Title: My Not So Perfect Life
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: The Dial Press
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
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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If you are in the mood for a laugh out loud and honest look at the actuality of what it is to be a young adult in today’s society, then this new Sophie Kinsella book will fit the bill. 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.
The theme that courses through My Not So Perfect Life is definitely becoming an adult in today’s society. Kinsella accurately portrays the struggles and pressures that many young adults are facing in our society today. The desire to have it all at once and the harsh realities of how most of us achieve our goals is presented in classic Kinsella style. Many readers will relate to the theme, but will find the humour in the process.
Katie is such a fun and witty character that a lot of us can relate to. Desperate to become an up and coming brand manager in London, Katie is trying to succeed and just seems to have so many obstacles to climb. Her determination is admirable, however her desire to hide the difficult parts of her life from friends, family and co-workers, such as her tiny shared apartment and odd roommates, have caused her to put forth an entirely different persona on Instagram. This is where Kinsella really grabs the reader’s attention, because I am sure that most people on social media are usually tweaking their image just a little bit to make their lives appear a little bit more interesting or fabulous than they really are.
Satire is not used often enough in contemporary novels and reading My Not So Perfect Life has really got me craving more of this genre. Kinsella weaves hilarity into her writing and gives an upbeat feel to the story, while exposing the characters and their weaknesses. The book will honestly put a smile on your face, even though you are feeling for Katie and her problems in life.
Fans of Sophie Kinsella will not be disappointed in her latest contemporary, My Not So Perfect Life. This book not only exposes our societal desire to put forth a fabulous image, it is relatable and hilarious at the same time. This is one book that will give you lots of laughter.