Tuesday 21 September 2010

Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

For review: Bantam Press. Published 2 September 2010
From the book cover: The world's favourite economically challenged heroine is back... with a small friend in tow...

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 two-year-old Minnie has a quite different approach to shopping...

Cue havoc in the toy department at Harrods and the handbag department at Harvey Nicks, a near disaster when Minnie starts bidding on eBay, and a surprise birthday party that is turning into a nightmare.

Becky is at her wits' end!

So who will get a gold star and who will end up on the naughty stair?

I always find Sophie Kinsella a joy to read and this instalment in the shopaholic series is no exception.

It's been a few years since we last saw Becky and Luke, now with the addition of their daughter Minnie, not much has changed. Luke is still a workaholic and Becky is still a major shopaholic! Add in a financial crisis, a rather willful child and a surprise birthday party Becky is determined to hold for Luke and we have the recipe for the usually mishaps and laughs.

Becky is one of those characters I adore and am completely frustrated by in equal measure. I have no idea how she manages to get herself into complete chaos every time but it is definitely a skill! Minnie is awesome and I loved how willful and stubborn she is! She's definitely her mother's daughter when it comes to shopping! I also love Luke - although he felt very absent this time. I hope in the next book - I'm assuming there will be another - he will be around a lot more.

I didn't feel as if there were as many laugh-out-loud moments present in Mini Shopaholic as there have been in the previous shopaholic books - this one felt a bit more serious as it concentrated on Becky's desperate need to plan the ultimate surprise party for Luke (for reason's that become clear at the end) and the reappearance of Elinor - a character I have actually become to adore. I do really like the more emotional aspects of these books - it's just they are usually more balanced with humorous ones.

I do hope there are more books to come - I love this series and don't think I'll get tired of it anytime soon. Based on the ending of this one I am very much looking forward to more Becky, Luke and Minnie! I hope this time Luke does something majorly romantic for Becky - I think she deserves it:)

1 comment:

prophecygirl said...

I know what you mean abut Luke seeming a bit absent in this one. Glad you enjoyed it though :)


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