Sunday, July 9, 2017

Review: My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

 Summary from Goodreads:

Part love story, part workplace dramedy, part witty critique of the false judgments we make in a social-media-obsessed world, this is New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella’s most timely and sharply observed novel yet.

Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle—from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. The final, demeaning straw comes when Demeter makes Katie dye her roots in the office. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she’s desperate to make her dad proud.

Then, just as she’s finding her feet—not to mention a possible new romance—the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away—until Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled and relationships rejiggered, and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life.

Sophie Kinsella is celebrated for her vibrant, relatable characters and her great storytelling gifts. Now she returns with all of the wit, warmth, and wisdom that are the hallmarks of her bestsellers to spin this fresh, modern story about presenting the perfect life when the reality is far from the image.

My Review:

What I Liked:

Writing. I've been a fan of Kinsella's writing style for years now and this novel was a prime example of it. She does a brilliant job crafting interesting characters, plots, and writing relatable fiction.

Characters. I've stalled on the Shopaholic series because I'm not a huge fan of the main character but My (Not So) Perfect Life has a great main character. Katie felt like a real person, flaws and all, and I loved reading the novel from her point of view. The side-characters, like Demeter and Katie's family made the novel standout because they were three-dimensional characters as well. I always appreciate well-crafted main and side-characters.

Plot. I'm currently fresh out of college and trying desperately to find my place in the world so I deeply connected with this novel about job searching and trying to make it in the world. The whole glamping sub-plot and the revenge story-line really made the novel stand out for me. It was so funny and it kept me reading until the end.

What I could have done without:

Romance. It was okay, Alex was cute (but annoying at some points) but I think the novel would have been even better without the added romance aspect. I'm still giving the novel a full 5 stars because I loved reading it despite the romance.

I recommend checking out this cute but deep adult contemporary novel. It was well-written and it deals with important topics.

My Rating:

5 Stars Out of 5 Stars

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