“This is the trouble with meeting people in real life: They don’t come with profiles attached.” ~ Sophie Kinsella, My (Not So) Perfect Life
Title: My (Not So) Perfect Life
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publish Date: February 7th, 2017
Genre: Chick Lit/Fiction
Reading Format: Hardcover
Katie Brenner is trying to make it in London. She works in branding for Demeter Farlowe, the boss who’s life Katie would love to have. As she struggles with daily living, Katie turns to Instagram that presents not-as-it-seems images of her everyday life. She manages to discover a possible new romance while attempting to move up the ladder in her job when Demeter fires her.
Not sure of what to do, Katie returns home to Somerset where her Dad and Step Mom have started a glamping site on the farm she grew up on. Claiming to be on sabbatical from her job so her parents won’t find out she’s been fired the unexpected happens, Demeter shows up with her perfect family for holiday at the Brenner’s farm.
I wrote this in my What I Read in April 2017 post, but I’ve never read a Sophie Kinsella book before. This has more to do with the fact that I’m not generally drawn to the world of Chick lit and therefore don’t tend to browse that part of a bookstore, but if you judge a book by its cover as I do then you might understand why I couldn’t pass over My (Not So) Perfect Life.
Right off the bat I’m going to state the obvious about a Chick lit book: it’s cute and there’s romance. Now that that is out of the way let’s break down my thoughts on the novel. First, I liked the character of Katie Brenner. She’s relatable, funny, and smart. In the beginning of the book in part one when Katie is first in London, she goes by Cat and tries to establish herself as a true Londoner. She presents herself in a less than true version of who she is, and in a world of social media over-saturating everything we do Katie isn’t too far removed from the real world. I mean who hasn’t posted an alternate version of themselves on Instagram to appear they have it all together and then some. Her transition from life in London to being back home also gives her character growth. When Katie goes back to Somerset you can see her mature in a positive way which I liked.
My second thought about the book is that the romance doesn’t over do it but comes across nicely without moving too quickly. I like slower moving romantic plots then the they-met-and-now-they-are-already-in-love types. And lastly the humor in My (Not So) Perfect Life was actually funny and had me laughing out loud at times.
I liked this novel and it’s made me want to pick up a different book by Sophie Kinsella. So if anything I’ve gained a new author who’s writing style I like, and sometimes that is not always easy.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars