My Not So Perfect Life

My Not So Perfect Life

by Sophie Kinsella
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My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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.

Praise for My Not So Perfect Life

“A sparkling, witty novel about social media and the stories we tell ourselves.”People (Book of the Week)

“The soul of this book concerns female friendship. . . . What ensues has a touch of real wisdom [and] will satisfy Kinsella diehards as well as new readers.”—The Washington Post

“You’ll relate hard and root harder for Londoner Katie, whose quarterlife crisis feels even worse thanks to the Insta-perfect people all around her.”Cosmopolitan

“A joy to read . . . Themes of friendship, love and living your true life rise to the top.”—USA Today

“[There are ] many laugh-out-loud hilarious moments in this feel-good novel about social media and personal branding, and the hectic realities behind our perfect online lives.”Bustle

“Pure escapist fun.”PopSugar

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812998269
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 12,003
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series, as well as the novels Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number, and Wedding Night. She lives between London and the country.

Hometown:

London, England

Date of Birth:

December 12, 1969

Place of Birth:

London, England

Education:

B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Oxford University, 1990; M.Mus., King's College, London, 1992

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My Not So Perfect Life 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good lighthearted read. Enjoyable characters. Engaging story. Couldn't stop reading.
onemused More than 1 year ago
"My (not so) Perfect Life" delves into the difference between how we appear and who we are. Katie Brenner (now reinventing herself as Cat) has spent a lot of her life trying to reach her goals and convince herself that everything in her life is perfect- despite her annoying and at-times harassing roommates in her cheap flat hours away from her work where she enters boring data all day. She admires her boss, Demeter, from afar- Demeter has everything, a sweet family, booming career, gorgeous house. Katie feels pulled in several directions (her BFF in NYC and loving it, her father with his entrepreneurial schemes that she is able to help with), but her life takes a sudden turn when she is fired from the (not so) perfect job in London. Lying to her father and his sweet wife, Biddy, she grasps straws and comes to work with them on her "sabbatical" while also job hunting. Katie thrives working on their glamping business- she knows what high-end glampers want in their time away from the city. She is essentially doing the ultimate branding (her former job) for her family's farm- and it's a swimming success. So much so that her former boss and idol, Demeter, comes to stay. Katie also has a love interest from London (and a harrassing ex-boyfriend who still lives in town and works on her family's farm), but this also in included as a smaller part of the story. The relationship is very fairytale-like, complete with the playboy makeover. If you don't look too far below the surface, it's sweet and happy. The real theme and relationship here is between Katie and Demeter. Both want the world to see what they wish they were, rather than what they are. Katie recognizes it in herself, but not in others, and getting to know the real Demeter who is glamping with her, opens her to some real truths- truths that a lot of us can use, when we experience the same jealousies over people we don't really know and insecurities about ourselves and our lives. As a huge fan of "Can you keep a secret?" and her other books, I put a lot of hope in this book, and it did not disappoint. Fans of Kinsella will find the same laugh-out-loud lines and clever humor throughout this book. It has a very similar feel and tone to the Shopaholic and Secret books. The theme here is a little different and a little deeper, I thought, and it really adds a new level to Kinsella's adult comedic writing (she has some deeper books which have a completely different feel- e.g. "Finding Audrey"), but this is a book which you could read at the beach and adore and then continue to think about after you put it down. I really enjoyed it and read it within a day. I think this is sure to be a fantastic hit amongst Kinsella fans across the board. While it won't replace the part of my heart held by Secret, it was a delightful and light-hearted read that I was very happy to have enjoyed. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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Anonymous 8 months ago
This is perfect, like all her others!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Wonderful book. Flew right through. I love the humor she puts in. I took a break from her books but this one brought me right back to why i like her style of writing.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I'm a huge fan, love all of her other book and this is the first time I'm disappointed..... not a great story and hard to follow.
jojosmodernlife 11 months ago
