My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: March 3rd 1999
Publisher: Dell Publishing
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Chick-Lit, Contemporary Romance, Humor
MEET BECKY BLOOMWOOD, AN IRRESISTIBLE HEROINE WITH A BIG HEART, BIG DREAMS — AND JUST ONE LITTLE WEAKNESS …
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 …
This is one of the most poorly written books I’ve read this year.
BUT. It’s also one of the funniest and cleverest and most interestingly narrated.
It’s so very extremely hard to put it down. Rebecca Bloomwood is a funny and heart-warming heroine. Her fear of facing her ever-growing debts cracked me up every time she would receive a new letter regarding her credit.
Oh, that was so much fun. Really, I swear, this book gives a new definition to the word ‘‘fun.’’ Somehow, Sophie Kinsella manages to create a perfectly realistic, three-dimensional heroine while completely charming us with her unbelievably original and laugh-out-loud-worthy misadventures.
I can’t believe how different it is from the movie. Actually, I’ve never witnessed so many changes in a story. It’s as if the producers of the movie adaptation COMPLETELY rewrote Miss Bloomwood’s story. Her predicament remains the same, but everything surrounding it changes.
So I MUST admit I preferred the movie to the book, but that’s only because it was more… focused I should say. There is no love-hate relationship between Luke and her and it’s more dramatic and the story better outlined, while things here are more comedic than dramatic and Becky’s dreams not at all mentioned. Forget ALETTE.
But it’s still amazing and, truth be told, if I hadn’t seen the movie, I would probably have given it a 5-star-rating. Luke disappointed me in this. He remains polite like in the movie, but his charm dissolves as you switch from the movie to the book. Unfortunately.
Fun fact: I read the 5th book in the series six years ago without even knowing it was part of a series and LOVED IT to bits.
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