Confessions of a Shopaholic
by Sophie Kinsella
genre: historical romance
Summary from Audible
MEET BECKY BLOOMWOOD, AN IRRESISTIBLE HEROINE WITH A BIG HEART, BIG DREAMS — AND JUST ONE LITTLE WEAKNESS …
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 at Successful 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 more money. 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.
I used to consider Sophie Kinsella one of my favorite authors. Undomestic Goddess was a five star read that had me laughing so hard I nearly peed myself. Then I read Can You Keep a Secret and was completely disappointed. The female lead in the latter is a moron completely incompetent at her job. I thought it was a fluke, a miss. Sophie remained in my top authors list, so when a friend recommended Can You Keep a Secret I jumped on it. It was so bad that I’m actually left rethinking my positive review of Undomestic Goddess. I’m half tempted to write an open letter to Sophie titled “Women Are Able to Handle Top Jobs.” Once again, we have an incompetent female lead. Thinking back to Undomestic Goddess, that female lead had a high powered job, but has a mental break down and runs away. She’s not incompetent in the same manner as the other two, but suddenly her inability to cook or iron went from cute to unsettling. Does she have any successful female characters at all? They don’t need to have their whole life together, that doesn’t make a good story, but come on! Any female characters successful at their job (or even able to perform it above a remedial level?)
I adore the friend who recommended this book, but I’m not sure what she was thinking. I hate characters with a victim mentality. “Nevermind that I’ve run up thousands of pounds on multiple credit cards. Why does the bank manager keep calling me? Why is he out to get me? Can’t he just leave me alone? Why can’t I win the lottery? Why don’t I have a millionaire boyfriend? Why does everything come so easily to my flatmate?”
I want to take her by the shoulders and shake her. Rebecca Bloomwood is a flippng hypocrite. I realize there’s a whole series (gag), but I was so disappointed at the end of the novel that there’s no way I’m picking up the next one. I want to give it 1 star, but when comparing it to the other 1 stars vs 2 stars…
2 out of 5 stars
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