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Publisher's Summary

Rebecca Bloomwood just hit rock bottom. But she's never looked better...

Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous flat in London's trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season's must-haves. The only trouble is that she can't actually afford it - not any of it.

Her job writing at Successful Savings not only bores her to tears, it doesn't pay much at all. And lately Becky's been chased by dismal letters from Visa and the Endwich Bank - letters with large red sums she can't bear to read - and they're getting ever harder to ignore.

She tries cutting back; she even tries making more money. But none of her efforts succeeds. Becky's only consolation is to buy herself something...just a little something...

Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life - and the lives of those around her - forever.

Sophie Kinsella has brilliantly tapped into our collective consumer conscience to deliver a novel of our times - and a heroine who grows stronger every time she weakens. Becky Bloomwood's hilarious schemes to pay back her debts are as endearing as they are desperate. Her "confessions" are the perfect pick-me-up when life is hanging in the (bank) balance.

This book is also known as The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic.

©2001 Sophie Kinsella (P)2002 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"Hilarious...hijinks worthy of classic I Love Lucy episodes." (USA Today)

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  • M.
  • Fort Belvoir, VA, United States
  • 08-26-03

shopaholic fun fun fun

This is an amazingly funny book, I had tears coming down my face from laughing so hard. Mainly because I find myself doing the same types of things that the wonderful charachter Becky Bloomwood does to get out of debt. Positively fabulous! If you thought Bridget Jones' Diary was funny, wait until you read/hear Shopaholic.


19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Heather
  • Myrtle Beach, SC, United States
  • 03-19-09

What a fun read!

I am not into Chick Lit, but this book was great. The book is quirky, fresh, fun, humorous and has great characters. Emily Gray, the narrator, did an amazing job too. She really got the voice of our main character Becky down perfect. I would definitely recommend this book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathleen
  • Littlehampton, United Kingdom
  • 09-15-03

how not to shop by Betty B

great fun book.I had to read the neaxt one immediately.Sophie Kinsella has made a new comic character for our times.Read it and weep!(with laughter)

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Debbi
  • Littleton, CO, USA
  • 11-08-07

Cute & Funny!

I picked this book up after seeing it in the bookstore and thinking the title sounded fun (and I liked the artwork on the bookcover). I truly enjoyed this book! It was an easy listen and kept me laughing. Yes, some would say it is all about a girl and her shopping addiction and why can't she control herself, but that is what makes it funny! Also, the narrator for this series does a great job!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Evelyn
  • Lomita, CA, USA
  • 09-04-05

Not so much!

I really had high hopes for this book but I felt that the protagonist was very dull and shallow. The only reason I give it two stars is because of the short romantic scene, otherwise this was a bitter disappointment. I planned to get the other shopaholic books but thought better of it.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Marylou
  • Bend, OR, United States
  • 02-06-09

cute for a while

I typically enjoy Sophie Kinsella books BUT this one took it's toll on me after several chapters. I just felt that Becky Bloomwood was a pathological liar after ALL she did was LIE about EVERYTHING.. I am almost done listening to this audio book so hope in the end she learns a lesson and changes her ways.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Erin
  • Fairfax, VA, United States
  • 02-22-09

Not my cup of tea.

Don't get me wrong, I actually like most of Sophie Kinsella's novels--just not this one. Kudos to the reader, who did an excellent job. I'm afraid, however, that this book and I were never exactly meant to be friends--although I did try.

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  • barbara
  • Brookside, Australia
  • 08-28-07

Entertaining light reading

Excellent - entertaining and funny. Really enjoyed it. If you are familiar with London its even better as it mentions a lot of well known tourist spots and shops.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Carie
  • Rochester, MN, USA
  • 07-18-08

Long and Annoying

I found myself wanting to strangle the character. I felt like the story was just a list of all the things she bought while shopping. I expected it to have a lot more plot development. The end of the book did finally get a little more interesting and made me curious about the sequel.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Madison
  • London, Ontario, Canada
  • 08-01-07


This is by far the most boring story I have heard in a long time. It seemed like I was listening to someone reading a cheque book or a VISA bill, oh wait, she does read her entire VISA bill item by item. I forced myself to keep listening for a while,thinking something must happen, but I eventually gave up. This was a waste of my money, and my time.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Katie
  • 01-24-11

Enjoyable and Funny

The story of Shopaholic is enjoyable and light hearted.
Most of the way through it's very funny, though it has to be admitted, it's very silly at the same time. And as Becky spun her harmless lies and headed into scrape...after scrape... after scrape, I found myself laughing!

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  • MigratingFishSwim
  • 08-11-17

Enjoyable light fiction

Interesting set-up for the rest of the series. Likeable heroine.
Very refreshingly, it's the main character's experience and development that form the bulk of the novel, with romance playing a smaller part than most chick lit. This means things aren't predictable, and female friendship, and creativity, are much more to the fore. I'll definitely be reading more Shopaholic
Narration could have been more nuanced, I'd give it 7/10 overall

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  • Philippa C
  • 06-26-17


AMAZING and so fun to read and really suits me and my kind of style definitely the best book in the whole whole world

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  • Rebecca
  • 07-01-16


Loved this book! Very funny! I can't wait to download the next book! Definitely relates to most young woman with bad shopping habits, me included!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-20-15

near car crash, so funny.

Would you consider the audio edition of Confessions of a Shopaholic to be better than the print version?

I love that when I am stuck in traffic I can laugh out loud to my funny shopaholic.

What did you like best about this story?

I can really see myself in alot of what goes on.

What about Emily Gray’s performance did you like?

Really good.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

yes i almost crashed the car through laughing so much.

Any additional comments?

its great light fun.

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  • Jane
  • 05-23-15

Fun and entertaining

Thoroughly enjoyed this book Becky is a very likeable character who you cant help but warm to and empathise with despite getting herself into some tricky situations. It did make me chuckle !

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  • Anne-Kathrine Forbes Knudsen
  • 01-07-15

Love this series!!

Love listening to this series. Have read all the books loads of times, just waiting for the rest of the series to come out on audible.. Hope it will be soon!!

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  • Katherine
  • 04-24-14

Very enjoyable, easy to listen to, and very silly

Which character – as performed by Emily Gray – was your favourite?

The main character, Becky, is infuriatingly silly, but it is fun listening to her reason herself into ridiculous situations and even more ridiculous purchases, very well narrated by Emily Gray.

Any additional comments?

This book is silly and infuriating but it really is very enjoyable.

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  • shirlana
  • 07-02-13


Would you listen to Confessions of a Shopaholic again? Why?

yes i have. Its so frustratingly funny

What was one of the most memorable moments of Confessions of a Shopaholic?

gosh i just want to strangle Becky ( main character). but i love her also.. laugh a minute book.

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  • 04-13-13

Funny but not the best from Kinsella

As always with Kinsella's book, there is a lot of funny scenes but not enough place for the love story, it's a pity because she is very good at it.

That's why this novel isn't my favorite. For me the best is definetly "Can you keep a secret" and "I've got your number".

However, Emily Gray made a good job with the read.

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  • Bec
  • 07-08-15

Sophie Kinsella is chick lit queen

This was a reread for the millionth time but first time on audiobook and Emily Gray was fantastic. You really felt the book along with her.
Such a great and different experience and also great to listen to whilst driving to and from work :)
Can't wait to continue the series on audiobooks.