“Rule of life. If you bother to ask someone’s advice, then bother to listen to it.”
― Sophie Kinsella,
Confessions of a Shopaholic
by Sophie Kinsella
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 is a book that I picked up on a whim. I read Finding Audrey by Kinsella and really enjoyed it. So, I thought I might as well pick up her most well known series. I’ve also heard great reviews from fellow bloggers and booktubers. So, I had no doubts that I would enjoy it.
That being said, this was not my favorite book ever. It was a quick read that I needed to get myself out of a reading slump. However, it just didn’t hit the spot for me. I think the biggest issue with this book was that I had high expectations. I knew it was going to be light and airy. Yet, I was not expecting what I actually got. Now, the writing of the book was great. I love Kinsella’s style. Yet, there were aspects of the book I was not very keen on.
My biggest issue with this book was the main character. Rebecca was not a likable character for me. More than anything she stressed me out. Her actions in combination with her current life conflicts made for a very stressful combination. I think I went into this book expecting her to be a type of Bridget Jones. Yet, she felt ungrounded and it was just too much for me.
I’m hoping that with Rebecca’s growth and the ending of the book I will change my mind on her in the second book. I will be reading the second book. However, I don’t think I’m going to dive into it anytime soon.
In all, I enjoyed Kinsella’s writing style and the aspect of the plot. I will be continuing on with this story. I’m hoping character development will alleviate some of the issues I had with this novel.
Have you continued a series despite not loving the first book? What keeps you reading?