Books: Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Who wouldn’t love Rebecca Bloomwood? She’s funny, hip, fashionable, a bit quirky and of course, British! Rebecca (or Becky) likes to shop – what woman doesn’t? But Becky has a talent for justifying purchases that border on the absurd, and in Confessions of a Shopaholic author Sophie Kinsella has a talent for capturing the spirit of every avid female shopper. Of course, like any good chick-lit writer, Kinsella takes it up a notch.

Becky, who ironically works as a personal finance writer, buys only the best gifts for her friends. She finds a great deal on a Hermes scarf for a friend, but since it’s such a great deal, why not pick one up for herself in a different color? She needs some cute strappy sandals to go with a special occasion dress, but when she finds some in the perfect orange color, she discovers they also come in the most adorable green too! Before you know it, she’s using her overdraft (in England, apparently known as bank credit) – only when the bank won’t extend it for her she runs into trouble and expends her energy running from her troubles.

Of course we all know that things will catch up with her and the story revolves around her relationships with best friend and roommate Suze and her love interest Luke, intertwined with lessons in personal responsibility.

Each book is fun and at times laugh-out-loud funny, and each book is written well enough that you just can’t wait to read the next. I have read the first three in the series (this one, plus Shopaholic Takes Manhattan and Shopaholic Ties the Knot), but there are two others in the series as well that I will soon be working on – Shopaholic & Sister and Shopaholic & Baby.

Synopsis: If you’re looking for a fun, easy, light read a la Bridget Jones these books are for you. They’re not heavy or thought-provoking so perfect for travel or beach/poolside reading. My rating: 5 out of 5

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