Friday, March 11, 2011

19: Mini Shopaholic

Mini Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella, continues the story of Becky Brandon (Bloomwood)  and her husband Luke, and their two-year old out of control daughter, Minnie. The book follows a very traditional storyline that Sophie Kinsella has mastered with these books, in that Becky messes up, makes a big act of something else, and then manages to pull it together, all while spending way too much money and annoying everyone in her path.

This time, Luke hires a Super Nanny for Minnie, because he wants to get her under control before they agree to have another child (something that Becky really wants). The nanny catches all of her behavior on tape, and Becky tries to justify everything. Throw in the fact that Luke is having a huge birthday party and Becky manages to give him the most extravagant party of her life, even in the midst of a global recession. It really bothered me that she was throwing this out of control party (fire-eaters, jugglers, etc) while her parents had lost all of their money. Have some compassion, Becky!

These books are getting old. Becky has never learned any lessons and she continues to spend to the point of ridiculousness, and now she buys for Minnie (I did laugh at the “Pocket Money” fiasco). I had a hard time finishing it only because Becky has never learned to grow up and be an adult. Everyone has to at some time, and it’s about time Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) does.

I give this a 5/10. I think I’m done with Shopaholic books for a while.

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