BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Sophie Kinsella's Wedding Night.
Rebecca Bloomwood just hit rock bottom. But she's never looked better....
Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous 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 that she can't actually afford it -- not any of it.
Her job writing at Successful Savings not only bores her to tears, it doesn't pay much at all. And 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. Becky's 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.
Sophie Kinsella has brilliantly tapped into our collective consumer conscience to deliver a novel of our times -- and a heroine who grows stronger every time she weakens. Becky Bloomwood's hilarious schemes to pay back her debts are as endearing as they are desperate. Her "confessions" are the perfect pick-me-up when life is hanging in the (bank) balance.
Add this aptly titled piffle to the ranks of pink-covered girl-centric fiction that has come sailing out of England over the last two years. At age 25, Rebecca Bloomwood has everything she wants. Or does she Can her career as a financial journalist, a fab flat and a closet full of designer clothes lessen the blow of the dunning letters from credit card companies and banks that have been arriving too quickly to be contained by the drawer in which Rebecca hides them Although her romantic entanglements tend toward the superficial, there is that wonderful Luke Brandon of Brandon Communications: handsome, intelligent, the 31st-richest bachelor according to Harper's and actually possessed of a personality that is more substance than style. Too bad that Rebecca blows it whenever their paths cross. Will Rebecca learn to stop shopping before she loses everything worthwhile When faced with the opportunity to do good for others and impress Luke, will she finally measure up Rebecca is so unremittingly shallow and Luke is so wonderful that readers may find themselves rooting for the heroine not to get the man--although, since Shakespeare's time, there's rarely been any doubt concerning how romantic comedies will end. There's a certain degree of madcap fun with some of Rebecca's creative untruths; when she persuades her parents that a bank manager is a stalker, some very amusing situations ensue. Still, this is familiar stuff, and Rebecca is the kind of unrepentant spender who will make readers, save those who share her disorder in the worst way, pity the poor bill collector. (Feb. 13) Forecast: This is a well-designed book, with a catchy magenta spine, and a colorful and kinetic double cover--which will attract many browsers. Major ad/promo, including national NPR sponsorships, will enhance sales, despite the novel's flaws. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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1 . Great!
Posted December 31, 2010 by Jessie L. , Drexel Hill, PAI saw the movie before I read the book. My mistake. I hated the movie and didn't have any interest in the book until my Mother gave it to me. The book was great! You really connect with the main character while you also think she's nuts! I highly recommend reading it with a friend who you can talk to about it. It's great fun to compare some of the things that go on in this book. I recommend the next two in the series as well.
2 . better than the movie
Posted December 08, 2010 by Elisa , Saginaw MIThis book was great. Very entertaining and it was nothing like the movie which I thought was very interesting. Complete page turner for me
3 . loved it
Posted August 15, 2010 by dj , toledoThis book was hilarious as well as insightful. Can't wait to read the others in the series.
4 . Fairytale-ish
Posted August 09, 2010 by Kathy , Cottonwood HeightsI think this book can be easily related to by any woman with a credit card. Rebecca is an average girl with an expensive problem. She loves shopping. While I'm not a shopahoic, I can easily see how people can get into the mess she does. In places it was a little fairytale-ish, which I think saved it from being a depressing book.
5 . Love, love love sophie kinsella!
Posted December 30, 2009 by lisa , myrtle beachThis book is Laugh out loud funny. I have re-read this series to many times to count! If you love shopping or clothes you'll totally love this book!
6 . hilarious and entertaing
Posted October 27, 2009 by evadney lollis , IndianapolisI really enjoyed reading this book. I could not put it down. I am a shopaholic, and I see myself in this book, I plan to re-read again.
December 31, 2000
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Excerpt from Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Ok. don't panic. Don't panic. It's only a VISA bill. It's a piece of paper; a few numbers. I mean, just how scary can a few numbers be
I stare out of the office window at a bus driving down Oxford Street, willing myself to open the white envelope sitting on my cluttered desk. It's only a piece of paper, I tell myself for the thousandth time. And I'm not stupid, am I I know exactly how much this VISA bill will be.
Sort of. Roughly.
It'll be about ... ' 200. Three hundred, maybe. Yes, maybe ' 300. Three-fifty, max.
I casually close my eyes and start to tot up. There was that suit in Jigsaw. And there was dinner with Suze at Quaglinos. And there was that gorgeous red and yellow rug. The rug was ' 200, come to think of it. But it was definitely worth every penny ' everyone's admired it. Or, at least, Suze has.
And the Jigsaw suit was on sale ' 30 percent off. So that was actually saving money.
I open my eyes and reach for the bill. As my fingers hit the paper I remember new contact lenses. Ninety-five pounds. Quite a lot. But, I mean, I had to get those, didn't I What am I supposed to do, walk around in a blur
And I had to buy some new solutions and a cute case and some hypoallergenic eyeliner. So that takes it up to ... ' 400
At the desk next to mine, Clare Edwards looks up from her post. She's sorting all her letters into neat piles, just like she does every morning. She puts rubber bands round them and puts labels on them saying things like "Answer immediately" and "Not urgent but respond." I loathe Clare Edwards.
"OK, Becky " she says.
"Fine," I say lightly. "Just reading a letter."
I reach gaily into the envelope, but my fingers don't quite pull out the bill. They remain clutched around it while my mind is seized ' as it is every month ' by my secret dream