‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’ is the first book in the popular Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. This chick-lit novel is one of the funniest books I have ever read. It is light, fluffy and simply fun to read.
Rebecca (Becky) Bloomwood, a financial journalist, is in a serious amount of debt due to her shopping addiction. She lives with her best friend Suze and loves to shop. Inspite of being deeply in debt, she can’t resist shopping. She shops when she is happy or bored or feeling low or stressed or angry. Shopping is like her escape mechanism. And so she keeps on accumulating more and more debt.
The serious issue of ‘credit card debt’ has been dealt here in a most hilarious way. I felt pity for Becky when she is constantly receiving letters regarding her credit and at the same time, I was so annoyed when she goes shopping the very next moment. Her constant lies and daydreaming cracked me up every time. Her justifications for all her purchases made me laugh. Becky is indeed an endearing character inspite of her follies and her terrible financial problems.
As a person who loves to shop and never bothers to look at prices, it is easy to fall into a financial crisis. I feel Becky’s pain in wanting to buy everything she sets her eyes on. At the same time, I can empathize with her financial woes. There was a time I had faced similar situation and it took me a year to get out of credit card debt. Thankfully I learnt my lesson early and never repeated that mistake again!
The book is hilarious and refreshing. It is also a super fast and easy read, so it is perfect for a weekend or a holiday. It’s cute, it’s heartwarming, and it made me laugh. Highly recommended to readers who like light fun books with irresistible, hilarious heroines!
Title: Confessions of a Shopaholic
Originally published: 2000
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Followed by: Shopaholic takes Manhattan
Genres: Comedy, Humour, Fiction, Chick lit
Page Count: 368
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