My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
Genre: Fiction; Chick Lit
Pages: 400 pages
Publishing Date: February 7, 2017
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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?
I received notice of Sophie Kinsella releasing a new book via a NetGalley email. I have thoroughly enjoyed most of the books I’ve read by her. This book was not one of the exceptions.
So the synopsis on the back of the book doesn’t quite give you a clear picture. This book was so much better and more nuanced than the copy would lead you to believe.
Katie, like most of Kinsella’s protagonists, is insanely likeable. She is trying so hard yet so not there (achieving all she hopes)…like so many of us in real life. Okay, maybe that’s just me. I couldn’t help but root for her throughout the book, even as she’s a bit self-sabotaging at times. The cast of supporting characters are great as well. Unique and relatable in some way, each of them.
The story moves along quickly. This was a fun book to read. I pretty much stayed up way too late one night to finish it. However, one thing I found unique about this book compared to the author’s previous reads is that there is a level of depth to it. Yes, it can still be just a fun, fluff read. But Kinsella is saying something more about image and appearance and social media. As a reader, I appreciated it.
Definitely recommend it.
4 out of 5 stars. Would have been 5 but for the language and sexual references.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advanced copy.