Monday, 7 August 2017

Review: My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Title: My Not So Perfect Life
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Black Swan 
Pages: 448
Genres: Women's Fiction

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?
Another heartwarming novel from Sophie Kinsella, oh my, it was so adorable. I LOVED this book so much. I have only read two other of her other novels, I've Got Your Number and Can You Keep a Secret, and like My Not So Perfect Life they have been brilliant.

I really related to this book because I, like the main character Katie, am from the West Country and I can totally relate to concealing my accent and trying to create a whole new 'professional' persona for work and failing miserably. I also could relate to her sense of crushing oppression when faced with pressure to stay in the same place she grew up. I also really liked that social media versus reality was explored, as other people's lives aren't perfect, despite what they post on social media, and I think we all need to remember that from time to time.

The humour was just on point, as always, and I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion. Kinsella is a master at awkward encounters and cringe moments, it is honestly so hilarious. I especially enjoyed the Vedari scene, I almost wet myself. Well not really but you get what I mean.

Of course there was the really cute romance that blossomed, although Kinsella didn't exactly go there with a full raunchy scene, which I actually didn't mind surprisingly. The ending was really satisfying and I just felt really happy and content after finishing this book. It was a quick, easy read that was loads of fun so really what more could you want?

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