
I was in the library when I walked by this book, while I was looking for another book. I pulled it off the shelf and because I've found and read some pretty amazing book with this randomness, I thought ok. Another reason I have become a little obsessed with shopping on ebay. I thought this girl book would be fun, it would be like a new girl friend, getting to now good and bad about her, how she thinks about life........... So, I checked it out and I read it in about 6 hours. Reason it sucked:

Jul 18, 2008 Alicia rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: absolutely NO ONE.
I really hate slamming books, really I do. This book is the typical chick-lit that I've grown to love, and to be fair, it's a quick read.

But, my praise stops there.

The main character of this book, Rebecca Bloomwood, is the most annoying, daft, and ridiculous character I have ever had the misfortune to read about. I understand that she's a "shopaholic", but I've had quite a few friends who fell into that catagory that were never in danger of being as simple-minded and arrogant as Rebecca.

Every ti
Zoë (readbyzoe)
This book pleasantly surprised me! I went into this book expecting it to be just like the movie (which, by the way I love), but it might as well have been a completely different story. The only things it has in common with the movie are the character names, the obsessive shopper and in debt main character, and the title. I adjusted my expectations and thought it would be one of those rare instances where the movie is better than the book, but I loved them equally but in different ways! The book ...more

It's a perfect 4 from me

I loved it, no doubt.


Rebecca(Becky)was a fundamentally challenging character to understand and that's what I liked most about her.
Never underestimate the power of a shopaholic.
She was extremely intriguing and never failed to humor me. Goodness knows. The letters to the bank were the most hilarious. The absurd behavior of Rebecca Bloomwood is such a hooker.
I must admit that I thought it kinda stupid to continue the series cause it w
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! I saw so much of myself in the main characters spending personality that it just made me laugh all the way thru reading it. The book has that Bridget Jones feel but wer as Bridget is clueless in relationships Rebecca is clueless with credit and spending. Her crazy schemes to make extra money, like homemade potholders to sell but never following thru on is a page out of my life. I gave up credit cards as my solutions and it appears that she finds her own way to keep he ...more
Apr 11, 2014 Leftbanker rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People waiting to get their press-ons or post-lobotomy patients
Vile cultural poison masquerading as a poorly-written novel. I think that a heroin addiction is less damaging to young women, and it's certainly more interesting to read about.

If there is a male equivalent to women’s mindless pursuit of name-brand (read: expensive) fashion, it would be a dude with a mullet peeling out in a TransAm blaring a Bon Jovi anthem. This book made me physically ill. I felt like I was in more peril reading this book than anyone on a toxic waste clean-up crew. I’d wager t
Sep 01, 2014 Lilly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who don't take their books too seriously
Shelves: fluff, fiction
After college, I wanted nothing to do with serious books. And so began my quest for all books fluffy and light. The cover of this screamed fluff at me. This book is NOT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. Take it for what it is - hilarious chick lit. Otherwise, you'll find yourself realizing that if you actually knew a character as shallow as Becky Bloomwood, you'd probably give her a look of disgust and hiss at her as she walked by or something. Also, don't think too much about her relationship with Luke. B ...more
I picked this book up on a whim at the thrift store. I had heard it was fun and hilarious and that I'd love it.

It wasn't, and I didn't.

In fact, I only made it 25% into the book before I decided that reading more just wasn't for me. For starters, the main character gives me a bad name. What a vapid, delusional, hypocritical mess. She's bad at her job, she's completely self-centered and selfish and annoying, completely focused on outward appearances and and seems to think that the universe owes
The Y.A. Bookworm Blogger
This book was super cute...Becky's "justifications" for all her purchases made me laugh! I also now feel a strangely intense desire to go shopping :P
May 17, 2008 Ozma rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Shopaholics, Anyone who has ever been lured by a bargain, Chick Lit Fans
Recommended to Ozma by: Susan Parrish
As a Shopaholic myself, I found this book really enjoyable. If you like shopping at all, this book will make you laugh. The main character gets into funny situations constantly. It's not an advanced physics treatise, but it's not mindless either. The effort the main character goes to to justify her shopping is hilarious and some genius plotting on Kinsella's part. If you don't like shopping at all, look elsewhere. If you like funny, memorable characters and plots, then give this a try.

