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Yet another enjoyable book in the Shopaholic series!
This time we see Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) as a mother with, by all accounts, her own little mini me with Becky embracing motherhood one shopping trip at a time!
Becky's character really develops in this book as you see her coping with the challenge on motherhood and ultimately coming out on top. It is of course not without it's moments and the fact that her daughter is seemingly unruly (being banned from seeing Father Christmas in more than one place, and destroys shop displays in another) does not deter her at all, in fact it makes her more determined to succeed in this new challenge she's faced with! All of this and an economic recession too! I really liked the fact that Kinsella brought the recession into the book and many a laugh out loud moment were caused by Becky and her family trying to spend less and negotiating their local pound shop.
Really hope Kinsella writes another 'shopaholic' book.
Mini Shopaholic is the latest in the Shopaholic series, written by Sophie Kinsella. I got into the Shopaholic series through my sister lending me the first in the series. I've been completely hooked on any Sophie Kinsella books since then. Sophie Kinsella also writes as Madeleine Wickham.
The preceedings books in the series are: Confessions of a Shopaholic, Shopaholic Abroad, Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Shopaholic and Sister, Shopaholic and Baby, and Mini Shopaholic.
Becky Brandon is now living with her husband and two year old daughter, Minnie. Unfortunately, they are currently living with her parents due to a series of bad luck whilst buying properties. Becky is working at The Look, where she is working in personal shopping. When Becky had a child, she imagined having a mini shopping buddy for a spot of designer shopping! Unfortunately, Minnie causes chaos wherever she goes. This just adds to Becky's tale of woe. Very aptly, Shopaholic is suddenly hit by reality. People are Cutting Back. Including Becky's parents and the people who are shopping at The Look.
As well as dealing with the stress of Cutting Back and the a whirlwind of choas, known as Minnie; Becky is attempting to throw a mega party for Luke's birthday. On a budget.
This latest instalment of Shopaholic has had me hooked from the first page. I think Becky is absolutely hilarious. It really is a laugh out loud series, as Sophie Kinsella is brilliant with the way she writes, showing us how Becky thinks, how excited she gets and how she tries to rationalise it.
However, my favourite character is Luke. He's long suffering with Becky's schemes and ideas. He goes along with it with not much more than a resigned sigh! He knows when she's getting up to something, but gives her the benefit of the doubt more often than not.
The same characters as the previous books are back and still exactly the same. Suze and Tarkie, Becky's parents, Janice and Martin. We are introduced to Bonnie, Luke's secretary/PA. She's very strait laced, but all of a sudden, Becky sees her as the ticket to being able to influence Luke from a work perspective. It begins as Becky trying to make sure that Luke is available for his own party but quickly develops into more personal areas! We also see the return of Elinor, Luke's birth mother, who left Luke's father when he was very young. They have never really seen eye to eye, but now, they are post explosive argument which means that Luke doesn't want to see or hear from his mother. However, Elinor has other ideas. She wants to see Minnie. All of a sudden, we are seeing the Ice Queen melt. What will Becky do? Oh dear...
The only downside of this book, is that the title is somewhat misleading. The book is called Mini Shopaholic. However, Minnie is somewhat lacking though the book. All we really find out about her is that she is a very well dressed child who is very naughty and rather spoiled. Quite possibly because Minnie is only 2, and perhaps as Minnie grows up, her character will develop much more.
The RRP for this book is £8.99, which my sister paid at Waterstones. However, it is also available on Amazon for £5.19 and very slightly less than that if Kindle is your thing!
I would highly recommend this book, but I would urge you to read the series from the beginning so that you can see the development of the characters and the relationships between them throughout the series.
I have read all the Shopaholic series and been transported into the world of Becky Brandwood, a shopaholic in its truest sense who finds her happy ever after, rich husband and all. Becky loves to shop and this series of books has seen her go on holiday, get married and now have a baby. Minnie her daughter seems to have inherited Becky's I want it all now attitude when it comes to material posesions and even at her young age has developed ways to get what she wants. This is a touching story in true chick lit style, a very easy read - perfect for holiday as so easy to dip in and out of. I was disapointed to finish this story as it is the last in the series although am hopeful Becky has more shopaholic adventures ahead of her with Minnie and her husband luke buy her side.
