Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic #1)
by Sophie Kinsella
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 of it. Her job writing at Successful Saving magazine not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. Still, how can she resist that perfect pair of shoes? Or the divine silk blouse in the window of that ultra-trendy boutique? But lately Becky’s been chased by dismal letters from Visa and the Endwich Bank — letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read — and they’re getting ever harder to ignore. She tries cutting back; she even tries making more money. But none of her efforts succeeds. Her only consolation is to buy herself something … just a little something …
Finally, a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life — and the lives of those around her — forever.
Rebecca “Becky” Bloomwood had this habit of shopping and buying items that pleased her, even though she didn’t need them, nor even had a chance to use/wear them at all. She sucked at managing her bills, always received letters from banks and credit card companies, maxed out her Visa/Master Card and basically splurged and indulged every moment she got. You get the drift.
Oh, did I mention that Becky worked as a financial journalist, yeah the one who wrote magazine articles as she advised everyone how to manage their money. Talk about irony, huh.
And then she met Luke Brandon, who stopped a press conference just so she could help her out in buying a scarf from D&G for her ailing aunt. Lies and lies came pouring out of her mouth before she knew it. And that, ladies and gentlemen, was the start of the Luke-Becky shopping-love affair.. and so much more!
Six years ago, I managed to read this book, Confessions of a Shopaholic in a local bookstore. Everyday for 3 days, before I went home, I tried my best to drop by the bookstore and read this. Until I got tired of sneaking up and finally bought this book, along with other 5 books in the series. Wow, I became Becky Bloomwood and went on a shopping book binge. I was that crazy! I even watched the movie featuring Isla Fisher. I thought she was perfect for Becky.
From then on, I started reading the Shopaholic series and blamed Becky for my early Christmas shopping sprees. Yes, in case you didn’t know, she usually bought items, unconsciously safe-keeping them for future use. I did that, too.. (Okay, I admit I still do it up to this day) I used to collect items that pleased me or those items I thought would look good on someone else. Then come Christmas season, I pull them all out of my stash and wrap them with shiny wrappers and bow. Isn’t that practical? Becky and I believed so, ha ha ha!
I decided to read this book again after my mom kept on calling me, telling me that I need to start buying holiday gifts starting today. Yes, because she’s crazy like that. Anyway, even after six years, Becky Bloomwood still continues to crack me up, although she makes me feel bad about my shopping habits. But I loved her crazy shopping antics and alibis, her great fashion sense and unbelievable charm. A winner!