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18. Confessions of a Shopaholic – Sophie Kinsella REVIEW

I am getting SO much reading done recently. Seriously, this is probably the best reading month I’ve ever had.

I decided to pick this up because I wanted some light, fun reading (and let’s face it, I’m a sucker for a book with a lot of fashion in it). Was it as fashionable as I hoped it would be? Let’s find out!


Becky Bloomwood has what most twenty-five-year-olds only dream of: a 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 Savingmagazine not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. Still, how can she resist that perfect pair of shoes? Or the divine silk blouse in the window of that ultra-trendy boutique? But lately Becky’s been chased by dismal letters from Visa and the Endwich Bank — letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read — and they’re getting ever harder to ignore. She tries cutting back; she even tries making more money. 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.

PG (Some language) : 368 pages

The Good:

  • As previously mentioned, I’m a sucker for a chick-lit that incorporates high fashion. Good news, the fashion delivered. Our main character, Rebecca, buys and wears some amazing outfits. It may be my own guilty pleasure, but hey it made me like the book even more.
  • This book is pretty funny. Rebecca has some hilarious commentary on the world around her.
  • There is a little romance sprinkled in here. I love a good romance, but don’t usually get it from my horror/thrillers. It was a welcome change!
  • There were some letters and lists throughout the book that I really enjoyed. It was a nice addition to the book.

The Bad:

  • Rebecca goes through a lot of embarrassing situations. This isn’t a bad thing on its own, obviously, but I’m susceptible to second-hand embarrassment and it made me pretty uncomfortable throughout most of the book.
  • I didn’t really like Rebecca very much. She was kind of dumb and refused to see the reality of her own situations. On the bright side, she did redeem herself towards the end of the book.

This really was a fun chick-lit, and is the first book in a series. I will most definitely pick up the second.



  • Characters – 3/5 (Most were fine, but I didn’t like the main character.)
  • Plot               – 4/5 (Pretty fun and creative.)
  • Writing        – 4/5 (Kinsella was hilarious and compelling through the entire book.)
  • Uniqueness- 4/5 (The letters and humor made this stand out.)

Overall I give this 3.75 Successful Savings out of 5


Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to know!


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Just a college student with an unnatural love for books and too many thoughts to keep to herself.

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