Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) is now a wife to Luke and mom to two-year-old Minnie but she is still a major shopaholic. However, the thrill of shopping at Harrods has been dampened by Minnie’s wild behavior, and Becky is becoming worried that her daughter’s  spirited behavior is actually due to her being spoiled by Becky, Luke, and Becky’s parents (who Luke and Becky still live with).

In addition, a huge financial crisis has hit the United Kingdom and Luke’s company is in jeopardy. Becky desperately wants to cheer Luke up so she decides to throw a surprise party. Knowing Becky, it should come at no surprise that the costs start to spiral out of control, and now she’s facing having to admit to her husband what she’s been up to.

I was looking forward to reading about Becky as a mom and those parts of the book did not disappoint. Little Minnie is quite comical although I’m sure I would be quite stressed out if I had to babysit her for an hour. (About as sure as I am about how Becky and I could never been friends in real life.)

The most disappointing part of this book was the relationship Becky has with Luke. She’s afraid to correct Minnie’s behavior because she’s convinced Luke will send Minnie far away to a boot camp. But not only has he already told her he wouldn’t do, but she spends a lot of time talking about the relationship he had with his stepmother — a woman he adores for being there for him rather than the mother that walked away from her. Luke is also not there for most of the book. I understand he’s supposed to be a high-powered executive chained to his Blackberry but this was just ridiculous!

Book Mentioned:

  • Kinsella, Sophie. Mini Shopaholic. New York: Dial Press, 2010. Print. 418 pgs. ISBN: 9780385342049. Source: Library.
Book Cover © Dial Press. Retrieved: June 29, 2011.
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