Book Review: Confessions Of A Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

One of Sohie Kinsella's novels in the Shopaholic series is titled Confession of a Shopaholic. It has garnered mostly unfavorable feedback from critics. According to 30 reviews as of March 6, 2009, the movie has an average score of 38 on the website Metacritic, which gives reviews from mainstream critics a normalized number out of 100.

Synopsis from Goodreads...

Becky 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 that she can't actually afford it–not any of it.

Her job writing at Successful Savings 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–and they're getting ever harder to ignore.

She tries cutting back. But none of her efforts succeeds. Becky's 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.

My reaction to the novel...

This is a pleasant, fun book for anyone who wants to curl up with a cup of tea and read. Not every novel requires a "deep message" or a convoluted subplot. Sometimes just laughing out loud while reading a book is a wonderful thing, and Confessions features a quirky but endearing character as well as some humorous language, making it a delightful read. This book was a lot of fun for me because it was so different from the ordinary! This book will appeal to most women in a number of different ways. In one way or another, every female develops a spending or shopping addiction, and Rebecca makes this trait amusing.

Since I was constantly curious about what would happen to Becky next, I finished this novel quite quickly. Even though I felt many of her "thoughts" were superfluous, I still thought she was a nice character and found the circumstances she was in to be rather funny. I could really relate to how she kept defending her purchases. My shopping habits and excuses came into play as a result. She kept repeating the same thoughts, and at one point I started to feel a little frustrated about the flow of the story but it's ok, still kind of amusing.

In addition, there is romance, mystery, adventure, failing side jobs and a satisfying conclusion that will make you laugh. This is a generally upbeat novel that made me remember why I occasionally love reading chick literature. The storyline feels fresh. The characters' deeds and ideas as well as the events might all be true. Everyone in this novel looks genuine, and none is flawless. I'm eager to read the following book in the series. I wholeheartedly urge everyone to read this book since it is unquestionably worthwhile.

My Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐(4/5)

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