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Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic Series #1) / Edition 1

Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic Series #1) / Edition 1

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by Sophie Kinsella

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ISBN-10: 0440241413

ISBN-13: 2900440241415

Pub. Date: 11/04/2003

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Rebecca Bloomwood just hit rock bottom. But she's never looked better....

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

Her job writing at Successful Savings


Rebecca Bloomwood just hit rock bottom. But she's never looked better....

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 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 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. 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.

Sophie Kinsella has brilliantly tapped into our collective consumer conscience to deliver a novel of our times — and a heroine who grows stronger every time she weakens. Becky Bloomwood's hilarious schemes to pay back her debts are as endearing as they are desperate. Her "confessions" are the perfect pick-me-up when life is hanging in the (bank) balance.

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Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1527 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tuesdays with Morrie was a coping with death self-help book in disguise...Bridget Jones's Diary was a relationship self-help book in diguise...and Confessions of a Shopaholic is a financial self-help book in disguise. If you love shopping, you have to read this book, if you're a woman, you have to read this book! It'll make you laugh out load and you won't be able to put it down, unless there's a 50% off sale at Harrod's, hehe, so I strongly urge you to pick up this book at your local Barnes and Noble, mine was 20% so in a sense I was actually saving money, hehe, maybe get a reg. mocha frap w/ whip cream and choc. oh but must watch diet.. V. bad, but the novel is V.v. good
XXXOOOBookwormOOOXXX More than 1 year ago
onfessions of A Shopaholic is a cute and witty story about something more of us would probably care to admit to. The allure of tempting eye-candy all around us in whatever your particular weakness is (in Rebecca's case FASHION) and the ease of charging it to a credit card. It's panic time when the bills come in and Rebecca knows how to creatively dodge the bill collectors. Throw in a little romantic comedy and you are hooked on Rebecca's story. I really enjoyed it and want to read Sophia Kinsella's other books. I really enjoyed this book, it was hard to believe someone could be so addicted to shopping, it was entertaining. he interplay of characters is what makes the book enjoyable, from Becky's roommate, to Luke, to the bank manager, to Becky's parents. They are real people and that makes the story enjoyable to me. The writing is also clever and overrides the obnoxiousness that Becky occasionally engenders. The first book in the series is a good start and makes a good foundation, leaving room for growth. If you're looking for a light read, give it a try!  
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was the first book i read from the author but once i did i absolutely fell in love with the entire series. Loved Becky's quirky personality
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really loved this book. the characters r all so fun and just an easy fast read. they gelled very well and reading very easy to fall into.
Sher_Prox More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It's super fun and even acts like a self-help book at times.
Miranda.Bouck More than 1 year ago
I liked the book, but for some reason, I just couldn't get into her writing style. I've got the rest of the series that I plan on reading and hope that I can swallow the writing style to really get into the plot.
Sunflower690 More than 1 year ago
I absoulutely enjoyed this book. I found it very entertaining and Ms Kinsella's witty style kept me laughing! I plan to read all of the shopaholic series. For me it was a welcome escape from a long day!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started it last night and stayed up till 3 a.m. to finish this book! I really enjoyed this book ~~ it was funny, lighthearted and cute! I laughed out loud in some places and found myself shaking my head in other places. Rebecca is a girl who overdraws her bank account and maxes out her Visa card. I am not a big shopper (unless you call shopping for books a shopping spree ~~ then I am!) of clothes but it was funny just to hear her describe her clothes like she is posing for Vogue or Cosmo or even 17. Her justification for buying things are hilarious and the scene where she was trying to make curry made me laugh so hard! (I'm a cook and that scene just cracks me up because I've done the same thing she did!) Sophie took a character riddled with anxieties and insecurities and made her so likeable ~~ you can't help but laugh at some of her excuses. She has a vivid imagination which really carries the book through. I can see why some of the critics didn't care for this book ~~ it does sound like something from a fashion magazine, but Sophie is a good, clean writer. I really enjoyed this book and would like to read more of hers. Her sense of humor is a lot like mine and it is a refreshing read! I recommend it for a light, easy reading and if you're looking for humor, this book has it all.
Smrtgrl1889 More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a quick, funny and romantic read for summertime or really anytime, this is the perfect book. I found myself laughing outloud nearly every page and i really came to love Becky and her problems. This book has a little bit of everything from romance, fashion, humor, and family, but my favorite part was Becky's incredible sense of style. For anybody who loves fashion, be sure to pick this book up... you won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a quick, fun read that doesn't require much attention but will definitely keep you entertained and laughing. You may find yourself wondering if people like the main character really exist, but it won't matter because it's just that entertaining. And if you love to shop like I do, you'll appreciate the comedy even more! )
