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Mini Shopaholic - Sophie Kinsella
Member Name: HelenW
Mini Shopaholic - Sophie Kinsella
Advantages: Great storyline, well written characters, funny
Disadvantages: Not enough Minnie Brandon
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.
Summary: Highly recommended