My Not So Perfect Life By Sophie Kinsella
Published 7 Feb 2017 By Bantam Press
Summary: Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.
Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.
But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?
Until her not-so perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.
Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams? Or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman with everything – have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.
And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?
I’ve been going on a Sophie Kinsella binge.
There’s just something that is so therapeutic about Kinsella’s writing that always manages to bring me out of my reading slump. I’ve been waiting for my local library to shelve the books, but I saw it in the small mass paperbacks and caved. I needed my dose of Sophie Kinsella.
I’ve read quite a bit of Kinsella, enough to know that her characters are always so punchy and clever. Of course, she delivers again in My Not So Perfect Life. I’ve Got Your Number was one of my favourite Kinsella stand-alones, but I feel that My Not So Perfect Life has taken over that spot. My Not So Perfect Life is one of her more realistic books and touches base with the idea of being “Instagram perfect” and the harrows behind the perfect feed. Katie is a fantastic protagonist. She’s from a middle class family in the countryside, desperate to make a name for herself in the busyness of London. The premise largely revolves Katie’s job in a big name Marketing firm in London, and her quick downfall thanks to her unpleasant boss (who doesn’t even know who she is!)
My Not So Perfect Life is so relatable. Office conflict, gossip, a terrible higher up, a cute higher up (yeah, we’ve all been there!) and the nagging feeling of incompetence and desperation for success. My Not So Perfect Life is one of her better written works and I feel that in comparison to her other works, there are more things to talk and discuss about this.
And yes, in case you’re wondering, there is a lush and gorgeous male lead in this book. Equally as swoony as the other male leads. Siiiiiigh.
I held on to this book for a longer time, trying not to rush through it and was so upset when it finally came to an end. I wanted more, I needed more.
I think I just need more Kinsella.
A hilarious page turner and definitely one for the shelves!