Have baby, still buying
Our Becky, of Shopaholic series fame, has a mini me as well as a man in her life now but she’s still as loveably scatter-brained and addicted to buying as she ever was.
Author: Sophie Kinsella Publisher: Bantam Press, 392 pages
THE book starts off in (where else?) a department store, with Becky Bloomwood (now Brandon) engaged in a major battle of wits with her two-year-old monster, erm, I mean daughter.
It seems little Minnie has inherited mum’s shopping prowess and none of dad’s restraint. And that sets the stage for most of the book – Becky trying to outsmart and outshop little Minnie, to no avail.
Then Becky lands smack in the middle of a financial crisis. When all her personal shopping clients have to cut back, it means she has to get creative to save her department, and ultimately her job. Factor in a surprise birthday party she is planning on a budget, and the adventure with the Shopaholic continues.
Becky is still as scatter-brained in everything but scouting out the perfect pair of shoes. She is still lousy at finances though she does try to think her way through some hare-brained moneysaving schemes.
Her long-suffering husband makes short grumpy appearances throughout, mainly to sigh resignedly, shake his head in exasperation, scold occasionally, and most of the time succumbing helplessly to the charms of his wife and daughter, totally oblivious to the chaos the two lady Brandons are swirling in.
The main star of this book, as evident from the title, is little Minnie Brandon, whom at two, seem to possess the fine motor skills of a five-year-old, the oral skills of a one-year-old and the shopping instinct of a 25-year-old. I find it quite ludicrous that she manages to get on eBay.
She cannot string a sentence together (her vocabulary comprises mainly of “Mine!” and “No!”), but she can go online. Hmmm.
Then of course there is a crisis: Luke’s beloved stepmother passes away.
To cheer him up, Becky decides to throw him a surprise party, but risks the whole thing being exposed when Minnie cannot keep a secret. Well, she is two years old, after all. And then she finds out Luke is keeping a secret.
There is nothing new in this book that you haven’t read in the last five in the series. You either love Becky Bloomwood or you don’t. Sophie Kinsella does try to explore motherhood and marriage, but the crises and issues presented seem a little surreal in the context of an unrepentant spendthrift who gets into one financial scrape after another.
She still grapples with the same issues that she was grappling with in the last five books. Many times while reading the book, I was tempted to yell “Grow up, Becky!” I do feel Kinsella should have stopped at Shopaholic & Baby.