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3.0 out of 5 stars A shop too far., 20 Aug 2011
This review is from: Mini Shopaholic: (Shopaholic Book 6) (Paperback)
I have read (and loved) all of the previous 'Shopaholic' books, from the first 'Dreamworld of Shopaholic' to the predecessor of this one, 'Shopaholic and baby'. But this book is the only one that I didn't thoroughly enjoy, and I hate saying that, because as a series, they are really rather good. Mini Shopaholic, as the title would suggest focuses on Becky and Lukes daughter Minnie who has now grown up into a petulant, spoilt 2-year-old worthy of a visit from Supernanny (or in the case of this book Nanny Sue). Minnie is a proper chip off the old block, her favourite word is 'Miiiinnnne' - and Becky, in her usual form, finds it hard to say no over anything. In this installment of the story, Becky and Luke are still living with Becky's parents, and are on the verge of finally moving out when the recession hits and Bank of London collapses. Luke is talking about seriously cutting-back, but can Becky bring herself to buy absoloutly no clothes for 9 whole months?

In order to distract herself from her no-more-clothes-buying promise to Luke, she sets about organising a surprise birthday party for him behind his back, however, even that turns into a complete saga, with everything that can go wrong going wrong, although as usual Becky manages to style it out, and some parts of this book really do raise a laugh. However, given the title of the book, I had hoped the story would be more-or-less about Minnie, and it does start in good faith, however as the story develops Minnie takes a back-seat and Becky's drama's take over.

Don't get me wrong, the book itself is good, but after reading the previous 5, I think it should have ended with Minnie's birth. I was also upset that one of the characters (not an integral one I might add) had been killed off, and not thoroughly explained. Just 'they were was ill' and 'they died' - that was it really. All in all, I was dissapointed with this book, and it pains me to say this, but I really hope this is where it ends. I can't see that there is much scope left for another one. I also think, as the books go on, Becky's character traits go from scatty and endearing (the first couple of books) to irresponsible and down-right irritating. It seems she can see no wrong in any of her behavour and sometimes you just want to give her a good slap to wake her up to the realities of the real world. I really, really hope there isn't another book, because I really don't want to end up hating a character I loved at the beginning. A Book 7 would the death-knell for Becky Brandon and the whole Shopahoic Franchise I fear.
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