During my annual summer holiday, I get through lots of books so when I saw this lurking on the shelves, I thought it was worth a shot.
I've read all of the Shopaholic series, of which this is the latest (and possibly last) so I was looking forward to reading it. Sophie Kinsella also writes under the name Madeline Whickham, of which I have read a few, but the Shopaholics are certainly a favourite.
The plot of the series centres around Becky Brandon's love of shopping, so in this particular book, it brings in the joys of motherhood into the mix. It is very clear from the start that her two-year-old daughter, Minnie, is a chip off the old block and is picking up her mother's bad habits! The story sees Becky battle against a child behavior therapist, enlisted by her husband Luke to rid Minnie of these bad habits and of the terrible tantrum behavior that she seems to have developed. Becky also decides that while her husband is coping with the collapse of the national bank, his biggest client, that he should have a surprise birthday party to cheer everyone up in the dull economic times. Her initial thrifty promises were soon replaced by her usual 'I must have this' attitude, which comes at an expense. As in every Shopaholic book, Becky finds herself in many awkward situations and cringeworthy moments, but Shopaholic just wouldn't be the same without them.
After reading this latest installment of the Shopaholic series, it's safe to say that I did enjoy it but it has made me question whether Kinsella has truly exhausted Becky's story? I thought that bringing the idea of Minnie, with her behavioral issues and constant 'want' was very apt because it showed Becky exactly what she was like as a child and highlighted her own spending addiction (although I think she's still in denial!). The book was full of twists and turns and, perhaps this is because I'm about to be a mother myself, I found myself getting really frustrated at her choices and general lack of ability to say 'no'. I also felt that the story was a tad predictable- I don't think they could have Minnie's personality any other way really. Overall, this book was a great read with some funny moments, with equal amounts of sentimental and touching moments so definitely still worth reading.
I spotted this book on the 2 for £7 shelf in Asda and had to pick it up- I think for the £3.50 cost, it was definitely worth what I paid and was a nice light-hearted holiday read.
Sophie Kinsella does it again with this laugh out loud read! Shopaholic and Baby left us wondering how exactly Becky was going to cope with a new born baby girl. Would she mature in an instant? Would she gain a strong motherly instinct? Would she stop shopping? Well this new book answers all those questions. Becky is back doing what she does best....SHOPPING! Even within the midst of the economic recession Becky manages to find ways around loving husband Luke and shops at every opportunity. However, in this 6th Shopaholic novel, we do see Becky begin to grow up and see her marriage develop even further as herself and Luke find themselves having to make big, life changing decisions about the future of their family.
This book is truly the perfect read for a quiet night in and will leave you laughing. Becky is a character which almost any woman can empathise with.
This book is perfect for a holiday read or even for a book club and maybe making your male partner read it will give them an insight into the mind of women everywhere!
This is the last book in the Shopaholic series (unless they bring another one out but I don't see where the series can really go from here.) We've covered Single Becky, Married Becky, pregnant Becky and now Becky with her little girl - and a few other Becky books along the way. I do like the Shopaholic books but is the series getting a bit played out by now?
So Becky had a little girl who is called Minnie. Becky is still happy to be shopping and it's great having someone else to take shopping with you and buy cute little things for. Will Minnie end up as much of a Spendaholic as Becky? Even from the start of the book when Minnie is wanting an expensive toy we can probably see that Minnie can and probably will pick up Becky's spending habits.
The other characters that have featured in the other Shopaholic books are through this book as well - Suze who is Becky's long time best friend, Becky's parents and Luke who Becky is married to.
So how did I find this book? Well when I tell you that I read it once and then gave it away then that may tell it's own story. It's not that I didn't enjoy the book. I read it quite quicky, as I always have found the character of Becky entertaining and although I think sometimes she may be portrayed in perhaps a bit of an immature manor I find what she gets up to to be quite entertaining and comical at times. However I kept thinking that certain bits of the book seemed to be padded out a bit and dragged on a little. Becky thinks that there is a problem with Minnie in the way that she behaves, and she is trying to pass Minnie off as some intellectual child, whereas she is just a typical little girl. I find the secrets and little white lies that Becky keeps from Luke a little childish as well, but that's just my opinion.
