Confessions of a Shopoholic

Becky Bloomwood is the bored reporter of Successful Savings where she writes long articles about hedge funds, portfolios and boring finance stuff. She half heartedly covers events and press conferences that do not interest her the least.

She spends almost all her money, buying skirts, shirts, evening gowns, accessories and that alluring Denny & George Scarf on a one-off discount sale. She doesn’t even mind borrowing money from Luke Brandon a millionaire entrepreneur (who finds her interesting btw) to get her hands on the scarf.

While her shopping expense skyrockets, she hides all the credit card visa bills under the drawer, under the bed and anywhere to avoid uncomfortable questions from Sue (Susan) her best friend and flat mate.

I loved the part where she tries to make extra money to pay her bills. Buying a self-help book that gives her step-by-step procedure to save money. But she ends up buying many other unwanted stuff along with it. She tries to make food so that she can save money to avoid eating out. But who asked her to try Indian cooking? She tries to work at a high-end clothes shop but refuses to sell a pair of pants to a customer all because she wants to have it.

With no solution to her mounting credit, she moves to her parents house to avoid calls from her bank manager. With no money and her card cancelled, she stumbles upon a story that rocks the finance world. Locking horns with Luke Brandon over a Hedge Fund Scam she exposes the wrong practices of the fund company over TV.

Her TV appearance makes her popular and she gets a new job with a higher pay so she can finally pay off her visa bills. phew! And she finally meets her bank manager too (a mild-mannered man unlike the movie version) who advises her to pay off her bills immediately. And the book ends with Luke asking her out on a date…

Why do women love Becky? That’s because at some level we are like her. At some point, even I have become crazy enough to spend money on a trinket or a dress that might or might not have been a great idea. I loved to watch her getting into trouble and just when we think she is going to sink, she rises above it.

As a writer, Sophie Kinsella scores 10 out of 10 in creating a character with which every woman can identify with, at some level. I love this book because it is a great stress buster. And more importantly, it makes me laugh.

I do love to read serious fiction, romance, non-fiction, essays etc. but I will happily reach out and tuck into the latest adventure of Becky, any time of the day.

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About sumeethamanikandan

Sumeetha Manikandan, a freelance content writer is an English literature graduate with a journalism and mass communication diploma. She lives in Chennai with her husband and daughter. After a decade long career in dotcom industry, she started working as a content writer from home. She wrote her debut novel, ‘The Perfect Groom’ as a script for a serial, which she converted into a novella for Indireads.
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