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 at Successful 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 more money. 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.
This book is over a decade old and does feel a little outdated, but it was super cute & funny. Becky Bloomwood is completely delusional when it comes to her finances. She is, ahem, a shopaholic. She uses shopping as a means of coping with almost everything.
Becky is a financial journalist (hello, irony) living in London. She wears the latest clothes (and we’re talking high end stuff) and eats at the most NOW restaurants. Her entire life revolves around shopping. Some people eat. She’s completely shallow and a little ditzy.
But the thing is, she’s got a heart of gold, despite her inability to really empathize with people. And when it comes down to it, she’s a really smart, capable person who grows and learns from her mistakes.
I did like the book; there were parts when I actually laughed out loud. But Becky was not always very sympathetic or likable, which I guess is the point and makes her coming of age really resonate. I initally began this on audio, but I found myself wanting to hear more, so I picked up the paperback from the library to complete it.
I liked the love interest, Luke Brandon (apparently you have to say his complete name whenever you refer to him), but I wish there were more exposition when they finally end up together. I wanted to know how he felt for her, when he realized he had feelings for her…I guess that’s why there are so many sequels. I will probably read more, but not right away.