book review confessions of a shopaholic sophie kinsella

Book Review: Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Series: Book 1 in the ‘Shopaholic’.

“There’s a thrill about walking into a shop – any shop – which you can’t beat. It’s partly the anticipation, partly the buzzy, welcoming atmosphere; partly just the lovely newness of everything.” ~~ Sophie Kinsella (Book: Confessions of a Shopaholic)

After a long time, I found the first book in the ‘Shopaholic’ series. It’s not just about finding the first book.

I was also worried that in this case, the book might not live up to the movie version. I liked the movie a lot.

Also, I don’t like movie stars on book covers. It just spoils the cover in my opinion. What’s wrong with the cover it had before? Thankfully, that issue would not persist in other books. I have already checked. 😉

Let’s move forward with the review…

Genre: Chicklit/Romantic Comedy.

Main Characters: Rebecca ‘Becky’ Bloomwood.

‘Confessions of A Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella’ ~~ Synopsis:

There’s only one aspect of life, Becky believes in concentrating on: shopping and more shopping.

If only, she’d shop, but wouldn’t have to pay the bills or worry about the annoying letters from credit card companies or the stores, asking her to pay the bills or else.

Worrying about paying the credit is least of Becky’s worries. She finds creative ways to hide bills and payment reminders. 😀

She also finds creative excuses to buy the most useless items. She just wants to shop!

Twist in Becky’s spendthrift life is, she’s a financial journalist at Successful Savings magazine. She gives financial advice to the readers.

If only anyone knew that the financial journalist, herself runs away from the thought of putting her finances in order and her finances, are in a mess.

Becky hates her job as she does not understand much of what she writes. Despite that there’s no way she’s quitting anytime soon, thanks to all the credit card bills she has to pay.

But lately it has become apparent that it’s time she learns to control her uncontrollable spending habit.

She starts small with saving money. In her quest to save money she ends up, spending more. So she tries the new way: earn more money.

She decides to get another job to help her pay the bills. But it does not work at all. 😀

Not only her finances, but it seems her love life is a mess too. She agrees to go on a date with her best friend Suze’s cousin. But only after finding out he’s a millionaire.

Then there’s Luke Brandon, who just confuses her and she loves to hate him, sometimes.

Lately, one of the bank managers Derek Smeath is getting increasingly impolite in his letter to Becky.

Becky does all in her power to avoid meeting him and to sort out her financial situation. He seems scary in his letter and she does not want to know if her guess is accurate in real life as well.

When none of her attempts work out and Becky ends up meeting Derek Smeath by chance, she gets so scared that she runs away to her parent’s home to hide.

She wants to confess to her parents about the mess she’s made of her finances. Instead, she tells them that she’s being stalked, so they should not tell anyone about her whereabouts.

For some time or until she has found some solution to her problems, Becky wants to pretend that her messed up life in London does not exist.

While she’s busy wallowing her misery, she uncovers a story that may change her life.  


It’s one of those rare times when I liked the movie more than the book itself.

Just like the other Sophie Kinsella books, ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’ is a fun read. I enjoyed reading it in a couple of day’s time.

But the story in the book is a lot different than the movie version. And I watched the movie first.

In the movie Becky’s character is shallow, but I found it much shallower in the book.

So I’m not surprised that Becky’s character got a makeover for the movie. As I’m not sure anyone would have liked her in the movie if the movie producers hadn’t given her a makeover.

Luke’s character is just like the movie. If you liked him there, you’d like him here and maybe wonder what’s wrong with him. Oh well…love is blind and all! 😀

Suze is a good friend, too good at times. Here too, I wondered if Becky deserves such a friend at all.

Becky does almost all the things that I’m sure would make a character come across as annoying.

Yes such characters do annoy me on a regular basis in Chick-Lit universe, but somehow such characters don’t bother me in a Sophie Kinsella’s books.

I think I would like the other books in the series better (I’m hoping) as there’s no movie to compare their storyline with. 😉

If you don’t like shallow, but funny characters then this isn’t the book for you.

Otherwise, go ahead…it’s a fun fantasy read. Think about it: haven’t you ever thought ‘if only all your problems got solved by some magic just like it happens in some book?’ 😉

“Shopping is actually very similar to farming a field. You can’t keep trying the same thing – you have to have a bit of variety. Otherwise you get bored and stop enjoying yourself.” ~~ Sophie Kinsella (Book: Confessions of a Shopaholic)

Hit Or Miss: Hit.

Ratings: 3stars/5.

Buy: Amazon | iTunes

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