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Confessions of a Shopaholic - Sophie Kinsella
Member Name: Jonni_boi
Confessions of a Shopaholic - Sophie Kinsella
Advantages: a super and amazing book!
Disadvantages: none in my opinion, although people may not like the letters!
Sophie Kinsella is a new author to me, and although I know some of the books she has written, this is the first book I've ever read from her. I have just found out that Sophie Kinsella is a pseudonym used by Madeleine Wickham. I have to admit I dislike people who use a pseudonym; it aggravates me to think that authors such as Meg Cabot and Anne Rice and now Madeleine Wickham think it's a good idea to use a different name to publish their books, and it feels like they are doing it to delude the public. If anyone knows why authors feel the need to do this I'll e very interested in knowing. Anyhow, apart from that, I found this book amazing, and Sophie Kinsella's writing is amazing and it captured me in seconds. I sure hope the subsequent novels are just as good.
This is the FIRST book in a series that currently has 5 books in it at this moment in time (although that could change soon). This one focuses on the main character: Rebecca Bloomwood. She is obsessed with shopping (so it's really easy for most people to relate to her) and she has recently gone into debt. So she tries to help herself, by buying lottery tickets and a self-help book and everything, however the one thing she does wrong is ignore the bank people who have been calling her up to talk to her about her outstanding debts.
We learn very early on that she is a journalist, she went to Bristol University and presumably studied a journalism course (again I can relate to her as I want to go down that route, but not Bristol Uni), and she is now a financial Journalist working for "Successful Savings", however she is in a lot of debt and is trying her best to get out of it, but will she manage to do so? Well you'll going to have to find out!
I don't know if there is a message hidden behind this story, I think that there might be, as in that sometimes you have to take a leap out of your own life, but also it tells you to be in control and know what you are doing. But if you don't care about that you can just read it, like I did, as an enjoyable read, because it really is like that!
The genre for this is unmistakably chick-lit, but what really is chick-lit? People believe that it is only for girls, others believe that there is no such genre and books written by female's are just put into that genre. Me, personally, don't care what specific genre something is, as long as I find it enjoyable, who cares? But my theory is that chick-lit is basically rom-com (romantic comedy), as this is what I would put this into, and I would never ever tell someone not to read a book because it's only for girls, as that is extremely sexist, and books shouldn't be sexist at all!
Personally I would say this book is similar to other novels such as Meg Cabot novels, and Janet Evanovich books, as they are in the same sort of style! I also love both authors and so of course I knew I'd like this book too!
I found this amazingly interesting, and I could relate to the main character as I want to be a journalist in the future, and as I read more and more and learned more about her job, I got more and more interested purely because I knew that I would enjoy being in the job she was in, and I could see myself doing that (for the first time in my life, I felt strongly that I really wanted to become a journalist). So I have to admit I've got a lot of thanks for this book because I reckon I would have been still unsure what I would like to be in the future! Furthermore, I loved the writing style of this book, and it is extremely easy to get into and engaged me from the start! I also felt that the ending was amazing and it did come to me as quite a shock, which is always nice when that happens! And to be perfectly honest, I would definitely re-read this, if I didn't have a mountain of books that need reading!
This book would appeal to many different people, people would say this is definitely not the sort of book I would enjoy purely because I'm a Goth, and I read many horror books, however that is not always the case and as you know I fully enjoyed this book. I hate being stereotyped, but everyone does it so there's nothing I can do about that. Personally I reckon people who have read and completely enjoyed Meg Cabot or Janet Evanovich's books will fully enjoy this book, but I'm not one to judge and you are the ones who should decide whether it's a book for you or not so it's really up to you to decide!
I don't think I can say a bad thing at all about this book, I think it was amazing and good, and I couldn't stop reading it, but maybe the letters that are shown in the book may not interest many people and maybe a few people wouldn't like them, but they only appear a few times and I personally think they help structure the book and show us who the main character really is like.
I have not watched the film yet, and the reason being is that the film is based on the first two novels in the series, this causes me a problem as I need to read the second book in the series, which, unfortunately is near the bottom of my amazingly long to be read pile, so do not expect to see a review on that for quite a while. The problem I've got is that I pass my books on to family and friends, and my sister has read the first book, and really wants to watch the film, however she doesn't like reading a book after she's watched a film (which I cannot understand as I do not mind either way) so I think I might just [ass this book onto her before I've read it.
I have given this a rating of 5 stars out of 5 as I totally enjoyed it and the writing style is magnificent and I believe that I will forever enjoy this book and I find that I will enjoy the novels that come next in the series!
Thank you all for reading, and I hope I have helped some of you out on the decision whether or not to read this book!
Summary: a super and amazing book!