The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella


Rebecca Bloomwood is a journalist working for a magazine called Successful Saving but the money is rubbish and it is the most boring job ever. The only way she can handle her stresses and down days is by doing a bit of retail shopping, only problem being is that she doesn’t have the money to buy all these wonderful designer clothes and accessories – but these are all must haves, complete essentials in a female’s life.

After being constantly hounded with red letters from Endwich Bank and Visa (how inconsiderate), she finds it harder to just keep ignoring them especially when Derek Smeath (a manager from Endwich Bank) keeps stalking her, constantly ringing and turning up at inconvenient times. She has tried everything between cutting back to making more money but nothing seems to work.

Then there’s the problem of Luke Brandon, who seems to rub Becky the wrong way but will she ever stand up to him and make him see that there is so much more to her. Uncovering a story that leads to a full page spread in the Daily World manages to do just that, and Becky soon sees Luke’s true colours but is he what she expected?

The story manages to change Becky’s life forever as well as all those around her, making her realise that there is more to life than being a Shopaholic….but will she find romance and happiness??

Well this is the second time reading this book and I loved it just as much as the first time. I think most women can relate to Becky at more than one point in the story, me especially – although my addiction would be buying books instead of designer clothes and accessories.

I don’t like Alicia who has quite a thing for Luke and find myself wanting to smack her in the chops and Tarquin was rather annoying when he is first introduced, but you slowly start to feel sorry for him; I am still wondering what happened to him after his date and why the date went badly (answers on a postcard please).

Overall I really enjoyed this book as a light hearted comedy that has a little bit of everything in it from romance to friendship to careers. I look forward to reading Rebecca’s next instalment 🙂

I give this book 4/5 stars


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