Book Review: My Not So Perfect Life

One of the last books I was able to read late last year that made it in my GoodReads Challenge 2017 - My Not So Perfect Life by one of my favorite chick lit authors, Sophie Kinsella (most known for her Confessions of a Shopaholic book series).

Plot: 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?

I loved so many things about this book. 

1. Katie Brenner was a little kooky (and maybe a little lost in life) but still amusing and charming. Because I've read a lot of her books already not just the Shopaholic series, I've noticed that this character trait is one that her heroines seem to share but it's a formula that works. I sure love it! But what I love more is that I felt like Katie was a stronger, smarter and more determined to make something of herself kind of heroine compared to the others.  

2. I love that this book tackled social media specifically how people project a happy and seemingly perfect life online which can especially be seen on Instagram! A shot of a cup of coffee on a pretty cup with someone smiling while holding it; a photo of a girl with her designer outfit and bag; or a photo of someone admiring a picturesque view somewhere garnering likes, hearts, shares and comments full of amazement...and envy. But people don't often talk about what's behind the scenes. Have you read about this girl who amassed about $10,000 debt trying to be come Instagram famous

Katie was one of those people who projected a different picture of her life online from her real life. 

3. And lastly, I loved that this book reminds me not to judge a book by its cover. Her boss, Demeter, was a lot like Miranda Priestley. Successful career woman. Fashionable. Living in a great house with her picture perfect family. She was also someone people at work loathed. But when Demeter ended up on a holiday in their new glamping site, Katie began to realize that there was more to her boss than meets the eye. 

I personally had a Miranda/Demeter type of boss before. I admired that boss of mine for his brains and his fashion sense. I was also scared of him. Even made me cry once (I didn't cry in front of him. I cried in front of my Dad at McDonald's over a late dinner). I also somewhat loathed him (I thought ugh! what a perfectionist! He's out to make my working life miserable.) But like Katie, I was given a chance to see my boss in a new and different light to realize that he only had the best intentions for me as his employee and that he was really a nice person. 

I think that this book is more about Katie and Demeter. Yes, Katie does have a love interest in the story but it seemed he's really just a subplot which I don't actually mind. It's a good break from Sophie Kinsella's other novels. 

A light, fun and amusing read. Definitely worth my money and time! This is now my third favorite novel from Kinsella next to Twenties Girl which really made me cry and I've Got Your Number which brought on all the kilig


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