Although I tend to prefer more serious stories and books, there’s something about picking up a “silly” book sometimes. A friend joked to me recently, “You seem to prefer really heavy books or mindless books – there is no in-between!” And she would be right. I tend to swing between extremes with my reading. So of course when I was looking for a more mindless read I picked up Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella.
Rebecca Bloomwood has it all: a posh apartment, beautiful clothes, glamorous friends, and more. She is always up to date on the latest fashions, and knows how to style an outfit just right. Unfortunately, Becky has a problem: she can’t afford the lavish lifestyle she leads. She is constantly charging her purchases to her credit card (and ignoring the bills when they come in later) and her boring job doesn’t exactly pay generously. The banks are calling and sending letters, and Becky is making tricky maneuvers to avoid them.
When she tries to cut back, to improve her spending habits, she only finds herself deeper in the hole. When she has a good saving day, she spends money to reward herself! To try and make ends meet, Becky seeks out a different writing job to do on the side. And when a story of hers blows up, she is sent on a wild ride that nobody could have expected.
Hilarious, quirky, weird, and completely mindless, Confessions of a Shopaholic is the perfect book for those days when you just want to read something without thinking too hard. The stories Rebecca makes up to avoid creditors are wild and outrageous, and the situations she finds herself in are even crazier. At the same time, this story provides a small insight into the culture of spending to look good, even if you don’t have the funds.
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella gets 4/5 stars.