I think we tap into a bit of a deeper Becky as instead of being all fluffy and perhaps a bit airhead at times Becky feels that she is not a good mother, but it is more in her head than anything else.
I'm glad I read it but once was enough for me with this Shopaholic book. I just don't see me being kept all that interested reading it again i'm afraid.
If you are a Shopaholic fan then you will have to read this one in the series and I know if there is any more out then I will be reading them too.
As a fan of Sophie Kinsella's work and her previous Shopaholic books i came across this in the supermarket. I actually was not going to buy this, thinking that the books had become a tad predictable so thought i'd leave it. However, my husband picked it up for me as a surprise.
Once i started i couldn't put it down and it was finished by night time.
It starts off like the others with a series of letters, descriptions about Mini and herself and her love of all things fashionable and designer.
It's brought to Becky's attention that her daughter is a handful, possibly even spoiled. In order for Becky to sway Luke into having another sibling for Mini she must prove that her daughter isn't a handful.
Long story short, she has a bit of a nightmare with Mini, her sister and Tom come back for their fake Christmas celebrations and she has a surprise party to plan for Luke as her way of showing him just how much he means to her.
At the start Becky and her mum, dad and Mini visit Father Christmas in the shopping centre, Becky wishes for a Zack Posen top and for Luke to be 100% happy and for a sibling for Mini.
Although the story sways off the normal curbing the spending, designer chit chat and debt problems to booking parties and Mini's antics and Suze and Tarquin, Sophie Kinsella does tie it all up nicely at the end.
The ending for me actually made me go 'ahhh' and i'm hoping there will be another as there are plenty open storylines that could be used.
**Definately buy this book**
I really got through a lot of books on my holiday and this book is another that I saved for a while after I bought it to take with me as it was by one of my favourite authors and I knew I had a good chance of enjoying it.
Sophie Kinsella is a very well-known author. Most famous for her Shopaholic series of books which was also made into a film, she has also written a few standalone books under this name and she has also had a number of books published under the name of Madeleine Wickham.
Becky Brandon nee, Bloomwood has always loved shopping and when she and husband Luke had their daughter Minnie, she promised to try and curb her spending habits. However it may be possible that she hasn't quite managed to do so as well as she thought, as it soon becomes apparent that 2yr old Minnie is starting to pick up some bad habits just like her mum! It makes perfect sense to give Minnie pocket money and try to teach her about saving from an early age although it isn't a good sign when Minnie becomes overdrawn almost immediately!
It seems though that Minnie isn't the only one in a financial pickle as when the Bank of London collapses, Becky decides that her husband Luke and all their family and friends could do with a good cheering up and what better way than throwing a surprise party and a thrifty one at that! Becky just has to manage to keep it all secret, even though economising and keeping secrets has never been Becky's strong point, it should all be a doddle shouldn't it?
Becky is a character that I think, throughout all the books in the Shopaholic series, you would either hate or love because she is simply obsessed by material things. I suppose to be fair it is more the act of the buying the material things she is obsessed by but, as a reader, I think you would possibly have read maybe the first book and thought she was hilarious because of the situations she gets herself into because of it, or you would have thought her thoughtless and someone with no substance. I fall into the first category and read it for what it is; a fictional person who gets herself in situations that could only be possible within the realms of a fiction book! I think the author has done an amazing job creating somebody who has stood the test of time across six books. Not only is Becky a girl who you just know will find herself in a pickle, she is somebody who can provide a giggle because of the things she does or says on a whim to try and make things better and in actual fact usually makes things more difficult for herself! The fact that the author has managed to still find new situations to put Becky in and new obsessions for Becky to have is staggering really! I truly love her vibrant personality and think this is why she has worked so well in so many books.
