I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
Published by Bantam Press on February 7th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit
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?
Settling down to read a Sophie Kinsella book is the literary equivalent of having a long chat with your best friend after being away for a while. It’s comforting, wonderfully funny, and absolutely refreshing. Sophie Kinsella is my go-to author for those horrible, no good, very bad days and I already know that My Not-So Perfect Life will now be at the top of the rotation.
Katie was such a relatable, likable character. Her life was a somewhat exaggerated version of what my friends and I went through after graduating from college and moving out into the world. (like when Katie is sitting in her room eating dinner and her hammock falls on her. Although my version involves some carefully stacked cardboard boxes for a closet collapsing in the middle of the night). Her relationship with her parents was pitch-perfect. It addressed many of the challenges of truly becoming an adult (like not quite telling them the whole truth when things get bad because you don’t want them to worry).
I loved the journey that she went through to find herself in this book. It was the perfect mix of heart-warming, funny, and painful. Honestly, I preferred the relationship that developed between Demeter and Katie to that between Katie and Alex. Katie and Demeter truly torture each other before finding the flaws in each other’s armor of perfection. It was wonderful to see a relationship built on respect (and women advocating for each other in the workplace!) As for Katie and Alex, I didn’t quite understand the chemistry and would have liked that relationship developed a little bit more (but it was still absolutely adorable).
Is the plot somewhat over the top? Absolutely. But so is that of any good chick-lit story. In her somewhat unrealistic tale, Sophie Kinsella manages to impart some lessons that are important for us all to remember. Particularly for those of us who spend any significant portion of our time on social media.
This book was an absolute delight to read. I was utterly captivated and couldn’t put it down (but actually, I read this book in one sitting). I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a funny yet touching read.
P.S. Dear Hollywood, please make this into a movie.