Sunday, November 7, 2010
Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Becky Brandon thought motherhood would be a breeze and that having a daughter was a dream come true: a shopping friend for life! But it's trickier than she thought. Two-year-old Minnie has a quite different approach to shopping.
Minnie 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 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 most.
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?
I must admit that I absolutely adore Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series; they are some of my favorite reads, because I always know that I'm in for a rollicking good read. And with Mini Shopaholic, Kinsella does not disappoint - the book was hilarious! I laughed out loud so many times that I cried from laughing so much. I LOVED IT! Of course how you can not laugh at the ridiculously over the top situations that Becky always seems to find herself in - like when she finds out that Minnie's pocket money (50 pence a week) has been spent until 2103 (Minnie is in the red and only 2 years old!); or when she gets caught in a lie, which always seems to be the case, like when her husband Luke finds her outside his work building (she had just secretly met his secretary for lunch to get help planning his surprise birthday party) and she tells him she just had botox, then decides to switch it up and say she wants a boob job (the kind that is not invasive and consists of getting your breasts inflated for a week) - they are all super funny moments that easily put a smile on your face. Along with the funny, Kinsella throws in real life issues, such as, the economic meltdown, motherhood (specifically child-rearing), relationships (marital, friendships, mother-daughter, mother-son, etc) and so forth; all of which help to ground the story and allow for us to see how much Becky has developed and grown as a character. All in all, another fantastic read in Kinsella's successful Shopaholic series! I can't wait for the next one - which, according to the teaser at the end of Mini Shopaholic, will take place in Hollywood (can't you just imagine all the high-jinks Becky will get herself caught up in?)
Til the next book! Ta! Happy Reading!!!