Sometimes, it's all about finding the right book for the right mood. Confessions Of A Shopaholic, for instance, was a lifesaver. I had a horrid day and was in need of something to cheer me up. TV didn't help, so I picked up this book and read it in a matter of three hours. I laughed out loud, had fun and absolutely loved the book. If there is ever a need to find a book with an equation for perfect chick-lit, Confessions Of A Shopaholic is the best bet.
The plot is simple and sometimes, the details are repetitive: Financial journalist Becky Bloomwood who hates her job, has a major weakness - shopping. And it's gotten her into big trouble with her bank manager. How Becky manages to get herself out of the messy situations she finds in, a la Bridget Jones, makes for a relentlessly hilarious read.
I'm not really obsessed with shopping and there were a lot of times when Becky did things I never would have. Things that made me want to run inside the book, stop her and say 'What are you doing??' But Kinsella walks a fine line between creating an irritating character and an endearing one and successfully makes Becky seem like that friend you had, who made a couple of stupid mistakes and made you reprimand them. Not because they're irritating, but because you really like them and don't want them to get into problem after problem.
Kinsella is fast becoming my favourite chick-lit author, on par with Meg Cabot. Her heroine in this book is hilariously written and she gets into a lot of scrapes which she tries to get out of with loads of hilarity. The writing is crisp, laden with popular culture references and is a perfect summer read to treat yourself to! Though it may make you want to run off to the mall to do some shopping. And will probably help you keep in mind the downside of spending a lot, without seeming preachy about it.
Talking about this book without mentioning its charming hero Luke Brandon, would almost be a sin. He was great to read about and perfect to gush about! I haven't seen the movie yet, but just the fact that Hugh Dancy is playing Luke Brandon makes me want to watch it right away.
In all, Confessions Of A Shopaholic was worth reading and lives up to all the hype surrounding it. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of Becky's crazy adventures too. If you're in the mood for a predictable yet funny chick-lit book, this is definitely going to be a treat. Enjoy!