Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella is the first book in the Shopaholic series, but the second one I’ve read. I should have started with it, as some of the things that happened in this book will be mentioned in the second book, Shopaholic Abroad. Confessions of a Shopaholic was published as The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic. Hence you might find it under a different name.

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. Viewed from a different angle

The heroine of the book is Becky Bloomwood, a financial journalist that has issues with her own finances. Reading this book also made clear why she was a shopaholic. I don’t want to talk too much about her, as I might ruin the excitement for someone that is reading the book for the first time. So, instead, I will talk about her mother, as it’s not someone that will appear too often in the book.

Her mother is a shopaholic herself, always buying stuff for her house. Seems like she is not only talking a lot about shopping, but that she is also enticing Becky to buy stuff. Most noteworthy is that her mother lies about small things, that are easy to see that are not true. At the same time, nobody is telling her to stop, not Becky nor her father. For example, her mother lies that she cooks from scratch when the food she prepares is actually a ready meal. Having examples like this, is much more easier to understand why Becky acts like she does.

The constant spending and “treats” ranging from a coffee with a muffin to expensive cashmere jumper are not something I would do. So, I can’t relate to her in any way. But I do think she is funny (most of the times) and this is why I like the book and the series. The sad part is there are people that do act like that. They are overspending, going on overdrafts or credit cards for things they don’t actually need. Furthermore they are complaining they can’t buy something else that is more important, like a house.

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. Book around makeup, capuccino, jewellery, a scarf, chocolate cups.

I enjoyed this book. Now I’m looking forward to read the next one in the series. I gave it only 4 stars because I would have liked to see more about her relation with the guy (not naming names for obvious reasons).

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Details about the picture: Things Becky would buy. She also loved cappuccino.
My rating: 4/5 Stars.
Would I recommend it: Yes.
Published by: Black Swan
Year it was published: 2000
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): Fiction, Chick lit
Pages: 320

About the author: Sophie Kinsella is Madeleine Sophie Wickham’s pen name. She was born in 1969. Madeleine studied at Oxford and worked as a financial journalist. She wrote a few books under her real name, before starting the Shopaholic series under a pseudonym. Using her middle name and her mother’s maiden name. Her publishers loved the new books, without knowing she wrote them.
She lives in London with her husband and their children.
Website & Social Media Links: and @KinsellaSophie on twitter. In addition, she has a facebook page and an Instagram account.

2 thoughts on “Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella”

  • This book is not my usual kind of book at all, but I would be tempted to pick it up for reading whilst commuting!

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