It had to have been more than a year or so when I started to read Confessions of a Shopaholic (the original, UK version is entitled The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic), by Sophie Kinsella. To be honest, I didn’t have that much of an interest in reading it, at first, especially when the film adaptation came along in 2009. I did see bits and pieces of the movie on TV, which disappointed me. First of all, the “Shopaholic” series takes place in London. The film, on the other hand, was set in New York. What I didn’t like was the film’s squeezing Confessions of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Takes Manhattan (the original, UK version was Shopaholic Abroad) into one.
But let’s get back to the books, shall we? A little voice was telling me to just read the first one, so I did. I must say that I was wrong to judge a book by its cover. The story was actually pretty funny. The main character, Becky Bloomwood, is a great protagonist. I love that she always has the optimistic, “anything is possible” attitude. Nevertheless, every protagonist has a weakness. Becky’s weakness? She has an addiction to spending.
Becky has in her possession tons of high-end clothing, shoes, and accessories. However, she can’t afford any of it. Her job at Successful Saving doesn’t pay well, let alone provide a motivational environment. All the reason she feels the need to treat herself to a little something. Despite her skyrocketing debt, she still manages to whip out her credit cards for an item she just has to have and, somehow, she still gets approved for new credit cards. It’s amazing, isn’t it? Becky may have a positive outlook on everything in life, but on many occasions, she’ll act too quickly and wind up in trouble–which is precisely what makes this series so great. I’d chuckle and say, “This girl always gets herself into some crazy predicaments.”
Becky’s debt may be following her, but the way she sees it, “everything will work itself out.” Or something like that, right?
I don’t want to spoil the books, of course. I do recommend them, whether you’re a fan of chick-lit or not. Shopaholic Takes Manhattan was a great read, including Shopaholic Ties the Knot, and Shopaholic & Sister. I’ve just started to read Shopaholic & Baby, so I’ll know how the series ends after reading Mini Shopaholic.
If you’re looking for a bit of humor, give these books a try. Happy reading.