Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella – A Spoiler Free Book Review

“Rule of life. If you bother to ask someone’s advice, then bother to listen to it.”
― Sophie KinsellaConfessions of a Shopaholic

Confessions of a Shopaholic
by Sophie Kinsella
3/5 Stars


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?


9 thoughts on “Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella – A Spoiler Free Book Review

  1. The Shopaholic series is absolutely fluff and I completely agree – Rebecca is stressful. If you continue with the series there will be times when you just want to slap her. Or strangle her with something else she bought. She doesn’t seem to learn. However, Kinsella’s other books are amazing. I did a whole series on her for SilverButtonBooks because I am obsessed with so many of her novels. They are all light and lovely but Rebecca made me so crazy I didn’t finish the last two books. Great review!

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    1. To me, if the main character ‘doesn’t learn’, then in real life I would not want to keep being their friend or enabler since it is going nowhere but down into stress I don’t want, and I wouldn’t want the vicarious stress of reading about it and feeling like a backseat driver saying, “Go left! Don’t do that!” and feeling helpless to stop the stoopid. These reviews help me to avoid getting cranky by reading something that will bug me, so thanks to the main reviewer and to this commentor!

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  2. Great review! I felt the same over Cinder but I’ve heard nothing but good things over the whole series. I’m planning on continuing the rest of the series.


  3. Wonderfully written review. I’m totally with you on Rebecca, she really doesn’t grow much as a character and I found her a complete bimbo scatter brain at times. Even reading some of the dialogue that went on between her and the other characters was cringe-worthy for me that I couldn’t help but feel the need to walk away for a moment and take a breather. I stopped after this book, and though I’m planning on continuing (eventually) I’m still in the process of recovery, lol.


  4. Sometimes I’ll continue a series even if I don’t love the first book because I’ve heard enough about it to give it a go but sometimes it’s tough. I find audiobooks are a great way to push through (at least for me), I think because I can do other things at the same time when I am not in love with a book.

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  5. Awesome review! This was exactly how I felt, out of all of Kinsellas characters Rebecca is the one that never seems to gain any arc throughout the novels. That being said, if you don’t continue with this series by her, I would still read more of Kinsella’s books like Remember Me or Can you Keep a Secret because those are some of her best work!


  6. Confessions of a Shopaholic isn’t my usual read, but I read it last summer, and I found it entertaining enough. There were some especially funny parts that I had to laugh at. That being said, I really have to agree with you about Rebecca. I had a problem with the ways she was acting, and found some of the embarrassing situations she got in hard to read. Great review 🙂


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