“I think I’ve finally worked out how to feel good about life. Every time you see someone’s bright-and-shiny, remember: They have their crappy truths too. Of course they do.”
My Rating: ★★★
Genre(s): Women’s Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Reading Challenge: 3 out of 50
Goodreads Synopsis —
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. 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 truth.
My Thoughts —
So, this was my first-ever Sophie Kinsella novel. I’ve heard a ton about her novels before but just never really found one that grabbed my attention. This one was featured in a bunch of “must read” lists online, so I thought I’d give it a go! I went into this pretty unsure of what to expect, other than that it’d be a romantic read. With that, I thought it’d be up my alley. But sadly, My Not So Perfect Life didn’t really do it for me.
I enjoyed the overall storyline and, for the most part, the actual storytelling was well done. I just found that it was a tad overdramatic for my taste. Particularly it was the dialogue that I wasn’t much of a fan of. It seemed like every second or third line, there was an exclamation mark. It’s like the characters were constantly squealing at each other which was a bit annoying if I’m honest.
The plot was a bit off at times. The title itself says “not so perfect” in it, but honestly, Katie’s life wasn’t that awful to begin with. I mean, she wasn’t living a glamorous life by any means. But she wasn’t as downtrodden as she made herself out to be. She was a bit immature from the start and I think that was what bugged me the most. I couldn’t really feel sympathetic for her character because the fantasy she was living was a bit childish.
I also kind of hated Alex, the guy placed as Katie’s romantic interest. I hate when there’s the token bad boy character with severe commitment issues that the female character ~magically~ fixes. As if the right girl will stop someone from being an ass who uses and mistreats women. Yeah ok.
Overall, it was a good, fluffy read. Maybe I’m just not into these sorts of books anymore, and that’s why it didn’t sit well with me? Who knows! It hasn’t totally put me off of Sophie Kinsella’s books though, as I still want to someday read Confessions of a Shopaholic.
Have you ever read a Kinsella? Let me know which in the comments!