TITLE: Confessions of a Shopaholic PUB. DATE: 2001
GENRE: Chick-Lit PAGES: 310
PACING: light, quick
CHARACTERIZATIONS: quirky, series (character), first person narration, realistic
STORY LINE: straight-line plot, main character centered novel, single point of view
FRAME: humorous, romantic, contemporary, urban, upbeat, romantic, minimal background
A young sophisticated woman, Rebecca Bloomwood, who lives in a luxury apartment in London deals with every day temptations of buying expensive items she cannot afford. Even though she is a writer for a finance magazine, she is neglectful about managing her own finances, her spending escalates, and she falls more into debt. Rebecca ignores the problem by hiding away the bank bills, not communicating with them, and running to the country to leave all her financial problems behind. Her attitude to take responsibility towards her financial life changes after she helps her family’s friends with their money misfortune.
Geographical setting: England
Time period: 1997-2000
Series: Shopaholic series (6 novels)
Subject headings: Young women – Fiction, London (Englad) – Fiction, Shopping – Fiction, Debt – Fiction, Rebecca Bloomwood – Fictitious character
SIMILAR AUTHORS: Lauren Weisberger, Lori Culwell, Lindsey Kelk, Alexandra Potter, Sue Margolis, Jane Green
On her website, Rian Montgomery defines Chick lit as “smart, fun fiction for and/or about women of all ages. Many of these books are written from a first-person viewpoint, making them a bit more personal and realistic. The plots can range from being very light and fast-paced to being extraordinarily deep, thought-provoking and/or moving.” Chick Lit is considered one of the emerging genres and it is surely addresses problems that women face today. (Saricks, 2009, p.159)
Chick Lit Club. (2007-2014). Retrieved from http://www.chicklitclub.com/index.html
Maatta, S. L. (2010). A few good books. New York, NY : Neal-Schuman.
Montgomery, Rian. (2006). What is Chick Lit? Retrieved from http://chicklitbooks.com/what-is-chick-lit/
Saricks, J.G. (2009). The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction (2nd ed.). Chicago, IL:
American Library Association (ALA).