Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1)
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Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic #1)

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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...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 4th 2003 by Dell Publishing Company (first published March 3rd 1999)
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Rachel
May 09, 2007 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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:

1....more
Alicia
Jul 18, 2008 Alicia rated it 1 of 5 stars
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...more
Shae
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
Leftbanker
Apr 11, 2014 Leftbanker rated it 1 of 5 stars
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...more
Lilly
Feb 07, 2008 Lilly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who don't take their books too seriously
Shelves: fluff
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
Ozma
May 17, 2008 Ozma rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
Becky
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...more
Buggy
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...more
Kay
Mar 19, 2012 Kay rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: golden shopping bags
If you know anyone that is impulsive, spendy, and irresponsible, do not let him/her read this book .

Seriously.

Because for any normal woman (or man--I must avoid gender stereotyping) 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 tempt...more
Idle Hippo
Aug 25, 2008 Idle Hippo 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 Idle Hippo 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...more
Zia
I DON'T CARE WHAT OTHERS SAY

It's a perfect 4 from me

I loved it, no doubt.

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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 wo...more
Denise
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
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...more
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...more
Cassi
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:
WHO ARE YOU AND WHY DO YOU HATE ME??
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...more
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.
Kylie
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...more
Terry


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...more
Aod
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.

Cj
Feb 11, 2008 Cj rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
AmmY
Sep 27, 2007 AmmY rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
Anyta Sunday
Huh.

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...more
Vasia
ok.i'm going to say it. i loved that book!i don't care that it is a chick lit,stupid some times,shallow,too pink book!it really made me laugh.i know it's not a great miracle for literature but i genuinely enjoyed myshelf.
so there.
Norabee
Aug 15, 2008 Norabee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: shopaholics everywhere! Chick lit fans
I must admit that I got a little bit edgy as I started to read this book. Past due bills, maxed-out credit cards - who wants to be reminded?? But then the story took over and I fell for Becky Bloomwood - our heroine and financial journalist. She's fashionably fabulous and just like her, who can resist a good sale? I loved the "Brit-speak" and found myself calculating the currency exchange between pounds and dollars - just another little thrill to go along with this funny story.

I enjoyed myself...more
Amanda
Jan 28, 2008 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: shopaholics everywhere; people with patience
This book starts off ok, very scary amounts of money pop up, and the girl can't control herself -- hence Shopaholic!
It takes wrong turns along the way, I had no will to read it sometimes, it is, sorry to say, full of debts and lies, and cheating as well (not romantically), and it shocks a bit. But I have to say I kept hoping for the best, so I held on to it. From the middle to the end, I read nonstop. Not that it was an amazing book, but it was good. I liked it very much, inspite of the flaws th...more
maricar
there were times i felt like an indulgent parent to our protagonist, rebecca, as she runs through her then almost-nonexistent bank account. it was downright funny to see her muddle through her arguments for the sake of appearing to have initial qualms about spending money, and then just ending up buying more than she has accounted for. you'd somehow want to shake some sense into her and at the same time, want to be arm-in-arm with her as she razes boutiques. she's definitely one of the most uniq...more
Dee
Apr 15, 2009 Dee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Don't judge a book by its movie.

I'm not a big fan of chick-lit generally but the shopaholic series is pretty special, mainly because of Sophie Kinsella's comic timing.
If you are in need of cheering up (but don't have the money to indulge in a little retail therapy yourself) this is the book to do it. It will seriously make you laugh out loud.

When I first read this book (when it was known as The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic) I found I related to Becky somewhat in that I was in exactly the s...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Rebecca Bloomwood is a compulsive shopper. She can't go past a sale sign without taking advantage of it. She has run up all her credit cards and gone over her overdraft, but she really must have that coat from Whistles. She works as a finance journalist but knows next to nothing about mutual funds, investments or even how to manage your own money. She just types up articles from press releases - yet she understands more than she realises.

Hounded by letters from her bank and the credit card compa...more
Keris
The ultimate in girlie escapism, the first of the super-successful 'Shopaholic' series from Sophie Kinsella is a laugh-out loud cautionary tale of what happens when you lose track of your spending. Becky Bloomwood is a financial advisor who hasn't got a clue how to save. From racing away from work to buy designer scarves to filling her house full of greetings cards for no apparent reason, her impulse spending makes even the

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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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