Friday, 3 September 2010
Review: Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Bantam Press
Released: September 2nd, 2010
Grade rating: B+
Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) thought motherhood would be a breeze and that having a daughter was a dream come true - a shopping friend for life! But it's trickier than she thought, two-year-old Minnie has a quite different approach to shopping. On top of everything else, there s a big financial crisis. People are having to Cut Back including all of Becky's personal shopping clients and she and Luke are still living with Becky's Mum and Dad. To cheer everyone up, Becky decides to throw a surprise birthday party on a budget, but then things become really complicated. Who will end up on the naughty step, who will get a gold star and will Becky's secret wishes come true?
Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) is back! She's back! YAY!
Mini Shopaholic is the sixth book in the hugely popular adult chick-lit Shopaholic series, written by one of the funniest women in fiction. It's great to have Becky back, along with lovely husband Luke and two-year-old daughter Minnie. Existing fans of the series will know that things NEVER go smoothly for the Brandons, and Mini Shopaholic is testament to that.
Becky's her usual shopaholic self, though she has reined that particular obsession in quite considerably. It seems all her genes have passed straight on to Minnie, who can already buy stuff on eBay and identify a VISA credit card from miles away (Derek Smythe is crying as I type this. One Becky is enough!). Luke's caught up in another financial crisis (does the poor guy ever get a rest?!), which inspires Becky and Co. to cut back and be thrifty. HA!, I hear you say. That'll never happen! Well, at least they try, right?
In addition to banks collapsing, children spending pocket money years in advance and a personal work set-back, Becky is also organising a surprise party for Luke. Hilarity ensues as she tries to keep it a secret from her sniffer dog of a husband, which is no easy feat. Does she manage it? Well, you'll have to read it to find out!
Mini Shopaholic isn't quite as funny as previous books in the series, though it's just as daft. The situations Becky gets herself into are ridiculously unrealistic, but that's one of the appeals of these books. They're complete escapist fun and, although they are aimed at an adult market, there's absolutely nothing that would be unsuitable for younger readers. I can't wait for the next book!