Confessions of a Shopaholic: A Novel by Sophie KinsellaConfessions of a Shopaholic: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella

Confessions of a Shopaholic: A Novel

bySophie Kinsella

Paperback | February 6, 2001

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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 letters from the bank—letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read. She tries cutting back. 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.
 
Praise for Sophie Kinsella and Confessions of a Shopaholic
 
“A hilarious tale . . . hijinks worthy of classic I Love Lucy episodes . . . too good to pass up.”USA Today
 
“Kinsella’s Bloomwood is plucky and funny. . . . You won’t have to shop around to find a more winning protagonist.”People
 
“If a crème brûlée could be transmogrified into a book, it would be Confessions of a Shopaholic.”The Star-Ledger
 
“A have-your-cake-and-eat-it romp, done with brio and not a syllable of moralizing. . . . Kinsella has a light touch and puckish humor.”Kirkus Reviews
Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series, as well as the novels Can You Keep A Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number, and Wedding Night. She lives in England.
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Title:Confessions of a Shopaholic: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.2 × 5.18 × 0.69 inPublished:February 6, 2001Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I could live vicariously through Becky Bloomwood I would never in my life lead an irresponsible and fiscally detrimental lifestyle like Becky Bloomwood (I can't even tell you how many times I yelled "Stop it!" out loud while reading). However, it's books like these that draw you in because you want to see what could happen, and live your life vacariously through the flaws of others. Humorously written, and it was funny enough that I went and got the second book in the series.
Date published: 2018-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny, light, fluffy read If you are looking for a nice, light, fluffy, and humerous read, this is perfect! I laughed out loud at Becky numerous times as I was reading. It's hard to put down and you'll have it read in no time.
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So cute! I love this book! Great little love story, fun characters.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious Roller Coaster of Hermes Scarves Hilarious and fast-paced! If you keep to a strict budget and secretly want to splurge all the time, then you should read this book because if you are like me, you will learn to live vicariously through Becky Bloomwood!
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome chick-lit This is the type of book you stay up all night to read. Wonderful story!
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny! I love the shopaholic books - they are hilarious, though at times you get that awful feeling of anxiety when a character is doing something that you know is going to end poorly.
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prob my fav book ever It is rare that a book makes me laugh out loud like Confessions of a Shopaholic did... I keep going back to read it over and over again! It's hilarious, plus has my favourite book elements: fashion and romance! I ADORE this book!!
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This series is terrific! I read the first Confessions of a Shopaholic novel after hearing about the movie premiere and I could not put the book down! Sophie Kinsella is a fantastic and hilarious novelist. I have since read almost every single one of her books and I have enjoyed everyone!
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very entertaining A great story to follow the shopping adventures and struggles of Becky Bloomwood. Very easy page turner that can easily make you smile and giggle as you go through her ups and downs. If you are a shopper, this book is definitely going to connect with you!
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The book that started it all! Becky Bloomwood is such a great character - her humour, crazy stories and her earnest personality make you want to be her best friend. A financial journalist with terrible financial woes, Becky's adventures keep you laughing and wondering what crazy situation she'll get into next. A really great read!
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laugh out Loud funny I believe this was one of the first books, in a long time, where I laughed out loud almost every chapter. It's very entertaining. If you are looking for something that isn't too heavy, this is a great read.
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This is an easy, light read. Something that you can finish in one sitting. It is funny and well worth the read.
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEACH READ perfectly hilarious, there is quite a bit of profanity and definitely not something you leave laying around for young impressionable kids but really quite funny and enchanting
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining read Really enjoyed this for an easy, uplifting read. Looking forward to reading others in the series!
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked me onto the rest of the Shopaholic books! I enjoyed Becky's character and the humour within the book! This book got me to read the entire series!
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Self indulged, objectified, diva lifestyle I found the main character annoying, spoiled and irresponsible. The main character gets a few lucky breaks so she can continue pulling the same immature stunts. Her constant shopping while in debt, actually started to annoy me. This book is about the shallow mindset of consumption of caffeine, sugar, shopping, fashion..... the constant need for distraction and never learning to deal. It just glorifies being shallow.
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Long time fan A classic from my younger days... I will never tire of Sophie Kinsella, this book along with all her others have such a blatant, honest humour to them that I adore..
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious I really loved this book. It made me realised that it's extreme yet funny.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tedious but somehow fun I spent much of the book being exasperated by Becky, but somehow but the end I really liked the story and had learned to tolerate Becky's stupidity. Basically, it's a fun silly read with a slightly annoying main character.
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Want a fast read with lots of laughs? This book is for you! Definitely an amusing and entertaining read for all!
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining!!! I very much enjoyed reading this novel. Very entertaining!
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from such a fun read! I love the main character, so fun, interesting and full of surprises. #Plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Laughed out loud! A lighthearted story that keeps you laughing! An easy and entertaining read.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun Becky is a little crazy...it's a bit messy, but the book is fun.
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love if you like the recent ones, then the previous books of sophie is a must read
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun read I loved the main character, so quirky and a little irresponsible but she made for a fun adventure. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cheeky, Funny, Great Read It's a good book to read when your real life is boring.
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shopaholic I thought this was a funny novel. Great for any shopaholic! I'm going to try and read the series, and I hope they are as addicting as the first novel!
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny Great if you want something light and fun
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The original Sohie! No matter how mnuch I enjoyed this book, truly loved some of her subsequent books! Will get you hooked on Sophie's writing and characters!
