Thursday, October 14, 2010

Review: "Mini Shopaholic" by Sophie Kinsella

Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) is back! She's still married to handsome Luke, and now she has two-year-old daughter Minnie to contend with. Becky, Luke, and Minnie live with Becky's parents- they haven't had much luck in the house purchasing department.

When the financial world takes a turn for the worst, Becky and Luke's world seems a little more shaky. Everyone is looking for ways to cut costs. Two-year-old Minnie, however, is not looking for ways to cut costs. Her favourite word is "mine" followed closely by "Visa" and "Starbucks". Minnie wreaks havoc wherever she goes, and Becky has no choice but to face the fact that Minnie may be "a little" spoiled. In the midst of trying to get Minnie's behaviour under control, Becky decides to throw Luke a huge surprise party. But with her spending limited, will she be forced to accept help from the one person that Luke wants help from the least?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Becky's latest adventures. The Shopaholic series has always been fun to read and a great escape from the everyday. I did find that a few things about this book bothered me a little. Becky keeps constant secrets from Luke, whether they are about shopping, her job, or what she does in her spare time and I found myself wondering how strong a marriage can be when one partner seems to have an aversion to the truth. I know that Becky has been like this in her previous books as well, and that when her secrets catch up to her they certainly create some interesting entertainment, but for some reason that has started to bother me a little. The other thing that bothered me was the fact that Becky seemed, for the most part, oblivious to how bratty Minnie was behaving. Rather than being embarrased and correcting her behaviour, she seems content to overlook it.

The Shopaholic books are a great diversion from the everyday, and as such I don't expect them to be much more than entertainment. As long as I start one with accurate expectations, I always enjoy them. Kinsella has set up the last chapters of Mini Shopaholic to lead perfectly to a sequel, so I expect that Becky's not quite done with her adventures yet.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Recommended to: Fans of the Shopaholic series and light women's fiction
Challenges: 2010 100+ Reading Challenge, RYOB Challenge 2010, 2010 Chick Lit Challenge

4 comments:

  1. I SO loved the first Shopaholic book. The second was okay but I did find myself wanting to shake Becky frequently, and I lost interest partway through Shopaholic and Sister.

    Too bad, too, because Becky can be hilarious! But if she's letting her daughter be a brat, I bet I wouldn't like this one much either.

    Have you read Kinsella's "Remember Me?" I loved that one!

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  2. I just gave this to my mother, so I'm glad to see it's as good as the rest of the series. I'm sure my mother will share with me when she's done. ;)

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  3. Great review! I agree with your criticisms too.

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  4. I agree that Becky kept too many important things secret...and you'd think after so many books and mishaps, she'd have learned by now! But it was still a fun read.

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