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Confessions of Shapaholic, Home Reading Report

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Confessions of Shapaholic, Home Reading Report

  1. 1. Cor Jesu College Teacher Education Division Developmental Reading Home Reading Report Name: Quiliano G. Oracion Jr. Course & Year: BSED – M – 2nd Year Class Schedule: MWF-(12:30 pm – 1:30pm) Date Submitted: Dec. 19, 2014 I. Title – Confessions of a Shopaholic II. Author – Sophia Kinsella III. Classification of Fiction - Novel IV. Point of View – First Person V. General Setting  Place – London  Time – From July 1997 to April 2000  Weather Conditions –  Social Conditions – Rebecca Bloomwood is a Shopaholic woman. VI. Characters Main Characters: Rebecca Bloomwood, Luke Brandon, Alicia Billington, Suze Minor/Supporting Characters: Derek Smeath, Bikini Babe, Jane Bloomwood, Graham Bloomwood, Edgar West, Alette Naylor, Ryan Koenig, Hayley, Tarquin, Miss Korch, Miss Ptaszinski, Allon, Jani Virtanen, Ryuichi, Talking Mannequin and etc. VII. Brief Summary Introduction: Becky Bloomwood is a writer for Successful Saving, a financial magazine in London. Becky has her job well enough, exerting as little effort as possible along the way but there is a problem. Becky spends money on anything that catches her eye even is so expensive and has created substantial debt for herself in the process. Becky finds solace in spending, creating more problems for herself in the process. Rising Action/Incident/Motivating Force: Becky Bloomwood has what most young women 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. How can she resist that perfect pair of shoes? Or the divine silk blouse in the window of that ultra-trendy boutique? Rebecca moves forward with her plans of saving money, refusing to be discouraged by her spending of the day before, but she can’t do it. Complications/Conflicts: Rebecca has a constant battle with her addiction to shop. She has been chase by dismissal letter from VISA and the Endwich Bank- letters with large red sums that she can’t bear to read – and they’re harder to ignore. She tries cutting back; she even tries making more money.
  2. 2. Climax/Turning Point: She comes up a sample sale and auction of her entire wardrobe, so that she can pay all of her debt. Falling Action: Rebecca returns to her support group, asking for help, and sets up a sample sale and auction of her entire wardrobe. She sends a notice to the original receptionist at Alette, who forwards it to all assistants, including Luke's assistant Hayley. He says that she will need to make room for all the free samples from Alette. Everything sells, with the last item on the block being the original green scarf. In the audience, Hayley has ended up sitting next to Rebecca's mother, who reveals that she turned down the Alette offer. The grand total from the auction is over $16,000, allowing Becky to pay off her debt. She takes $9,000 to Smeath's office in pennies, giving him what he deserves in the most annoying and inconvenient fashion, as he did to her. Conclusion: Rebecca shows up at Suze's wedding wearing the bridesmaid dress, which she has traded back from the homeless woman for other clothes. They reconcile, and Suze and Tarq are married. As the newlyweds drive off, Rebecca wanders down the street. The mannequins beckon to her again, but as she resists they start applauding her. Exhilarated by her growth, she finds Luke in front of her. He presents her with the green scarf, having sent both of the bidders. They kiss on the street, and she talks about how giving up shopping has allowed her time for other things, including a relationship with Luke. By the end of her journey, Rebecca now has healed. She is no longer afraid and hiding in stores when she should be living life. She is no longer using shopping and using “things” as paltry substitutions for the deeper relationships in life—with her parents, her friends, and the love interest. She now has perspective and the attachment to the green scarf has changed. It is a symbol of love and good fortune and holds genuine sentimental attachment. VIII. Lesson/Message Becky does not seem to be able to stop herself from spending, something she does in order to make herself feel better. Though Becky cannot seem to find direction in her life, finding a great buy at a sale, or the perfect gift for a friend seems to bring her the happiness she craves. Becky is aware that her spending is a problem, but she is unable to stop. That is why, not all things we love doing can help us. Learn how to manage your money appropriately. IX. Theme Downfall of Materialism

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