Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella- Book Review/Discussion


Rebbeca is a shopaholic, the end.

No really though, here’s the goodreads synopsis:


Becky Bloomwood has what most twenty-five-year-olds only dream of: a 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, she can’t actually afford it — not any of it. Her job writing atSuccessful Saving magazine not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. Still, how can she resist that perfect pair of shoes? Or the divine silk blouse in the window of that ultra-trendy boutique? But 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 moremoney. But none of her efforts succeeds. Her 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.

My Thoughts:

To be honest, i didn’t like this book, at all. I’m a huge Sophie Kinsella fan, i have loved all her other books thus, why did this book not jell? Let me tell you.

The main character Rebecca was soooo annoying, i couldn’t connect with her, at all. Also, where was the romance!? I’m so used to Sophie Kinsella’s romance, there was barely anything! And it’s not like i can’t deal with not having romance in books, but some just clearly need it.

For example– The Queen of the Tearling is a great book, it’s just missing that extra something, and for me, it was romance. And don’t go around saying that i NEED romance in a book because i just read The Archived and that didn’t have much romance, but the writing and plot was so good and interesting, i didn’t even miss it.

So i rest my case that i know when a book needs romance.

I just couldn’t deal with the drama between Rebecca and Luke. It’s very suscpicous how he just randomly happens to have a girlfriend, who coincidentally disappears and we never meet her. For me, it did not feel like Luke was ever taken.

And then it’s like at the company meeting thing, oh yeah, there’s Luke, i see him around sometimes, hmm, i think i might like him. That was so out of the blue.

And I felt like the book dragged on so much that i nearly didn’t finish it.

Of course, i did love the ending- I think that’s the only part i actually liked about this book.

Other than that, ugh!

Rebecca is so unrealistic and a dreamer that i just couldn’t. There’s practically a whole chapter dedicated to how she’s going to spend her ‘winning’ lottery money!


At first she’s funny, but then it gets annoying.

I also couldn’t relate to or understand her shopping addiction, like at all, so sorry.

Discussion: For those who have read the book: AKA- the part where i bullet out what my notes say (Spoilers beware)

-I found it hilarious that Rebecca is paid to tell people how to organize their money, but can’t seem to do it herself.

-Hmm, a lot of Sophie Kinsella books seem to have that eccentric hilarious journalist female protagonist

-This girl (Rebecca is crazy) -That’s what my notes say

-Wait- Luke is our love interest?!!!!!????

-Oh my god, her aunt in the hospital!??? Her aunt is named Ermentrude!!!??? Why Rebecca, why???!!!

-Obviously Luke knew she was lying about the scarf and the aunt

-Ok, Rebecca is such a daydreamer and completely unrealistic

-Something is wrong with the flagstaff company or whatever, the moment Rebecca ‘recommended’ it

-When is Rebecca going to get her head out of the gutter and realize that her life is going downhill

-Luke does not have a girlfriend!!!! Right???? Right?!!!!


This book was not for me. The only thing stopping it from getting a did not finish was the fact that i love Sophie Kinsella. I’m glad i did push through though, because the ending was hilarious. I felt like the middle of the book should have been taken out, so we could’ve had more of the ending kind of writing. 😦 I hate to do it, because this is my lowest rating on this blog yet, and because i usually love Sophie Kinsella’s books, but i have to give this book a 2.5 out of 5 stars.;(

Thanks so much for reading!

Have any thoughts or comments about my thoughts, or want to add any of your own? Let’s discuss!

Did you like this book? Tell me why! I’m interested to see what other people thought- just don’t be rude in the comments- because everyone has different opinions

-Calliope (5)

P.S.Β Oh my god, as i was searching up a good picture, i found out that this is also a movie! I’ll be back in a few minutes after watching the trailer and trying to find it online. Oooh, should i watch the movie? I think i might!

11 thoughts on “Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella- Book Review/Discussion

  1. I had a similar experience of this book. I’ve really enjoyed other books by Sophie Kinsella but the heroine of Shopaholic is just too annoying. I couldn’t believe that she wouldn’t learn from her mistakes more quickly than she does! Just stop buying things!!

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    • Right!? And then the whole time she was daydreaming about winning the lottery, how can a person be that dense and frivolous? But still, I’m glad to know that I wasn’t the only one who thought this one fell short of Sophie Kinsella’s usual πŸ˜‰


  2. Yeah this is a movie. I watched it and I saw this book in my library and I thought to read it but I couldn’t because I found others to read first. But I really thought the book would be great as the movie was okay and generally great books have okay movies. But I guess this one is different!

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