Genre: Fiction,Chick Lit, Comedy
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, she can’t actually afford it—not any of it. Her job writing at Successful Saving magazine 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. She tries cutting back. But none of her efforts succeeds. Her 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.
Once again I went into this book basing it on the film of the same name. I absolutely love the film and have never read a Sophie Kinsella book before so I’ll admit I wasn’t too convinced this book would be able to live up to the film. However after only a few pages I was hooked into this book and ended staying up pretty late to continue reading. I didn’t even realise the time I was just hooked!
The story follows a young girl called Becky, she has a serious shopping problem and likes to avoid the bills that come through thinking that if she ignores them then they will go away. However as anyone knows, you cannot avoid bank bills as they continue to stack up and can become serious.
We follow Becky going through her daily life and seeing what she spends each day…which is actually quite a lot! At times she did become a little annoying as how could she clearly not see how much she was spending?! But that was just part of the story, we watched Becky mature and realise she needs to grow up and face her responsibilities. This book was immensely funny, you could so easily relate to her and I think that’s why this book is so well liked. Pretty much everyone has avoided checking their balance as they know it won’t be good. We have all seen a sale sign and brought things a little too expensive or things which we probably didn’t need and will forget about as soon as we get home. Therefore the character of Becky is so down to earth and lovable, she has flaws. Sophie Kinsella hasn’t tried to create a character which has a shopping problem but meets a rich guy who can afford to pay for her expensive habit, this is the real world where the bills still keep coming and no matter how much you dream of winning the lottery we both know it isn’t really going to happen.
I really liked this book, I will definitely be carrying on with the rest of this series as I would love to know what happens next! Although the book does not end on a cliffhanger it still leaves you wanting more. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves shopping!
Summing up: A hilarious story of a shopaholic and a debt collector