Title: My (Not So) Perfect Life
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Goodreads Score: 3.87
Summary: 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?
The Bloom (pros): Katie Brenner is my sprit animal in a lot of ways. I too spent an inordinately long amount of time trying to make the nickname Kat stick – failed miserably. Katie is a small town girl who moved to London and loves the hustle & bustle but realizes her job, and her city life, isn’t as glamorous as she thought. Girl, preach.
I lived in New York City for four years, and nothing pissed me off more than the show Sex in the City; talk about false advertising. One cosmo in a Manhattan bar is approximately $84.00, and I can assure you there are no groups of four young twenty somethings meeting up for a two drink happy hour in couture dresses; or, rather, I should say these groups only exist if those same 4 girls also live in a 400 sq ft one bedroom walk up with a Romanian super who felt one of them up once and therefore lets them pay rent late every once in a while to avoid a lawsuit. [tangent over] So, Katie moves back home after getting fired and, as only Sophie Kinsella can, realizes the meaning of life, finds love and embraces her Katie-ness. LOVE LOVE LOVE.
The Thorns (cons): While Kinsella does a fab job as usual of creating a main character you root for, in this case I could have done with a little more character development when it comes to Alex (the hunky male lead). Demeter, the bitch of a boss, is a well developed villain and the relationship between Katie & Demeter is juicy and fun…but I’m not sure I was 100% sold on the love lust between Katie & Alex.
The Bottom Line: Sophie Kinsella is a warm cup of coffee (with the fattening creamer) on a crummy weather day, the blanket that gets softer with every wash and the smile on your kid’s face when they win the battle to watch Barney. She melts your insides with her lovable protagonists and always ends her feel good novels with a happy, full circle ending. Listen, her stuff may not be the next great American novel, but as far as this beach reading, chick lit loving, my-brain-is-too-full-of-remembering-to-buy-diapers-and-birthday-cards-to-absorb-anything-else lady goes, she is one of my favorites. I both read this in hardback & listened as an audiobook – both mediums were great!
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