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy to read This is a super easy book to read. Becky is an interesting protagonist; most of the time I actually really dislike her, but I am compelled to read just to find out how the story ends. It's a great book (and series) to read if you just want something mindless. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK This book was cute and I liked Rebecca, she was feisty and genuine with some major flaws. Unfortunately I just couldn't relate to her, this is very much a "it's not the book, it's me" review. I liked the book itself but since I couldn't relate to her shopaholism at all I found myself bored and skipping a lot. People who like shopping will probably love this fun read and the rest of the series.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious This book was one that I did not want to put down. Loved all the realness of Becky. She made me feel sympathy and also deep down their is a shopaholic in all of us. Read the whole series. Best books ever
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Romp! Becky Bloomwod is delightful. That readers can sympathize, but also empathize, because at one point we've been there (with shopping or something else) as we try to live our best life. The self-discovery part is endearing and inspiring; she is not your typical heroine but will become a dear friend in your heart!
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Confessions of a Shopaholic This is a cute, easy to read book! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For everyone who's ever justified a purchase... I immediately found the Becky Bloomwood character endearing. If you've ever bought something then felt the need to justify it, you'll completely appreciate her train of thought. I laughed through the whole book and have read every sequel since!
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Can't stop reading the other books after this great book
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast Read Fun read if you want a funny, mindless read!
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HILARIOUS My teenaged daughter read this outloud to me as I usually don't read these kind of novels, and we both laughed our heads off. Well written, very funny and silly!!
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I normally don;t enjoy books like this but this was a pretty funny read, sure I rolled my eyes at Becky's antics but it was a fun book to pass the time with
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from quite funny! I related a lot to the shopaholic in this book although the situations she got in were much more funny...
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD Loved this book!!!! I am definitely going to read the rest of the serie!!
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic #1) by Sophie Kinsella This is one of the most poorly written books I’ve read this year.I MUST admit I preferred the movie to the book, but that’s only because it was more… focused I should say. There is no love-hate relationship between Luke and her and it’s more dramatic and the story better outlined, while things here are more comedic than dramatic and Becky’s dreams not at all mentioned. Forget ALETTE.But it’s still amazing and, truth be told, if I hadn’t seen the movie, I would probably have given it a 5-star-rating. Luke disappointed me in this. He remains polite like in the movie, but his charm dissolves as you switch from the movie to the book. Unfortunately.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute and Funny I enjoyed this book and I cannot wait to get my hands on the second one!
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Series I am a big fan of the Shopaholic series! They're hilarious, relatable, and empowering. Becky's character is amazing
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excited to read! I have heard many great things about this book, and can't wait to read it!
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book! Must read for all, especially the shopaholics among us!
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great series! Kinsella is hilarious! Fast and light read.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny This book had me laughing out loud.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love to Shop It is a fun, and light-hearted book. Got to love Becky!
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Anything Sophie Kinsella will be a fun read. I enjoyed it
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FRECKING LOVED THIS! Do you love shopping? Romance novels? Humour? Then is the book (and series) for you! Upon reading Confessions of a Shopaholic I instantly fell in love with the characters and Kinsella's work. These stand as one of my favourite collections. Their a must-read for any diva!
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light Hearted Read An enjoyable farce about a girl who's never met a new pair of shoes or a sweater she didn't like....and need in 13 different colours.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG too funny! This was such a refreshing and enjoyable read :) Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from lighthearted read not to be taken seriously ie the whole series but Becky is funny, and cute to see how her life continues along the same flighty path, sucking in her husband, child and best friends along for the ride.#plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! love the series and its relatable
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just love this series. It's silly. It's unrealistic. But when I was reading as a 16 year old girl, I sincerely enjoyed the adventures of Becky Bloomwood. A very easy and lighthearted read.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beach read A lighthearted book that is all too relatable
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE The heroine is so relatable. and Her and Sam's text exchanegs are the highlight!
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my go-to books! This is such a fun read! I read this series every few years!
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Silly but super fun You can't help but love her. She's a goofball, and an out-of-control spender, but we all can relate - either personally or from friends/roommates/co-workers. It's a nice, easy read that will make you laugh.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE I LOVE THIS BOOK! The Heroine is hilarious and I can totally understand the shopaholic addiction!
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Series Sophie got me back into reading again. Loved the simple, fast, reading style she uses. would recommend this series to anyone looking for a good read.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not worth reading I really could not get into this book. I found the main character flat and unlikable and I hated how the book ended. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny! A great light read filled with funny moments that will make you laugh out loud to yourself. Perfect beach book!
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining Such a great book. So funny, I laughed out loud more and more as I went on. Great first book of a series.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My favourite guilty pleasure Sophie Kinsella consistently writes books that I love to curl up with on a rainy day. Confessions of a shopaholic is where my love for her writing all began. I would recommend any title by this author but there's something about Becky Bloomwood that keeps me coming back for more.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun and Fast Read I resonate with Becky Bloomwood, so much. This book was fun and fluffy, and put me in the life of a girl on the other side of the world from me, who was average in most ways, and had the craziest shopping addiction. And I loved almost every second of it! Kinsella writes in this comical way that not only pokes fun at real life issues, but also creates some relatable connection between readers and Becky. She's not all that smart with her money, and has her head filled with fluff half the time, but still think thoughts that I have definitely thought before. ie. about not wanting to work :P Confessions of a Shopaholic gave me a brief reprieve from the real world by letting me in to the sometimes chaotic, and sometimes ridiculous life Becky lives. I didn't take it too seriously and got to laugh many times at what she was getting up to! I don't think the point of the book is to tell everyone that if you do nothing, things will fall into your lap. It's just fun!
