“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 own crappy truths too. Of course they do.”
This was my first ever Sophie Kinsella novel. I’ve heard a ton about her novels before, but just never really found one that really grabbed my attention. This one was featured on 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. I guessed that I’d be going headfirst into a cosy, romantic read. With that, I thought it’d be right up my alley. Unfortunately, My Not So Perfect Life didn’t really do it for me.
My Not So Perfect Life is about Katie, a young woman from the English countryside who has big city dreams. She wants the fabulous London life that she sees online, but after she uproots her life to chase it, she slowly realizes that what she sees on the Internet is a far cry from the truth.
I enjoyed the overall storyline and, for the most part, the actual storytelling was well done. I just found that it was a taaaad overdramatic. Particularly it was the dialogue that I wasn’t so much a fan of. It seemed that every second or third line was an exclamation. It’s like the characters are constantly squealing at each other, which was pretty annoying if I’m honest.
Honestly, the plot was a bit off. The title itself says ‘not so perfect life’ but Katie’s life wasn’t really that awful. I mean, she wasn’t living a glamorous, luxurious life. But it wasn’t as horrific as she played it up to be. She was a bit immature from the start and I think that was what bugged me most. I couldn’t really feel for her character because the fantasy she was living in was a bit childish. But that’s just my opinion *shrugs*
I also kind of despised Alex, the guy who was put as Katie’s romantic interest. I never like it when books or TV shows have the token bad boy character who has severe commitment issues, but the female character magically ~changes them~. Logan Huntzberger, anyone?? Bleh.
It was a good, fluffy read though. Definitely what I’d consider a beach read, much like Bridget Jones’s Diary. Although I wasn’t a huge fan of My Not So Perfect Life, it hasn’t completely put me off of Sophie Kinsella’s work. I think maybe it would have been best if I’d gone for something like Confessions of a Shopaholic as my first Kinsella.
Have you ever read a Kinsella? Let me know which in the comments!
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