A friend
Sep 24, 2015 Kay rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: golden shopping bags
If you know anyone that is impulsive, spendy, and irresponsible, do not let him/her read this book .


Because for any normal woman (or man) with above average impulsive shopping tendencies, this book will make him/her feel better about his/herself.

Take me, for example. When I am confronted by a cute pair of shoes or some colorful household item, I get kind of...well...impulsive, spendy, and irresponsible. Sometimes, my willpower can overrule that temptation, though passing through the
Opening line: "Ok. 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?"

It's been ages since I’ve read any chick-lit but when I found this book amidst a bunch of “free stuff” left at the mail boxes (ironic hey, its about overspending and I find it for free) Anyways I grabbed it, along with some other useless crap and immediately started chuckling.

Reminding me very much of Bridget Jones's Diary, this was an equally fun read, that
Natalie Monroe

It's cute, it's heartwarming, and it makes me laugh. What more can you ask for in chicklit?
I think it's hilarious that these books dominate the "chick-lit" scene when they are, in fact, the most sexist books I've managed to come across. And this one really takes the prize.

This is my third Kinsella book, and so far the women are always complete idiotic dip-shits that only barely manage to bumble through their careers while managing to make an ass of themselves at every turn. I find it's quite painful to read and not at all amusing. And if that's not unbearable enough, in this one Rebec
Funny. Light. Completely brainless. Perfect beach book. The main character is a completely out of control shopaholic, and will go to any lengths to conceal her addiction while still feeding it on the sly. It's a thoroughly enjoyable book, but it has a fatal flaw, the flaw that made me give it a "liked it" rating instead of a "really liked it" rating. This chick drives me NUTS! It is almost physically painful to see her destroying her life for a new scarf or perfect shoes. Priorities, woman! Pay ...more
Hippo dari Hongkong
Aug 25, 2008 Hippo dari Hongkong rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cewe yang doyan belanja ama... umm.. cowo (nekat) bermental "baja" :D
Recommended to Hippo dari Hongkong by: Syltje and Weni; dua pakar chiklit :-p
Elayne Boosler said:
When women are depressed, they eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It's a whole different way of thinking.

setuju deh, soalnya gw samasekali gak ngerti ama "hobi" kaum cewe tentang shopping ini. semua cewe pasti doyan shopping meski tidak semua memiliki kadar yang separah becky. ceritanya tentang seorang becky yang tak bisa mengontrol hobi belanjanya sehingga dikejar-kejar surat tagihan dari bank padahal dia kerjanya jadi jurnalis keuangan, hahaha. cuman gw sering
Tara Murphy
Well I enjoy my light reads, particularly Marian Keyes, so I thought I'd get a kick out of the Shopaholic series-not so.
The protagonist is irritating and irrational to the point of annoyance.
I surmise though that this series and it's popularity has to do with how people view money. I like shopping, but have never spent outside my means to the point of debt. I personally think that's stupid.
I don't fully get the "have-to-have-it" mentality ESPECIALLY with pricey goods.
So I didn't relate to the c
Say anything about Kinsella, she knows how to deliver simple mindless fun. These books are supposed to be Chick Lit after all, and they always leave me with a bunch of giggles and British slang.


Off to watch the movie now.

Meg ♥

I wanted a truly light read, and I decided to start this. I love Sophie Kinsella. I've read several of her other books, but I put this one off mostly because of the movie. Which was horrible. As far as cheesy chick-flicks go it was the worst. I couldn't even finish it, and it was because Rebecca was just a plain idiot. I know that was kind of the point. She has no self control and yada yada, but still. She was just too annoying.

Anyway, I have heard from several other movie haters that the book i
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
This is a wonderful, light, fluffy read. It was the first real 'chick lit' book I ever read and it got me hooked. The character is vivid and fun, and I can identify well (a bit too well!) with Becky Bloomwood and her retail therapy issues. I love the use of the present tense and first person narrative, I think it works brilliantly. I have now read all, except one, of Sophie Kinsella's books, which are all in the same vain, and they are fantastic reads within the 'chick lit' genre.
I picked up this book because I felt like I needed to know if I like "chick lit" in the slightest. I thought "Good in Bed" was pretty stupid, but I liked the whole "Something borrowed, Something blue" series... so I was on the fence.