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! There is nothing in this story that women could not relate to once in a while. Shopping is just our thing. What a wonderful read!!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT! So good. All women can relate!
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from fun, easy read Fun story for a quick read. Not something I'd read again, but enjoyed it during. Akin to cotton candy - not much substance but pretty fun in moderation.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious This book is incredibly funny! Great for all the shopaholics out there - I'm sure we can all relate!
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very easy read. This book is an easy read and hilarious. It's about fantasy and something I'd read to forget about the stresses of our daily grind.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing! becky's antics are so funny. great book
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So entertaining Rebecca Bloomwood works for a well-known finance magazine called Successful Savings but thing thing is that she doesn’t actually know or understand a thing about finance. Or does she? Becky has always relied on shopping. To her shopping is like what alcohol is to alcoholics. She shops and shops and shops until she’s happy. But then, she faces reality, which is not always a jolly world and so then, she needs to shop and shop and shop until she is happy and this is her circle of life. But her debts keep piling up which only makes shopping more appealing. She gives excuses after excuses to credit card companies; she broke her leg, her dog has dies (she’s never had a dog), her aunt Ermentrude just passed away (There is no aunt) and endless more lies. She is desperate. She tries to stop shopping but miserably fails. She tries to earn more money but her attempts are poor. Eventually she loses hope and almost gives up until she spots her chance at making a difference and grabs it quick. This story is both hilariously crazy, crazily relatable and relatedly sad. Especially for fellow shopaholics because although she is truly one of a kind with her retail, she really is just like us. Trying to escape reality with just a little retail therapy here and there and therapy is always needed. So I watched the movie way before I read this book. I watched it countless times. It’s one of those movies that doesn’t change in level of awesomeness the more you watch it. It’s just the same as you expect it and it never gets boring. And Isla Fisher is the bomb. Any who, the protagonist is very similar to the one in the movie, I pictured Isla as her most of the time. She is, to be honest, a wee bit crazier, maybe. That might be because this time I am seeing straight into her head rather than just watching her. She is just like a kid which was kind of relatable. Sometimes. (I’m not a kid, I just think like one sometimes. Don’t we all though? ;)). Her mind is just full of fantasy. When something goes wrong, the first thing she does is imagine it in a way that is more appealing to her, like in the movie when thinking of her next move to pay off her debts: “I could win the lottery”. Things like that were all over in this book because it’s just how she is, a dreamer. I found that her mind was really entertaining. She’s so self-reassuring, falsely but very optimistic. Next thing. Finance. Just like the character, finance is not something I find that interesting. But everyone needs to know about it. The book shines the light on it in a way that makes people like Becky be able to relate, to see it as an approachable topic. Even though the character doesn’t even realize it, money is a big part of her world, the only thing is she doesn’t know how to control it, she doesn’t even have it in the first place. But the book talk about money a lot, it’s essentially really about saving on money. And as you read about it on here, it doesn’t seem that estranged of a topic. It’s relevant to all of us. As the character grows in the story, she realizes she knows more about finance than she had thought. Not to go into detail but I found that aspect of the book to be quite important since it is the part that helps her out in the end. All in all, it is a very entertaining book, both kind of sad and very funny.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny! I really like Becky, her thoughts are hilarious! All the things she does to try to get out of debt and the little stories and plots on the side were all great. It was really enjoyable to read!
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Series starting to go downhill Roughly the same antics as the other novels in the shopaholic series, still a fun book, but the plot and characters are starting to feel old
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such a great book! I've read this book so many times, it's so much fun to read, and so witty and charming
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read! I purchased the entire series. So lighthearted and fun. An embrassing read when you realize how idiotic The lead character can be. I was embarrassed for her! I read the first book in two days. No sleep.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining This book is funny and entertaining but it's not much more than that. I liked it but it's definitely a beach read #PlumReview
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! This was such a great, light and funny novel!
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! This book is a must read not just for shopaholics but for everyone. It's fast-paced and hilarious!
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun, light, read I read this book at a time when my brain couldn't handle any more seriousness than I already had in my life. This book was a fun distraction, filled with ridiculous situations that kept me entertained.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read I've re-read this book so many times. It's always a nice fun little read.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Very funny and enjoyable to read
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addictive I really enjoyed the first of many in the Shopaholic series. Becky was a funny character; and I found myself relating to her…er…issues that arose for her. Was definitely a great start to a long running series that I kept reading!
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the movie A quick and easy read. A great gift for anybody who loves to shop or spends a bit too much!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thoroughly enjoyed. I love Becky! She is hilarious! Love the light-hearted nature of the book.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read A super funny book, very enjoyable.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! Loved this book! I thought it was super cute. Great character.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious Becky's escapades are highly relatable as is the fact the more she tries to run away from debt the more it finds her!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! I love Sophie Kinsella's writing so much. This novel is hilarious and Becky Bloomwood is an endearing heroine to root for. The movie adaptation doesn't do her justice!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I like this series but I prefer some of her other books.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love her books! I love Sophie Kinsella's shopaholic series books. This book was very entertaining! A very nice read!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic! This book will get you hooked on the series, and there is no stopping now that there are so many. Hilarious read, easy but definitely a good chick book
