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Title: The Secret Dreamworld Of A Shopaholic:
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Published January 19th 2012 by Black Swan (first published 2000)
ISBN: 9780552778329
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Meet Rebecca Bloomwood. She has a great flat, a fabulous wardrobe full of the season's must-haves, and a job telling other people how to manage their money. She spends her leisure time ... shopping. Retail therapy is the answer to all her problems. She knows she should stop, but she can't. She tries Cutting Back, she tries Making More Money. But neither seems to work. The le Meet Rebecca Bloomwood. She has a great flat, a fabulous wardrobe full of the season's must-haves, and a job telling other people how to manage their money. She spends her leisure time ... shopping. Retail therapy is the answer to all her problems. She knows she should stop, but she can't. She tries Cutting Back, she tries Making More Money. But neither seems to work. The letters from the bank are getting harder to ignore. Can Becky ever escape from this dreamworld, find true love, and regain the use of her credit card? The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic... the perfect pick-me-up for when it's all hanging in the (bank) balance. Everybody loves Sophie Kinsella: "I almost cried with laughter" Daily Mail "Hilarious . . . you'll laugh and gasp on every page" Jenny Colgan "Properly mood-altering . . . funny, fast and farcical. I loved it" Jojo Moyes "A superb tale. Five stars!" Heat

30 review for The Secret Dreamworld Of A Shopaholic:

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    So I used to work with this girl called Sarah, who was a real no bullshit kind of person. I really liked her because she was intelligent and articulate, someone I could actually hold a conversation with. She was well read, she kept up on current events and she could talk politics while maintaining integrity and respectability. When I saw this book on the break table in the back, I never would have thought that it was hers. When I found out I made fun of her. I couldn't believe a girl like her wa So I used to work with this girl called Sarah, who was a real no bullshit kind of person. I really liked her because she was intelligent and articulate, someone I could actually hold a conversation with. She was well read, she kept up on current events and she could talk politics while maintaining integrity and respectability. When I saw this book on the break table in the back, I never would have thought that it was hers. When I found out I made fun of her. I couldn't believe a girl like her was reading one of those girly indulgent drugstore bookshelf books about some cutsey flustered vunerable woman who almost manages to overcome her sweet, sugary problems by the last few pages. Almost. Over the next few days, when I would be taking my 20 minutes for lunch, I started to leaf through the book for lack of better reading material (I had read the copy of People from three months prior so many times I could probably name the make-ups, break-ups, new babies and total tramps.) After a few chapters I was inexplicably hooked. I had to know what else the silly little spendthrift was going to get herself into and of course, eventually out of. I read it over the course of about 4 or 5 lunch breaks. It was easy to slip into the back of my mind, underneath the homework assignments and papers and substantial literature I was in the middle of, behind the bills to pay and the jobs to keep up with. It was the easiest book I have ever read, truly light and to be totally honest, well written. The woman has an undeniable personality and voice. I haven't been interested enough to get any of her follow up books, but every time I pass them in the "literature" section at the drug store, I consider it for about half a second.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lola

    This is one of the most poorly written books I’ve read this year. BUT. It’s also one of the funniest and cleverest and most interestingly narrated. It’s so very extremely hard to put it down. Rebecca Bloomwood is a funny and heart-warming heroine. Her fear of facing her ever-growing debts cracked me up every time she would receive a new letter regarding her credit. Oh, that was so much fun. Really, I swear, this book gives a new definition to the word ‘‘fun.’’ Somehow, Sophie Kinsella manages to c This is one of the most poorly written books I’ve read this year. BUT. It’s also one of the funniest and cleverest and most interestingly narrated. It’s so very extremely hard to put it down. Rebecca Bloomwood is a funny and heart-warming heroine. Her fear of facing her ever-growing debts cracked me up every time she would receive a new letter regarding her credit. Oh, that was so much fun. Really, I swear, this book gives a new definition to the word ‘‘fun.’’ Somehow, Sophie Kinsella manages to create a perfectly realistic, three-dimensional heroine while completely charming us with her unbelievably original and laugh-out-loud-worthy misadventures. I can’t believe how different it is from the movie. Actually, I’ve never witnessed so many changes in a story. It’s as if the producers of the movie adaptation COMPLETELY rewrote Miss Bloomwood’s story. Her predicament remains the same, but everything surrounding it changes. So I MUST admit I preferred the movie to the book, but that’s only because it was more… focused I should say. There is no love-hate relationship between Luke and her and it’s more dramatic and the story better outlined, while things here are more comedic than dramatic and Becky’s dreams not at all mentioned. Forget ALETTE. But it’s still amazing and, truth be told, if I hadn’t seen the movie, I would probably have given it a 5-star-rating. Luke disappointed me in this. He remains polite like in the movie, but his charm dissolves as you switch from the movie to the book. Unfortunately. Fun fact: I read the 5th book in the series six years ago without even knowing it was part of a series and LOVED IT to bits. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christy Sherrill

