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Shoe Addicts Anonymous (Shoe Addict #1)

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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  16,813 ratings  ·  735 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
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Published June 28th 2007 by Macmillan Audio (first published January 1st 2007)
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Kristenhaynes2
Jul 06, 2008 Kristenhaynes2 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Debbie
Jul 16, 2008 Debbie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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!
Christa
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chick novel fans, funny book fans
Shelves: 2011, audio
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...more
Nicole


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.
Dina
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Tiffany
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...more
Bella
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...more
Aparna
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...more
C.L. Ogilvie
May 28, 2014 C.L. Ogilvie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with an interest in shoes; anyone who doesn't mind stilted dialogue
Recommended to C.L. Ogilvie by: My best friend; She has since been forgiven
I tried. I honestly tried. I loved Thin, Rich, Pretty by the same author. I tried my hardest to love this one, too. Then I tried to like it. Then I could only try to finish it.

I failed.

Every problem the women in this novel were experiencing were entirely of their own doing. Shoes do not make your debt, lousy marriage, or fear of the outside world go away and everyone over the age of sixteen knows it. Plus, the dialogue felt really forced and unnatural. I can't get into a story if I'm constantly...more
Amanda


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!
Kelly D
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.
Julie Ann Listi
My all-time favorite book. Hilarious, heartwarming, and makes me want to buy more shoes!
Ikuko
A really fun and quick read. Not just for shoe lovers.
Sophie
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
Janet Morris
I hadn't heard of this book before seeing it at the library a few weeks ago, so I didn't go into it thinking that it would be great or awful and it didn't offer me some great surprise when I realized it was neither. It's an okay piece of chick lit. It took me a while to get into it, which seems a bit messed up for a work in that genre. Chick lit is supposed to be mindless fun, and this wasn't.

The characters were interesting, but there wasn't really any structure to the story. Going back and fort...more
Michelle
Lorna has a problem with designer shoes and has the credit card bills to prove it. When she realizes that she has gotten herself in serious trouble, she works with a credit counselor to get herself on a budget. In order to reduce her shoe-buying, she decides to set up a group to exchange designer shoes, size 7.5 only. We meet the other soon-to-be members of the group in other chapters: Helene is a political wife with a controlling husband who is cheating on her, Sandra is agoraphobic and struggl...more
Femke
De schoenenclub komen 4 vrouwen bij elkaar. In het begin lees je dus heel veel verschillende verhalen en moet je soms echt even terugpakken naar een hoofdstuk terug omdat je niet precies weet wie welke persoon ook alweer was. Deze personen ontmoeten elkaar. De 4 vrouwen hebben allemaal hun eigen verhalen en hun eigen problemen. Deze verhalen zijn erg ontroerend en met de meeste vrouwen leef je ook mee. Al snap ik als ‘schoenenleek’ niks van hun obsessie. Juist daardoor blijft het voor mij intere...more
Laura Flanagan (Oscuro y Seductor Romance)
El libro me ha encantado absolutamente. Sería algo raro que no lo hiciera pues me encantan los libros de chick-lit. Hacía tiempo que no leía uno y he disfrutado leyendo cada página de éste. Ha sido una pena que durante la lectura del mismo me haya encontrado tantos fallos de transcripción que a veces me hacían interrumpir la lectura de la misma. Es por eso que ha perdido media alita, pero por el resto ha sido de rechupete.

Véreis, las mujeres somos cotillas de por sí y leer sobre la vida de mujer...more
Emily

This was another book for the book club I am in. I didn't contribute to the discussion very much online, primarily because I was traveling in Alaska while I was reading, but over all I think most of us did enjoy the book.. I know that I did enjoy the book.

The story focuses on 4 women. Helen, the politicians wife who seems to be living the good life, but trying to forget her past and struggling to figure out if the good life really worth what she has lost to have it. The one thing she hangs onto...more
Rebecca
In the realm of chick-lit books, this one defiantly falls below the 50% line that I seem to have for these books. I don’t know what makes a book goes above the line, just some do and some don’t and this one defiantly does not. The characters were kind of lame and just stupid! And I hate stupidity!!! A group of women who have nothing in common but their love of shoes. And their loneliness, which brings them together in the first place. One woman has money problems and ends up falling for the dude...more
Samantha Smith
This book was ok. It was entertaining but easily forgettable. In fact, I just finished but I can't really remember many details. One problem I had with the book is how the women had all these problems at the beginning and then they are all resolved but we never get to actually see how they are resolved. The author just glosses over issues. At the end the women have great new lives but we don't see how they got there. They just invent some made up business and yay it works! hmm...and I really don...more
Alice Bola
Bonding among women is very easy to do, especially when the common denominator is shoes. Shoe Addicts Anonymous shows us that four very different women can change each other’s lives one pair of shoes at a time.

There was something about the novel I really enjoyed. The kinship between the women was familiar and natural. Although they were so different, they fit together well. Much like in real life, each woman had a burden she was struggling with. Something she carried that was affecting her in w...more
Ashley Clahsen
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Laura
There are lots of other reviews here that give plot summaries, so I will skip that. The book is a bit on the fluff side as one other reviewer said, but who would pick up this book and think it was going to be life-changing, classic literature? I think reading should be primarily about enjoyment, and as in all things, you have moods that require light and unchallenging diversion (Friends)some days and others where you crave more depth and drama (Schindler's List). I think everyone needs both and...more
Nrul Blueyes
Reading this book, make me feel normal. I am not the only one on earth who has addiction and credit cards problem. Lorna Rafferty is dealing with the same issues. I am glad Beth put her character in the first chapter, because I can relate with her really. Especially the ignorance part, we both don’t bother to open the bills and always “believe” everything was settled on time. Hehe, I like her thinking. And I praised her for the “Shoe Addicts Anonymous” because whatever that was about to fall apa...more
Leslie
I'm someone who was attracted to this book based on the title. I can understand one's infatuation with shoes, just as the 4 friends that are at the center of this group and book: Lorna, Sandra, Helene, and Joss. And it's not surprising the best parts of this book involves when these 4 women gather together for their weekly meeting. It was fun reading their interactions with each other, seeing them let go and enjoy their addiction to shoes. Those scenes really reflect how fun it can be when you a...more
Erin
what fluff! seriously, this could have been in a sandwich with peanut butter and I wouldn't have known the difference between it and the classic marshmallow sandwich filling.

it was ok, but it could have been better. I was really looking for something more in terms of the characters, their development was really weak and predictable. There were four main characters, but the book easily could have worked with just 3 of them, and then perhaps their characters could have been better developed with...more
Alicia
At this point, I assume you're already familiar with the storyline: four women, different backgrounds, love of shoes, etc. From the amount of 5-star reviews it's gotten, it's evident quite a number of people have enjoyed it a lot, and I can't say that I hated it, but I honestly believe that, while the premise itself is interesting, the characters, and by consequence, the story... are all a little flat.

The movie based on the book is apparently set to be out this year. If I had any word in it, I'd...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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