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Thursday, 26 August 2010

Mini Shopaholic - Sophie Kinsella

Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) 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. She can create havoc everywhere from Harrods to Harvey Nicks to her own christening. She hires taxis at random, her favourite word is 'Mine', and she's even started bidding for designer bags on eBay. On top of everything else, there's a big financial crisis. People are having to Cut Back - including all of Becky's personal shopping clients - and she and Luke are still living with Becky's Mum and Dad. To cheer everyone up, Becky decides to throw a surprise birthday party - on a budget - but then things become really complicated. Who will end up on the naughty step, who will get a gold star and will Becky's secret wishes come true?

Becky Bloomwood is back, along with her two year old daughter! Armed with credit cards and designer outfits, they both love hitting the shops together although Minnie's favorite line appears to be 'MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE'!
Sophie Kinsella has done it again, a great read which i devoured in a few days. In this latest installment in the Becky Bloomwood series Kinsella covers current topics in her own style. With one of the major banks collapsing, the population are all tightening their belts but Becky sees a spot in the market and provides a service for all her customers who need all the new seasons must haves but can't let their husbands see them bring their new purchases home.
Kinsella also addresses the use of 'super nannies' who are flooding TV screens when Luke contacts one to see Minnie, it ends up with it being Becky who has the issues.
Becky also decides to organise a party for Luke's upcoming birthday and as usual it is full of mad cap ideas and very expensive tastes.It looks like the party will be a disaster, with many family and friends distancing themselves from the plans following arguments until a face from the past appears and makes a very generous offer. Her lies are getting worse, however she always manages to get out any tricky situation she finds herself i.

I really enjoyed this book and found it one which i read very quickly. The plot had many similarities to previous books but i liked that. Becky Bloomwood may be older, however she still has the same morals and traits and these are being passed on to her daughter. as i previously mentioned many of the subjects addressed in the book are current to the world today and will be ones suffered by the readers.
If you are an existing lover of or a new reader of Sophie Kinsella, pick this book. It will have you laughing out loud, shouting at her to act her age, or hiding behind a cushion when she is telling the weirdest lie you will love it!
Thank you to Transworld Publishers for sending me an advance copy.

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