    I was in the library when I walked by this book, while I was looking for another book. I pulled it off the shelf and because I've found and read some pretty amazing book with this randomness, I thought ok. Another reason I have become a little obsessed with shopping on ebay. I thought this girl book would be fun, it would be like a new girl friend, getting to now good and bad about her, how she thinks about life........... So, I checked it out and I read it in about 6 hours. Reason it sucked: 1. I was in the library when I walked by this book, while I was looking for another book. I pulled it off the shelf and because I've found and read some pretty amazing book with this randomness, I thought ok. Another reason I have become a little obsessed with shopping on ebay. I thought this girl book would be fun, it would be like a new girl friend, getting to now good and bad about her, how she thinks about life........... So, I checked it out and I read it in about 6 hours. Reason it sucked: 1. The main charter was English so I didn't relate the stores that she was bragging about shopping at and it didn't have the SAME"sex in the city" LUSTFUL MATERIALISTIC effect on me . So, her prideful continuous description of these clothes she "owned" and was in debt for became ridiculous. And her constant shopping while in debt, actually started to physically stress me out. 2. Half way into the book I felt really sad because I know that there is so many people who this is their reality. This shallow mindset or consumption of caffeine, sugar, shopping, "fashion"..... the constant carve of distraction and never learning to deal. It just seemed to glorify being shallow and reinforce that if and when you are you should keep on being so because: 3. The modern day fairy tale ending for could happen. Debt paid off, get the job you want, they guy, the clothes, the romance, the money, the fame..... It grasps on the the romantic notion of what life should be, and could be. It seem to encourage that there is nothing wrong with lying to yourself and others. 4. It reminds of humans I know, who choose to lead the most dramatic, self indulged, objectified, diva lifestyle. Where they are the most important and beautiful person on the planet, and you'll regret being not trying to be their best friend (a.k.a. letting them use you) when they are Famous and rich one day. I think this book glamorize this attitude, and not matter how you dress that up, there is nothing glamorous about that. All and All I HAETED this book and wished I hadn't read the it. And if I could give a negative star I would. But I know this is not a hateful website.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    I really hate slamming books, really I do. This book is the typical chick-lit that I've grown to love, and to be fair, it's a quick read. But, my praise stops there. The main character of this book, Rebecca Bloomwood, is the most annoying, daft, and ridiculous character I have ever had the misfortune to read about. I understand that she's a "shopaholic", but I've had quite a few friends who fell into that catagory that were never in danger of being as simple-minded and arrogant as Rebecca. Every ti I really hate slamming books, really I do. This book is the typical chick-lit that I've grown to love, and to be fair, it's a quick read. But, my praise stops there. The main character of this book, Rebecca Bloomwood, is the most annoying, daft, and ridiculous character I have ever had the misfortune to read about. I understand that she's a "shopaholic", but I've had quite a few friends who fell into that catagory that were never in danger of being as simple-minded and arrogant as Rebecca. Every time I put this book down, I find myself angry. My forehead is wrinkled, and I'm snapping at my innocent boyfriend. Why? I'll give you a hint: It isn't because I'm upset at having to put the book down! All I can tell you is that unless you, yourself, are ignorant, incredibly stupid, deceitful, materialistic, dishonest, and rude...you will find nothing to associate with in Becky Bloomwood.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Zoë

    This book pleasantly surprised me! I went into this book expecting it to be just like the movie (which, by the way I love), but it might as well have been a completely different story. The only things it has in common with the movie are the character names, the obsessive shopper and in debt main character, and the title. I adjusted my expectations and thought it would be one of those rare instances where the movie is better than the book, but I loved them equally but in different ways! The book This book pleasantly surprised me! I went into this book expecting it to be just like the movie (which, by the way I love), but it might as well have been a completely different story. The only things it has in common with the movie are the character names, the obsessive shopper and in debt main character, and the title. I adjusted my expectations and thought it would be one of those rare instances where the movie is better than the book, but I loved them equally but in different ways! The book was far less cutesy than the movie as it made Rebecca (the main character) a dislikable character at first. Like really, I hated her. However, she really grows up in 300 pages and even though she still has her flaws, I really began to respect her and want to continue on with the series. As for Sophie Kinsella's writing style, I enjoyed it! She writes everything humorously but with a ring of insight and relatability. I can't wait to read more of her books and she is making me more excited about reading out of the Young Adult genre!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    The Shopaholic series always puts me in a good mood. Really all of Sophie Kinsella's books put me in a good mood. They are just so light, fluffy and fun. Sophie Kinsella's writing is like ice cream on hot July day. In Confessions of a Shopaholic we meet Rebecca Bloomwood(Becky to her friends) a young financial writer who longs to write for a fashion magazine. She lives in a trendy "flat" with her bestie and loves to shop. I mean really really loves to shop. So much so that she finds herself deep The Shopaholic series always puts me in a good mood. Really all of Sophie Kinsella's books put me in a good mood. They are just so light, fluffy and fun. Sophie Kinsella's writing is like ice cream on hot July day. In Confessions of a Shopaholic we meet Rebecca Bloomwood(Becky to her friends) a young financial writer who longs to write for a fashion magazine. She lives in a trendy "flat" with her bestie and loves to shop. I mean really really loves to shop. So much so that she finds herself deeply in debt. To cope with her financial problems she does what any shopping addict would do.. She shops even more. Running up more and more debt. Now since this is a light comedic book all of this is handled in the most hilarious of ways. I never for one second dislike Becky or look down on her for her terrible financial problems. As a person who loves to shop and never looks at prices I can see how easy it would be to fall into a financial hole. Thankfully I don't have money issues ( knock on wood) but I feel Becky's pain in wanting to buy everything you see. The Shopaholic series is one of my go to books that always instantly improve my mood. Also these books are such quick reads that I can easily read a whole book in a day or two. Recommended to readers who like light fun books with irrepressible hilarious heroines.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cait • A Page with a View