Katie ("Cat") Brenner is a country bumpkin trying to find herself in the big City, London. She has a decent job at Cooper Clemmow with the hopes of moving up in the company now that she has the foot in the door. Her boss, Demeter, has everything that Cat wants: great job, great house, great husband, and great kids. What is actual perfection and what is an illusion? I have read almost all of Sophie Kinsella's standalone books, with the only exception being Finding Audrey. I get excited for each new release because I know it is going to take me right to my happy place. The same applies for My (Not So) Perfect Life! I forced myself to slow down reading this book because I wanted to savor it. It was romantic, a bit silly at times, and yet there was a lot of character development among multiple characters. It gets deep yet some characters are shallow. There are misconceptions that get out of hand yet there is empathy. It is modern yet it comes back to the age-old question: is the grass always greener on the other side? I highly recommend this book, as well as Sophie Kinsella's other books, for anyone looking for a relatable and humorous light read. I would not recommend this book for any reader that is offended by foul language, bullying, or sexually suggestive scenarios. Please note: an electronic copy of this book was generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
Katie (Cat) Brenner is trying to make her way in London, working at a branding agency and fulfilling her Instagram with wishful thinking. Her flatmates seems horrible, her job seems thankless and life seems to be on hold. The boss from hell scenario plays out well, with scatter brained but brilliant Demeter running the office. Once Katie's fired, the story picks up steam as she heads home to Somerset and her father's farm, all the while hiding the fact that she has been sacked. I loved the second section of the book. Her dad and stepmom Biddy were great characters and the idea to turn their farm into a glamping site plays out very well. This is where Kinsella shines, just when you though this would be another Becky-like character, Katie comes into her own, in a way that makes me wish this would hit the big screen. It turns out, in looking at her booklist, I've read all of Kinsella's books, except for her young adult one. I may have to make time for that as I wait for her next, always fun, novel.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Sophie Kinsella wrote another romantic comedy that is what I have come to expect from her books. Katie/Cat Brennan is the young woman from the country who has moved to London for her dream job. She has not had the most wonderful life and is not really living it now. She lives in a tiny flat that she shares with two roommates, she has a horrendous commute to work, is a low level researcher who does not make a lot of money and she feels guilty about leaving her father on the farm. She does not want anyone to know about her life, so her instagram feed is full of other people's photos, events and even food to make her life look wonderful. When her life changes, she has to change with it. This book was a fun read, yet it was great to see how Katie grew. She learns to be herself, accept her life the way it is and to be thankful for everything. Of course there is a man that she wants who is just a bit out of reach, or is he? I enjoyed Katie's story. Getting to know her father and step-mother and where she grew up was a wonderful part of the story. Her boss Demeter is a hilarious character. She goes from bitchy, inconsiderate boss to someone who is in danger of losing her boss. As she and Katie begin to develop a bond, the comraderie is wonderful, but the antics they go through are guaranteed to make you laugh. Another winner for Kinsella. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
Dianne57 More than 1 year ago
This book surprised me a bit. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would and I figured out what was happening to Demeter very quickly. It was easy to see that this book mixed different author's influences, but it worked for Ms Kinsella. I was charmed instead of annoyed. What also surprised me is that I really thought that Katie would take the more emotionally draining way out of this mess (stay in the country), but I'm glad she went back to what she truly wanted in her life. *ARC supplied by publisher
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
Katie Brenner is a West Country gal trying to make her London dreams come true. And failing spectacularly. She's finally got a paying job as a research associate at a branding (Advertising) agency, but she's the lowest one on the books there. Her salary is so low she shares a flat with two other people, more than an hour's commute away from work. She admires her friends' Instagram accounts, and fabricates her own "fab life" with pictures she grabs on the go--because she could never afford that decadent coffee, or that divine dinner spot. Nope. But, she studies hard, making lists of all the places she's check out just as soon as she launches her way up the ladder to success. Her boss, Demeter, is a criminally scatterbrained woman with far too many fabulous aspects to be truly human. She's always out to dinner, or at an award night, and her family is all shiny and perfect. And, if the office rumor mill can be trusted, Demeter's got a long-standing "arrangement" with Alex, the younger partner in their firm--and the man Katie'd thought had a bit of an interest in herself. Katie, who calls herself "Cat" in her fab life, studies Demeter, aspiring to learn more and impress her one day soon. It's not meant to