Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Sophie Kinsella - Not So Perfect Life review

This book was bloody brilliant and definitely had the feels going for it. I freaking LOVED this one! It reminded me why I loved Sophie's writing when I first discovered her. 

Cat is an everyday girl who has always dreamed of living in London. But life is harder than she'd like to admit. It's expensive to live on your own and with her dad in Somerset, she had no choice but to move out of his house. She can't afford to eat out or do much other than work, but her IG page makes London look glamorous. She's a foodie at heart and so what if she captured someone's coffee or hot cocoa at a cafe and made it look like hers?!

As life starts to go in a different direction from what she expected, Katie emerges and she begins finding her voice, figuring out who she is while helping her dad and stepmum. (Autocorrect, don't fix mum for me! Why can't we Americans have a mum? Mum sounds so much more posh than mom!) And oh is it HILARIOUS when Katie starts exacting revenge on someone from her past. I couldn't stop laughing. It was GENIUS! But when truths come out, she realizes maybe life isn't so perfect after all. At least, not all the time. 

The FEELS in this book were serious. I was completely captured by everything happening in Katie's life.  This was a book I couldn't put down. As in, I read it in 1 day and couldn't even walk away long enough to eat something because I was so caught up in all that was happening. It's sweet, sad, maddening and totally swoon worthy at points! 2 words for you dear reader: book hangover.  HURRY!! Go get your copy right now!!

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.

Advance praise for My Not So Perfect Life

“Sophie Kinsella keeps her finger on the cultural pulse, while leaving me giddy with laughter. I loved it.”—Jojo Moyes

“Katie is a winning heroine. . . . Kinsella creates characters that are well-rounded, quirky, and a complete joy to read.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Driven by Katie’s witty observations and numerous missteps as she attempts to reconcile various aspects of her identity, this novel is smartly satirical and entertaining.”—Publishers Weekly

“Another outstanding novel . . . a perfect combination of fun, laughable moments rounded out with some deep-seated family and relationship issues.”—Booklist

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