    THE MOVIE IS INFINITELY BETTER (and I really tried not to compare them). The narrator's voice was really well done, but her actual personality and thoughts were beyond annoying... and scary, honestly. In the movie she's at least searching for a job, working, and trying to figure things out while she shops and avoids the credit card people. Somehow she just came off as a bit more sane and the scenes were actually funny. In the book she's in massive debt and lying to herself and everyone around her THE MOVIE IS INFINITELY BETTER (and I really tried not to compare them). The narrator's voice was really well done, but her actual personality and thoughts were beyond annoying... and scary, honestly. In the movie she's at least searching for a job, working, and trying to figure things out while she shops and avoids the credit card people. Somehow she just came off as a bit more sane and the scenes were actually funny. In the book she's in massive debt and lying to herself and everyone around her as she continues to buy everything in sight. Instead of seeming simply immature yet adorable... she comes off as insane. She borrows money from a guy to get a scarf that's on sale, claiming it's for her aunt in the hospital. Then she later tells him she's wearing the scarf because the aunt died... and proceeds to tell the bank that she's "coming into some money" because her aunt died (and rationalizes that an aunt WOULD have left her money, right? If she had one). If the story had ended with her somehow LEARNING from her mistakes then this would've been way better... but instead she just got lucky. Her mindset was super old by the end of the book. I just wanted a light, fluffy read I could have fun with, but got so annoyed I wanted to chuck this out a window. I know this is part of a series, but I was hoping there'd be more romance or something a bit more redeeming in the first book. I did like that it took place in London instead of New York City! That's a fun change.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lilly

    After college, I wanted nothing to do with serious books. And so began my quest for all books fluffy and light. The cover of this screamed fluff at me. This book is NOT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. Take it for what it is - hilarious chick lit. Otherwise, you'll find yourself realizing that if you actually knew a character as shallow as Becky Bloomwood, you'd probably give her a look of disgust and hiss at her as she walked by or something. Also, don't think too much about her relationship with Luke. B After college, I wanted nothing to do with serious books. And so began my quest for all books fluffy and light. The cover of this screamed fluff at me. This book is NOT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. Take it for what it is - hilarious chick lit. Otherwise, you'll find yourself realizing that if you actually knew a character as shallow as Becky Bloomwood, you'd probably give her a look of disgust and hiss at her as she walked by or something. Also, don't think too much about her relationship with Luke. Because seriously, why would a Luke EVER want a Becky? She's a total tart! So, take my advice and just laugh at Becky's ridiculous justifications for her purchases. Even now, I find myself thinking "If I buy that red hat, I can be known as the girl in the red hat."

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1), Sophie Kinsella ( Madeleine Wickham) The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (2000) (Confessions of a Shopaholic in the United States and India) is the first in the popular Shopaholic series. It is a chick-lit novel by Sophie Kinsella, a pen-name of Madeleine Wickham. It focuses on the main character Rebecca (Becky) Bloomwood, a financial journalist, who is in a serious amount of debt through her shopping addiction. تاریخ نخستین خوانش دوم ماه ژ The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1), Sophie Kinsella ( Madeleine Wickham) The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (2000) (Confessions of a Shopaholic in the United States and India) is the first in the popular Shopaholic series. It is a chick-lit novel by Sophie Kinsella, a pen-name of Madeleine Wickham. It focuses on the main character Rebecca (Becky) Bloomwood, a financial journalist, who is in a serious amount of debt through her shopping addiction. تاریخ نخستین خوانش دوم ماه ژانویه سال 2017 میلادی عنوان: دنیای شگفت انگیز ربکا - شوق خرید؛ نویسنده: سوفی کینسلا (کینزلا)؛ مترجم: الهه صالحی؛ شیما مصحفی؛ تهران، درسا، 1393؛ 424 ص؛ شابک: 9786003360198؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 20 م نقل از متن: چشم‌هایم را بستم و شروع کردم به حساب کردن. کت و دامنی که از مغازه‌ ی «جیگ‌ ساو» خریده بودم، شامی که من و سوزی در رستوران کوالینیو خورده بودیم و آن قالیچه‌ ی خوشگل سرخ و زرد. حالا که فکرش را می‌کردم، آن قالیچه خودش دویست پوند بود. ولی قطعا ارزشش را داشت. همه آن را تحسین می‌کردند. یا دست‌کم سوزی از آن تعریف می‌کرد. آن کت و دامن در حراجی، سی درصد تخفیف داشت. پس خریدن آن در واقع نوعی پس‌ انداز بود. چشم‌هایم را گشودم و دستم را به طرف صورت‌حساب دراز کردم. همین‌ که انگشتانم کاغذ پاکت را لمس کرد، به یاد آن لنزهای جدید افتادم، لنزهای چشمی. نودوپنج پوند. پول زیادی بود. ولی خوب، ناچار بودم آنها را بخرم، مگر نه؟ می‌بایست چه کار می‌کردم؟ کورمال کورمال همه‌ جا می‌رفتم؟ پایان نقل. ا. شربیانی

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rachel E. Carter

    Forgot to mention I binge read the first three books in this series a couple weekends ago. I don't really do chicklit, but this was amazing. BRIDGET JONES FEELS EVERYWHERE. LOVED THIS. Thank you Inge for an amazing recommendation. This was feel good chocolate and wine and shoes and just what I needed. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Inge

    Main character gets a few lucky breaks so she can continue pulling the same immature shit as she did at the beginning of the book and learns absolute fuckall in the process.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Leftbanker

    Vile cultural poison masquerading as a poorly-written novel. I think that a heroin addiction is less damaging to young women, and it's certainly more interesting to read about. If there is a male equivalent to women’s mindless pursuit of name-brand (read: expensive) fashion, it would be a dude with a mullet peeling out in a TransAm blaring a Bon Jovi anthem. This book made me physically ill. I felt like I was in more peril reading this book than anyone on a toxic waste clean-up crew. I’d wager t Vile cultural poison masquerading as a poorly-written novel. I think that a heroin addiction is less damaging to young women, and it's certainly more interesting to read about. If there is a male equivalent to women’s mindless pursuit of name-brand (read: expensive) fashion, it would be a dude with a mullet peeling out in a TransAm blaring a Bon Jovi anthem. This book made me physically ill. I felt like I was in more peril reading this book than anyone on a toxic waste clean-up crew. I’d wager that this book is the hands down favorite in every nail parlor in America. Whenever I hear women talking about Prada et al, I imagine that they are studying up to go on The Price is Right. She talks as if shopping for luggage is somehow a satisfying and rewarding way for two people to spend an afternoon. It's creepy. It doesn’t even have anything to do with quality; it’s simply image. Self definition through shopping, I can't imagine a more pathetic idea. I would imagine that there are lots of women who feel that their purchases somehow make them unique. Don't these nitwits realize that everything they buy is one unit out of millions? They are all just chumps for not shopping at the thrift store. The saddest part about this is just how many people have read this piece of shit. It always amazes me who we allow to speak in this culture, and by “allow” I mean by our tacit acquiescence to whatever crap the corporate powers force-feed us. I have written about this elsewhere in more detail but the only aspect of our popular culture that runs strictly on merit is sports. Everywhere else fame and fortune is handed out mostly through cronyism, nepotism, or the decision is made in a boardroom somewhere. I can only wonder how many fine novels have been suppressed so that this fatuous story can make it on to the bookshelves. It also amazes me how many people praise this book because it's so easy to read. If that's all you are looking for then I suggest Dr. Suess.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shae

