Title: Confessions of a Shopaholic
Author: Sophie Kinsella
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads: "If you've ever paid off one credit card with another, thrown out a bill before opening it, or convinced yourself that buying at a two-for-one sale is like making money, then this silly, appealing novel is for you. In the opening pages of Confessions of a Shopaholic, recent college graduate Rebecca Bloomwood is offered a hefty line of credit by a London bank. Within a few months, Sophie Kinsella's heroine has exceeded the limits of this generous offer, and begins furtively to scan her credit-card bills at work, certain that she couldn't have spent the reported sums.
In theory anyway, the world of finance shouldn't be a mystery to Rebecca, since she writes for a magazine called Successful Saving. Struggling with her spendthrift impulses, she tries to heed the advice of an expert and appreciate life's cheaper pleasures: parks, museums, and so forth. Yet her first Saturday at the Victoria and Albert Museum strikes her as a waste. Why? There's not a price tag in sight.
Eventually, Rebecca's uncontrollable shopping and her "imaginative" solutions to her debt attract the attention not only of her bank manager but of handsome Luke Brandon--a multimillionaire PR representative for a finance group frequently covered in Successful Saving. Unlike her opposite number in Bridget Jones's Diary, however, Rebecca actually seems too scattered and spacey to reel in such a successful man. Maybe it's her Denny and George scarf. In any case, Kinsella's debut makes excellent fantasy reading for the long stretches between white sales and appliance specials."
My Two Cents:
This book was a re-read for me. I had started this series a few years ago and when I saw that Mini-Shopaholic was coming out, I decided to re-read the series. After reading Tiger, Tiger, I figure that I was due for some light reading anyhow.
Luckily, I have never had money trouble. I'm fiscally conservative to almost a fault so while I don't exactly understand where Rebecca Bloomwood is coming from with her crazy spending habits (if she were only buying books, I could totally relate), it only helps to reinforce my own conservative-ness when it comes to that green stuff. This book originally came out in the early 2000s before the current economic recession and I think there may be more having issues with credit cards now than ever before. This book is not meant to be educational by any stretch of the imagination but perhaps some of us can see ourselves in her.
This is a really fun book with a happy ending. If you are looking for a book to take on the train or to the beach with you, this is an entertaining choice!
3 out of 5 stars