Review: One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

Review: One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London has so many elements I love to read about including a reality television show, inclusivity, and fashion blogging. The main character is so lovable, and each of the side characters are adequately developed as well. What I especially enjoyed was the use of social media posts which make the events of the book seem so much more real. This book was so much fun to read, and it is just as heartfelt as it is entertaining. Continue reading

Review: My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Review: My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie KinsellaTitle: My Not So Perfect Life
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Also by this author: Finding Audrey
Publisher: The Dial Press
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Rating: four-half-stars

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.

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Review: My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella is a laugh out loud and honest look at the actuality of what it is to be a young adult in today’s society. The protagonist, Katie Brenner, is a compelling character that many will identify with. Also, Kinsella’s writing is clever and really grabs the attention of the reader through the use of humour in this look at the image we put forth to the world. Continue reading