Luke is Becky's suffering husband and father to Minnie and he comes across as somebody who knows his wife so well, that he always knows when she is up to something but, he always likes to try and give her the benefit of the doubt! As always he comes across as such a nice person who would do anything for Becky and I like that the author has kept him this way throughout the books. Overall, the author has kept all the old characters from the other books the same and this is what makes the book work so well, as the reader can relate to them and know who they are without much explaining needed. I also think part of the reason the book works is because the supporting characters are all just as crazy in their own ways!
As per usual for me, I bought this book in Tesco as part of the two books for £8 deal so, the book cost me £4 which for a brand new book is very good value indeed considering the RRP is £7.99. You can still pick this up on various sites for less than the RRP and I do think it is worth what I paid and in fact even if I had paid full price I wouldn't be disappointed.
I am sure you can tell that I loved this book! I love Becky's crazy life and the way her mind works and I love that the author has managed to find even more hilarious situations for her and now her daughter to be in. I like that Minnie features as a complete carbon copy of her mother as this is what makes this particular book interesting because Becky can see how Minnie is behaving and knows how she was at a young age and to see how to starts to think about things is really spot on for how you would expect her character to act.
My recommendation for this book is of course, very high and I do hope that she that brings another out in the series although on what subject next I am unsure - this book is a definite must for Shopaholic book fans and should not be missed from your collection.
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Bantam Press; 2010 edition (2 Sep 2010)
Sophie Kinsella is one of my favourite authors. Even though I personally am not a fan of chick lit, I love most of Kinsella's books because she makes her characters so funny and engaging and she's one of the few authors that has the ability to make me laugh out loud!
I'm guessing that if you're reading this review, you'll already know that Kinsella is the author of the ever popular 'Shopaholic' series. She also writes under the name of 'Madeline Wickham'.
'Mini Shopaholic' is the sixth book in the series, I've copied the following list of the series from Wikipedia to show you what order to read them in:
1. The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (2000) also published as 'Confessions of a Shopaholic' (2001)
2. Shopaholic Abroad - (2001) also published as 'Shopaholic Takes Manhattan' (2002)
3. Shopaholic Ties The Knot - (2002)
4. Shopaholic & Sister - (2004)
5. Shopaholic & Baby - (2007)
6. Mini Shopaholic - (2010)
When Becky Brandon found out she was pregnant, she dreamed of designer maternity clothes and a mini shopping partner for life. However, the reality's of motherhood are proving to be more difficult than expected as 2 year old Minnie causes chaos wherever she goes - even at her own christening!
But Becky's troublesome toddler isn't the only problem she has to deal with when a big financial crisis causes panic across London. People everywhere are cutting back - unfortunately that includes most of Becky's personal shopping clients. So Becky, husband Luke and Minnie find themselves having to move in with Becky's parents.
To cheer everyone up and to celebrate Luke's birthday, Becky decides to throw a huge surprise birthday party on a budget - she can't wait to impress everyone with her mega moneysaving party. But as always where Becky is concerned, things don't quite go to plan...
What I liked
Anyone who has read my reviews of Kinsella's previous Shopaholic books will know that I have a love-hate relationship with the character of Becky Bloomwood. She's so stubborn that she gets herself into these ridiculous situations that I find hard to sympathise with because it's entirely her own fault. However I didn't find her half as irritating in this book as I have in the past. Yes, she's still a calamity Jane type character who inevitably finds herself out of her depth but in truth, it's not entirely her fault this time! The collapse of the economy and unexpected return of a character from a previous book play a big part in this. Her parenting skills leave a lot to be desired but I actually found this refreshingly realistic as Becky has always been quite an irresponsible character so her being the perfect mum wouldn't work.
There's also the return of some much loved characters here, creating a whole community of familiar and hilarious support characters. Yes Becky is of course the star but I still enjoyed reading about the live's of Danny, Jess, Janice, Tom, Tarquin, Suze and Becky's parents as much as following the latest adventures of Becky and Minnie. In particular, I love Becky's camp fashion designer friend Danny. Although he doesn't feature prominently, he never fails to make me laugh and His crush on Tarquin is hilarious.
