Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella gives us more than a glimpse of what’s the latest with Becky or Rebecca Brandon. The cover shows a mother and toddler laden with shopping bags and I picked the book up expecting to read baby talk and fun exploits of Becky’s little girl. But sadly the focus remains on our Shopaholic i.e Becky.
Sophie Kinsella realized tremendous success with the Shopaholic series, and you must have watched the Shopaholic movie even if you haven’t read the books. Personally, I am not a big fan of the books, mostly because I cannot identify with the character of Becky, and no, I won’t spend that kind of money on brand names even in my wildest dreams. But just when I want to fling the book away for crossing all lines of flippancy and airheadedness, Becky does something that totally redeems her in my eyes.
In Mini Shopaholic, Becky is dreading that her two year old Minnie is ‘spoiled’. The economy has crashed along with the Bank of London and Becky is on a strict budget. But that has never stopped her from getting what she wants. So she goes about devising imaginative ways her clients can secretly buy couture, and is planning the party of the decade on a shoestring budget. She is desperate enough to actually make party decorations by hand. Its been two years since Luke and Becky have camped at the Bloomwoods’, and everyone is eagerly waiting for them to move out. And that’s just the beginning.
Mini Shopaholic is eventful and full of Becky’s exploits. Shopaholic fans will lap it up. Amidst all the glitter and confusion, Sophie Kinsella drives home the best aspect of Becky with or without her spending addiction. And that is Becky has a heart of gold.