“OK. Don’t panic.” The opening line from “Confessions of a Shopaholic” by Sophie Kinsella paints a perfect picture of what Becky Bloomwood is like. She frequently finds herself in a bit of a pickle and the ways that she avoids problems are not only ridiculous, but ridiculously entertaining. “Confessions of a Shopaholic” is one of the first chick-lit books that I ever read. It opened up a whole new genre to me, and what better way to be sucked into a new genre than by a series staring a character named Becky? To celebrate the fact that there is a new book coming out very soon in the shopaholic series, I decided to reread the entire series. This is the novel that started it all.
The main character, Becky Bloomwood works as a financial journalist, which in itself is a bit ironic since her own personal finances are in shambles. As the title of the book suggests, Becky is a shopaholic. This ends up getting her into a mess. Her ability to avoid the real problems in her life is almost admirable. If only breaking one’s leg was an actual excuse to be used when missing a payment on a credit card. As absurd as the lengths are that Becky goes to in order to avoid paying her bills or facing any sort of consequence for her addiction to shopping, the way that Becky reacts when she enters a shop is priceless. “That moment. That instant when your fingers curl round the handles of a shiny, uncreased bag – and all the gorgeous new things inside it become yours. What’s it like? It’s like going hungry for days, then cramming your mouth full of warm buttered toast. It’s like waking up and realizing it’s the weekend. It’s like the better moments of sex. Everything else is blocked out of your mind. It’s pure, selfish pleasure.” (Confessions of a Shopaholic, pg 27).
I think that Sophie Kinsella’s writing is hilarious. She makes Becky such a relatable character (and probably to everyone, not just other Beckys out there). Becky’s desire to shop greatly outweighs her abilities to manage her finances and hilarity ensues. Sometimes the things that Becky does are absurd, but I can always find myself giggling at her thoughts. “God, I love new clothes. If everyone could just wear new clothes every day, I reckon depression wouldn’t exist anymore.” (Confessions of a Shopaholic, pg 171). Her passion for shopping is engaging – despite all of the poor choices that Becky inevitably makes, you can’t help but cheer her on in her many endeavors.
Would I recommend this book? Absolutely – I think this is one of the best ways to be introduced to chick-lit. Sophie Kinsella is a very talented writer. The series gets better and better as it goes on and I love her standalone novels as well. The shopaholic series holds a special place in my heart for multiple reasons, not the least of which being that the main character is Becky B. Great name. Sophie Kinsella is a fantastic writer and I would strongly recommend her novels to everyone. Although they are geared more towards women, the humor that you find in Sophie Kinsella’s novels really would appeal to a wide audience.