April 17, 2011

Shopping for Infants • Mini Shopaholic

Mini Shopaholic book cover
Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Series: Shopaholic #6
Previous Books: Confessions of a Shopaholic, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Shopaholic and Sister, Shopaholic and Baby
Publisher: Dial Press
Publication Date: September 21, 2010
Source/Format: Borrowed || e-book

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 as 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.

I loved the Shopaholic series from the very beginning, and I've been with Becky Brandon (formerly Bloomwood) throughout all her crazy (mis)adventures in shopping. I was therefore looking forward to reading Mini Shopaholic, in the hopes of finding out more about Becky and Luke's daughter Minnie - especially to see if she's anything like her mother.

I don't know whether I'm pleased or displeased that the book focuses more on Becky than on Minnie. I still love Becky, and her quirky personality, crazy diatribes (in her head), her big heart of gold and her shopaholic tendencies are all accounted for and present in this book. This is something that I, as a loyal reader of the series, can appreciate. I found myself still laughing (and sometimes cringing) at her escapades, especially when it came to planning Luke's surprise birthday party and trying to deal with Minnie in the throes of the terrible twos.

But I was expecting Minnie to be a little different, maybe a bit older. I wish she could have been able to speak properly for herself and well, show us even more explicitly how she takes after her mother or father. In fact, I was kind of expecting the story to revolve mostly around her and not Becky, which wasn't really the case. I did find it funny though, how, even at two years old, she's turning into a shopaholic too because Becky insists on giving her an advance on her allowance AND pretty much buying whatever Minnie wants (after justifying it in her head, of course).

In any case, it was also nice welcoming a lot of familiar characters back - Luke, Danny, Tarkie, Suze, Jess, Tom, Janice, Mum, Dad and even Eleanor, who I now have a soft spot for.

It's still a pleasure joining Becky for all of her adventures though, so I'd definitely recommend Mini Shopaholic to fans of the Shopaholic series, as well as those looking for a nice, pleasant chick lit read.


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