Confessions of a Shopaholic - Sophie Kinsella

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.

 

While I've loved every other Kinsella book I've read, I didn't enjoy the plot of this book and found it to be rather superficial.

 

I was really frustrated with Rebecca's character. As I'm extremely frugal and save every single cent possible, I found it hard to relate to the retail theory she continued to give herself. She was extremely hypocritical and though I could see that she was good with people, I didn't really like her, and this really spoiled the book for me.

 

Throughout most of this book, I just wanted Rebecca to get a job in retail--it was obvious that she could be very enthusiastic about products and prices. However, when she did, this fell flat due to her selfishness, causing me to feel even more frustrated with her.

 

I also felt like the ending had too smooth of a resolution. I wanted to see her actually learn a lesson, and not just have a pretty package handed to her. I struggled to buy this actually happening in real life, and while normally in Kinsella's books this is charming in a makes-you-feel-good way, I just rolled my eyes.

 

Luke's character frustrated me--he acted win totally different manners and definitely did act like a jerk at some points. I didn't understand why he kept pursuing Rebecca and why he felt the need to play games. Though I could sense their chemistry, I couldn't sense any basis behind it.

 

The writing was very strong, with plenty of jokes and humour thrown in. Aside from Rebecca listing off the styles of each piece of clothing she was wearing, this was very easy to read and enjoy.

 

The last few scenes left me feeling really satisfied, but I definitely spent more of the time reading this book feeling frustrated than happy. I'd definitely read a different Kinsella book instead of trying this one.