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The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic

(Shopaholic #1)

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Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous 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 of it. Her job writing at Successful Saving magazine not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. And lately Becky’s been chased by dismal l ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 14th 2000 by Transworld Publishers (first published 2000)
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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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Rachel
May 08, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Lola
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, humour
This is one of the most poorly written books I’ve read this year.

BUT. It’s also one of the funniest and cleverest and most interestingly narrated.

It’s so very extremely hard to put it down. Rebecca Bloomwood is a funny and heart-warming heroine. Her fear of facing her ever-growing debts cracked me up every time she would receive a new letter regarding her credit.

Oh, that was so much fun. Really, I swear, this book gives a new definition to the word ‘‘fun.’’ Somehow, Sophie Kinsella manages to c
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Christy Sherrill
Nov 11, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  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:

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Alicia
Jul 18, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  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
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1), Sophie Kinsella ( Madeleine Wickham)
The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (2000) (Confessions of a Shopaholic in the United States and India) is the first in the popular Shopaholic series. It is a chick-lit novel by Sophie Kinsella, a pen-name of Madeleine Wickham. It focuses on the main character Rebecca (Becky) Bloomwood, a financial journalist, who is in a serious amount of debt through her shopping addiction.
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Zoë
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Erin
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Shopaholic series always puts me in a good mood. Really all of Sophie Kinsella's books put me in a good mood. They are just so light, fluffy and fun. Sophie Kinsella's writing is like ice cream on hot July day.

In Confessions of a Shopaholic we meet Rebecca Bloomwood(Becky to her friends) a young financial writer who longs to write for a fashion magazine. She lives in a trendy "flat" with her bestie and loves to shop. I mean really really loves to shop. So much so that she finds herself deep
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Cait • A Page with a View
THE MOVIE IS INFINITELY BETTER (and I really tried not to compare them).

The narrator's voice was really well done, but her actual personality and thoughts were beyond annoying... and scary, honestly. In the movie she's at least searching for a job, working, and trying to figure things out while she shops and avoids the credit card people. Somehow she just came off as a bit more sane and the scenes were actually funny.

In the book she's in massive debt and lying to herself and everyone around her
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Lilly
Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Rachel E. Carter
Forgot to mention I binge read the first three books in this series a couple weekends ago. I don't really do chicklit, but this was amazing. BRIDGET JONES FEELS EVERYWHERE.

LOVED THIS. Thank you Inge for an amazing recommendation. This was feel good chocolate and wine and shoes and just what I needed. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
Inge
Jun 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Main character gets a few lucky breaks so she can continue pulling the same immature shit as she did at the beginning of the book and learns absolute fuckall in the process.
Leftbanker
Oct 05, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People waiting to get their press-ons or post-lobotomy patients
Shelves: novels
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
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Shae
Mar 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Katie
Sep 19, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one, sadly.
This book was a waste of my time. And I spent far too much time on this book that I really didn't like.

The first 200 pages or so are spent with the main character, Rebecca, avoiding all her collection calls and all the letters in the mail from her creditors. She stuffs things into trucks, she keeps the letters in a drawer she never opens, anything to avoid the fact that she's got bills to pay. And then she has an embarrassing run-in with a sales clerk who tells her all her cards are declined. S
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Jennifer
I've been wanting to read this series for forever but was waiting for my library to finally add it. They did, then there was a crazy wait list for it... yes, in 2018 lol. I guess I wasn't the only one waiting to read it.

My impressions: Not at all like the movie, but I read somewhere that the movie was actually a mashup of books 1-3 so I guess I'll have to read some more. I found Becky to be funny and extremely likable, but with a very sad and cringe-worthy problem. Like the title suggests, she'
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Ozma
May 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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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
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
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Natalie Monroe


It's cute, it's heartwarming, and it makes me laugh. What more can you ask for in chicklit?
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
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Kay
Aug 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  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 .

Seriously.

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
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Vicki
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, humor
If you saw the movie before reading the book, you will not find many similarities in the movie and this book. the movie takes much of its content from the second Shopaholic book.

I liked this book, I found it fun and quite humorous. I have to say I enjoyed the movie more than this first book.

The character is a fun girl who has a real issue with her shopping habits. She is not very good with her money. This is a cute book.
Tara Murphy
Aug 10, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Penny
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, reviewed
I can always count on Sophie Kinsella for a light and fun entertaining read.
Liz Hopps (Elizabetha)
En todos los grupos hay alguien a quien no le gustan las comedias románticas o tenemos alguna amiga a la cual no le agrada nada Meg Ryan y todo el "sleepless in Settle thing".

Well, That's me.

(Pero ese no es mi problema con esta novela)

Me carga Meg Ryan, sobre todo sus malos retellings... Hello, "Tienes un Email"! ¡Si! ¡tú! ¡horrible película! D:


Mejor, vean The Shop Around de Corner :)

Si veo Kate y Leopold, es porque ... Hugh Jackman. El vestido de Lord inglés debería ser declarado patrimonio
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Hippo dari Hongkong
Aug 14, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  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
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Tweebs♥️ (semi-hiatus)
My curiosity with this book has finally ended.

In my humble opinion, the movie is a million times better.

No....seriously, trust me.

IT

IS


I'm just going to promote the movie and convince you guys to watch it.

Why? Well kids....


1)








2)

Yeah I was pretty much hoping those pictures proved my point so like, Watch. This. Shit. Now

Y'all won't regret this !! I promise, you'll thank me. Okay, just thank me in the form of a $500 gift card to my local book store so I know it's real ;) ;) ;)
Denise
Oct 16, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
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
Obsidian
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I do re-read this book every couple of years. Probably because it was my first glimpse of Becky Bloomwood and I liked her a lot. I remember being in my 20s and spending with my credit card like I wasn't going to have to pay the bill. And I remember the juggling I did to pay down bills and the stress I would feel when I had to choose between eating something that was not soup or paying my JC Penney card down (starting off in government I had to buy new clothes...seriously people, instead of a wed ...more
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Sophie Kinsella has sold over 40 million copies of her books in more than 60 countries, and she has been translated into over 40 languages.

Sophie Kinsella first hit the UK bestseller lists in September 2000 with her first novel in the Shopaholic series – The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (also published as Confessions of a Shopaholic). The book’s heroine, Becky Bloomwood – a fun and feisty fin
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Shopaholic (8 books)
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  • Shopaholic Ties the Knot (Shopaholic, #3)
  • Shopaholic and Sister (Shopaholic, #4)
  • Shopaholic & Baby (Shopaholic, #5)
  • Mini Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #6)
  • Shopaholic to the Stars (Shopaholic, #7)
  • Shopaholic to the Rescue (Shopaholic, #8)
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