The Secret Dreamworld Of A Shopaholic: (Shopaholic Book 1) Paperback – 14 Sep 2000
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On the face of it, Rebecca Bloomwood has it all. Confident, single and happily living in des-res Fulham with her best friend Suze, she's a financial journalist who spends her days writing articles advising other people on the importance of budgeting and prudent investing. Her private life is a different story though; Rebecca manages her own finances in a way that would make most of her readers' hair curl--for Rebecca is a woman on a mission--she just can't stop spending.
I look up and I'm in front of Octagon. My favourite shop in the whole world. Three floors of clothes, accessories, furnishing, gifts, coffee shops, juice bars and a florist which makes you want to fill your entire home with flowers. I've got my purse with me. Just something small, to cheer me up. A T-shirt or something. Or even some bubble bath. I won't spend much. I'll just go in and... I'm already pushing my way through the doors. Oh God, the relief. The warmth, the light. This is where I belong. This is my natural habitat.As the plot unfolds, Rebecca finds increasingly bizarre and often highly comical ways to ignore her ever-growing debts and mounting pile of unpaid Visa bills and red bank statements. Got a bill you can't pay? No problem. Just take it out for a walk and deposit it in the nearest skip whilst no-one is looking. Need to justify that £120 velvet scarf? Don't worry! It was a snip at half price in the sale, so what initially looks like a splurge is actually an example of canny discount shopping. Rebecca's disastrous love life mirrors her finances. And her career seems to be taking a turn for the worse, too. That is, until she finds a financial story that really sparks her journalistic interest, and begins to spar with handsome and successful financial PR millionaire Luke Brandon. Witty, light-hearted and often hilarious, The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic is the ideal read for anyone who has ever found themselves mentally justifying rash purchases in their heads, or buying just one more pair of black trousers because they are so different from the other eight pairs in their wardrobe. --Emily Lowson
I almost cried with laughter (Daily Mail)
'You won't have to shop around to find a more winning protagonist' (Ireland on Sunday)
This book is an indulgence that is definitely worth every penny. (New Woman)
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Top Customer Reviews
(Although still absolutely hysterical!)
Its so funny, I laughed till I cryed, but only because I can so relate to her justifications of buying things. Once you have read the book you will realise that there is a bit of a Becky in all of us.
I bought it for 2 of my girly friends for Christmas who have both already read it and loved it as much as I did.
We would all highly reccommend it.
Becky encounters a whirlwind of events and finally realises that her spending is getting out of control. Becky has been slacking on her job, getting deeper and deeper into debt from her outrageous spending, things just couldn't get any worse for her, that is until Mr Luke Brandon comes along and she immediately falls for him which causes even more events to spiral out of control...
Will all her problems be solved? Will she find true love with Luke Brandon?
This book is for all females and is aimed at teenagers and adults. With its humour and realistic storyline you just can not put the book down! Overall, I think this is a great read and I really recommend you read it!
All in all, this isn't the book for you if you're wanting great emotional depth and all that, but if you want to be entertained and made to smile, it's just the thing.
the book's heroin, becky bloomwood, uses all the excuses in the book to spend lots of money. many such excuses i recognise. for example: 'i dont smoke, so just imagine all the money ive saved, so can therefore splash out on another 6 pairs of shoes!!'
so to all women who need a good laugh at how we all manage to get ourselves into the most rediculous situations... read this book! it'd make an exellent gift for a girlfriend, or as a treat for yourself.
Excellent read hilarious and light hearted!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have already read this book in paperback but just could not resist buying it again for my kindle! Brilliantly written and side splitting humour on every page.Published 22 days ago by Michaela Bell
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This book, and the rest of the series, are so well loved that I was absolutely sure I would love it too. Read more
After discovering sophie Kinsella years ago, and finally tracking down the book i was after (the undomestic godess), i then came across the dreamworld of a shopaholic. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Maddie
I read sophie kinsella latest book and development died to start from the beginning. Couldn't put it down had to go buy the next one straight away. Real easy read and enjoyablePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wish I get a happy ending like that, I don't understand why I'm been force to write a long review smhPublished 4 months ago by liz
counldnt put it down for 5 days straight.. have already bought the next in the series!Published 4 months ago by Katrina