Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Series: Shopaholic #6
Publisher: Dell | 2011 (first published 2010) | 449 pages
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Yay, I finished reading this book this morning right after I woke up!
Mini Shopaholic is the sixth book in the famous Shopaholic series by one of my favourite authors, Sophie Kinsella. The main character, Becky Bloomwood, 29, is busy taking care of a feisty two-year-old daughter, Minnie, apart from going on more shopping sprees!
Minnie is sweet and adorable but at times, she gets out of control that neither Becky nor her husband, Luke, can get her listen to them. When she sees something she likes, she shrieks ‘Mineeeee!!!’ while holding tightly onto the desired object. There is no stopping her when she goes like that.
Besides juggling with parenthood, Becky also decides to throw Luke a surprise birthday party. She feels that Luke has had such a stressful year with work that he deserves a treat on his birthday. But there is a financial crisis going on, therefore Becky has to make sure she organises a party without being too extravagant. Or else Luke would be very upset with her as she has promised not to shop for new stuff until she has worn everything in her wardrobe at least three times.
Quite expectedly, Becky faces so many obstacles at a time. What with not being on speaking terms with her mother and Suze, her best friend, causing Luke to be suspicious of her as she behaves erratically while planning the party and trying to turn Minnie into a well-behaved child, Becky almost gives up throwing the party for Luke. That is until someone Becky thought she would never speak to again offers to help. But should she accept it without feeling guilty about betraying a loved one?
About Becky, oh, what can I say about her? I know she likes to write letters with odd suggestions or requests to various departments and companies. For example, the Central Departmental Unit For Monetary Policy. Somehow, they patiently reply her through official-sounding letters while incorporating the witty phrases she has used in her letters to them.
Becky is not a realistic person. She makes decisions based on reasons which are convenient for her and yeah, she does fib occasionally. When she has gone too far, she needs to find a solution to rid herself of the mess she has made. But no matter what, she tries not to hurt the people she loves.
Like all the other Shopaholic books, I enjoyed reading this one too. It was so such a fun read – definitely a good book to pick up after a long day at work. I was a bit disappointed thinking that the adventures of Becky Bloomwood, though I do get a bit annoyed with her sometimes, would end with this book. But lo and behold, I just found out that there will be another book after this, called Shopaholic Takes Hollywood. I’m gonna look out for that!