My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella Book Review
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Publication Date February 7, 2017
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?
Katie Moves To The City
Katie is a country girl who moved to London to live the life she wanted, despite the continuous guilt trip from her father. She goes by Cat in the city & tries to impress her co-workers & boss by putting on a front that she is a sophisticated woman living it up in the city. She falls quickly for Alex, who it turns out is a higher level boss at her firm. Her flatmates are nightmarish and she’s got a hammock in her room, despite what her Instagram feed shows.
Katie Moves Back Home to the Country
Her dream comes crashing down when she’s let go from her job by her boss, Demeter. She’s left jobless in the city, so when her dad & stepmom call & need help getting their “glamping” business started in the country, she goes back home. She’s able to put her skill set to use & the business is off to a great start when Demeter shows up out of nowhere & doesn’t recognize Katie or “Cat” as she is known to her co-workers. To complicate matters, Alex shows up & quickly recognizes Katie as “Cat”.
Katie’s Life Implodes
Should Katie get even with Demeter, should she try to find her way back to her dream in the city or should she just stay put in the country? What about Alex & why did he show up in the country the same time as Demeter? This is where Sophie does her magic of weaving together a fun, wild & entangled ending. It’s fun, heartwarming & made me smile & laugh.
I was Really Into This book. My Not So Perfect Life reminded me of my love for Sophie Kinsella. She has a knack for telling these seemingly outrageous tales with these beautifully flawed & fun characters hilariously navigating through life. The book delivered what I expect from Sophie, laughs, heart & a smile at the end. Fans of Sophie’s will not be disappointed. She’s still got it. If you’re looking for another funny fiction novel, check out Kevin Kwan’s Rich People Problems or Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazza.
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Sophie Kinsella has sold over 36 million copies of her books in more than 60 countries, and she has been translated into over 40 languages.
Sophie Kinsella first hit the UK bestseller lists in September 2000 with her first novel in the Shopaholic series – The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (also published as Confessions of a Shopaholic). The book’s heroine, Becky Bloomwood – a fun and feisty financial journalist who loves shopping but is hopeless with money – captured the hearts of readers worldwide. Becky has since featured in seven further bestselling books, Shopaholic Abroad (also published as Shopaholic Takes Manhattan), Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Shopaholic & Sister, Shopaholic & Baby, Mini Shopaholic, Shopaholic to the Stars and Shopaholic to the Rescue. Becky Bloomwood came to the big screen in 2009 with the hit Disney movie Confessions of a Shopaholic, starring Isla Fisher and Hugh Dancy.
Sophie has also written six standalone novels which have all been bestsellers in the UK, USA and other countries around the world: Can You Keep A Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number and Wedding Night. In 2014 she published a Young Adult novel Finding Audrey about a teenage girl with social anxiety and her madcap family.
Sophie’s next novel My Not So Perfect Life, about a girl struggling to make her way in London and struggling to make her real life match her ‘perfect’ social media life, will be published in February this year.
Sophie wrote her first novel under her real name, Madeleine Wickham, at the tender age of 24, whilst she was working as a financial journalist. The Tennis Party was immediately hailed as a success by critics and the public alike and became a top ten bestseller. She went on to publish six more novels as Madeleine Wickham: A Desirable Residence, Swimming Pool Sunday, The Gatecrasher, The Wedding Girl, Cocktails for Three and Sleeping Arrangements.
Sophie was born in London. She studied music at New College, Oxford, but after a year switched to Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She now lives in London, UK, with her husband and family.