I have a love-hate relationship with Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood). She must be one of the most frustrating characters in chick lit fiction. She’s silly, selfish and runs off on the wildest tangents, getting herself into all sorts of trouble…yet I pick up the latest book in the Shopaholic series at the earliest opportunity. Why? Is it because Becky shops the way we would all like to- buy now, remorse much, much later? Is it because she can’t –or won’t- restrain her shopping habit? I don’t know.
Shopaholic fans will be pleased to note that Becky hasn’t restrained her shopping habits despite the addition to the family of her daughter, Minnie. Minnie loves shopping too (her favourite word is ‘Miiiiiiiiiiiiiine!’) and has the ability to hail cabs, bid on eBay and get her way at two years old. To me, she seems rather feral and Becky’s husband Luke seems to think so too. Enter a nanny and then a Supernanny to sort her out.
But there’s big chunks of the book where Minnie seems to be missing (or being unusually well-behaved in the background) when Becky is sorting out shopping in a recession (including going to a pound shop for the first time- imagine what she’d be like in Daiso!) or organising a party for Luke’s birthday, which all goes wrong in true Becky fashion. The twist at the end was a little un-Becky like to me, perhaps it proves that Mrs Brandon is growing up after all. Of course, there is a nice setup for a sequel too…
Fans will be pleased to see the return of Jess, Tom, Becky’s parents, the next door neighbours and Luke’s mother, Elinor.
The writing is easy to read and gets the point across well. It’s a fast read and would suit a holiday read or something to chill out with after work.
8 out of 10.