By Katie Donaghy
I liked Confessions Of A Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella, more than I expected too. I am not a big reader so usually when I pick up a new book, I am not expecting to be thrilled by it. I expected it would be too superficial, too light, or lacking in depth and substance. But it’s not.
Chick lit is perfect for when I need a fast, fun read. It’s perfect for when I’m not feeling up to reading a book that makes me think too much, which with my busy schedule, is most times. It was also nice to take a break from my dystopian reading, which is what I tend to read, and revisit my favorite middle school genre.
What I loved about this book was Becky’s quirky personality. She continually surprised me. Just when I thought she was hopeless, she started to grow and change. I am a quirky, shopping addicted, romantic person so I found myself relating to her. I have never shopped to the point to where I am in debt, but I can totally understand how easy it would be to get to that point. Becky is ironically, a financial journalist, but is not interested or invested in her job. She basically just wants to wear pretty clothes and have a good time. She decides she has to start either cutting back or making more money to get out of debt. Cutting back is an epic fail, and making more money is not going well either.
The best thing about the book, though, was the humor. I kept laughing out loud while reading, over and over again. The romance stays light because we don’t see too much of the hero. Luke Brandon, the love interest, could be a nice character but we don’t get to know him that well, which is a pity.
I have read most of the book and have liked it but I am not necessarily over the moon about it. It is predictable and a bit too light hearted to take seriously. The side characters are also a bit one dimensional and not developed. Those are my only complaints about the book. I don’t really think I should expect more from a book called “Confessions of a Shopaholic”. I think if you are looking for a quick and light hearted read, this book is a good option.