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Too funny! This book was too funny! I laughed at Becky's justifications for her spending and loved that the author added funny letters and memos throughout from the bank and credit card companies.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Could not finish I could not get into the series. I found the main character's lack of depth and ability to be rational at all off-putting and annoying.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute Series this is a cute series, easy to read, very light and funny. I find there are A LOT of them now but they are still all written the same way.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the Shopaholic series I, who is a shopaholic myself, love this book so much! The whole series is actually amazing.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great light read Perfect for those days you don't want to put in much effort yet still be entertainned
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! This book was so fun ,I don't think I even put it down!
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Witty Didn't think I would like a book like this but it was one of those easy reads that can take your mind off things and doesn't require much thought. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hilariously clever After starting I could not put this book down - such an easy read! There are times where I just want to slap the main character but that's what made you keep going. There was never a dull moment! One of the easiest reads
Date published: 2015-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Had me in fits of laughter This book was amazing - I hope the second lives up to this one! It had me in fits of laughter at times and other times I would find myself praying that she would do the right thing - making it a nail-biting read too! I recommend this for everyone! It's perfect!
Date published: 2014-08-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Artist The author establishes early on that her protagonist is a likable, funny woman, who is competent at her job, liked by friends, and a good sense of style. Her major flaw is that her job is that of a financial advisor for a magazine and because she cannot control her impulse to buy everything she wants, she is spiraling deeper and deeper into debt. The flaw in the book is that the author uses most of the book to tell us over and over again the information I wrote in the first two sentences. We never learn why this woman acts as she does, and it is easy to get bored with a character who becomes increasingly more shallow. Her ending is good, but it comes about sixty pages too late.
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Confessions of a shopaholic Super funny...looking forward to the next!
Date published: 2014-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sophie Kinsella is a goddess! I cannot tell you how much this book had salvaged me from boring Saturday evenings I had planned. It's a fabulous, light-hearted, and utterly amazing read for anyone in the mood for a quick laugh and pick-me-up. A definite recommendation from my end!
Date published: 2013-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from JUST LOVED IT What a hilarious book. Didn't want the book to end as it was non-stop laughter all the way through. Becky is quite the character and is so addicted to shopping - nothing stops her. A very well written book - a MUST read for sure.
Date published: 2012-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Hilarious Book About How Shopping Really Gets You!!! When Becky is shopping in Confessions of a Shopaholic, you can relate to how it is that she is feeling in each situation. I think that most people have been there in their lives where there is that one item that they just feel that they must have. I know that I related to her, in some of the situations that she has been in throughout the book. When Becky is trying to get away from her bill collectors and Derek Smeath, you realise that she goes to extreme measures and it kinda makes you feel a bit better about yourself, all while you are laughing at her and the scenerios in the book.
Date published: 2012-03-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Karma's a B!tch, Becky is avoiding her issues like staff infection Becky works in the financial industry, but her love is spending money. Especially, on an item that is on sale. As her life is going - she is in debt, not just a little, but a lot. And has this avoidance issue with anyone trying to collect. As life has, it is easier to give advice then to take it. See if she takes her own medicine of financial advice to get her out of debt or will she succumb to bankruptcy
Date published: 2012-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very funny! I loved this book. It was very humorous, and kept me interested right from the first page.
Date published: 2011-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Series Although many may say that they hate Becky, I love her. I think the way she convinces herself everything will work out is completely hilarious. I love her state of mind or not worrying and trying to act completely cool when she knows something is going wrong.
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This book is alright =) funny, quick, easy read.
Date published: 2010-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from secretly pleasant This book is the kind of book that you are embarssed to say you read and absolutely loved it. I thought this book was so funny. I loved every word of this book and would recommend it for someone who is looking for a light read and a pick me up.
Date published: 2010-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Confessions of a Sophiaholic “OK. DON’T PANIC. 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?“ I’ve been here before (in fact I’ve just found myself here again), I’m sure you’ve been here before, perhaps all of the western world has been in the shoes of Rebecca “Becky” Bloomwood, except maybe your shoes were not Jimmy Choo’s. This novel was recommended to me by my friend aka “all I ever read is chick lit material” and after I gave in with The Devil Wears Prada (which was also her suggestion) I was hesitant to start this book which also looked quite shallow, but instead what I found was a great read and confidence in my friend’s suggestions once again. The novel starts off with a series of collection notices, which introduces the main character; it’s a smart way to introduce a novel and to introduce us to the utterly charming Rebecca Bloomwood. We know that she’s flawed and in major debt and has a serious shopping problem, without even meeting the main character. Becky at the age of 25 has found herself in major debt with overdrafts, credit cards and store credits all building up to catastrophe. Ironically, Becky works full time as a financial journalist. She lives in a swanky flat in London with her socialite best-friend, Suze, and she’s often late with the rent. Her spending habits are outrageous; this is a girl who spends £1000 in shoes alone. The main characters are all flawed in some way except for the perfect, dashing, (predictable) Luke Brandon, owner of Brandon Communications, whom Becky meets while trying to buy a scarf for £125 and embarrassing herself when she finds out that all of her credit cards are maxed and she has only £100 in cash thus borrowing money from Luke. Throughout the novel we see her spiral into deeper debt and battle with her addiction to shopping. This novel strikes a cord in my heart for I feel at times I am Becky Bloomwood myself. Spending dollars I don’t have on pens and pretty notepaper, books and hats and especially CLOTHES. The main character is easy to relate to and you almost feel guilty for enjoying her debt and the fact that she’s not as perfect as she seems. Her logic is lacking but her closet definitely isn’t; I often found myself envious of this fictional character and her ability to hold her head up high while she asks for more money on her overdraft while battling with Luke Brandon on TV, not to mention her massive closet. The novel is what it is and doesn’t shy away from that or try to discourage you from the fact that this is a novel about shopping. You know what the plot line is about from the title alone. It’s realistic, witty and charming and just good fun. The narration is okay, the tone light-hearted, the language: adequate, but Kinsella never wished to win a Booker Prize for this novel, it’s supposed to be a fun read and fun it was indeed. So go ahead and pick up a copy of this book and don’t be afraid to “Charge it” after all that’s what Becky would do! P.S.: there are like 5 books to this series… doesn’t Kinsella get tired of writing? She’s the next Danielle Steel or Nora Roberts (both of which I can’t stand by the way).