be, however. Their branding firm is having some issues with clients and Katie's let go soon after she designed the branding on her father's newest get-rich-quick scheme: glamping on their country estate. Having no other prospects, Katie returns home from London under the premise that she's got a 'sabbatical' to help out her family. Really, she can't admit she had a horrible life in London, because her father's totally against her living there, and she doesn't want to live int he country forever. She's making applications and chatting to headhunters whenever she isn't setting up the glamping yurts, or customizing the "totally organic experience" for each of their hoity-toity guests. It's with immediate dismay that Demeter and fam arrive--because she'll blow Katie's cover to her dad. Then again, when Demeter doesn't recognize "Cat" in her 'West Country Katie' persona, Katie's able to get some of her own back, torturing Demeter with "one-of-a-kind," "exclusive," "holistic" treatments. That is, until Katie grows a conscience, and learns that Demeter isn't as nearly perfect as her Instagram feed would reflect. I really dug this one. It's a more mature, and less-slapstick, type of book than I've read from Ms. Kinsella before. The careful plotting and copious breadcrumbs led me right into the conundrum: how do we cope when life isn't like we spin it? Social media facades, cyberbullying, corporate espionage were not what I expected to find in this one, but, wow! Was this a rich tapestry. Katie's a great character, not too young, despite her naivete, at points. She's fully relatable, as the plucky gal clawing her way out of a hard-scrabble life--only to have her dreams dashed. The amazing turns of situation, particularly regarding Demeter and the jobs at their branding firm, was carefully intimated, and led me along in the proper directions. Plus, I got yet another object lesson in the value of empathy, and being a stand-up person even when it's really freaking hard. Facing down her father, with his absolute love for Katie and desperate want to have her stay home forever? Appropriately heart-crushing. I loved Katie, and how she grew up and owned her life, and her mistakes. This is a fun read with great heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I laughed out loud in parts, and cringed with embarrassment when Katie did things I have had thoughts about doing. I read My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella in exchange for a review. I can honestly say it is the best book I have read in quite a while. Katie Brenner longs to be Kat, the sophisticated career woman, and strives to emulate her boss Demeter. When her carefully contrived world crumbles she gets a chance to see Demeter as a real person and rediscovers herself at the same time.
HowUsefulItIs More than 1 year ago
My Experience: I started reading My (not so) Perfect Life on 1/26/17 and finished it on 1/31/17. This book can be quickly described as a series of hilarious unfortunate events. It started out with Katie getting on the tube to make the morning rush to get to work on time. The subway/tube ride just tickles me. I laugh with tears coming out. She talks about her job, her co-workers, and her boss, Demeter. She’s Katie at home, but in London, she’s Cat with a different hairstyle. Living in London is her dream, even though moving away from home breaks her dad’s heart. Her boss seems to have it all but Katie’s on the other end of the stick. She posts pictures on her instagram of her life in London, the life she wanted rather than the life she actually lives. “Pitch her exactly the right idea, exactly when she needs it.” p148 My (not so) Perfect Life revolves around Katie/Cat trying to make it in London on her own and the people she comes into contact with. I do like following Katie’s train of thoughts. She’s very self motivated, organized, determined, and ambitious. She’s trying to make it on her own in London with an entry level job and high cost of living. She has to budget her spending money otherwise she won’t have enough to live by. She reads restaurant reviews to know which restaurant/dishes is popular since she can’t afford to eat there. She wants to have what her boss Demeter has: the house, the Miu Miu shoes, the invitations to parties, the good paying job, etc. She tries hard to get her boss’ attention so that she can climb up her career ladder to be doing something she loves instead of something else. She can’t justify to spend 40 quids on snacks when it can pay for a week of groceries. Reading this book, I’m sure many readers can relate to Katie. “No one’s life has to be perfect. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself, love. Whoever started the rumor that life has to be perfect is a very wicked person, if you ask me.” p358 This book is organized into two parts. The first part is of Katie/Cat trying to make it in London. The second part is when she goes back home to help her dad and stepmother starting a Glamping business. She’s not in a happy situation because she started this lie to her parents and it grows bigger and deeper. When one day, her boss Demeter and family came for holiday at her parent’s Glamping (glam camping) and put Katie in an even awkward situation. I like this part of the book most because it opens to readers about life. It explains more about how we look at life and our expectations compare to what we receive. “Beautiful. That word again. I want to take it away in my hands