Author: Sophie Kinsella, 2010.
Genre: Chick-lit. Humour.
Other Details: ebook. 433 pages. Unabridged audiobook (14 hrs, 23 mins). Read by Emily Gray.
Like mother, like daughter...! Shopaholic Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood)'s two-year-old is ... spirited. She knows what she wants, whether it's a grown-up Prada handbag or a toy pony (40% off, so a bargain, surely?) When yet another shopping trip turns to mayhem, Becky decides it's time to give Minnie her own pocket money. Is it a bad sign when Minnie goes instantly overdrawn? Minnie isn't the only one in financial crisis. As the Bank of London collapses, people are having to Cut Back. Everyone needs cheering up, so what better way to do it than to throw a fabulous surprise party? A thrifty party, of course. Except economising and keeping a secret have never been Becky's strong points ... - synopsis from UK publisher's website.
I really enjoyed this and felt that Kinsella played to the strengths of her long-running character. For once Becky is actually described by someone as a shopaholic! The novel had many funny moments and was full of positive energy and not taking itself too seriously.
I tend to be a very careful shopper in terms of my clothes which maybe why I find it so entertaining to read about someone with so little self-control in these matters. Still who hasn't bought something on sale or on a whim and years later they remain in the wardrobe unworn? Even careful me has a few items. I am now looking forward now to reading Book 7 in which Becky becomes a personal shopper in Hollywood.