This title was previously published as "The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic". Meet Rebecca Bloomwood. She's a journalist. She spends her working life telling others how to manage their money. She spends her leisure time ...shopping. Retail therapy is the answer to all her problems. She knows she should stop, but she can't. She tries Cutting Back ...
This title was previously published as "The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic". Meet Rebecca Bloomwood. She's a journalist. She spends her working life telling others how to manage their money. She spends her leisure time ...shopping. Retail therapy is the answer to all her problems. She knows she should stop, but she can't. She tries Cutting Back, she tries Making More Money. But neither seems to work. The stories she concocts become more and more fantastic as she tries to untangle her increasingly dire financial difficulties. Her only comfort is to buy herself something - just a little something ...Can Becky ever escape from this dream world, find true love, and regain the use of her Switch card? Confessions of a Shopaholic ...the perfect pick me up for when it's all hanging in the (bank) balance.
I liked this a lot. It was an easy read, with lots of witty humor.
I just knew that they would make it into a movie eventually. I just didn't realize it would be this soon. I look forward to seeing the movie!
Sep 3, 2008
Shopaholic is a Hit!
I must admit that I got a little bit edgy as I started to read this book. Past due bills, maxed-out credit cards - who wants to be reminded?? But then the story took over and I fell for Becky Bloomwood - our heroine and financial journalist. She's fashionably fabulous and just like her, who can resist a good sale? I loved the "Brit-speak" and found myself calculating the currency exchange between pounds and dollars - just another little thrill to go along with this funny story.
I enjoyed myself right along with her as she goes about discovering the best deals and felt my own heart skip when she receives the bills and the overdue notices. It was nice not having to read anything like that with MY name on it - and that's part of the fun too - you can escape the bad stuff and really enjoy the good. It's a lot of fun reading along and wondering if she'll ever learn her lesson.
Along with the shopping mania, Becky finds love - in the handsome and smart public relations company owner - Luke Brandon. Right away, you wonder if he's a possible love interest - she doesn't seem that interested at first, but they meet and meet again and you ride right along with the possibility that they just might get together. You get to know her parents, their neighbors, childhood friends, her roommate and a whole cast of characters that build up the story and keep it very interesting.
This book is full of relationships that don't get too heavy, but add just the right snap. This book "goes down nice & easy" and I enjoyed it very much. It's nice when you first discover an author for yourself and are immediately drawn into the characters. I'm halfway through the next installment in the "Shopaholic" series and can't wait for more. I definitely give this book BOTH "thumbs up"!
Aug 28, 2007
This book is hilarious! With a big spender like Becky, there are no problems that she cannot deal with and solve!
Aug 17, 2007
Loved the series!
I have really enjoyed the characters and situations of the Shopaholic series. The books are a good, fun read, but not so predictable as to be boring. I ended up buying the series twice more for two different friends who love to read as well.
Jun 25, 2007
I couldn't put it down!
This book is so funny and so much fun! Especially if you are a true shopaholic at heart (which unfortunately I am). This is such an easy read, very fun. I loved it so much I bought the sequels! Shopaholic Takes Manhatten, Ties the Knot, Sister, Baby. All amazing I finished the whole series in about 2 weeks! Absolutely recommend!
Publishers Weekly, 2000-12-18 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. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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