Date published: 2009-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Abolutely Great!! This book was so funny, I couldn't stop laughing! The best book I read in a long time!!!
Date published: 2009-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book!! I decided to read this book after I watched the movie, I really like the movie so I thought book must be good as well. I was really surprised to find out how much they changed in the movie but was still happy I read the book because this book is just sooo entertaining. Both the movie and the book are really funny!!
Date published: 2009-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ... when i first started reading the book i wasn't all that into it. i pushed myself to read on & am i ever glad i did. this book was a good laugh on work life, personal life and romance. the way shopping is mixed in just makes it so much better. i'd recommend this book to anyone!
Date published: 2009-03-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing I picked up this book because the movie was coming out and I like to read the books first. I found the main character highly annoying, because I know no one who has that little self control. This book does have some fun moments but they are surrounded by Becky's extreme stupidity that is highly annoying. The movie is way better then the book in this case.
Date published: 2009-03-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent Pretty decent book. I really enjoyed the story and the comic relief after reading God knows how many romance novels straight. The plot is pretty realistic...I can relate to the situation, but not quite to the extent of maxing out my credit cards and ignoring the bills. Also, I found it that the main character is quite ditzy, which sort of deterred me from reading this book. But nonetheless it was great. I want to watch the movie just to see how it compares.
Date published: 2009-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I read this in an hour. Does that say anything? One. Hour. Like, I'm normally a fast reader. But I'm not THAT fast. This book was just so great. The style of writing was good, the characters were interesting, and I found myself being sucked into the plot. I saw a lot of myself in Becky, which at times scared me (I've done crazy things to avoid facing money problems, too!) and made me laugh. If you liked the movie, read the book. It's better. Or, read the book anyways. It's just good.
Date published: 2009-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from just i just got this book but all the people i know say its great so cant wait to read it
Date published: 2009-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't Wait To Read More So after putting off reading this book for so long I'm kicking myself! It was great ( like all Sophie Kinsella books) I couldn't stop laughing at parts. It scary how real to life a lot of the book was, People in dept don't notice until it's almost too late. This book is a feel good read, I can't wait to see the movie!
Date published: 2009-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FUN Book This is a perfect book for those of you who love to shop because you can relate to so much of the things that happen in this book. It's funny and easy to read - meaning that you don't have to think to hard.
Date published: 2009-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Who Doesn't Love These Books? Love all of the Shopaholic books. Cannot wait for the movie to come out. All of these books are good for a laugh and just to escape every day life. Hopefully the movie comes out the same.
Date published: 2009-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Easy read. For the fast pace girl who wants to read it on a subway and is all about the FAB stuff in life, this is for you!
Date published: 2009-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I can't get enough. I swear I love these books so much I never wan them to end. I'm DEFINITELY going to see the movie in Feb!!
Date published: 2008-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Going broke in style! A light, funny, and overall realistic read. Money flows like water through the hands of our lead, Becca. She just can't hep herself. Yes, we all have our excuses - but Becca works for a financial magazine, telling people how to invest their money! How she justifies what she buys is humorous and very real (we either are or know someone just like this in our lives). Great chick-lit! Couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2008-11-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Chick Lit Light, humerous, and utterly engaging, Confessions of a Shopaholic or any of Sofi Kinsilla's books for that matter are a great choice for women who are passing the time on the bus or taking a break from more in depth and emotional reads.
Date published: 2008-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from shopaholic Rebecca Bloomwood is an ordinary girl who recently graduated from college and is a financial writer for Successful Savings. Buying a Prada bag leaves her with an amazing feeling. When she’s feeling down, she shops because it always makes her happy. The problem is that her income doesn’t cover her bills.
Date published: 2008-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful! Loved it! I enjoyed the entire series!
Date published: 2008-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I love this book as an easy read! Its incredibly entertaining and kept me wanting to know more and more!
Date published: 2008-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny This was a funny novel, and as many of us can relate, we all have those little weaknesses :p
Date published: 2008-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the Shopaholic books! If you havent read any of the Shopaholic books - stop what you are doing and go get them! They are laugh out loud funny and so endearing. I find myself anxiously waiting for the next book in the series so I can find out what Becky is up to!
Date published: 2008-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful - You Definately MUST Read This!!! This is the most amazing book I have ever read! I was hooked from page one. Becky is an amazing character - funny, sweet, caring, and full of life. She may not be able to control her spending, but in the end that's just a flaw, and that makes her character so real. I was so desperate to read the sequels afterwards that I had to drive to my local bookstore and get the rest (maybe some of that impulsive shopping is rubbing off on me from the book?). You have to get this book, just be warned that you may not be able to put it down afterwards!
Date published: 2008-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from charming This is one book that you can read/ re-read and still enjoy everytime!. Kinsella's quirky character Becky is easy to fall in love with and you anticipate the outcome of her crazy antics. I would recommend reading the book before the movie comes out!.
Date published: 2008-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Shopaholic was hilarious! If you love to shop you will get a good kick out of this book! Me and my friend couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2008-02-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from lost in translation? Hmmm... I found this book to be annoying because my sense of what is right and wrong is firmly in place. Rebecca, the main character has no money, but spends anyway. And spends on things she doesn't need. It drove me crazy. It portrays women as flighty and insecure and yes, she wins in the end, but she's still annoying. Don't read this book unless you are addicted to shopping yourself. I thought I was, but I pale in comparison to this girl... there aren't that many funny parts, but as my title says, it may have been lost in translation for me. ie: Britain to Canada. I won't be reading the others...
Date published: 2008-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Confessions of A Shopaholic- Sophie Kinsella This was probably the first book I've ever read that I wanted to actually read. The Shopaholic series is definetly not a let down. Any girl would enjoy Becky's struggle.