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! I saw so much of myself in the main characters spending personality that it just made me laugh all the way thru reading it. The book has that Bridget Jones feel but wer as Bridget is clueless in relationships Rebecca is clueless with credit and spending. Her crazy schemes to make extra money, like homemade potholders to sell but never following thru on is a page out of my life. I gave up credit cards as my solutions and it appears that she finds her own way to keep he LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! I saw so much of myself in the main characters spending personality that it just made me laugh all the way thru reading it. The book has that Bridget Jones feel but wer as Bridget is clueless in relationships Rebecca is clueless with credit and spending. Her crazy schemes to make extra money, like homemade potholders to sell but never following thru on is a page out of my life. I gave up credit cards as my solutions and it appears that she finds her own way to keep her credit and her life good by the books end. I can only assume since the original book there have been countless missteps to her financial redemption since there are now many shopaholic books. I have never read the sequels since I fear they will ruin the original to me. Making mistakes like she makes once is funny never learning from your mistakes book after book would just make the character pathetic to me. This book is also a super fast and easy read, so it is perfect to take on a trip and read on the plane or while laying by the pool.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    I picked this book up on a whim at the thrift store. I had heard it was fun and hilarious and that I'd love it. It wasn't, and I didn't. In fact, I only made it 25% into the book before I decided that reading more just wasn't for me. For starters, the main character gives me a bad name. What a vapid, delusional, hypocritical mess. She's bad at her job, she's completely self-centered and selfish and annoying, completely focused on outward appearances and and seems to think that the universe owes I picked this book up on a whim at the thrift store. I had heard it was fun and hilarious and that I'd love it. It wasn't, and I didn't. In fact, I only made it 25% into the book before I decided that reading more just wasn't for me. For starters, the main character gives me a bad name. What a vapid, delusional, hypocritical mess. She's bad at her job, she's completely self-centered and selfish and annoying, completely focused on outward appearances and and seems to think that the universe owes her a sweater. When she got to the part about paying 80 GBP (which is approximately 130 USD) for a decorative bowl that she initially thought was hideous and overpriced simply because it was featured in a magazine, and then started lying to herself about how SHE had spotted its worth all on her own and internally preening, I had to put the book down. Honestly, is this kind of stuff supposed to be funny? I have a great sense of humor, and usually find many things funny that I probably shouldn't, but this wasn't funny to me. I find idiotic people like Rebecca Bloomwood's type to be frustrating and annoying, not funny. Plus, did I mention that she gives me a bad name? When I discovered that there was no Aha! moment for her, and no growth or anything in her character, and that somewhere down the line she marries The Guy, I decided to stop reading for good. The Guy seems intelligent and rational, so why he would hitch himself to a financial disaster in Prada heels is beyond me. In other words... I'm just not buying it. (See what I did there? Take a lesson, Bloomwood.)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    This book was a waste of my time. And I spent far too much time on this book that I really didn't like. The first 200 pages or so are spent with the main character, Rebecca, avoiding all her collection calls and all the letters in the mail from her creditors. She stuffs things into trucks, she keeps the letters in a drawer she never opens, anything to avoid the fact that she's got bills to pay. And then she has an embarrassing run-in with a sales clerk who tells her all her cards are declined. S This book was a waste of my time. And I spent far too much time on this book that I really didn't like. The first 200 pages or so are spent with the main character, Rebecca, avoiding all her collection calls and all the letters in the mail from her creditors. She stuffs things into trucks, she keeps the letters in a drawer she never opens, anything to avoid the fact that she's got bills to pay. And then she has an embarrassing run-in with a sales clerk who tells her all her cards are declined. She doesn't even try to face her debts then. Oh no. She runs away to her parents' home, and goes into hiding, telling her parents that she's being stalked by the banker that's been calling her. It's only then, in the last 50 pages, she gets a handle on herself, and then everything basically falls into her lap. I'm sorry, I just can't believe all that. It doesn't help that the woman is surrounded by people who think the least of her. But suddenly, she writes something wonderful, gets to go on TV, and hooks up with a guy, and all is well. No. I don't think so. And she doesn't even truly change at the end. She spends 140 pounds on three pairs of designer sunglasses she doesn't need. GREAT way to get yourself out of debt. GREAT way. Don't bother with this book. It's not as fun as it seemed like it would be. It's depressing and annoying. Just don't bother.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I've been wanting to read this series for forever but was waiting for my library to finally add it. They did, then there was a crazy wait list for it... yes, in 2018 lol. I guess I wasn't the only one waiting to read it. My impressions: Not at all like the movie, but I read somewhere that the movie was actually a mashup of books 1-3 so I guess I'll have to read some more. I found Becky to be funny and extremely likable, but with a very sad and cringe-worthy problem. Like the title suggests, she' I've been wanting to read this series for forever but was waiting for my library to finally add it. They did, then there was a crazy wait list for it... yes, in 2018 lol. I guess I wasn't the only one waiting to read it. My impressions: Not at all like the movie, but I read somewhere that the movie was actually a mashup of books 1-3 so I guess I'll have to read some more. I found Becky to be funny and extremely likable, but with a very sad and cringe-worthy problem. Like the title suggests, she's a shopaholic. But she's the real deal. Deep spirals of debt don't touch her very real compulsion because of the avoidance and rationalizations that come so easily to her. I was so excited for her when she found her intellectual and profitable calling in the media, and I thought it was a great way to end the book, only it wasn't the end and I was sad for her again. Addiction isn't solved that easily. Overall, Confessions of a Shopaholic is a surprisingly deep book under the guise of funny chick-lit. Well-done, Sophie Kinsella. My favorite quote: “We all fail to appreciate each day just how much we already possess. Light, air, freedom, the companionship of friends.”

