I thought this book would never end. I kept given it just a little more time, but it never got better. The character was so annoying. I agree with the review from Alison, listen to "Can You Keep a Secret".
I found Becky pretty superficial at first. Her disaster of a life was difficult to relate to but near the middle, I finally connected. When her "true" talents came out, she was an enjoyable, real character.
Bridget Jones minus the charm....painfully long descriptions of shopping expeditions though the mind of an impossibly shallow, predictably stupid character... It actually made me feel physically sick to listen to.
Actually I wanted Becky to file bankruptcy and then just go away. The book was like reading a shopping list and dunning letters. In a book I was have just glanced at the letters, but had to hear each and every detail for each and every letter, each and everytime one came up. Gave it a try but couldn't stay interested even in an airport waiting for a flight. Could just be a generational thing, but Becky was 'so stupid' (one of her favorite phrases must have heard it a hundred times in an hour) she got no sympathy from me and I didn't find her funny.
Had to listen to it for a book club, otherwise I would have stopped long before the end. As it was, I would find myself actually yelling out loud "I detest this book!" to relieve the distaste for having to listen to it.
This is one of those books where the character is an imbecile and completely un-self aware, but through unbelievable luck and "a little pluck" comes out on top, after of course, learning a heavy-handed lesson about having to grow up (a tiny amount). Where men fall all over her because there's nothing a clever, wealthy man is attracted to more than an airhead who can't do anything right except shop, and who practically has her ignorance tattooed on her forehead. A character who isn't just shallow and vain, but genuinely stupid - she can't remember important details that as the reader I remembered, so the details of her doom are foreshadowed within the first hour of the book, and there are 7 more hours to get through before it happens.
On top of that, it's outright boring and repetitive in places.
The narration, on the other hand, is wonderful. I felt sorry for the narrator having to read this drivel, but she certainly did it beautifully and I think it was her narration that made some of the bits funny.
It's a good book for just passing the time, but that's it. Didn't care for the reader; her voice was kinda blah.
Great comedy for all shopaholics. . . the woman in this book just cannot pass up a "bargain." She gets into all kinds of priceless situations as she tries to juggle her credit cards and balance her checkbook.
I can't believe this was written by the same person who wrote the fabulous "Can You Keep a Secret." Shopaholic is pure drivel. I think everyone has over spent at one time or another, but Becky takes it to a whole new level of stupidity. The book deserves no stars.