My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella was exactly the book I needed. After reading some heavy, dark novels, I wanted something light, somewhat serious, but altogether fun to read.
Part love story, part workplace dramedy, part witty critique of the false judgments we make in a social-media-obsessed world, this is New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella’s most timely and sharply observed novel yet.
Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle—from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. The final, demeaning straw comes when Demeter makes Katie dye her roots in the office. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she’s desperate to make her dad proud.
Then, just as she’s finding her feet—not to mention a possible new romance—the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away—until Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled and relationships rejiggered, and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life.
Sophie Kinsella is celebrated for her vibrant, relatable characters and her great storytelling gifts. Now she returns with all of the wit, warmth, and wisdom that are the hallmarks of her bestsellers to spin this fresh, modern story about presenting the perfect life when the reality is far from the image.
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
Published by The Dial Press (February 7, 2017)
Genre: Literary Fiction/Contemporary/Humor & Satire
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Kindle edition, 448 pages
My Review of My Not So Perfect Life
If life were perfect, we’d all be happy, right? Katie Brenner believes this. And Katie is in pursuit of that perfect life. In the meantime, she is leading her “not so perfect life.”
Sophie Kinsella takes a simple, seemingly ordinary plot and by infusing the story with humor turns it into a delightful and enjoyable book. This is what she did with Katie Brenner’s story.
From the first pages, I felt Katie was a good friend and someone to whom I could lend my support and encouragement. Some of Katie’s co-workers and friends think Katie’s life is other than it truly is. Of course, this happens because of Katie’s attempts to cover up the truth.
When Katie’s boss fires her, she heads home to Somerset and ends up helping turn the family farm into a “glamping” business. Among some of their first visitors are Katie’s former boss and semi-imagined love interest of Katie’s. Altogether these characters, well-developed and believable, make the rest of Katie’s story realistic and filled with a little suspense and intrigue.
I’ve read other Sophie Kinsella books from her Shopaholic series. All of Kinsella’s books have been enjoyable reads. However, for some reason, this is the first I’ve reviewed.
If you’re looking to read something lighthearted and well-written, try picking up a copy of My Not So Perfect Life. Grab a cuppa something to drink, a cozy place to sit, and read away. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!