Book Review: My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

 

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Pub Date: Feb. 7, 2017

Description: “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?”

Book Review: Surprisingly, this is only the second Sophie Kinsella book I have read and therefore I cannot compare it to any of her other novels. I found “My Not So Perfect Life” to be an easy read with a lot of relatable/likable characters. The dialogue is clever and the characters are quirky and off-beat. This book is a great portrayal of what it feels like to be a 20 something.

  • Trying (and failing) to reinvent yourself
  • Attempting to land the perfect job
  • Trying to get by when you don’t have enough experience to land said perfect job
  • Attempting to make your life look perfect on social media

Although I personally connected to this book on a 20 something level I think adults of a wide age range will also find it relatable. The characters are fleshed out nicely with lots of quirks and flaws. They all have personal struggles that they hide behind a facade. This story is all about having your own issues and attempting to keep your life together while portraying yourself as “perfect.” While being a fun book to binge read over a weekend, it is also a reminder that no one’s life is perfect. I highly recommend this book!

 

*please note that I received an advanced copy of the book from NetGalley

 

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