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Friday, 17 February 2017

Review: My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Let’s talk about Sophie Kinsella, shall we? How she is one of my all time “hero authors”. You know, the few on the list whose book releases you count down to on your calendar, scare the postman with you squealing when the book arrives, and prance around cuddling it (your book- not your postman!) before retreating to your favourite reading corner and not resurfacing until you’ve finished. That’s how much I love Sophie Kinsella’s writing- especially her standalone novels.

The build up to My Not So Perfect Life has been pretty epic, it has to be said. I went through the squealing / cuddling / hibernation-reading routine… and… oh it was GOOD. The thing is, when you love a writer’s work as much as this, the expectation is HUGE- and this is why S.K. is my hero- her books never let me down. Brilliant writing and a very safe pair of hands- you just know the book is going to be a winner from the beginning to the perfect ending.

Katie (or Cat) Brenner is working so hard to make her long-desired London life as perfect as she’d
always imagined it would be. The dream job, the perfect home, swanky restaurants, cool friends. Everything should be just perfect. In reality, the house-share sucks, the job is extremely junior, and Katie isn’t getting the recognition she craves from her scatty nightmare of a boss, Demeter. But nothing will get in the way of Katie displaying the perfect version of her life on her Instagram feed… until the whole thing crumbles around her.

Katie retreats to her family farm in Somerset to re-group, while helping her father set up his new glamping business. When Demeter is one of their first visitors she doesn't link Katie with Cat- her recently fired junior member of staff (a fact which Katie embraces). Katie spots an opportunity for revenge… and for getting her life back on track…

In classic Kinsella style, My Not So Perfect Life had me giggling within seconds of picking it up. It’s written with a lightness of touch which makes the humour appear effortless, while the characters spring to life around you.

Katie/Cat was such an easy character to identify with-  anyone who has started on their adult life with a dream of how it’s going to work out, only to have to face the day-to-day realities of the job and housing market, will see parts of themselves reflected back at them with worrying accuracy.

I loved the disparity between Katie’s daily London existence and her sparkling Instagram feed. If there’s one thing I would have changed about My Not So Perfect Life it would be that the author could have played with the Instagram connection a little bit more- making it a more integral part of the plot. That said- the plot is perfectly awesome as it stands and kept me reading long after I should have gone to bed / got out of bed / gone to work / got back to my desk!

My Not So Perfect Life is classic Kinsella; fresh, laugh-out-loud funny and with a heroine you can’t help but cheer on- no matter how much she loses the plot!

Right… I’m off for a spot of Vedari… (seriously – you have to read it!)

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The Blurb:

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?


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