Monday, April 17, 2017

Book Review: My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella


Hi all,

I’ve read almost everything Sophie Kinsella has written — the shopaholic series along with her many stand-alone novels — so when the publisher asked if I’d be interested in reading her latest novel, My Not So Perfect Life, I jumped at the chance. If you love quirky, witty stories, then you are sure to enjoy this one. Here is more about the book and my review.

 

 
My Not So Perfect Life

Sophie Kinsella

 
Book Description:

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.

 

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My 5-Star Review:

Is everything your friends show you on social media true? Are they happier than you? More satisfied with their lives? Or are they showing the world what they wish their lives were really like? Katie Brenner believes her best friend, and her fellow workers, all live the life she wants and she tries hard to turn her own life into a picture-perfect version on Instagram. But truth be told, she’s barely scraping by, has no love life, and her flat mates are terrible. When her life is turned upside-down, and she has to return home, she begins to see that the real her isn’t so bad after all.

I really enjoyed Katie’s story in Sophie Kinsella’s latest novel, My Not So Perfect Life. I’ve read most of Ms. Kinsella’s novels (my favorite actually being Twenties Girl) and I enjoy her sense of humor and wit, as well as the heart she puts into each character. Katie’s father, a man who struggles to do well at anything he tries, is a charming character, and Demeter, who you believe to be the witch of the story, proves she has many layers as well, some which are very likable. It’s a charming, sweet story with lots of twists and turns that will keep you reading well into the night.

(I received an advance copy of this novel from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)

 

About the Author:

Sophie Kinsella is a writer and former financial journalist. She is the number one bestselling author of Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number and Wedding Night, the hugely popular Shopaholic novels and the Young Adult novel Finding Audrey. She lives in London with her husband and family. She is also the author of several bestselling novels under the name of Madeleine Wickham. Visit her website at www.sophiekinsella.co.uk

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