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Chick Lit If you want a fun and fast read that will leave you laughing the Shopaholic series are perfect!
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely It's a must-have hilarious book! I really enjoyed reading it from the begining to the end. The author made a great job!
Date published: 2008-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite book by Sophie Kinsella This book had me from the first page, and I couldn't put the book down. This is the first book in Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series. You can't help but love Becky Bloomwood and all her shopping shenanigans.
Date published: 2007-11-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from disappointing It only takes a handfull of pages to realize what the entire book is about. Sophie Kinsella is a fantastic author though, her other books are entertaining and incredibly funny. My favourite is The Undomestic Goddess, must better reads!
Date published: 2007-10-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not impressed I heard such great things about this book, so I was beyond disappointed when I actually read it. There was nothing funny about the debt Becky was in and it just did not make sense that she would continue shopping. What made even less sense were the ridiculously immature ways that she chose to deal with all of the collection letters she received. Throughout the story, I felt like knocking her upside her head for her stupidity! I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2007-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING READ!!! This is honestly the first book I have ever read (except the obvious that you are forced to read in school) and it was absolutely amazing!! I read the entire book in 2 days because I just couldn't put it down. I have just ordered the other 4 books in the series...because I can't wait to find out what happens next!!!!
Date published: 2007-04-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Really Disappointed... To me this book was not funny - it was frightening!! To read about how in debt Becky is, and then to see the way she just pushes it aside as though it doesn't matter at all, is truly scary. Don't get me wrong, I love to shop as well - but I found Becky's antics to be completely out of control. Although I did enjoy the writing style and the fact that the reader gets to read the bills that Becky gets (even though she doesn't read them herself), I found this book to be sad and depressing.
Date published: 2007-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic!! I usually don't have the time to read, however this book found time into my life and heart!! This is the type of book that most girls who read this will identify with on some level!! I mean Rebecca's thought process and her analysis of situations with everyday problems, embarrassments, hopes, dreams and searching for that "one true love" was exactly what we go through!! I loved this book and am planning today to buy the other 3!!! I need to know if she stays with Luke and how her life makes out!! This is a real woman empowering book that we can all relate to!! You MUST buy!!
Date published: 2007-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Becky Is Awesome! Okay so I love shopping and when I read the back cover of this book I thought okay this book is right up my alley and once I started it I couldn't put it down and read it in 2 days. I was so glad I picked this book up as it was a great read, it was funny, and you couldn't help but feel for Becky in certain situations. I think it appeals to all of us that would love to spend the way Becky does and not worry.
Date published: 2007-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book This book so reminded me of myself. Do a WAY further degree of course, but I think its something every girl can relate to. Thats what makes it so great. Its also really funny, and very well written. I would recommend this book in a heartbeat.
Date published: 2006-11-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Waste of money *** Just so you know what type of books I usually enjoy, I loved “Something borrowed” and “Something blue”. ***** Do not pay full price for this book; it's a big waste of money. I wished I had borrowed it from a friend instead of paying 20$ for it. The character is so unintelligent that it got me really annoyed. I wanted to slap some senses into this girl. She is supposed to be 25 years old but she acted worst than a teen. She also lies too much to a point where it is frustrating. “Shopaholic” is also very unrealistic; the ending would never happen in the real world. On a nicer note, this book is sometime funny. I sincerely think that if the author had made the main character more intelligent and mature, the book would have been way better. The first ¾ of the book is kind of boring/exasperating but it gets better near the end of the book. I was very disappointed because I expected to relate to the main character because I myself am a “shopaholic”. I only finished the book because I paid full price for it and felt guilty to just throw it out.
Date published: 2006-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AWESOME at first when i picked it up i thought it would be all about a shopaholic who shops and thats all i thought you'd read about.... but man was i wrong. you must read this book
Date published: 2006-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SOOO Funny This book starts out funny. I found buy the middle of this book I was a little anoyed with her speding but I kept reading through it and it is very funny. There is never a dul moment, when you think she done she's not. When I finished it I bought the next 2 books.
Date published: 2006-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shopping is Fun! A book that every teen age girl can relate too. Full of humor, glamour and truth. This is a very cleaver and well written book. A nice light read for the summer. I highly recommend this book to girls wanting that perfect book to read, during those hot days when you don't feel like leaving the house!
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow starter I thought that this book was very slow at first. It went on adn on about how much money the main character owed and her shopping adventures. I liked how it showed her 'actual' visa bills and other letters. Once you got about 3/4 through the book it became very interesting and fast paced. The main characters carer started going well and she started enjoying life and got herself a high powered boyfriend who was an enemy and is suppose to be attractive. The ending was left wide open for a follow up book but i am glad for that and I will be buying the rest of the books shortly.
Date published: 2006-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ for SHOPAHOLICS everywhere!!! This is very entertaining story that many fellow shopaholics can relate to. I thought I was the only one who tries to rationialize purchasing a $300 designer accessory because it's finally on sale. The main character actually describes the same thought processes I go through when designer wear shopping. It's very uncanny. The unbelievable lengths she goes through to avoid the bills when they become overwhelming are hillarious. Throughout the story I kept trying to aniticipate how she's going to get out of this particular predicament. She's a very likable character, so fortunately there was an inspiring ending. It was very amusing and I look forward to reading the rest of Shopaholic tales.
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How did she get inside my head? Confessions of a Shopaholic is a laugh out loud from start to finish. You will love Becky Bloomwood, you will identify with her, and you will gasp in shock at each new scrape she gets into. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious I couldn't put down this book. It was an amazing read with amazing charaters and an amazing plot. This book is a must read book. It kept me laughing and laughing.
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!! I couldn't put this book down until I finished it. Absolutely hilarious!! I'm now a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella!! Can't wait to read the rest of her books and I recommend this to anyone who loves to shop!!
Date published: 2006-07-21

