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Mini Shopaholic

Monday, November 15, 2010

Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

I want to start this off by saying that Kinsella is one of my favorite authors in the "chick-lit" category. That being said I think this latest installment of the Shopaholic series was really pretty good. I have heard the complaints that this story doesn't really show us anything new, but then do we really want it to be all that different from the series we have grown to love?

Rebecca is as financially inept as ever and seems to have no real concern about teaching her daughter, Minnie, to be any better. That being said I was very interested in how Becky has changed as she has taken that step into motherhood. And this is the one point where I was let down a little bit. See becoming a mother myself changed me greatly, and I just didn't really see that with Becky. Then again doesn't every mother wish she never changed after having kids?

The book had some great moments where I really just laughed and laughed, especially at the beginning and the Santa scene. Another of my favorite moments happened with Brandon's mother, Elanor. I enjoyed the scenes when she was working with Minnie on puzzles because the image to me was funny, since I have a pretty good image of her in my mind after the previous encounters with her in other stories.

Seeing Elanor's mothering side for once was also a great treat for me. I like characters to have depth, and this added a side to her character that really helped to fill her out. I am not sure I really love her yet, but I can appreciate her more and understand a little bit about why she is the way she is. She is the example of how pride can be a horrible trait. There is a point at which pride keeps you from being able to enjoy life and that is not a good thing.

I don't think this should be your first Sophie Kinsella read but if you are into the Shopaholic series you should be pleased with this addition. It most definitely left me wanting another addition, I hope there will be another one!

Mini Shopaholic

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The Wedding Girl

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Wedding Girl by Madeline Wickham

It was refreshing to read a piece of chick-lit that had some actual substance in it. I know that it a little bit of an oxymoron, but in this case it is true. Granted there are no new points made to add to the great secret of life. Still I enjoyed this book immensely.

The story revolved around Melissa (Milly) Havill. Her story of finding love (the theme for all pieces of chick-lit) was different and entertaining. Milly ended up being a fairly complex character with a past that came to haunt her present. Just days before her wedding the crippling news that she had been married for 10 years surfaced and her world came crashing down.

Isobel, Milly's sister, I was pretty sure was going to be one of those static boring side characters, but I was wrong. She ended up having a nicely developed side plot. For a few chapters the ideas of abortion and being a single mother surfaced, which is heavy topics for the typical chick-lit book. I liked the added dimension this gave the book, who cares if the father ended up fitting perfectly into the list of established characters (don't worry I won't spoil that one...).

Overall I was impressed with the on going tension Wickham kept alive between the standard marriage of a man and a woman and the love between a gay couple. Although I am not sure you could discern her personal stance on the subject, the issue played a key part to the whole intrigue of the story. Even at the very end we aren't completely sure which path Rupert takes.

Most importantly, the concept of being honest with the ones you love, even if it will bring a serious change to the established life you are living, is the most important part of being in a relationship that will be stable and blossom. I think that is an important message that we too often do not hear. Sometimes we are not completely honest at first, sometimes for very good reason, but eventually the truth must come out and it is our ability to take the truth and continue on with our lives that show our true character.

I believe this is my favorite book that Wickham has (at least thus far in my reading).  I recommend it to those of you who enjoy chick-lit.

The Wedding Girl

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