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?
Everybody loves Sophie Kinsella:
"I almost cried with laughter" Daily Mail
"Hilarious . . . you'll laugh and gasp on every page" Jenny Colgan
"Properly mood-altering . . . funny, fast and farcical. I loved it" Jojo Moyes
"A superb tale. Five stars!" Heat
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Sophie Kinsella’s novel made us feel brilliant even though it shouldn’t have. Our heroine Katie (or Cat, as she’s desperate to be known) watches her Instagram-perfect life crumble after her boss callously hands her the sack. Which sounds a bit miserable, right? Instead, Kinsella crafts a typically delicious story about revenge, redemption and finding the true meaning of happiness. My Not So Perfect Life is the sort of book that makes perfect company on a rainy weekend.
With her signature humor, bestselling author Kinsella (Shopaholic to the Stars) explores the frequent disconnect between perception and reality in modern life. Katie Brenner, a 26-year-old research associate at a branding agency in London, left her father's farm in Somerset with the intention of living her dream life in the city. But with her tight budget, peculiar roommates, long commute, and tedious work assignments, reality falls short of her expectations. She becomes isolated and often feels like she's playing a role. Still, she's intent on projecting an image of perfection, both to her family and her Instagram followers. Meanwhile, her controlling boss, Demeter, appears to be living the perfect life that Katie covets. Then, just as Katie begins to feel like her dreams are within reach, with renewed confidence at work, possible new friends, and a potential love interest, she gets fired. She moves back home to Somerset to help her father start a glamping business, only to have her two worlds collide in unexpected ways. Driven by Katie's witty observations and numerous missteps as she attempts to reconcile various aspects of her identity, this novel is smartly satirical and entertaining.
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A good solid example of "chick-lit"
It has its moments midway through where I felt the author may have gone a little too far with the plot line and it felt just a bit too unrealistic... However, overall it's a good solid example of "chick-lit"; it somehow draws you in, makes you cringe, glues you to your seat and leaves you with a smile and that feel good feeling!
A great easy going holiday read and a good reminder that life isn't always as it seems.
So funny and relatable
I really enjoyed this at the beginning and found it amusing. As the story developed it sort of petered out and I lost interest somewhat. Shame.