Goodreads Summary: 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 Thoughts: I was waiting for this book to be released for so long! I pre-ordered it months ago and when it finally arrived, I could not stop myself. I directly had to start reading. After having read 5 other Shopaholic books I was expecting something really funny and entertaining. And I have to say, I am not at all disappointed. I would not say it is the best book of the series but it was a great laugh and I’m a bit sad that I am done with it now and have to wait a really long time until there’ll be another Sophie Kinsella book.
Starting to read a Shopaholic book is great because you do not have to get to know the characters anymore. You feel like as if you really know them and thus, everything is familiar directly from the beginning. Mini Shopaholic includes a few new characters but all the old ones are still there and it is nice to meet them all again.
What I really love about the Shopaholic books is that they are, in a way, really close to everyone’s reality. Of course, Sophie Kinsella is exaggerating a lot but the main issues Becky Brandon has are normal ones that can happen to everyone. I can totally feel with her when she is facing all the problems to keep her surprise party a secret. I love preparing surprises but I always have a huge problem keeping my surprise a secret. I was feeling with her all that time and hoped that it’ll work out in the end!
The other main topic of the book is Minnie, Becky’s 2 year old daughter. Minnie is absolutely spoiled and you can imagine why she is like that! It is great to see the traits Becky and Minnie have in common especially when it comes to shopping. Of course, Minnie turns out to become a shopaholic, just like her mother. But the best thing about it is the way, Becky is using Minnie as an excuse to buy new things. Buying a dress for Minnie’s 21. birthday and borrow it from her now is just one example of these great excuses.
My most favourite quote of the book is: “‘It is an investment’, I’ll wear it so many times, it’ll totally pay for itself.” That is just how we know Becky and, lets face it, women are like that and we all try to find excuses like this one to buy a new pair of shoes or new cloths.
The book ends in a way that gives reasons to hope that there’ll be another one and I really hope that this hope comes true. What would our world be without Becky Brandon?
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