Title: My Not So Perfect Life
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Genre: Chick Lit
Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.
OK, so the 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 who has everything – actually have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.
And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?
Firstly, I love Sophie Kinsella. I’ve read almost all of her books, probably missing very few only because they weren’t there in my library. So when I saw this book in the bookstore, I immediately picked this up.
Now, I have some expectations from Kinsella. I expect a humourous book with some romance but also has focus on something else including personal development. And I got it. I wasn’t disappointed at all.
Katherine “Katie” Brenner is a country-side girl from Somerset who has always dreamed of living in the hubbub of London. She studied design and is now an intern (with small pay) at Cooper Clemmow, just waiting for an opportunity to show off her skills and get a better job. To fit in in London, she got rid of her accent and started calling herself “Cat”.
Then one day, she gets fired by her glamorous, talented and too-perfect boss Demeter. Now she’s back to Somerset with her dad, helping him and his girlfriend set up their glamping (glamorous camping) business. It takes off, gets attention and suddenly, Demeter has booked for a weekend.
What follows is a hilarious weekend which changes everything.
My thoughts on the book:
I loved Katie. I liked her spunk, her determination to be a London girl who tries very hard to achieve her dreams. It was inspiring.
Another thing I really liked was showing that no matter how a person’s life looks on the outside, you never really know.
The romance was also cute. It wasn’t focused on much though, just being an addition to the plot. I liked that. The book was about Katie and about her relationship Demeter. The romance was just a small part.
One thing I didn’t like was the Instagram references. When I read the summary, I thought about how she has a super cool feed and she works on it, keeping up an image but actually her life isn’t so great. But in the book, there wasn’t much Instagram. We just saw her real life. So that was disappointing.
I can’t tell much without spoiling a lot, so I’ll stop here. I liked the book. It’s a light-hearted, fun book about one woman.
I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a vacation read or just something with no heavy plots and will make you feel good in the end.
Have you read Sophie Kinsella’s books?