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ozma

    As a Shopaholic myself, I found this book really enjoyable. If you like shopping at all, this book will make you laugh. The main character gets into funny situations constantly. It's not an advanced physics treatise, but it's not mindless either. The effort the main character goes to to justify her shopping is hilarious and some genius plotting on Kinsella's part. If you don't like shopping at all, look elsewhere. If you like funny, memorable characters and plots, then give this a try. A friend As a Shopaholic myself, I found this book really enjoyable. If you like shopping at all, this book will make you laugh. The main character gets into funny situations constantly. It's not an advanced physics treatise, but it's not mindless either. The effort the main character goes to to justify her shopping is hilarious and some genius plotting on Kinsella's part. If you don't like shopping at all, look elsewhere. If you like funny, memorable characters and plots, then give this a try. A friend of mine doesn't want to read this book because she thinks it will make her feel bad about her shopping habits. Trust me, the main character is worse than you could ever be. So don't count it out because you think it might expose you. I am happy to report that I saw the author speak, and she is delightful, nice, funny, and deserving of your book purchase!

  18. 5 out of 5

    The Y.A. Bookworm Blogger

    This book was super cute...Becky's "justifications" for all her purchases made me laugh! I also now feel a strangely intense desire to go shopping :P

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kylie

    I think it's hilarious that these books dominate the "chick-lit" scene when they are, in fact, the most sexist books I've managed to come across. And this one really takes the prize. This is my third Kinsella book, and so far the women are always complete idiotic dip-shits that only barely manage to bumble through their careers while managing to make an ass of themselves at every turn. I find it's quite painful to read and not at all amusing. And if that's not unbearable enough, in this one Rebec I think it's hilarious that these books dominate the "chick-lit" scene when they are, in fact, the most sexist books I've managed to come across. And this one really takes the prize. This is my third Kinsella book, and so far the women are always complete idiotic dip-shits that only barely manage to bumble through their careers while managing to make an ass of themselves at every turn. I find it's quite painful to read and not at all amusing. And if that's not unbearable enough, in this one Rebecca Bloomwood personifies materialism---AND THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS THAT IT'S OKAY! There will always be a sexy, successful, intelligent, no-bullshit kind of guy who will find your stupidity and poor impulse control endearing. You can rely on the fate and good-fortune of womanly endowments to make all the trivial problems in your little, frivolous bubble of world disappear. I know what you're thinking. Debt? How is debt trivial? Debt is the New-age Pandemic. No. This isn't Angela's Ashes, people. Anyone who believes that a maxed out credit-card is the definition of strife deserves this book. These are the superfluous qualms of the privileged. If I ever read another review of a book like this on how "sad it was beneath the surface" all I have to say is how sad you are beneath the surface. SL and MMM. Only good advice in the whole damn thing. You can start by spending less and not buying this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Monroe

    It's cute, it's heartwarming, and it makes me laugh. What more can you ask for in chicklit?

  21. 5 out of 5

    Buggy

    Opening line: "Ok. Don't panic. It's only a Visa bill. It's a piece of paper, a few numbers. I mean, just how scary can a few numbers be?" It's been ages since I’ve read any chick-lit but when I found this book amidst a bunch of “free stuff” left at the mail boxes (ironic hey, its about overspending and I find it for free) Anyways I grabbed it, along with some other useless crap and immediately started chuckling. Reminding me very much of Bridget Jones's Diary, this was an equally fun read, that Opening line: "Ok. Don't panic. It's only a Visa bill. It's a piece of paper, a few numbers. I mean, just how scary can a few numbers be?" It's been ages since I’ve read any chick-lit but when I found this book amidst a bunch of “free stuff” left at the mail boxes (ironic hey, its about overspending and I find it for free) Anyways I grabbed it, along with some other useless crap and immediately started chuckling. Reminding me very much of Bridget Jones's Diary, this was an equally fun read, that had me LOL more than once at the antics, irrational decisions and downward spiral of a shopaholic who, oh yeah also just happens to be a financial journalist. Here Becky Bloomwood counts $$ like Bridget counts calories; binging with shopping sprees, going on cost cutting diets, avoiding the shops, scheming about how to make more money (because she can‘t possibly spend less and just HAS to have that new white coat) Becky is an irresistible heroine but she generally makes a mess of things and it was super fun watching her make bad decisions as she fumbles through her job at Successful Savings, shopping away her lunch hours while trying to avoid her bank managers calls. Speaking of which her over stimulated Visa card almost becomes a character of its own here, and her bank manager eventually does with the inclusion of hilarious letters from Endwich Bank and the ever inventive ways Becky finds to not pay her Visa bill or in most cases ever even receive it. Ah yes, there’s also romance, intrigue, adventures in Indian cooking, unsuccessful part time jobs, a stalker(?) best friends, copious amounts of champagne drinking and a fantastic ending that will leave you smiling. This is an all around feel good book that reminded me why every once in a while some chick lit is a fabulous thing and best of all this was free… And let’s face it we’ve all been there with the credit card bills which we tend to ignore as soon as that excited feeling hits us upon first entering a store. 268jb5