Read from the Book

Chapter OneOk. don't panic. 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?I stare out of the office window at a bus driving down Oxford Street, willing myself to open the white envelope sitting on my cluttered desk. It's only a piece of paper, I tell myself for the thousandth time. And I'm not stupid, am I? I know exactly how much this VISA bill will be.Sort of. Roughly.It'll be about ... £200. Three hundred, maybe. Yes, maybe £300. Three-fifty, max.I casually close my eyes and start to tot up. There was that suit in Jigsaw. And there was dinner with Suze at Quaglinos. And there was that gorgeous red and yellow rug. The rug was £200, come to think of it. But it was definitely worth every penny — everyone's admired it. Or, at least, Suze has.And the Jigsaw suit was on sale — 30 percent off. So that was actually saving money.I open my eyes and reach for the bill. As my fingers hit the paper I remember new contact lenses. Ninety-five pounds. Quite a lot. But, I mean, I had to get those, didn't I? What am I supposed to do, walk around in a blur?And I had to buy some new solutions and a cute case and some hypoallergenic eyeliner. So that takes it up to ... £400?At the desk next to mine, Clare Edwards looks up from her post. She's sorting all her letters into neat piles, just like she does every morning. She puts rubber bands round them and puts labels on them saying things like "Answer immediately" and "Not urgent but respond." I loathe Clare Edwards."OK, Becky?" she says."Fine," I say lightly. "Just reading a letter."I reach gaily into the envelope, but my fingers don't quite pull out the bill. They remain clutched around it while my mind is seized — as it is every month — by my secret dream.Do you want to know about my secret dream? It's based on a story I once read in The Daily World about a mix-up at a bank. I loved this story so much, I cut it out and stuck it onto my wardrobe door. Two credit card bills were sent to the wrong people, and — get this — each person paid the wrong bill without realizing. They paid off each other's bills without even checking them.And ever since I read that story, my secret fantasy has been that the same thing will happen to me. I mean, I know it sounds unlikely — but if it happened once, it can happen again, can't it? Some dotty old woman in Cornwall will be sent my humongous bill and will pay it without even looking at it. And I'll be sent her bill for three tins of cat food at fifty-nine pence each. Which, naturally, I'll pay without question. Fair's fair, after all.A smile is plastered over my face as I gaze out of the window. I'm convinced that this month it'll happen — my secret dream is about to come true. But when I eventually pull the bill out of the envelope — goaded by Clare's curious gaze — my smile falters, then disappears. Something hot is blocking my throat. I think it could be panic.The page is black with type. A series of familiar names rushes past my eyes like a mini shopping mall. I try to take them in, but they're moving too fast. Thorntons, I manage to glimpse. Thorntons Chocolates? What was I doing in Thorntons Chocolates? I'm supposed to be on a diet. This bill can't be right. This can't be me. I can't possibly have spent all this money.Don't panic! I yell internally. The key is not to panic. Just read each entry slowly, one by one. I take a deep breath and force myself to focus calmly, starting at the top.WHSmith (well, that's OK. Everyone needs stationery.)Boots (everyone needs shampoo)Specsavers (essential)Oddbins (bottle of wine — essential)Our Price (Our Price? Oh yes. The new Charlatans album. Well, I had to have that, didn't I?)Bella Pasta (supper with Caitlin)Oddbins (bottle of wine — essential)Esso (petrol doesn't count)Quaglinos (expensive — but it was a one-off)Pret à Manger (that time I ran out of cash)Oddbins (bottle of wine — essential)Rugs to Riches (what? Oh yes. Stupid rug.)La Senza (sexy underwear for date with James)Agent Provocateur (even sexier underwear for date with James. Like I needed it.)Body Shop (that skin brusher thing which I must use)Next (fairly boring white shirt — but it was in the sale)Millets...I stop in my tracks. Millets? I never go into Millets. What would I be doing in Millets? I stare at the statement in puzzlement, wrinkling my brow and trying to think — and then suddenly, the truth dawns on me. It's obvious. Someone else has been using my card.Oh my God. I, Rebecca Bloomwood, have been the victim of a crime.Now it all makes sense. Some criminal's pinched my credit card and forged my signature. Who knows where else they've used it? No wonder my statement's so black with figures! Someone's gone on a spending spree round London with my card — and they thought they would just get away with it.But how? I scrabble in my bag for my purse, open it — and there's my VISA card, staring up at me. I take it out and run my fingers over the glossy surface. Someone must have pinched it from my purse, used it — and then put it back. It must be someone I know. Oh my God. Who?I look suspiciously round the office. Whoever it is, isn't very bright. Using my card at Millets! It's almost laughable. As if I'd ever shop there."I've never even been into Millets!" I say aloud."Yes you have," says Clare."What?" I turn to her. "No I haven't.""You bought Michael's leaving present from Millets, didn't you?"I feel my smile disappear. Oh, bugger. Of course. The blue anorak for Michael. The blue sodding anorak from Millets.When Michael, our deputy editor, left three weeks ago, I volunteered to buy his present. I took the brown envelope full of coins and notes into the shop and picked out an anorak (take it from me, he's that kind of guy). And at the last minute, now I remember, I decided to pay on credit and keep all that handy cash for myself.I can vividly remember fishing out the four £5 notes and carefully putting them in my wallet, sorting out the pound coins and putting them in my coin compartment, and pouring the rest of the change into the bottom of my bag. Oh good, I remember thinking. I won't have to go to the cash machine. I'd thought that sixty quid would last me for weeks.So what happened to it? I can't have just spent sixty quid without realizing it, can I?"Why are you asking, anyway?" says Clare, and she leans forward. I can see her beady little X-ray eyes gleaming behind her specs. She knows I'm looking at my VISA bill. "No reason," I say, briskly turning to the second page of my statement.But I've been put off my stride. Instead of doing what I normally do — look at the minimum payment required and ignore the total completely — I find myself staring straight at the bottom figure.Nine hundred and forty-nine pounds, sixty-three pence. In clear black and white.For thirty seconds I am completely motionless. Then, without changing expression, I stuff the bill back into the envelope. I honestly feel as though this piece of paper has nothing to do with me. Perhaps, if I carelessly let it drop down on the floor behind my computer, it will disappear. The cleaners will sweep it up and I can claim I never got it. They can't charge me for a bill I never received, can they?I'm already composing a letter in my head. "Dear Managing Director of VISA. Your letter has confused me. What bill are you talking about, precisely? I never received any bill from your company. I did not care for your tone and should warn you, I am writing to Anne Robinson of Watchdog."Or I could always move abroad."Becky?" My head jerks up and I see Clare holding this month's news list. "Have you finished the piece on Lloyds?""Nearly," I lie. As she's watching me, I feel forced to summon it up on my computer screen, just to show I'm willing."This high-yield, 60-day access account offers tiered rates of interest on investments of over £2,000," I type onto the screen, copying directly from a press release in front of me. "Long-term savers may also be interested in a new stepped-rate bond which requires a minimum of £5,000."I type a full stop, take a sip of coffee, and turn to the second page of the press release.This is what I do, by the way. I'm a journalist on a financial magazine. I'm paid to tell other people how to organize their money.Of course, being a financial journalist is not the career I always wanted. No one who writes about personal finance ever meant to do it. People tell you they "fell into" personal finance. They're lying. What they mean is they couldn't get a job writing about anything more interesting. They mean they applied for jobs at The Times and The Express and Marie-Claire and Vogue and GQ, and all they got back was "Piss off."So they started applying to Metalwork Monthly and Cheesemakers Gazette and What Investment Plan? And they were taken on as the crappiest editorial assistant possible on no money whatsoever and were grateful. And they've stayed on writing about metal, or cheese, or savings, ever since — because that's all they know. I myself started on the catchily titled Personal Investment Periodical. I learned how to copy out a press release and nod at press conferences and ask questions that sounded as though I knew what I was talking about. After a year and a half — believe it or not — I was head-hunted to Successful Saving.Of course, I still know nothing about finance. People at the bus stop know more about finance than me. Schoolchildren know more than me. I've been doing this job for three years now, and I'm still expecting someone to catch me out.