Highlights of the book included Jess, Janice, Becky and her mum's visit to the Pound shop. I was in stitches at this scene because I totally recognised my mum and grandma in a similar situation - throwing anything and everything in the trolley just because its cheap regardless of whether they need it or not! I also liked the fact that Becky's secret party was much harder to keep secret due to the internet and the rise of social media - The Youtube videos were a nice touch and very topical. It's true these days that secrets are much harder to keep when you canfind out practically anything about anyone online.
What I disliked
In truth, Minnie doesn't actually feature as much as the title of the book would have you believe. Her out of control antics are really only sub-plots to the much more dominant plot of the budget party planning. This could be an advantage or disadvantage depending on how you look at it. Personally, I would have liked to have seen more of the relationship between Minnie and Becky, and particularly Minnie and Luke, who share very few scenes together. And given the title of the book, this is what I was expecting.
We never really get to know Minnie as a character because Becky is constantly leaving her in the care of others. At the end of the book I knew very little about her apart from the fact that she was a spoilt but very well dressed child. However, there are probably those who would be glad of this, people who'd much rather read about Becky than the exploits of her spoilt daughter. Whatever your viewpoint on this, I still feel the title is somewhat misleading. 'Shopaholic and party' would be more appropriate for this book and 'Mini Shopaholic' should have been saved for a more Minnie-centric book in the series, assuming of course that Kinsella plans to write more 'Shopaholic' books (and I really hope she does).
The ending isn't entirely satisfying. It's happy but with a hint of sadness, which is unusual for Kinsella's books since I'm usually complaining that the happy endings are too fluffy, perfect and unrealistic considering the extent of the mess that Becky finds herself in. I rather think (more like hope!) that this issue is left unresolved so that it can be revisited if there is another book in the series. If there isn't another book written after this one, this might feel some readers feeling as if there is still unfinished business to be resolved.
Where to buy
Remember the book is still relatively new and the Shopaholic series is very popular, therefore you're unlikely to get an absoloute bargain price for it, even on Ebay the typical price seems to be round about the £5-£6 (including postage) mark. Amazon currently have it listed at £3.86 and Waterstones are selling it for £4.79 so you can get it for under £5 if you shop around a bit first.
I think this is possibly my favourite book in the entire Shopaholic series. I found it funny and touching with a bittersweet ending that left me wanting more. Becky is a character who drives me mad but I still enjoy laughing and cringing at her antics. I would like to have seen more of Minnie and Luke was absent for most of the book (busy with work) but Becky is a strong enough narrator to maintain my interest and the superb cast of support characters provided some interesting and hilarious sub plots.
OK, so we eagerly awaited the release of the next shopaholic book in the series, and it delivered... Just!
I've been a devoted Sophie Kinsella reader since before I can remember and have read every book in the shopaholic series. With quite a wait between the release of the penultimate book and mini shopaholic the anticipation was killing me, perhaps this is why I was a little disappointed.
Mini shopaholic seemed to lack the humour and consistency of the rest of the books in the series, however as an easy read it was still amusing, and if you've read the rest in the series a must read.
Maybe my disappointment was fuled by the fact that I was so eager to read, I paid for the hardback copy.
A pleasent and easy read especially by the pool on holiday with a cocktail in hand, just not quite the laugh a minute of the previous books in the series, although this would be difficult to live up to!
I have read confessions of a shopaholic and have now read mini shopaholic but haven't read the books in between yet. The good thing about this series is that you don't have to read the books in order to understand what is going. They are new books on their own but they can go in a series order if you want them to.
I loved the first book and when I found this one in my house, I knew I had to read it. I was hooked on this book as soon as I started reading it and haven't been able to stop reading. It is a book that you can pick up and put down as long as you get to the end of a chapter but I have decided to carry on reading as I really like it.
Sophie Kinsella is a great writer and makes you want to read on at the end of every chapter. She finishes the chapters with things that make you want to know what happens next so you start the next chapter.
The book is about Becky, her Husband Luke and their two year old daughter Minnie. It is showing how Minnie is turning into Becky with her spoilt ways and her love for shopping. She comes across as a spoilt brat at times but then at other times, she is a sweet angel who could not do anything wrong.
