WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5
I had read Confessions of a Shopaholic sometime back, on a train back from Agra to Hospet. Though I don’t remember much about that journey now, I do remember one thing and that is I never remember getting bored. The reason being the company of a few good books, and this was one of them. I found the book even better than the movie, which I had only seen a few months back. Below are all the reasons why I loved and why you will love this book. But before starting that, a little bit on the plot itself.
In Confessions of a Shopaholic, Rebecca Bloomwood, lovingly called Becky is a fun loving and carefree girl working as a financial journalist. Loved by all, Becky is your perfect “it” girl. Full of life and vigour, Becky has only one weakness, and that is her love for shopping. Shopping is her routine exercise and her guilty pleasure indulgence, it is her mood upliftment therapy as well as her most favourite pastime. As a result, she is one of those girls who shop more than they can afford and land themselves in a huge debt. All goes on well until she starts getting ugly letters from banks demanding the credit card bill payments and very soon she is incessantly being harassed by a guy called Derek Smeath, who is the most uncanny recovery agent Becky has ever come across and who also is one of my favourite characters from the movie.
Somewhere in between this high paced melodrama, Becky tries everything to cut herself back or make extra money, but all that, to no avail. She also tries to focus on her job as a financial journalist and keeps looking for new ways to break through the monotony and insipidness of her daily work. So, will Becky finally get out of her money troubles and repay all that debt? What about Derek Smeath? Will he leave Becky alone and let her find peace? Well, to know all this, you will have to read the book yourself.
As for me, I simply loved Confessions of a Shopaholic as it was so full of fun and life. Refreshingly fresh and unique, the story and plot were both exciting and appealing. Becky as a character was also quite interesting and humorous. She was a girl who every girl could identify and associate herself with even without all the big debt trouble. Derek Smeath and Luke are the other two characters to look forward to in this book. Both are and quite fascinating in their own ways. What with all the girl trouble and fashion quotient, it was probably one of the best chick-lits I had got to read in the year 2013. Sophie Kinsella writes promisingly and after reading this one, I am looking forward to reading many more of her books. I definitely recommend this book to all my chick-lit readers, and I assure you one thing – Confessions of a Shopaholic is one book which you sure do not want to miss.