I first started reading the Shopaholic series years ago following the life of Becky Bloomwood a financial advice writer with a dark secret. Truth was she was a shopaholic with significant debt and her life was spiralling out of control. Christmas Shopoholic is number 9 and a bit of catching up for anyone new to the series! Sophie Kinsella did write the series frequently but understandably the time between books as become longer. I don’t mind as each book is well thought out and a joy to read.
Becky is married to Luke, looks after their only child Minnie, and they live outside London near her family. This year her parents have decided to move to Shoreditch for a ‘gap year’ and hand over the responsibility of Christmas lunch to Becky. Immediately stressed to emulate her mother’s amazing meals, Becky does what she knows best, list making and shopping! Except it isn’t working and Becky can’t find anything perfect for the day. There are so many demands. Jess, Becky’s sister wants a low waste vegan Christmas. Her best friend Suze is desperate to come to avoid her husband’s family. Layer in an ex-boyfriend turned Rockstar to the mix, and Becky’s head is all over the place.
I loved this book! Kinsella has updated the series and successfully incorporated current social technologies like Instagram and Whatsapp into the storyline. Fantastic! Like all the previous books it is a joyful, easy read. There is a little frustration with Becky as she hasn’t really grown up in the last ten years but there were some signs of maturity. There is no wondering if there will be another book as the ending answers this. If you are looking for a new series to get hooked, find Confessions of a Shopaholic at your library or bookstore.