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Book Review: My Not So Perfect Life – Sophie Kinsella

30634785Everywhere 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. The final, demeaning straw comes when Demeter makes Katie dye her roots in the office. 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 one of my favorite authors, and there is so much more to her repertoire than Becky Bloomwood and her shopping problem. When I saw she had a new book coming out, and that I could grab a galley of it from NetGalley to read ahead of time no less, I was super excited. My Not So Perfect Life did not disappoint. Ms. Wickham (let’s face it, Sophie Kinsella is a pseudonym) does not disappoint this time around. Super-relatable characters – who hasn’t had an awful boss that they’ve wanted to exact revenge upon? (Of course acting upon it is an entirely different story…what Katie does to Demeter is what everyone with an awful boss wants to do but knows they shouldn’t) There also was cute, but not nauseatingly so romance because it is a chick lit book after all. Overall, Katie/Cat, Demeter, Alex, Biddy, Katie’s Dad and the farm of yurts for glamping make this a highly entertaining book and I strongly recommend picking up a copy if you want something light and entertaining to read!

Obligatory disclaimer: I was given an e-ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Non-obligatory ramble: If you like to read, I strongly recommend signing up for NetGalley…because free books are awesome. Especially when you get to read them before everyone else. The only catch is, these are e-books, so if you’re grossly opposed to reading from a phone/iPad/Nook/Kindle, etc you might not enjoy the site so much