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? “The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic…” is the perfect pick me up for when it’s all hanging in the (bank) balance.
This is a wonderful, light, fluffy read. It was the first real ‘chick lit’ book I ever read, although I would say it’s a romance as well, wither way it had me hooked. The character is vivid and fun, and I can identify well (a bit too well!) with Becky Bloomwood and her retail therapy issues. I love the use of the present tense and first person narrative, I think it works brilliantly.
I have now read all of Sophie Kinsella’s books, which are all in the same vain, but are fantastic reads within the ‘chick lit’ genre.
Rating: 5 Stars
The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Black Swan (Sept 2000)
Paperback: 319 pages