Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Review: My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Part love story, part workplace dramedy, part witty critique of the false judgments we make in a social-media-obsessed world, this is New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella’s most timely and sharply observed novel yet.

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.

Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by The Dial Press 
Genre: Womens Fiction/Chic Lit

Kristine's Thoughts:

** I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

What can I say about this book? In typical Sophie Kinsella fashion it was super fun and humorous while simultaneously taking on the wonderful world of social media.

Katie always dreamt of the perfect life in London but with a new job in such an expensive city, the dream was harder to achieve than she thought. To the outside world it looked like she was living the dream from her trendy and positive Instagram posts. Despite her attempts to win over her boss and climb the ladder, Katie found herself struggling to be noticed. The only positive thing was a possible new love interest until she found out that he was her boss. Just when things couldn't get any worse, her job was made redundant and Katie's dream was becoming harder and harder to reach. There was no way that she was going to let anyone know that her life was in such shambles.

This book took place in two settings. The busy London setting and Katie's small country home setting. I have to admit that I loved the farm setting and Katie in it. I had more than a few laugh out loud moments and could actually visualise myself "glamping" in a place like that. There wasn't much that I didn't like about the farm and her family. I loved the fact that the story was brought to Katie's home and that her ex bosses were on her territory. Like I said before, it made for some humorous moments in which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Although this book was fun and funny there was a bigger message hidden within the words. What happens when life doesn't turn out the way you expect? What will other people think of you? Can you admit failure or do you pretend that everything is rainbows and unicorns? These are struggles that we have all had at one time or another but with social media you would never know it. It is always the best of a person (for the most part) that is posted for the world to see. In fact, everyone is living the dream if you are to believe the world of social media. Perfect homes, perfect families with perfect vacations and experiences that never end. This book showcased the other side of it that, although humorous, really makes you think. Life isn't always what you want it to be and sometimes it's not even close.

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book. Sophie Kinsella always manages to put a smile on my face!


About the author
Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series, as well as the novels Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I've Got Your Number, Wedding Night, and Finding Audrey. She lives in London.

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