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Confessions of a Shopaholic

by Sophie Kinsella

Rated: High

Rebecca’s career as a financial journalist is a bit of a joke when you realize that she’s got every creditor in London, possibly England, sending her “final notices.” But she can’t stop shopping, and she can’t resist a great deal or a big sale.

The drawer where Rebecca hides the notices is becoming frighteningly full, to the point that she “accidentally” throws some in a trash bin as she walks past. She makes a hilarious attempt made to spend less money, which, of course, results in her spending much much more. Finally she decides she’s a “make more money” kind of girl, not a “spend less” type. But how to make more money? A failed Saturday retail position proves equally humorous.

As she’s hiding out at her parents’ from one of these creditors, or “a stalker,” as she explains to her father, she begins to take it all more seriously. Due to her poor financial advice, her parents’ longtime neighbors and friends lose out on a financial windfall that would have been quite large. Rebecca takes it into her hands to fix this. She is takes head-on a man who is a little bit dreamy, but also very scary and hard to read, Luke Brandon, whose communications company had a part to play in her neighbors’ loss.

In the end, Rebecca somewhat redeems herself from her early ditsiness and irresponsibility, but the reader is left wondering if she’s cured of her shopaholism.

This book has humor, shopping, love and friendship, but while it was enjoyable, it was not great. I’ve avoided it for several years because you never know with these chick-lit bestsellers if there will be a ton of sexual references, etc. It was actually a fairly clean read, language aside, but so incredibly similar to every other chick-lit book I’ve read that I was left wondering why this particular one, above all the others, was a bestseller and is coming out as a movie. I still don’t know the answer.

Rated: High, for language. The book doesn’t contain a whole lot of language, but it does have 8 uses of the F-word (which obviously aren’t included in the movie version, since it’s rated PG). Regarding sexual references, there is just a brief description of the male anatomy.

— Reviewed by Nancy Minster

Nancy Minster is an avid reader, is married to an avid reader and is the mother to four little kids who seem to like books as well. One can only wonder where they get it from!

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  • Confessions of a Shopaholic
  • by Sophie Kinsella
  • Rated: High
  • Genre: Fiction
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