My Not So Perfect Life Book Review *Sophie Kinsella*
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?
My Not So Perfect Life is so very Sophie Kinsella because of the unique personality or the heroine, and the zaniness of the plot. The zany factor is upped a notch here, at times was grating. Also I felt the story went on far too long in order to give the heroine her HEA, which isn’t concentrated on her being with the man of her dreams. It’s about her independence and making her dreams a reality. That’s the most important thing here. The zany factor is upped a notch here, at times was grating. Also I felt the story went on far too long in order to give the heroine her HEA, which isn’t concentrated on her being with the man of her dreams. It’s about her independence and making her dreams a reality that is the most important thing here. This is more of a Chick-Lit type book set in England, so the Bridget Jones atmosphere is strong here. But it is a feel good book, which will have you smiling until the very last page.
Katie loves living in London, mainly because of the lifestyle, although she hates the commute to work, her roommates, and her evil boss Demeter. She comes from the outskirts in a farming community. She hides her upbringing because she wants to be cosmopolitan. But her job isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, mainly because of Demeter who takes all the credit and treats her subordinates like crap. She’s also clueless and relies on others to help her keep track of things. The office hates her. But Demeter has a big support system on her side because she’s very close with the owners of the company. Katie ends up meeting Alex, one of the co-owners, and they hit it off. He’s open to new ideas and is very welcoming. Katie is also attracted to him, but there are rumors Demeter and Alex are having an affair, even though Demeter is married with two children.
One day everything comes crashing down on Katie’s head. Because of a big mistake, which may or may not have been Demeter’s fault, Katie is fired. She ends up back home with her father, and lies that she’s on a work sabbatical in order to look for another job. Katie’s father and his girlfriend have investing in a rustic resort type of place that has taken off. Katie helps with the PR and advertising end, just until she finds a new job in London. But then Demeter and her family arrive as guests, and Katie is now out to get her revenge against Demeter. But as Katie observes Demeter with her husband and her two spoiled children- a remote son and daughter, Katie sees another side to Demeter, a human side that she sympathizes with. And then Alex arrives, not to ask Katie back but to throw Demeter’s entire life for a loop. Katie has to decide if she will side to Demeter to figure out who wants to sabotage her, and confront Alex who left her out in the cold even after they had a special night together that led her to believe he might be the one for her.
My Not So Perfect Life has many moments of craziness, much like a comedy. You sympathize with Katie who tries to have a positive outlook on life. The best parts of the novel is when she returns home to help her father, including those scenes with Demeter who ends up with major egg on her face, but is “saved” by Katie. When these two women join forces, it changes everything for Katie. Because she gives Demeter another chance, she is one step closer to achieving her dreams. The last few chapters are a real hoot and will leave you with many feels for Katie.
If you need some sunshine and rainbows in your life, do try My Not So Perfect Life. (Bantam Press)
Final Grade: B