Parents' Guide to

Confessions of a Shopaholic

By Stephanie Dunnewind, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Chick-lit fave gets a movie tie-in.

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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Look forward to seeing the movie

I haven't seen the movie yet, but I think the book will be a bit different from the movie. The movie looks like it makes the girl extremely stupid as shown on the previews that she ends up googling the word 'finance'. But, in the book, she is pretty smart about finance. It's just she has a hard time practicing it. There is some language in the book, and of course drinking and only a little sex at the end. I definately don't encourage pre-teens to read it. I look forward to seeing the movie!

Is It Any Good?

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This book is not for readers who don't know Gucci from Prada. Becky's shallow obliviousness can grow tedious after a while, but her funny charm is endearing nonetheless. The many odes to shopping are balanced by hilarious scenes such as a job interview where Becky gets caught for lying on her resume (she says she speaks Finnish -- and it just so happens the company has new Finnish clients they want her to meet!). Asking for realism in a chick-lit novel is like expecting a low-fat eclair -- Becky's solution to her financial problems could only happen in fiction -- but Kinsella keeps Becky grounded enough that readers care even when she's over the top. Teens may not understand all the British financial references, especially in the second half (and indeed, Becky herself barely does, either), but they are crucial to the plot. Knowing the exchange rate for pounds to dollars will help translate Becky's debt into its true horror.

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