Book Review: My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

May 26, 2017 Book review 11 ★★★★

Sophie Kinsella is fluent in humour, and her books whisk me away to a happy place.  My Not So Perfect Life worked its magic, but even more so than recent books.  I feel like this book is a perfect mix of hilarious, with a poignant message about real versus virtual identities.

Book Review: My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie KinsellaMy Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
Published by The Dial Press on February 7th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Family Life, Romantic Comedy
Pages: 448
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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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.

AUDIOBOOK Refreshing Romance smart & funny

Thoughts on My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Yet again, I fell in love with a quirky heroine of hers, and the ridiculous situations that she ends up in.  Katie is a country girl reinventing herself as a city slicker.  She is living her dream life.  But everything in her dream was fluffier, happier, and more picture perfect.  Still where there’s an iPhone, there is perfect angle that cuts out all messy things, and a caption that screams glossy London life going on here.

The theme of glossing up your life, so that nothing is quite what it seems, felt very poignant. Real life is messy, unfiltered and very far from perfect.

Perfectly Real Highlights

  • FUN
  • Katie’s career in marketing was entertaining and eye-opening
  • Glamping in Somerset!
  • Revenge themes
  • A cute romance, but I loved that family relationships and a career path were the real focus of the plot
  • A reminder that marketing products is ok, but you should never feel the need to market your life

I laughed my way through it, but took note of the message. It’s no harm at all to be reminded that nothing is ever quite as it seems to an outsider.

My very own Not So Perfect Life truths about books (because if you read this blog you probably think all I do is live, sleep and eat books!)
  • I love books, but struggle constantly to find enough time to read.
  • And it’s a contrary fact, that when I do have time to read, then I often don’t want to!
  • My stacks of books on Instagram look so inviting, but sometimes all I want to do is flop on the couch, binge watch Netflix, and switch my brain off.  And I don’t fight that.
  • When I’m blissfully lost in a book, I have to resist the urge to snap the head off anyone who interrupts me.
  • I like the idea of reading fantasy books, much more than actually reading them.  The complexity of new worlds often confuses me.  So they are harder work for me.

Back to My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Overall this is a hilarious book, but it also made me examine my life, and just what I put out for all to see.  It doesn’t do anyone a service by pretending that life is a bowl of cherries.  I prefer to be real, and just be me.

Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella?

I’d recommend this to you if you like contemporary books that make you laugh out loud, feature lovable but quirky characters, and that make you think twice about the image you portray online.  Fans of authors such as Rachel Hollis, Aven Ellis and Lindsey Kelk should enjoy.

Talk to Trish:  Tell me one not so perfect thing about your life?  Does this sound like a book you’d like to read?


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11 Responses to “Book Review: My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella”

  1. Rita @ Paging Through Books

    Great review! I’ve never read Ms. Kinsella because I don’t often read “straight-up chick lit” but this one sounds delightful and I’m adding it to my list to look for. I love how you formulated this review. So easy to read and understand– Thanks, Trish!

    Ok, one fact from my messy life, hmm… I can’t stand items out of place in my home, or clutter like a stack of newspapers on a table, yet I’m not a surface-neat house cleaner. I am too relaxed about pet hair on the couch, food drips on the stovetop, etc. Weird, huh? 🙂
    {If you meant sloppy booky facts, I am always downloading or borrowing stacks of books while perfectly fine titles linger on my Kindle!}
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  2. Wattle

    Gosh, I used to read Sophie Kinsella books aaalll the time (pre-blog) and this just made me realise that I’ve not picked up one in forever!

    It sounds like a great read Trish, thank you for sharing! I will definitely have to check it out 🙂
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