Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Shopaholic Series - Sophie Kinsella

Synopsis of Confessions of a Shopaholic (Book 1)

"Becky 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 the bank—letters with large red sums she can't bear to read—and they're getting ever harder to ignore.

She tries cutting back. 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.

Jenn: I love this series. I even saw the movie and it was fabulously done - blending together the first 2 books. It's got some language and a little bit of sexual content; and it's written by a British author, so you kind of have to go with the lingo a bit. But it's not confusing, just different. And I have to say, Rebecca Bloomwood is one of my all-time favorite characters. She's just so...exactly like me and every one of my friends. It's like reading a story about one of my best friends. It's written in first person perspective, which I love, so you really get into Becky's head and feel all of her rambling emotions. There are several laugh out loud moments when she gets herself into trouble and you're always rooting for her while she gets creative to get herself out of trouble. You would think the story would get repetitive, but it doesn't. Each book is a different scenario, and while most of the trouble stems from her crazy spending habits, there's more to the series than just that. It explores her romantic relationships, family relationships, and friendships. By the time you finish the series, you just gotta love Becky for her optimism and creativity. All the books are great reads.

*There are 5 books in this series, and as far as I'm aware, there are no plans for more.

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