[Book Opinion] [English] Confession of A Shopaholic (Shopaholic #1) – Sophie Kinsella

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ISBN : 9789792202366
Publisher : PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Translator : Ade Dina Sigarlaki
Number of pages : 472

MEET BECKY BLOOMWOOD, AN IRRESISTIBLE HEROINE WITH A BIG HEART, BIG DREAMS — AND JUST ONE LITTLE WEAKNESS …

Becky Bloomwood has what most twenty-five-year-olds only dream of: a 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, she can’t actually afford it — not any of it. Her job writing atSuccessful Saving magazine not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. Still, how can she resist that perfect pair of shoes? Or the divine silk blouse in the window of that ultra-trendy boutique? But 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 moremoney. But none of her efforts succeeds. Her 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.

So I’ve finally read this oh-so-popular series at its era (maybe when I was only reading teenlit and not chicklit like this one yet). Due to the curiosity of this book’s popularity, I finally picked the first from series at the flea bookstore in a cheap price.

The story was telling us about a career woman Rebecca Bloomwood or- Becky Bloomwood. She was, as Sophie Kinsella pictured, lazy as hell in her office. I think she didn’t consider her current job as something she loved. When she was asked to attend a certain presentation or event, she would agree just so that she gets the champagne. She wouldn’t really work and think that it was enough to summarize it from the booklet she’s gotten there. One other thing about Becky, she was a shopping-mania; a shopaholic, to the extent she would delude herself that the clothes could be her investment- that later on, when she needed a pink dress, she has already had it (though in fact, when she needed it, she would think the model has out-to-date and she needed the new one). She kept buying things, to the point she had a huge amount of debt- in everywhere. She never thought that it would bring her to a problem… someday later.

Unfortunately, Becky had no boyfriend. If she had one, maybe her boyfriend could possibly stop her from buying clothes just because it was a bargain, or it was too pretty, or it was for investment, right? Even that so, she thought that Luke Brandon, the head of Brandon Corporation, was putting an interest on her- oh, right, or else he wouldn’t ask Becky to find a luggage with him. Right? And there was Tarquin, Suze (Becky’s roommate)’s cousin who was weird but- but- unexpectedly rich; richer than Luke Brandon, even.

So now, how should Becky handle everything that went wrong; especially when the “debt-collector” from Endwich Bank knew where she was living? Should she run away to her family? Should she ask a help from her friend; Suze, or her “admirer”; Luke and Tarquin? Or maybe… she could do something by herself to fix everything to its place again.

The plot was slow; very-very-very-slow, in my opinion. Maybe around… 3/4 of the book was only telling about how Becky spent her money. Again. And again. And again. And again. I found that there was nothing in particular, such a new information, as the story went on and on. To be honest? I was bored. Bored bored bored bored bored to the hell. I couldn’t even understand why this book was so popular. Funny? Uh- I don’t see this as funny, somehow. I don’t really understand but- it was just too absurd and I… don’t like it. If this book was supposed to be funny, then my sense of humor is in a completely different world from this. The book was as annoying as it could be. And as the story goes, I really- REALLY thought that there would be no second book- or third- or fourth. I’m done with this one and I wouldn’t read the other books of this series.

Until… I don’t know. At some point, it finally reached the end; reached the conclusion. The conclusion was, I have to admit, too fairy-tale like; as in- how everything could be done just by a flick of finger. However, I also somehow liked the ending. The way on how Becky confronted Luke was, don’t know why- or how, cool and amazing. I like to see that kind of Becky; the one that could give an explanation towards the others about her points, the one that could make people think and agree with her, the one that did care a lot about her neighbor, the one that could make the right analogy so that everyone could see on what she was getting into. Well, in short, the ending was somehow sort of- “WOW” for me. Don’t ask me exactly why or which part, I just felt like it. I just felt “I need this series! NOW.” And so, from two stars (which I was originally planned to give), I’d like to lift it up to the three stars, for the “WOW” I got at the ending of this.

Oh, as for the characters…

I HATE; hate with a capital H, A, T, and E- Becky. So much. She’s so irrational in everything she did. She couldn’t stop shopping though she was in debt; worse, that she made a lame excuse for each buying- by deluding herself. She didn’t even want to try her best for her work and just thought about all the clothes or gossips or… whatever when she was working. She didn’t even hesitate to tell the others a lie, like how her aunt was sick- and then after Luke sympathized on her and lent her a sum of money, she used it for buying a scarf, and as soon as Luke asked it she said her aunt has dead and her aunt gave her the scarf. OH. GOD. *hits my head to the table* She was beyond stupid, beyond selfish, and- everything. If there was someone like her alive and sit beside me, I would have burnt her heart ALIVE. (Though, thankfully, at the end of story she could stop being selfish and trying her best to help the neighbor- who seemed to be cheated by a certain bank.)

Meanwhile, Luke was, in my opinion, such a confusing character. Okay, he had a girlfriend already. And if that so, then why he gave an ambiguous sign towards Becky? He was weird- and I meant it. He paid attention towards everything Becky did. He lent his money towards her without any second thoughts. He… well, in short, he was confusing. That’s all. On this I have to agree with Becky and understand on why she was mad at Luke.

Suze probably the most “likable” characters among everyone. She seems to like clothes; as much as Becky did, but she also knows how to limit her budget. She loves her friend; she didn’t mind Becky had a debt on her, but she minded it when Becky didn’t have the money to pay the debt from everywhere else. She even helped Becky to create all the frames (like a side-job which Becky picked to get an additional money- which then abandoned poorly at the corner of her place) and give the money to Becky. Well, she’s the perfect friend you could ever ask.

Well now, I’d like to see how the second book would go on.

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