Author: Sophie Kinsella
Genre: Chick Lit
First Published: 2010
Page Count: 414
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Note: Book 6 in the Shopaholic series
There are few book series that consistently deliver creativity with their story lines, but Kinsella has once again proved that her shopaholic books can still touch your funny bone and your heart.
*New dynamic with new family addition *Very touching surprise conclusion
*Becky’s antics can be maddening
“Honestly, shopping beats therapy, anytime. It costs the same and you get a dress out of it.” Becky Brandon has had a lot on her hands since the birth of her daughter. With a feisty toddler to rein in, the disappointment of house hunting, and a ruined economy, Becky has to find a way to throw Luke a fabulous surprise birthday party while trying to control her endless desire to shop ’til she drops.
I can’t believe this is book six of the series, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it. We’ve gone through plenty of crazed adventures with Becky in past books but this addition to the series really brings the whole collection together. Readers will love the addition of Minnie, Becky’s plucky little toddler that throws a whole new dynamic to the story line…and Becky’s shopping habits. However, Becky’s parents, her step sister, Jess, and even her husband Luke’s icy mother Elinor all have big parts in this book. It’s nice to see them all come together in this story like one big (dysfunctional) happy family. To wrap it all up, the conclusion of the book is very touching and impressed me the most when I think about all the other story lines in the previous books. You realize how much you love each and every character and how much you have enjoyed seeing Becky get to where she is in the story with her family and friends.
Although Becky’s shopping antics and other silly situations she finds herself in are meant to be seen as dramatic and foolish, sometimes I couldn’t stand the idiocy of Becky’s choices. She goes a little too far with her shopping and it was hard to believe that she could be that easily swayed to spend money the way she does. You want to hit your head against a wall or scream and tug your hair out because you can’t stand seeing her dig herself into an even deeper hole then she started in. However, if you’ve gotten to book six in the series, Becky’s behavior will be really old news and doesn’t dim the charm of the story too much.
Mini Shopaholic is my favorite book in the series because I love the fact that Becky is tackling motherhood in this story and the surprise ending is very different from what we are used to with Kinsella. I was sad to close the shopaholic chapter of my reading adventures, but I just learned another book is in the works!I can’t wait to see where Kinsella will take Becky, but if it’s anything like this book, readers are in for treat.