So I asked my friends for their favorite Kinsella book. This is my note to them:
and in slightly less anger:
Really girls? Did you just like this book at a time when you too were coming out of college and could slightly relate? B

I laughed. I cried. I finished reading this month’s chick lit novel—Confessions of Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. I have to admit that when I started it, I didn’t like it very much--I could not readily identify with the main character, Becky Bloomwood. She is a British, single, twenty-something woman who works as a financial journalist. However, she does not really seem to know much about her personal finances except how to spend, spend, and spend money. I cannot understand the obsessive nature
Feb 11, 2008 Cj rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: angela
Recommended to Cj by: Found in magazine I read
Oh how I laughed when I read this series. As each book came to an end it was like saying goodbye to a friend. If Sophie Kinsella can bring Rebecca back with more books I only hope it wont be far away.

Her other titles are also great reads and I cant wait until Remember Me is released.

I am sure there is a little bit of Rebecca in every girl who will completely understand the logic of why she has to buy something and the reason behind it. In fact when I am out clothes shopping I can almost hear her
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
At A Glance

Chick Lit
Love Triangle/Insta Love?: Nope.
Cliff Hanger: not really.
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Plot: 8
Characters: 9
World Building: 7
Flow: 9
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 8
Ending: 8

Total: 8

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Best Part:
Worst Part: n/a :D
Overall Feels Felt: Love this!!!; Oh snap.; Yummy man :D


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: yes!
Misc.: Trigger Warning; Main character has obsessive need to shop.

Short Review: I just love this series so much. Fo
OK, this book did not sound like it would be any good, but I was surprised by how much I liked "Undomestic Goddess" by the same author. This book must be popular because I have been tripping over it in the book store for the past couple of years so I gave in. I just did not like the main character and wanted to throw the book across the room but I kept reading to see if it improved. It didn't.

Anyta Sunday

I love chic lit. Love an easy, humorous story, and this story hints at great author potential to write chic lit. This story, however, just didn't do it for me.

The problem lies with my sympathy for Rebecca--I don't have any. She can be funny sometimes, I do remember laughing out loud at the table-hopping scene, but I don't like her character, lying all the time and not just lying about people she doesn't care or know about, but then to lie about her own family (saying her dad was a bit loopy
Sep 27, 2007 AmmY rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All shopaholics like me~
Shelves: chic-lit
Dear girls,

Shopping is some kinda healing, right?
No girls would offense me, I guess.

I think everybody will love Rebecca Bloomwood, our heroine.
She's funny and out-of-control addicted to shopping brand-names (with good excuses). When I first read it, I think, ooh...there must be the one who's more crazy than me? owing many debts. I love shopping but can control my finance well. I think Sophie has developed good plots and
personality of the protagonist (being shopaholics and financial consultant o
Surprisingly good!

First of all this is not a genre I usually prefer, and secondly I'm not really an "it" girl when it comes to fashion and "brand" names.
This last fact became extremely clear to me in the first few chapters, I kept thinking: "Is there really people out there like this?" Of course I know there's people like Rebecca in our world, I shared a house with one growing up.

That said; Rebecca - Becky to her friends - is so realistically portrayed that she could be the girl next door. Kins
Poison Ivy
Just what I needed. It made me realize that I was avoiding some stuff in my life. It was funny and I enjoyed it but I'm not gonna lie I had to put it down few times because Rebecca was making me all kinds of anxious with her behaviour.
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Madeleine Wickham (born 12 December 1969) is a bestselling British author under her pseudonym, Sophie Kinsella. Educated at New College, Oxford, she worked as a financial journalist before turning to fiction. She is best known for writing a popular series of chick-lit novels. The Shopaholic novels series focuses on the misadventures of Becky Bloomwood, a financial journalist who cannot manage her ...more
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