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's funny the previous post mentioned Bridgett Jones, because that's exactly who I picture as Rebecca and of course Hugh Grant as Luke. Having not read a book in years (I usually stick to newspapers and magazines - short attention span) I decided to give it a try. I didn't want anything too deep, nothing with violence, drugs or the mandatory black dress and sex that every romance novel describes in great detail. I must 'confess', it was the fun pink book cover and script that got my attention. The first couple chapters had me thinking 'oh come on' quite a bit, but once I got into the whole British thing and pictured Renee Zellweger playing the part, I really had fun with it. That's the way I would describe the book - fun. After I finished, I read ...Takes Manhattan which was equally as fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the book in a constant state of "what is WRONG with this girl???" Never once did I want her to succeed. I don't remember ever reading a book where I wished the main character would not live happily ever after. I don't feel like she ever really matured throughout the storyline.
Solitaireyqueen More than 1 year ago
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the other reviewers. I found Rebecca to be somewhat annoying after awhile, but the ending was satisfying to me. Sophie Kinsella has a lightweight writing style that kept me interested even though I was losing patience with Rebecca. I guess I don't have the patience for self-centered 25 year olds (even though I was one a very long time ago!). I was looking for some fluff to read and that's what I got.
Jen23257 More than 1 year ago
I didn't know the movie was a mix between the first book and the second. I was only half way through the first book when I watched the movie. I then finished the first book and loved it so much better than the movie! T The book itself if witty and funny. You're reading as if you are listening to her inner thoughts. It can get a little annoying after awhile but just put the book down and come back to it later. Overall it's a cute book and an easy read.
songofthestars91 More than 1 year ago
Sophie Kinsella creates the most charming characters that will have you laughing throughout the entire novel. Even though there were a few slow bits, I couldn't wait to dive into the imaginative mind of Rebecca Bloomwood time and time again. This novel was a fun read that easily took my mind off of my own problems and allowed me to explore the girly world of glamour. I recommend the Shopaholic books to any girl or woman who loves to laugh, shop, or both.
Jabr More than 1 year ago
Confessions of a Shopholic is a true girlie book. It is a modern day novel that women of today's generation can truly relate to. It has some funny parts that you will find yourself laughing at. It makes you wonder how your own shopping habits are?.
ahance More than 1 year ago
OK so I started this book because I wanted to see the movie-but needed to read the book first. And it is a good read! It is a little confusing since it takes place in London and I don't know the money difference so I didn't really know the prices or any of that but all in all it was a great and easy read! I was so looking forward to reading the rest of the set but when I read the teasers to them I was slightly disappointed. They felt like the same book just with small changes-like she goes to America in book 2 she gets married, she finds her long lost sister, and has a baby. I just can't seem to read the rest of the series.
readaholicIL More than 1 year ago
I just love Sophie kinsella's books. I have read every book she has written. She is an easy writter, very witty. she will make you laugh through out her books. Confessions of a shopaholic is a must read for anyone who wants to just sit back and relieve any strss you had that day. once you start reading this book you really don't want to put it down till the end. if you haven't read any of sophie kinsella books try this one, you won't be disappointed.
hjhoosier More than 1 year ago
Hillarious knock your socks off reading!
Kaileigh More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I have a severe addiction to shopping and since the movie is coming out, I figured I might as well read the book. The book was ok. Definitely relatable a lot of times. I think I was looking for more when it was just a light, easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the second you open the book, you are sucked in to the hillarious thoughts of Rebbeca Bloomwood. I couldn't put the book down. I absolutley hated finishing it, I just wanted the story to continue!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was better than I expected. I actually bought it at an airport to have something to read on the plane...and ever since i couldn't put the book down. Definite easy read and would recommend to any teenager/young adult.

I'm definitely going to continue reading the Shopaholic series.
Angels5 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I read of Sophie Kinsella's and let me tell you it was great. Perfect for the beach or the pool. I totally related to the main character, she was adorable, it was very fun yet truthful at the same time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hilarious story introducing Becky as the diva of shopping. Can't wait for the movie to come out (curious to see the casting of characters and if it is as detailed as the book). Great entertainnig/fast read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone that loves to shop will completely fall in love with this book. This book will enlighten you, make you laugh, and mature along with Becky Bloomwood. Great Summer Read.