and keep it in a jar forever.” p332 I cry and I laugh when I read this book. I like this book because of the moral in the story. Image is not what it appears to be. I’m glad of the reminder. I like Katie and her full disclosures. All in all, this book is a great read! Sophie Kinsella writes an amazing tale, filled with everyday experiences. Anyone reading this book can relate to it one way or another. Living in USA, I really enjoy reading a book takes place in London because I get to enjoy new vocabularies. Got pissed means got drunk! Overall, I highly recommend this read, if it doesn’t make you laugh out loud, it will make you see people in a different way! For a detailed review, please visit www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com. Many thanks to Random House for the opportunity to read and review. My reviews are honest. xoxo, Jasmine
literarymadness More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Throughout this entire story I was laughing out loud, from the first chapter to the last. Rarely do I explain to my husband what I’m reading but some images were just too hilarious to keep to myself. The drone scene in the beginning had me rolling, as did the Vedari debacle. Kinsella way of writing makes you feel like the character is talking right with you like a friend, I could be her friend, I want to be her friend! Truly, I want to live and work on Ansters Farm. One thing I couldn’t understand about Katie is her want for the city and not wanting to stay on the farm, it sounded like a dream, but I guess without that there wouldn’t be a story. Right away I was vaguely reminded of The Devil Wears Prada but the finish was so much more satisfying and everything was much more realistic. Once again, hearing about London city life was a treat, as was balking at the price of Diptyque candles, which I had to look up. Not someone who indulges in romances, the relationship in this story was just enough that I was cheering for a happy ending, yet I wasn’t completely grossed out about the specifics. It was sweet and necessary but there was so much more to the story. Before this book I had never read any of Sophie Kinsella’s work, though I have heard of the titles, and they have been added to my every growing “to read” list.
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
Settling down to read a Sophie Kinsella book is the literary equivalent of having a long chat with your best friend after being away for a while. It’s comforting, wonderfully funny, and absolutely refreshing. Sophie Kinsella is my go-to author for those horrible, no good, very bad days and I already know that My Not-So Perfect Life will now be at the top of the rotation. Katie was such a relatable, likable character. Her life was a somewhat exaggerated version of what my friends and I went through after graduating from college and moving out into the world. (like when Katie is sitting in her room eating dinner and her hammock falls on her. Although my version involves some carefully stacked cardboard boxes for a closet collapsing in the middle of the night). Her relationship with her parents was pitch-perfect. It addressed many of the challenges of truly becoming an adult (like not quite telling them the whole truth when things get bad because you don’t want them to worry). I loved the journey that she went through to find herself in this book. It was the perfect mix of heart-warming, funny, and painful. Honestly, I preferred the relationship that developed between Demeter and Katie to that between Katie and Alex. Katie and Demeter truly torture each other before finding the flaws in each other’s armor of perfection. It was wonderful to see a relationship built on respect (and women advocating for each other in the workplace!) As for Katie and Alex, I didn’t quite understand the chemistry and would have liked that relationship developed a little bit more (but it was still absolutely adorable). Is the plot somewhat over the top? Absolutely. But so is that of any good chick-lit story. In her somewhat unrealistic tale, Sophie Kinsella manages to impart some lessons that are important for us all to remember. Particularly for those of us who spend any significant portion of our time on social media. This book was an absolute delight to read. I was utterly captivated and couldn’t put it down (but actually, I read this book in one sitting). I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a funny yet touching read. P.S. Dear Hollywood, please make this into a movie. *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Catherine (Cat) Brenner lives in London and battles the tube travel commute every day which take her well over an hour one way. Her boss, Demeter, complains about her 25-minute commute, which makes Cat roll her eyes. Cat works at a branding and strategy agency called Cooper Clemmow. Demeter is married with two children, makes an enormous salary, and lives in a stunning house. Cat, on the other hand, lives in a tiny room and barely makes enough to get by. Demeter is juggling lots of contracts and depends on her assistant to help her. Unfortunately, Demeter is not liked by many in the office because they feel as though they were passed over for her job. Cat is trying hard to make friends at work and to try and get noticed by her boss. One day, a handsome man named Alex asks Cat to help him look over some items to decide if they would be worth supporting/branding them. She soon finds out that he is