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REVIEW: Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella


Sophie Kinsella has dazzled readers with her irresistible Shopaholic novels—sensational international bestsellers that have garnered millions of devoted fans and catapulted her into the first rank of contemporary storytellers. Now her beloved heroine Becky Brandon (nĂ©e Bloomwood) returns in a hilarious tale of married life, toddlerhood, and the perils of trying to give a fabulous surprise party—on a budget!

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.

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?

About the Author

Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series as well as ,The Undomestic Goddess, Can You Keep a Secret? and Remember Me? She lives in England.


  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: The Dial Press (September 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385342047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385342049


I adore Sophie Kinsella and this series has not lost it's entertainment value.  Becky Bloomwood is one of those Lucy-type characters.  She always gets herself into wacky situations and this one doesn't disappoint.  I did get get dragged down in one or two place by the plot, but it quickly picked up again.  Becky finds that her daughter, Minnie, has become uncontrollable at two years and even though several people tell her that she is a normal two year, Becky goes into overdrive.  Which of course, means SHOPPING! This is such a wonderful plot and Becky actually shows signs of maturity towards the ends.  The end also gives a hint to the next book:  HOLLYWOOD! 

1 comment:

  1. I just finished this as well and will echo your "loved it"! I chuckled out loud at some parts and really liked that Becky was up against such a precocious two year old!


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