Bookclub Guide

1. Becky has a serious shopping addiction! Clothes, makeup, shoes—you name it, she loves it! Do you have a shopping addiction? Where is your favorite place to go shopping? What store can’t you walk by without “just taking a peek” at the fabulous merchandise!2. At the beginning of Confessions of a Shopaholic, Becky just had to have the Denny & George scarf. Have you ever made a crazy impulsive purchase like that? What’s the most fun purchase you’ve ever made? Have you ever had to borrow money for a shopping spree?3. Becky is obviously addicted to shopping, but she’s got other things going for her as well. What are some of your favorite characteristics about Becky? Do you have friends that remind you of any of the characters in Confessions of a Shopaholic?4. Becky decided to follow David E. Barton’s Controlling Your Cash in order to reduce her spending. Do you think the tactics listed in the story were reasonable? How could Becky have better managed her financial situation? What ways do you budget yourself and save up for special things you want to splurge on?5. When Becky was a store assistant at Ally Smith, she hid a pair of zebra print jeans from a customer—then got fired! Do you have a funny or embarrassing dressing room story? Have you ever done something extreme like Becky to “stake your claim” on a piece of clothing?6. Becky’s relationship with Luke constantly changes throughout Confessions of a Shopaholic. Hot and cold, on and off, you never know what you’re going to get with the two of them. How do you think the development of their relationship enhances the story?7. Zebra print jeans, pink boots, and a shimmering gray-blue scarf—it seems that Becky has a style all of her own! How does Becky’s shopping obsession add to the story? What’s your style like? Do you have a favorite outfit?8. Tarquin and Becky’s date was quite interesting to say the least. Pizza and champagne, a $5,000 check to a made-up organization, and some sneaking around on Becky’s part! Do you think Becky handled herself appropriately? What’s the most memorable date you’ve ever been on?9. Becky seems to tell a lot of “little white lies,” from lying about a broken leg, to making up a dead aunt, and even telling her parents she has a stalker! How does her lying affect her relationships to her friends, family and colleagues in the story? What’s the most exaggerated “little white lie” you’ve ever made up to get yourself out of trouble?10. Do you think that Becky can serve as a role-model for young women? What lessons did you learn about relationships, responsibility, friendship and honesty?11. Becky lands a front page news article, a spot on a morning television show, and a date with her dream guy all in the course of a couple days. Is this too good to be true? Can you believe Becky’s luck? Do you think Becky has changed by the end of the story? Have you ever had a perfect day like Becky’s?

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Sophie Kinsella and Confessions of a Shopaholic   “A hilarious tale . . . hijinks worthy of classic I Love Lucy episodes . . . too good to pass up.”—USA Today   “Kinsella’s Bloomwood is plucky and funny. . . . You won’t have to shop around to find a more winning protagonist.”—People   “If a crème brûlée could be transmogrified into a book, it would be Confessions of a Shopaholic.”—The Star-Ledger   “A have-your-cake-and-eat-it romp, done with brio and not a syllable of moralizing. . . . Kinsella has a light touch and puckish humor.”—Kirkus Reviews

Employee Review

Art imitates life, and it appears life imitates art. This tale of a working girl trying to get her finances in order -- or just trying to avoid them -- really hits home. A hilarious read, where the heroine loves to shop and finds herself going to great lengths to keep herself in the best fashions without ever being financially responsible. I would highly recommend this title to anyone who enjoyed Bridget Jones's Diary, or those who just love to shop. You'll see more of yourself between these pages then you'll care to admit!