While I usually love "chick lit" This book had nothing to do with anything except the author's obsession with spending money--even on coffee. Seriously, I can shop on my own. The problem is that it wasn't even interesting, just complaints about how she couldn't afford a scarf and was dodging the collections agencies. Depressing, not fun or exciting like most chick lit.
This was so much fun to listen too---it's a good thing I was working alone, as I kept laughing out loud!. Ms. Kinsella does a frighteningly accurate portrayal of the seductiveness of shopping, as well as all those little white rationalizations that we tell ourselves. How did she get inside my head like that?
This book is absolutely hilarious, charming, witty, and clever. Although you do cringe at Ms. Bloomwood's shopping antics, and her increasingly outrageous lies to cover up her buying binges, you will enjoy her creativity in thinking them up. This is a laugh out loud funny book as much as Bridget Jones was. My husband kept asking me what I was laughing at when I was listening (I often cook and clean the house while listening, and he doesn't know I'm listening to a book.) Don't pay attention to the other reviews that find this character shallow and boring. Boring? No definitely not. Initially you may see some of the things she does as ditzy or naive, but that is what makes you laugh! It is the classic comedic device: Audience sees something that main character does not--!!! This is well worth the download and is money well spent. Grade A+ (PS, I just finished the second book, which is also an A+ . If you are like me and love the longer books, this is a perfect series to embark upon.)
Unless you are as pathetically inept as this main character, the first half to 3/4 of this book will torture you with her stupidity. How shallow, superficial and one-dimensional can a girl be? Her predictable bad financial choices and other antics are only funny if you are as bored and boring as she is.
Also, be willing to sit through the tedious, constant reading of grocery and shopping lists. Maybe this book would be better as a read, not a listen, that way you can skip these parts.
All of that said, the final chapters are the book's saving grace. If you put in the time and endure the nails-on-the-chalkboard mind-numbing beginning, you will be rewarded with the ending. Miraculously, this character actually ends up learning something and becomes someone you might be able to relate to.
Why do I end up wanting to read the next book? I hope that the new-improved Becky is the character of the rest of the series. If not, I am afraid I will want these 11 hours of my life back.
A better, funnier recommendation: Ain't She Sweet? Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
I throughly enjoyed this book. I loved Beckys letters. No, it is not funny to be in debt, but this is F-I-C-T-I-O-N. I was able to enjoy this book, because I know the difference between fact and fiction. Funny, Funny, Funny. I had to read the entire series and it left me wanting still more in the series and more from Sophie Kinsella.
I have never submitted a review before, but I feel compelled to warn others about this book! I found myself becoming very agitated with this character! This is the first time I've read or listened to a book in which I could not find one redeeming quality in the protagonist! Becky is one of the most unlikeable characters I've ever encountered! She has absolutely no insight! Even the shallowest of people possess some quality which endears them to others....not this one! Don't waste your time!
I loved the first one. I had to have the others right away. I have now been through them all and have throughly enjoyed everyone of them. Wonderful and funny.
This book is abolutely brilliant. I loved all three and am looking forward to the 4th. I was glued to each page and couldnt get enouhg, i was very happy to find out there were sequals. No, this isnt the next great american novel, and i am glad! its nice to read a fun book every now and again. Becky is my hero!!!!!
I was not sure when I started this book if I was going to like it. After all, overspending is not a fun situation to be in! But this was such a good story with a really good outcome. And I even learned a little about money management in the process. I really enjoyed the reader! I will look for more books done by her! She absolutely brought the story to life. I highly recommend this book!