Published: September 21st 2010, Bantam Press
Pages: Paperback, 396 pages
Acquired: Sent for review by Bantam Press
Summary (from Goodreads): Nothing comes between Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) and her bargains. Neither act of God nor budget crunch can shatter her dreams of wall-to-wall Prada. Every milestone in her well-shopped life (travel, long-lost sister, marriage, pregnancy) inspires new vistas to explore in the name of retail therapy. But now she faces her greatest little challenge yet: Becky’s two-year-old daughter, Minnie. While motherhood has been everything Becky dreamed it would be—Baby Dior, Little Marc Jacobs, and Dolce & Gabbana for toddlers—adorable Minnie is wreaking havoc everywhere she goes, from Harrods to her own christening. Her favorite word is “MINE!” and her penchant for Balenciaga bags, Chanel sunglasses, and online purchases has no rival under age five. Becky is at her wits end. On top of this, she and her husband Luke are still living with her parents. Thankfully it appears house buying attempt number four is a go! Until a huge financial crisis causes panic everywhere, and nobody wants to shop—not Becky’s personal shopping clientele, not her friends, nobody. And with Luke in the doldrums, it’s time for Becky to step in—with a party: A surprise birthday party for Luke (on a budget) is the perfect antidote to everyone’s woes. At first. Will Becky manage to keep the party of the year a surprise? Can she hire jugglers, fire-eaters, and acrobats at a discount? Will enlisting the help of Luke’s unflappable assistant to convince him to have another baby realize her dream of matching pom-poms? Will Minnie find a new outlet for her energetic and spirited nature (perhaps one with sixty percent markdowns)? She is, after all, a chip off the old shopping block. And everyone knows a committed shopper always finds a way.
My review: So, who doesn’t love Becky Bloomwood (well, Brandon)? I started reading the Shopaholic series many moons ago and I still can’t resist picking up each new installment. I stopped reading Chick Lit a while ago but the Shopaholic series is the one set of books I can’t seem to shake.
Becky’s back in Mini Shopaholic and this time she’s got her daughter Minnie in tow. Completely adorable and wonderfully written, Minnie is a great addition to the Brandon clan – unfortunately, she’s picked up her mother’s bad habits and has already formed quite an affinity for shopping. Poor Luke – now he has two Bloomwood girls to support.
Becky is as likeable and entertaining as ever and, although she’s definitely improved since the first book, her Achilles heel of shopping is still alive and kicking. There’s plenty to keep you interested in Mini Shopaholic and the added dimension of Minnie is a welcome one.
However, I think of the Shopaholic books as a pair of warm, comfy bed socks – they’re not exactly cutting edge but you wouldn’t trade them for anything. While Kinsella isn’t stretching any boundaries with this new novel, I still loved snuggling up in bed with my old friend Becky and hearing about her latest escapades. Keep them coming , please!
First line: ‘Dear Mrs Brandon, we were delighted to meet you and Minnie yesterday.’
Total: 14/20 (B)