I’ve read all of the books in the Shopaholic series over the years. They’re really funny, light reads, and I actually think Sophie Kinsella is a pretty decent author. Last year I read Twenties Girl and I thought it was an awesome book. Very different than the Shopaholic books, but clearly that’s neither here nor there as this isn’t a review of Twenties Girl.
I digress. I’m gonna be honest here: while Mini-Shopaholic was exactly like its predecessors, I found it to be my least favorite of all of them. The writing was still quirky, I loved the letters to Becky from various stores and financial people, and I liked the supporting cast (Luke, parents, friends, etc.) but I found Minnie to be annoying as hell, and Becky’s refusal to discipline her pissed. me. off. My little sister is seven, so I have seen her go through phases where everything was hers (or so she thought) but I’ve also seen my mom be a freaking parent and tell her no. I know this is a book that’s supposed to be fun to read because “Oh, look at little Minie because all cute and want-y and mom just gives in!” but it just irritated me to no end.
And end scene. That’s all I’ve really got. Other than that, I found this book to be exactly what I was expecting: a breezy book to read on vacation or after a long day at work. It’s kind of a little bit escapist, and that’s okay because that’s what I wanted when I read it while I was on vacation. My previous paragraph wasn’t supposed to be a parenting rant, but seriously, I just wanted to smack that kid. And Becky, for giving her permission to behave like that in the first place. Read it if you’re a fan. If you’re not, I suggest you start with the original book in this series and make your way to this one. Otherwise you’ll never want to read any of them.
Rating: 6.5/10 (Would’ve scored hire if Minnie weren’t such a brat!)