Book Review: My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Posted February 10, 2017 by Melissa in Book Review | 9 Comments

Book Review: My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie KinsellaTitle: My Not So Perfect Life
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Bantam, Dial Press
Publication date: February 7th 2017
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance
Length: 448 Pages
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

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.

Book Quotes

“Whoever started the rumor that life has to be perfect is a very wicked person, if you ask me.”

“Loads of people use colored filters or whatever on Instagram. Well, my filter is the “this is how I’d like it to be” filter.”

“Because it’s human nature to hope for impossible things. You’re in marketing. You know that.”

My Thoughts

Sophie Kinsella’s books are such fun escapist reads!  My Not So Perfect Life kept me happily smiling and turning pages until the end!

Katie Brenner is the perfect character! Perfectly flawed and completely relatable.  I loved her fixation with social media and presenting just the right image of herself. I think that is so timely nowadays with how obsessed people are with how they “look”  – especially on Instagram.

Even we book bloggers are not immune…don’t we all wish we had one of those amazing “bookstagram” accounts? I know I do! LOL

And I think that a lot of us struggle with fitting in in the workplace: bosses, colleagues, trying to climb the rungs and advance while not compromising oneself. It’s not as easy as lots of books and television makes it look. It was so heartening to see how Katie navigates through all that and then finally is forced to chuck it all and how she ends up exactly where she belongs and figures out exactly who she really is.

Plus …“Glamping”…who knew?…lol I must have spent almost an hour googling it early in the read!

I didn’t love Alex and I really didn’t think their romance was everything it could have been and I also thought that a lot of the workplace drama was not really believable. I don’t want to give anything away but the whole situation that Katie discovered was going on surrounding Demeter was just beyond anything I could reasonably see happening.

That said…these things didn’t detract at all from my enjoyment of My Not So Perfect Life.  All of the secondary characters were delightful…even Demeter after getting to know her. And Kinsella kept me smiling and laughing out loud throughout.

My Not So Perfect Life is a perfect lighthearted read!

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About Sophie Kinsella

Madeleine Wickham (born 12 December 1969) is a bestselling British author under her pseudonym, Sophie Kinsella. Educated at New College, Oxford, she worked as a financial journalist before turning to fiction. She is best known for writing a popular series of chick-lit novels. The Shopaholic novels series focuses on the misadventures of Becky Bloomwood, a financial journalist who cannot manage her own finances. The books follows her life from when her credit card debt first become overwhelming (“The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic”) to the latest book on being married and having a child (“Shopaholic & Baby”). Throughout the entire series, her obsession with shopping and the complications that imparts on her life are central themes.

In addition to the Shopaholic series, Sophie Kinsella is the author of the standalones I’ve Got Your Number, Can You Keep A Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, and Wedding Night. She lives in England with her family, where she is working on her next standalone novel.

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