Demeter’s boss. She dreams about how wonderful it would be to date him. She gets embarrassed when her drunken co-worker tells Alex at the office Christmas party that Cat has a crush on him. Mortified, Cat cannot face him. Cat’s name is actually Katie and she grew up on a farm in the countryside. Her mother passed away when Katie was little and it was her father who raised her. Katie heads home for the Christmas break. Her Dad has always had a lot of get-rich schemes that never paned out. Katie suggests that he offer a country vacation spot complete with yurts, great good, and lots of games and exercise. She even does up a fabulous brochure and after working it through, it becomes a reality. This is a good thing because as soon as Cat gets back to work after Christmas break, Demeter fires her. Totally shocked, she heads back home and tells her Dad she is on sabbatical from her job. So, she delves in and works to make the vacation spot a success. They get many people coming and enjoying themselves. When Demeter and her family show up, Katie disguises herself and does all she can to get back at Demeter under the guise of healthy exercise. But when Alex arrives to see Demeter, things get really rough. This is a terrific story that only Sophie Kinsella can write. I have loved all of her books and this one did not disappoint. Grab a copy of this book and come join the fun. I’m betting you will love the story. Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Entertaining and captivating are two words that come to mind when I think about this novel. I was deeply involved inside Cat’s world as she tried to prove to the world that she was an intelligent and capable individual. Trying to live out her dream in London, Cat is trying to make a name for herself in the business world but it’s not working. She’s told she must exert herself if she wants to succeed which is not Cat’s strong point but is something that she must do or she will be overlooked. Cat looks at her boss Demeter and she sees perfection. She wants what Demeter has and she has decided that she will do what it takes. Cat returns home to Somerset to visit her family, her father and Biddy inform her that they want to set up a family -run business of glamping and they want Cat’s help. Cat tells them that she will help but her job in London is her first priority. It was here in the novel that I could not tear myself away as things quickly picked up and I couldn’t put it down until I was finished. It was a wonderful story, so real and fun to read. I was dreading the final pages. A boyfriend was not on Cat’s list of objectives for London but she has finally found a person she felt comfortable with, someone she could talk to and have fun with. Little does she know how important and how complicated things will get having this person in her life. It was a humorous, high-energy story about life. Life that involves twists and turns and choices that we make because they are our dreams. This was my second Sophie Kinsella novel, I really should read more of hers. I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.
MsArdychan More than 1 year ago
Katie Brenner is the Bridget Jones of this generation. She is funny, determined, and struggling to reinvent herself in London. Now trying to be Cat (rather than Katie), she has landed her dream job at a company that specializes in branding products. I loved this book. It perfectly shows the anxiety of starting one's career and the pressure to be successful, for yourself, and for your family. I was rooting for Katie from the start. What I liked: London: Sophie Kinsella captures all that is wonderful, and dreadful, about being young and alone in an expensive city. I lived in England for a short time as a college student. I look back on it as a magical time. But when I really think back, I being to remember some of the not so glamorous aspects. Everything was ungodly expensive, and the people were so fashionable. I saved up for weeks in order to buy a stylish winter coat in order to fit in. But that was my only big purchase. I was mostly reduced to window shopping. London itself (when we went there on weekends) was so intimidating. I remember being overwhelmed trying to navigate The Tube. And the place where I stayed was so very cold... Reading about Katie's misadventures brought me back to that awkward time of being an independent adult for the first time. Glamping: Glamping is a term for luxury camping, mostly for city dwellers who want to be in nature, but don't really want to rough it. Katie's father and stepfather start a glamping business to suppliment their income as farmers. I loved this part of the book because it showcased not only Katie's abilities as a marketer, but her father's and stepmother's skills as well. Her father is a natural charmer, when he want to be. His tendency to be a cheapskate is tempered by Katie's knowledge that in order to make this business a success, everything must be of the best quality. And her stepmother shines as she is able to showcase her cooking and crafting abilities. I loved these things so much that I made a Pinterest board for this book! Characters: Demeter is Katie's demanding boss at the branding firm. She seems to have everything: Beauty, a perfect family, a successful career, and a lover on the side. But is that really who she is? I can just see Rosamund Pike as Demeter. Katie is the college grad who yearns for the perfect life and if she isn't quite there yet, well... no one needs to know. She obsessively posts perfect shots of London life on Instagram. It's all a farce, but she doesn't seem to get that if she is faking her life online, probably others are too. She simply takes what she sees as other people's perfect lives at face value. I see Emilia Clarke as Katie. What I Was Mixed About: The ending was a little too perfect. While I love endings where all the plot points are tied up, this ending was over the top. I would have loved to have Katie make some hard choices about what her priorities were. That would have been more realistic and just as satisfying.