Friday, November 11, 2011

Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

3 Star

Becky Brandon thinks that having a daughter is a dream come true: a shopping friend for life! But two-year-old Minnie has a quite different approach to shopping. The toddler creates havoc everywhere she goes, from Harrods to her own christening. Her favorite word is “Mine!” and she’s even trying to get into eBay! On top of everything else, Becky and Luke are still living with her parents (the deal on house #4 has fallen through), when suddenly there’s a huge nationwide financial crisis.

With people having to cut back, Becky decides to throw a surprise party for Luke to cheer everyone up. But when costs start to spiral out of control, she must decide whether to accept help from an unexpected source—and therefore run the risk of hurting the person she loves.

Will Becky be able to pull off the celebration of the year? Will she and Luke ever find a home of their own? Will Minnie ever learn to behave? And . . . most important . . . will Becky’s secret wishes ever come true?

Kathryn - 3 Star

If you’ve read any of the Shopaholic series already this novel is exactly what you would expect it to be. I enjoyed it certainly for what it was and would definitely read another sequel just to see what happens next in the lives of characters but I definitely think the formula will leave no surprises to any reader.

I always find reading about Becky Bloomwood challenging because I absolutely cannot relate to her in any way!  I do not understand her need to shop, spend and live a life of subterfuge just to hide this habit. At some point during the novels I always want to shake her and ask her if she’s just that selfish or is she completely delusional?  Then I try to rein myself back and grasp that perhaps this addiction to spending should be treated like any other addiction and I should be more empathetic?  However I always keep reading, like rubbernecking on the highway, and am pleased when she finally sees some of the light.
Becky’s daughter Minnie isn’t a completely likeable child, I sort of wish she’d been portrayed as the perfect kid despite the sometimes bizarre influences of her mother- but that would not have left any room for improvement! There are a couple of surprising developments throughout so if you’ve enjoyed the previous novels then this one will not disappoint I’m sure.

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