Goodreads Rating: 5/5
Synopsis: Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed. Ok, so the real 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 with everything – have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems. And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?
_____ My Review_____
Sophie Kinsella has yet to disappoint me. My (Not So) Perfect Life is, however, another prime example of why she nails standalone novels. While I adore her Shopaholic series, I can’t deny that Kinsella has an incredible way of introducing and creating such incredibly well-rounded characters that have you rooting for within the span of a few hundred pages. This book was no different in that regard, and yet it felt like a new version of Kinsella.
This novel in particular stands out to me from her previous titles because it feels a bit more feminist and empowering. It is a jam packed story full of talented and smart women who work out their differences and raise each other up. As expected with any of her novels, there is romance but it is not the center of the show; it is just enough to curl your toes a little bit and sigh in contentment.
The story focuses on Katie and her struggles in surviving and developing her career in the busy city of London, while making sure her family and friends know she is not only doing incredibly well but living a fabulous life. In reality, she’s just like any other person posting only the really well-crafted photos of slivers of moments on her Instagram account. Super relatable and interesting topic! Aren’t we all always posting fabulous brunch photos? Just me? Kinsella took it a bit further by introducing the character of Demeter, who is on paper everything Katie aspires to be. But is she?
We eventually find out that (as expected) not all things are what they seem. This turn of events propels Katie and Demeter into the beginning of a larger mystery in the office, which makes for a nice twist in the story. We grow with Katie, root for her and at times want to shake some sense into her head. But that’s usually half the fun in Sophie Kinsella’s novels. I ended up loving characters I thought I’d hate!
Beyond being incredibly funny, My (Not So) Perfect Life is relatable and inspiring. It is by no means life changing, but it does succeed at presenting a very common struggle (keeping up that online persona) packaged in a funny story for a final lesson on empathy, empowerment and career success.
I listened to the audiobook version of this novel, which was narrated by Fiona Hardingham, who does an incredible job at bringing the story to life. Her varying accents are on point and her acting makes the experience very enjoyable. She has the type of voice that is endearing and delicious to listen to, which when combined with Kinsella’s writing makes you know you’re in for a treat! You can check out a preview of her narration on Amazon.
Have you had a chance to read this novel yet?
If you’re looking for more Sophie Kinsella reads, check out my previous review on her novel I’ve Got Your Number, which was another great read. Happy reading!