Friday, 17 November 2017

Review: My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

My Not So Perfect LifeKatie 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?

Ikira's Review: 5 out of 5 stars

Sophie Kinsella always delivers in my opinion and this book is no exception. She's has delivered a perfectly balanced story, truly believable characters, wonderful imagery and some true 'laugh out loud' moments!

Kinsella is known for her lightweight reads, those you can go to when life drags you down and they keep you a little afloat. This one is a little more deep than her previous reads (Shopaholic etc). The character development is deeper and the relationships more solid. That's not to say the others were weak, just that this is a little more mature. The humour is a little more subtle in places and less obviously sarcastic. Kinsella's writing seems to be growing with me...I like that a lot!

What the write up doesn't tell you is that there is a potential romantic story going on at the same time as everything it does tell you. Katie really does have a lot going on in her life and how she manages to balance it all would be entirely beyond me if I hadn't read the book. She's clever, witty, resourceful and at times a little scary (seriously, don't ever cross a Katie Brenner)!

I'm struggling how to put in to words what I really want to say about this story without giving it away with spoilers. There is a lot already given in the blurb there so I don't want to say too much more but this:

There is a back-story to Katie's life which explains where she is. There are other important characters not mentioned above and there are loads of laughs to be had alongside a few 'eye openers'.

Truly a great read and one I'm likely to re-visit in the future.

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