It also says about how Becky wants another baby but Luke says they can't control the one they already have so they would have to wait a while before having a brother or sister for Minnie.
I really loved this book and recommend it to people who love a girly read.
Author- sophie kinsella
title- mini shopaholic
When I was in my teens I found it really hard to get into books and stick to reading them!! So one day my mum gave me the first Shopaholic book ( Confessions Of a Shopoholic) so I started reading it on holiday!! Eversince then I haven't been able to put them down. I now wait for the next book to come out!!
I love the way sophie kinsella writes, she writes about differcultys we all go through as a mother of a toddler, many times I giggled to myself as i could relate to them!! such as when Rebecca and Minnie are running through the shop , Minnie grabbing everything "mine, Mine" it just reminded me of me and my son!!
I still love the way they put the letters from her banker and others such as the playgroup and santa. I think this is a real qwerky way of making us understand the doppyness of ebecca. I sometimes think would you really ask these questions in real life, but then I remember that it is fiction and theres a women like that in us all!! Rebecca asks the questions that we wouldn't dare to ask.
It also reminds me of my husband and I, trying to keep the brand new top i just bought in the back of the wardrobe and putting a sale sticker on it so you don't get told off! " its ok i've had it for ages plus it was in the sale" because that always makes it right.
In this book they have the section when Rebecca meets Nanny Sue and trys to hide the fact that they love going shopping and getting Starbucks but as we all know as parents theres not alot you can keep secret with children about. It did remind me of the mums you see on the tv that are in deniale.
I would recommend all the books to a friend as there easy to read, easy to put down and pick up from where you left off!! The imagination put into this with a twist of reality. It also has that pinch of comedy that kept me hooked!!
This book is for all ages and really relates to the inner shopaholic that we all do have!!
I bought Mini Shopaholic for a friends birthday after she let me borrow her collection of Shopaholic books when I went on holiday. Needless to say my friend didnt get her gift but she did get to read it once I was done! Like all Sophie Kinsella books, this is an amazing read, I could not put the book down once I started reading it! Full of laughs this book kept me going through a rough time I was having! It was such an easy fun read and well worth the money. Now that I have read this I am looking at other Sophie Kinsella novels to read. I would highly recommed this book to any girl young or old and I have went on about this so much my granny now wants to borrow the collection!!! Please buy this is you are looking for some easy reading full of fun!! x
Continuing 2 years on where we last left Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) where she had just had Minnie her baby. Now 2 years old, Minnie really is everybit the mini shopaholic. We follow the antics of Minnies tantrums for anything she might like to buy and of course as ever Becky can justify ever purchase be it purchasing in advance for Minnie's 21st Birthday Present or budgeting Minnies pocket money to buy dolls and what ever else. Minnie is truly a demanding Diva who Luke thinks in madly out of control.
Becky is as ever on top form 'twisting' the truth to get her out of difficult situations. As ever she had me laughing out loud (cue some strange looks from hubby as he doesnt see the point in books. As with all the shopaholic books i was glued. Its the fastest ive read a book in a long time thanks to my two minis!
Again as always Becky leaves Luke thinking shes raving mad with excuses she comes up with trying to hide the ultimate surprise from him. Having the good old charactors Suze, Tarkie, Jess, janice and martin, danny (designer from new york) and some great new charactors too!
Somehow i never get fed up of Beckys antics and hilarious reasons, ideas and cover up stories. I truly hope this is not the last. After all surely Becky has lots to go through with Minnie growing up.
I love the shopoholic books by Sophie Kinsella. I have bought and read every single one of them. I get so excited when they come out and have to buy them straight away. Mini Shopoholic is just as good as the rest of the shopoholic books. When I start reading them I can't put them down and mini shopoholic was no exception. I was reading it before work,in my lunck break and again in the evening until I had finished it (needless to say it did not long take me long to finish it). I have never enjoyed reading a book so much and hope we will see more of the shopoholic range again soon. If you like easy reading this and the rest of the shopoholic books are a very pleasant read. If possible I would try and buy in paperback as the hardbacks are a lot more expensive.