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    If you know anyone that is impulsive, spendy, and irresponsible, do not let him/her read this book . Seriously. Because for any normal woman (or man) with above average impulsive shopping tendencies, this book will make him/her feel better about his/herself. Take me, for example. When I am confronted by a cute pair of shoes or some colorful household item, I get kind of...well...impulsive, spendy, and irresponsible. Sometimes, my willpower can overrule that temptation, though passing through the If you know anyone that is impulsive, spendy, and irresponsible, do not let him/her read this book . Seriously. Because for any normal woman (or man) with above average impulsive shopping tendencies, this book will make him/her feel better about his/herself. Take me, for example. When I am confronted by a cute pair of shoes or some colorful household item, I get kind of...well...impulsive, spendy, and irresponsible. Sometimes, my willpower can overrule that temptation, though passing through the Times Square and the Fifth Ave area multiple times during the week for work really weakens my resolve. But the girl in this book? Imagine the above scenario on crack plus the mentality of a hyped up mallrat who's won a $100,000 dollars. Enough money for it to become a sizable investment, but little enough that it could probably be spent in a half a day if all that person did was shop couture. Are you kind of disgusted yet? Or are you secretly hoping that person will indulge? THIS IS THE DILEMMA THAT I FACED THIS ENTIRE BOOK. Becky, the protagonist, literally just keeps spending and spending and spending and spending, despite the bills that are piling up in her desk drawer. In order to escape her debts, Becky dreams up the most ridiculous "spend less, make more" schemes, all which crash and burn before they even begin. After each failure, we watch her spend more money on things she doesn't need that leads her down a dark spiral of debt and self loathing. In a weird, twisted way, it's kind of entertaining and a little harrowing. Who hasn't felt that guilt before, buying something on a whim that is inessential to survival? It's a very touchy issue, but the author explores the mentality of a woman trapped by the glitter and glam of a highly materialistic society very well. It's a bit exaggerated, but I bet the core issues resound in the minds of millions of people. What I really disliked about this book, though, was that Becky's rehabilitation was just too darn easy. I'm willing to forgive a lot in this book, but not the assumption that the only criteria of getting one's life back together after repeated financial purging of one's bank account and credit score is to be a good person. You get the guy, the job, the money...only after bothering to care about someone else for once? Puh-leeze. I'd been hoping that life would smack some more sense into this silly airhead, not reinforce her bad habits. She's still a silly airhead after the book... Perhaps just a little more bearable. Overall, I'm hovering between 2.5 stars to 3 stars. The writing wasn't fantastic but it wasn't terrible either, and there is a certain addicting quality about this book that doesn't let you go. Recommended for some people with a lot of patience, and definitely not recommended for people who hate shopping or hate to take their girlfriends/boyfriends/wives/husbands/kids shopping.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    If you saw the movie before reading the book, you will not find many similarities in the movie and this book. the movie takes much of its content from the second Shopaholic book. I liked this book, I found it fun and quite humorous. I have to say I enjoyed the movie more than this first book. The character is a fun girl who has a real issue with her shopping habits. She is not very good with her money. This is a cute book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tara Murphy

    Well I enjoy my light reads, particularly Marian Keyes, so I thought I'd get a kick out of the Shopaholic series-not so. The protagonist is irritating and irrational to the point of annoyance. I surmise though that this series and it's popularity has to do with how people view money. I like shopping, but have never spent outside my means to the point of debt. I personally think that's stupid. I don't fully get the "have-to-have-it" mentality ESPECIALLY with pricey goods. So I didn't relate to the c Well I enjoy my light reads, particularly Marian Keyes, so I thought I'd get a kick out of the Shopaholic series-not so. The protagonist is irritating and irrational to the point of annoyance. I surmise though that this series and it's popularity has to do with how people view money. I like shopping, but have never spent outside my means to the point of debt. I personally think that's stupid. I don't fully get the "have-to-have-it" mentality ESPECIALLY with pricey goods. So I didn't relate to the character at all. I gave it one star because everything has it's place, and it was good I read it to find out that I didn't like it. haha

  25. 5 out of 5

    Penny

    I can always count on Sophie Kinsella for a light and fun entertaining read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Liz Hopps (Elizabetha)

    En todos los grupos hay alguien a quien no le gustan las comedias románticas o tenemos alguna amiga a la cual no le agrada nada Meg Ryan y todo el "sleepless in Settle thing". Well, That's me. (Pero ese no es mi problema con esta novela) Me carga Meg Ryan, sobre todo sus malos retellings... Hello, "Tienes un Email"! ¡Si! ¡tú! ¡horrible película! D: Mejor, vean The Shop Around de Corner :) Si veo Kate y Leopold, es porque ... Hugh Jackman. El vestido de Lord inglés debería ser declarado patrimonio En todos los grupos hay alguien a quien no le gustan las comedias románticas o tenemos alguna amiga a la cual no le agrada nada Meg Ryan y todo el "sleepless in Settle thing". Well, That's me. (Pero ese no es mi problema con esta novela) Me carga Meg Ryan, sobre todo sus malos retellings... Hello, "Tienes un Email"! ¡Si! ¡tú! ¡horrible película! D: Mejor, vean The Shop Around de Corner :) Si veo Kate y Leopold, es porque ... Hugh Jackman. El vestido de Lord inglés debería ser declarado patrimonio de la humanidad por la ONU *See below* Bueno, ustedes podrán decir: "esas son películas para pasar el rato o superar malos momentos". Bien, mi pack de películas para soportar la "agonía y la desesperación de vivir" incluían Conan, Gladiador y Excalibur. ¡Ah! y una que otra de adolescentes en la universidad o en High School, esas me encantan. En fin, el punto es que básicamente mi pack salvador era el primero, todo bien Arggg y "go to hell, Crom". Pero hace algunos años me di cuenta que podía incluir comedia romántica. Si, comedia romántica, uno crece ¿saben? Crom Claramente esto no es Chick-flick , pero no pude evitarlo xD! Y bien, en mi lista de favoritas está "13 to 30" (porque todo lo de amigos que se enamoran es lo mio), "27 dresses" (me encanta como desenmascara a su hermana mentirosa y abusadora) y "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" (es un retelling de Cuento de navidad donde sale Emma Etone ¿ya?). "Confessions of a Shopaholic"... con su "green scarf" y ultra mega adorable protagonista. ¿A donde voy con todo esto? bueno, en este momento estoy pasando por un pésimo (PESIMO) momento en mi vida y me dije ¿por qué no tener un placer culpable lector para relajar mi mente? Todo el mundo que lee mucho lo tiene. Awww Jenna y Mathew son mis favoritos Algunas chicas leen romances de época otras novela erótica o de detectives ¿por qué no? Entonces recordé que tenia este libro y pensé que sería una buena idea probar con él. Nunca había leído Chick Lit ¿que tan malo puede ser? Después de todo se supone que este género es ligero, liviano y adorable, ideal para un mal momento como este ¿verdad? Mmmmmm.... Voy a ser clara, esta no es una mala novela. Es entretenida, livianita, se lee rápido, es adictiva y cumple con la función de distraerte. Esta bien escrita, para lo simple que es el género y tiene personajes bien delineados. El problema es claramente Rebecca.Ella arruinó la historia. Tu me comprendes completamente, Leia Yo me esperaba una protagonista buen corazón simpática, de patosa, con una adicción mortal a las compras y varios problemas que resolver. Pero en su lugar me encuentro una snob, arribista, arrogante, inculta y vacía, a quien odié con mi alma. Un botón de muestra: lleva tres años fingiendo que sabe de lo que escribe en la columna de la revista financiera en la que trabaja ¿se imaginan los problemas de las personas que recurren a su columna buscando asesoría? y, esta es mi favorita, le corta las etiquetas a las ropa que NO es de marca para que nadie sepa que usa algo que no es "in". ¿En serio Sophie Kinsella? ¿En serio? No, ese no tu peor problema No me mal interpreten, no es que critique que ella tenga problemas o defectos, todos los tenemos y hemos sido irresponsables algunas o varias veces en nuestra vida. Algo así como la Brigitte Jones de la película, pero menos ridícula. El problema es que Rebecca es una mala persona, egoísta, estúpida e inmadura, quien tiene la suerte enorme de que no le explote el lío que ha armado en la cara. Una suerte que sin duda, por su actuar, no se merece y porque, claramente, no ha aprendido nada de la experiencia ( y por lo que he investigado, nuca aprende en todos los libros que siguen). ¿Le costaba mucho a la autora hacer una protagonista llena de defectos, pero que fuera inteligente y amable, alguien con la cual empatizar? ¿Una parecida a la de la película? con al cual, dicho sea de paso, no tiene casi nada en común. Téngalo claro, el libro y la película prácticamente no se parecen en nada. Pobrecito tu, mi niño hermoso Ahora, leeré el segundo libro de la serie, porque se se que la peli está basado en ambos y porque me ENCANTA LUKE BRANDON, MUCHO y Suze, la amiga 24/7 que hace yoga. Quiero ver como se las arreglarán con el desastre que es Rebecca. También le daré otra oportunidad al género, con otros libros conocidos de la autora. De verdad, necesito algo que me aleje de mis lecturas "serias", en este momento sobre los Horrores de la Primera Guerra Mundial y el sinsentido de la cultura que nace después de ella. En fin, lo bueno es que este es el primer libro de literatura de entretención que leo completamente en Inglés. Es super simple, así que no me costó nada. La verdad es que leo muchos pepers y libros "académicos" en inglés y alguno en francés, pero me atrevo super poco con lo que es literatura en si, pues las metáforas y todo ese tipo de cosas, son más difíciles de comprender cuando no es tu idioma materno. Así que seguiremos con el género, para practicar. Resumiendo: Rebecca is a bitch. Eso. ¿Que más, puedo decir? ¡Ah! Si, Luke y Suze son adorables y el libro no es malo. .... ¿De verdad, Sophie? D: Solo para pasar el mal rato, les dejo a Hugh :D y de este pobrecito que sufrirá a Rebecca toda su vida ... (Aunque me gusta más la descripción del libro) :)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hippo dari Hongkong

