26 Jun 2019

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Book Review / My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - Part love story, part workplace drama, this sharply observed novel is a witty critique of the false judgments we make in a social-media-obsessed world. New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella has written her most timely 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. 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 truth.

Published:     7th February 2017
Publisher:  Bantam
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Owned


After reading so many fantasy and thriller style videos and particularly as summer is peaking around the corner (despite being typical English cloudy rainy weather), I thought it was about time I picked up something a bit more contemporary and light hearted.  For that, my go to author is Sophie Kinsella who always knows how to make me laugh at the same time as completely adoring the characters she writes about.  This book was no different.

The best part of this story for me was, simply put, the characters.  First of all, you have Katie who is the main character in this story.  She is working her way up in London to a job that she has dreamt off for so long, the only problem is that she works with a lot of people who aren't very nice and a boss that appears to simply not care at all about anyone elses' feelings.   Katie, by a long shot, was my favourite character in this story.  My second favourite has to be Demeter.  Yes, she is Katie's boss and the one who appears to not really care about anyone elses' feelings but she has so many layers that you only really discover until well over halfway in the story but finding out more about her story is definitely worth the wait.  

This book was so much fun.  I just could not stop turning over the pages until the very last one!   Exactly what I was looking for.