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Mini Shopaholic (Shopaholic, Book 6) Hardcover – September 21, 2010

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From Publishers Weekly

In the latest installment to the wildly popular Shopaholic series (Shopaholic and Baby; etc.), Rebecca Brandon returns with willful two-year-old Minnie, who has taken after her mother in her fierce determination and her addiction to luxury brands. When the financial crisis finally hits the Brandon family, Rebecca vows to stop shopping until she's worn everything in her closet at least three times; Luke scrambles for new business directions; and Minnie remains exceptionally difficult. Still, Rebecca wants to throw Luke a surprise birthday bash, but planning it behind his back and on a budget proves almost impossible. As in all previous Shopaholic books, Rebecca is loud and proud about her luxury-brand obsession and equally at ease being a flighty, sometimes annoying lead, though her well-meaning secret birthday mission scores her much-needed points in the sympathy department. Series fans know what to expect and will get it by the Birkin-load.
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The follow-up to Kinsella’s Shopaholic & Baby (2007) finds Becky and Luke Brandon’s daughter, Minnie, hitting the terrible twos. More than a handful for Becky, Minnie is already picking up on some of her mother’s bad habits, particularly when it comes to shopping. With frequent cries of “Miiiiine!” Minnie is the embodiment of the voice in Becky’s head that won’t let her say no to bargain buys and designer clothes. Becky’s far more financially conscious husband, Luke, wants Becky to cut back on her shopping, forcing the fashionista to become a recessionista and actually wear the many clothes in her closet more than once. Not to be deterred, Becky channels her energy into planning a huge surprise birthday bash for Luke, which quickly gets out of hand. She is also determined to convince him that, despite their difficulties with Minnie, they should have another child. It’s been three years since readers last enjoyed the company of Becky Brandon née Bloomwood, and this lively, good-spirited romp is bound to please fans of the series. --Kristine Huntley
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: The Dial Press; First Edition edition (September 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385342047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385342049
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.4 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (324 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series as well as the novels Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I've Got Your Number, and Wedding Night. She lives in England.

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Eric A. Hofstetter VINE VOICE on November 14, 2010
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I have read all of the books in Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series. I enjoyed them in the beginning, but I found the last two to be repetitive and boring. How many times can someone manipulate and lie her way out of a situation before it catches up to her? Apparently, there are no limits to that for Becky Bloomwood Brandon. I found this book boring and disappointing. Becky and Luke are raising a spoiled brat. If Ms. Kinsella continues the series, Minnie will grow up to be more self-absorbed and obnoxious than her mother. It was hard to read, and I would not recommend this book.
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64 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Citylights on November 26, 2010
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I have read all the Shopaholic books and loved them, but was disappointed in this one.

Becky used to be young, silly and funny. But now she's an adult, she's a mother and what was cute when she was in her early twenties is now really immature and sad. It made me almost sick to read about how she put her daughter in debt (not serious debt to the bank, but still) and effectively passed her shopping addiction on to Minnie, lied to her family and friends and put on a huge expensive party when she was supposed to cut back on her spending.

Obviously the books are about shopping and about Becky getting in trouble and how she gets out of it, but I would like to see some growth in her character. She should realize she has an addiction and deal with it. I can't believe Luke is still letting her run around spending so much money, isn't he supposed to be the reasonable one?

In Becky's defense she did wear all the clothes in her wardrobe. And the storyline with Minnie and Ellinor was interesting, I'd like to hear more about that.

If there's a next book I'll read it, but I hope Becky matures in it. It's ridiculous to read about a grown woman being as irresponsible as this and her sensible husband letting her.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was annoyed by this book. Becky doesn't appear to have grown or developed as a character since I first met her in "Confessions."

My problems with this book ****SPOILERS******

1) Lying to parents
2) Lying to Luke. He STILL doesn't know how Elinor helped Becky out.
3) Her obsession with another baby. Why? Another accessory?
4) Despite the title, Becky still doesn't realize she is truly addicted to shopping.
5) Ho-hum. Off to LA. Haven't we done the "across the pond is a new experience for Becky" plotline before?

I think the author is DONE with this series. Please, end it now.
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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Kramer Bussel VINE VOICE on September 21, 2010
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First, let me be up front: I'm a Sophie Kinsella fan. I discovered Confessions of a Shopaholic when it first came out and was instantly hooked. Becky has a charm all her own, and in this latest installment, she's a mom, there's a recession and she's trying to save money, plan a party for her husband, Luke, and do a little detective work. Of course, hilarity ensues.

The addition of her daughter, Minnie, who has acquired her mothers acquisitive ways, is entertaining, if over the top, though watching Becky rationalize Minnie's pin money is familiar and fun. The real magic here is the way Luke can read Becky like a book, even as she tries to shop less. Her attempts at bartering are quite entertaining. I don't want to spoil the book too much but will say that Becky's relationship with her family and most everyone she knows wind up extremely strained by her sneaking around ways. Kinsella works in the financial woes of the world and tries to put Becky on a budget. Zany fun that'll have Becky surely winning over new readers and wooing old ones. The only thing I didn't think was on par with previous books were Becky's formal letters; they were very Becky, with suggestions to government leaders about the economy, but didn't quite have the zing of the early ones to her bank managers. That's a very minor quibble in what could be called recession chick lit, or just plain page-turning escapism.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By momazon on September 29, 2010
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... because now I am just bored and annoyed with her. She's really not fun anymore, I feel horrible by how she burdens her parents and husband with her lies and childishness. I picked up the book at the library, and I know I won't read the next Becky book for love or money.

I should add that I loved Kinsella's recent book "Twenties Girl", and thought the characters and storyline there were very fresh and captivating.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dana Carter on November 29, 2010
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I have read all of Kinsella's books, and I think overall, her best books are the non-Shopaholic ones. "Can You Keep A Secret," and "Twenties Girl" in particular.

But I've read all of the Shopaholic books, partly because I've been curious to see if Becky will ever straighten up and fly right. I thought maybe once she became a mother, she would. Don't most of us grow out of our juvenile behaviors when we become parents? Not Becky!

The most diappointing parts of the book: When Luke hires a Super Nanny to come around and assess little Minnie Brandon (who, aside from being a brat, is just an accessory; we hardly ever see Becky and Luke actually parenting her, she's foisted off on Becky's parents and neighbors most of the time), the Nanny doesn't think Minnie is REALLY a brat. I'm sorry, but a child who screams "MINE" about everything, and has been taught by her mother that everything is affordable, is a brat. However, I was encouraged to see the Nanny properly diagnose Becky with a shopping addiction. "Finally," I thought. "She'll get help and realize that she's been acting like a two year old."

Nope! Because in the end, Becky has a heart of gold and pulls off an amazing surprise party (for her husband, who ostensibly avoids celebrating his birthday, but apparently loves the party) with the help of Luke's very rich, well-connected, estranged birth mother. Who never reconciles with Luke. So Becky's bad behavior throughout the book is forgiven, and Luke is ready to whisk her off to a lovely work/vacation time in Hollywood, so she can avoid going to the shopping addiction seminars she so desperately needs.

At some point, one really wants a flawed character to face up to her failings and shortcomings. Becky never has to.
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