    Elayne Boosler said: When women are depressed, they eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It's a whole different way of thinking. setuju deh, soalnya gw samasekali gak ngerti ama "hobi" kaum cewe tentang shopping ini. semua cewe pasti doyan shopping meski tidak semua memiliki kadar yang separah becky. ceritanya tentang seorang becky yang tak bisa mengontrol hobi belanjanya sehingga dikejar-kejar surat tagihan dari bank padahal dia kerjanya jadi jurnalis keuangan, hahaha. cuman gw sering Elayne Boosler said: When women are depressed, they eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It's a whole different way of thinking. setuju deh, soalnya gw samasekali gak ngerti ama "hobi" kaum cewe tentang shopping ini. semua cewe pasti doyan shopping meski tidak semua memiliki kadar yang separah becky. ceritanya tentang seorang becky yang tak bisa mengontrol hobi belanjanya sehingga dikejar-kejar surat tagihan dari bank padahal dia kerjanya jadi jurnalis keuangan, hahaha. cuman gw sering bengong sendiri baca buku ini, gak tau kenapa.. perasaan koq sulit sekali untuk "masuk" kedalam kepala seorang becky. apalagi ketika dia udah ngomongin barang branded seperti sepatu, syal, gaun keluaran chanel, armani, prada, louis vuitton, dorce gamalama.. eh, dolce & gabana etc. sumprit! dari dulu gw kagak ngerti soal ginian mah. jadi sering bengong sambil nyabutin jenggot karena gak ngerti bacanya. yah, kayak nabrak tembok lah. dasar geblek! dah tau di covernya ada tulisan kayak gini Chicklit (Chick Literature), yang berarti "bacaan cewe", ditujukan untuk Anda, para wanita muda yang cerdas, mandiri, berani, dan jujur pada diri sendiri... dst lah wah.. setelah ngaca bentar and gw baru sadar kalo ternyata... gw punya jenggooooot! dasar nekat bin geblek :D analisis super sotoy cowo nekat bin geblek: gini deh, buat cewe punya hobi shopping (gak perlu separah becky lah), mereka pasti suka buku ini. At some point they can related the protagonis to themselves, tapi buat beberapa cewe (mungkin) they will find the protagonist irritated them, bisa jadi mereka gak terlalu suka ama buku ini. bener-bener sotoy pan? heuheu. gw sih ngasi bintang tiga karena secara umum ceritanya lucu karena becky selalu menjustifikasi hobi blanjanya dengan alasan2 yang bikin nyengir dan ada bagian2 tertentu yang bikin gw ngakakak. misalnya ketika becky bekerja part time di sebuah dept. store dan ngumpetin celana jins yang diincernya biar gak dibeli pelanggan=)) ato ketika disebuah pertemuan pers secara tak disangka-sangka bertemu dengan derek smeath, menejer bank yang "ngejar" becky dengan surat tagihan. simpati gw buat derek untuk "kesabaran dan ketabahannya" menghadapi becky :D dah ah, mo shopping dulu nih. biasa, mo beli pisang keluaran perkebunan dolce gabana :D *dan sarimun sotoy pun pergi kepasar*

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tweebs♥️ (semi-hiatus)

    My curiosity with this book has finally ended. In my humble opinion, the movie is a million times better. No....seriously, trust me. IT IS I'm just going to promote the movie and convince you guys to watch it. Why? Well kids.... 1) 2) Yeah I was pretty much hoping those pictures proved my point so like, Watch. This. Shit. Now Y'all won't regret this !! I promise, you'll thank me. Okay, just thank me in the form of a $500 gift card to my local book store so I know it's real ;) ;) ;)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Funny. Light. Completely brainless. Perfect beach book. The main character is a completely out of control shopaholic, and will go to any lengths to conceal her addiction while still feeding it on the sly. It's a thoroughly enjoyable book, but it has a fatal flaw, the flaw that made me give it a "liked it" rating instead of a "really liked it" rating. This chick drives me NUTS! It is almost physically painful to see her destroying her life for a new scarf or perfect shoes. Priorities, woman! Pay Funny. Light. Completely brainless. Perfect beach book. The main character is a completely out of control shopaholic, and will go to any lengths to conceal her addiction while still feeding it on the sly. It's a thoroughly enjoyable book, but it has a fatal flaw, the flaw that made me give it a "liked it" rating instead of a "really liked it" rating. This chick drives me NUTS! It is almost physically painful to see her destroying her life for a new scarf or perfect shoes. Priorities, woman! Pay your rent, stop buying couture, and get a real life! There are several more books in the series, most of which I've read. I guess I'm a glutton for punishment when it's funny and entertaining punishment.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    I do re-read this book every couple of years. Probably because it was my first glimpse of Becky Bloomwood and I liked her a lot. I remember being in my 20s and spending with my credit card like I wasn't going to have to pay the bill. And I remember the juggling I did to pay down bills and the stress I would feel when I had to choose between eating something that was not soup or paying my JC Penney card down (starting off in government I had to buy new clothes...seriously people, instead of a wed I do re-read this book every couple of years. Probably because it was my first glimpse of Becky Bloomwood and I liked her a lot. I remember being in my 20s and spending with my credit card like I wasn't going to have to pay the bill. And I remember the juggling I did to pay down bills and the stress I would feel when I had to choose between eating something that was not soup or paying my JC Penney card down (starting off in government I had to buy new clothes...seriously people, instead of a wedding trousseau, we need to fund young men/women clothes when they go out into the workforce) so I wouldn't get a screeching call about being sent to collections. What makes "Confessions" so fun for me is that Becky is a mess. She's working at a job she hates (writer at Successful Saving) while trying to pay down her bills due to how much she loves shopping. And it's not just Becky loves shopping for clothes and accessories. It's pretty much any old thing. This of course is when Becky loses me cause I loathe shopping at the mall and every Christmas I promise myself I am just going to buy online and ship to my family. And every year I wait to late to do that (delivery fees are criminal) so I have to brave the crowds and try my best to not hip check people into kiosks. While Becky doesn't love the job she is in, she does love she gets to go to presentations dealing with banks and investment firms. Due to Becky not really paying attention at her job, she realizes a tip she gives a family friend could end up harming them and starts to get her life back on track. We do get a whole case of characters in this one who we will continue to read about throughout the series. We have Becky talking about Luke Brandon who I would say is an earlier prototype of Christian Grey without the BDSM. Becky lives with her best friend and flatmate Suze who manages to have her life somewhat together more than Becky. And we also have Becky's parents who are just as messy as Becky. Becky's neighbor's son who everyone thinks that Becky is into. I will admit there is very little development of the characters besides Becky and Suze and Becky's parents in this one. Luke is very one dimensional and stayed that way for me throughout most of the books. Besides being rich and tall, I don't get what was so interesting about him. The writing is okay. Nothing spectacular, but honestly, sometimes I want to read a fluffy book that makes me root for a character. Do I think this is going to go down as some classic over the years? Doubtful? But it is an enjoyable book.

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