Book Title: My Not So Perfect Life
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Genres: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary
Pub Date: 02/07/17
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. The final, demeaning straw comes when Demeter makes Katie dye her roots in the office. 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.
Do you have a go to author for particular moods? Kinsella has been on my list of auto approved authors for dependable reads; she is the mashed potato of books in the sense that her stories always bring me comfort and a smile to my face. They aren’t anything ground breaking; typically these are your run of the mill chick lit that is predictable, but that is exactly why I pick them up, for their reliability. This particular read was a little bit different than her previous books; while she is heavily known for her Shopaholic series and other fluffy chick lit, this book was a little more serious and less ditzy. Sure, it still had all the makings of a light, palate cleansing read, but this one didn’t have as much self deprecating humor and cheesy one liners that are found in her other reads.
You pretty much know everything regarding the plot from the summary (barring a couple of minor surprises along the way), but I think what surprised me deeply was how much more realistic and developed her characters were in this book. I liked picking up a new Kinsella with no ties to another series and I applaud her for taking a leap and trying something a bit out of her comfort zone. I’m pleased that she kept to a traditional, cutesy cover that draws the eye in. So, while this is nothing that hasn’t been done before, it was an enjoyable read that captured my attention, although I did feel the page count could be trimmed down by around 50-75 pages and still not lose any of the important factors. If you are looking for a relaxing, easy read, this is a great book to pick up. If you are new to Kinsella’s work and are looking for something a bit more funny and saccharine, you may want to start with her Shopaholic books or another standalone, possibly Can You Keep A Secret? or The Undomestic Goddess.
*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley; it was a pleasure to provide an honest review.