From Random House (Dial Press)
Part love story, part workplace drama, this sharply observed novel is a witty critique of the false judgments we make in a social-media-obsessed world. New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella has written her most timely 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. 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.
Source: Electronic Advance Copy in exchange for an honest review.
That moment when you are reading on the treadmill at the gym and start laughing uncontrollably at the standard Sophie Kinsella madness? Yep. That's me. The woman on the treadmill laughing. And for good reason. If you've read a Sophie Kinsella book, then you know her trademark hilarity in awkwardness. If you've not read Sophie Kinsella - what the heck are you waiting for?
My all time favorite Sophie Kinsella book is Can You Keep a Secret? Holy crap that book is funny. My next favorite is Undomestic Goddess. It makes me smile just thinking about it. My third favorite is now My Not So Perfect Life, because Katie-Cat's life is sooo not perfect. It's day-to-day drudgery - that kind when you have a crap job, a crap apartment, and no money to do anything fun. But, she works in a field she loves, lives in a city she loves, and well, pretends everything is great.
My Not So Perfect Life is all kinds of fun! I won't give any spoilers, but there are twists and turns here that are unexpected and entertaining. Revenge plots and "sunbathing" and a Dad who is a little bit crazy - it all comes together to bring you hours of fun and laughs. Kinsella's writing is, as always, quick, witty, and hilarious. Sometimes, you even get a good message out of the laughs, like the grass is always greener and don't believe everything you see on Instagram.
My Not So Perfect Life is the perfect addition to your TBR. For more information, visit Sophie Kinsella's website.