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Katie Brenner is living the dream! She’s escaped her small-town Somerset life, dumped her accent, and is living in London in a flat she shares with two other workers. She’s working for a chic London company which specializes in unique marketing strategies. Her boss, Demeter, is a genius in branding products, even if she is a hyped up, selfish and demanding woman whose key interest, outside of her skilled choices of advertising, is being the first to do whatever is trending in food, clothing, etc. Initially, Katie is hired as a research assistant, putting survey data into a computer, hardly a blip on Demeter’s interest screen. Katie, who is now calling herself “Cat” is starting to yearn for more. She’s got what she thinks are some brilliant design and advertising schemes and wants the chance to become acknowledged as someone worth encouraging to become an integral part of Cooper Clemmow, a famed company. She then accidentally meets Alex and he shares with her some wacky adult toys (no, not sexual). As time passes, Katie and Alex become close but this goes nowhere fast as a dramatic error happens at Clemmow and Katie is fired. No, this isn’t a downer, although Katie is deeply upset. Katie’s such a spunky character that she takes it in stride and returns to live in Somerset with her caring Dad. He and his new wife has opened a country resort. Lo and behold, who should arrive as guest but Demeter, her husband and her children. And not too long after, Alex appears but not to woo Katie. Before his arrival, Katie sees another side of Demeter which throws her plan to spike some revenge on her. Alex has the same plan and the remainder of the novel brings some surprises and shows Katie maturing and making some startling choices! Sophie Kinsella has done a marvelous job in creating this feisty character, Katie. The plot is simple but there are enough snarky, funny moments to lighten the plot and give the reader a delightful experience. Smart, humorous and satirical look at fame and fortune, laced with a bucket of old-fashioned, spot-on values. Nicely crafted, Sophie Kinsella!
bookluvr35SL More than 1 year ago
Katie has lived in Somerset all her life, but her dream is to live in London. She pictures the ideal life she would have.... dinners at posh restaurants, a lovely flat, a wonderful job. What she gets when she moves to London is drastically different. I loved this book. Katie felt like someone you could relate to, the situations were things you could sympathize with. You really get invested, rooting for Katie. I have to admit, I couldn't put this down. This may have been her best book yet!
Kaits_Bookshelf More than 1 year ago
I was thrilled to learn that Sophie Kinsella has a new book coming out, and even more thrilled when I received an advanced copy from Random House through NetGalley! All opinions are my own. Katie Brenner, or Cat, or Katie…well, frankly, she can’t quite decide…has long dreamed of moving from England’s countryside to a more exciting and glamorous life in London. What she learns upon moving to the big city, however, is that life is a lot less sparkly and a lot more expensive than it looks in the pictures and movies. Unless of course you visit Katie/ Cat’s Instagram account. If you were judging based solely on that, you’d think she had the perfect life in London. First of all, who can’t relate to this plot? Let’s be honest, we all have those friends whose accounts we follow and think, “Gee, is anything ever wrong in his/her life?” Chances are, yes, but we wouldn’t know that because social media has allowed us to filter not only our photos but our lives so much that even we don’t recognize them. This is the social issue Kinsella tackles in her new book – that of living up to an online world’s standards while trying to actually live in the real world. This book was entertaining. I liked Katie. I could relate to her. Anyone who has ever dreamed big and found themselves disappointed or tried to reinvent themselves will be able to relate to her. She is likable, friendly, tender-hearted when it comes to her friends and family, and determined. Also, she has just the right amount of a vengeful streak which had me laughing out loud! Overall, the book is relatable and entertaining with surprising plot twists. If you are already a fan of Ms. Kinsella’s work, you won’t want to miss this one, and if you are considering giving her work a try, My Not So Perfect Life is the perfect place to start! Read full review at: KaitsBookshelf.com
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Sophie Kinsella is one of the few authors that I read while I was raising my family and didn't have that much time to read. I have been reading her books since she has been writing. I think this is one of her best yet. Katie - Cat - Katherine is trying to become someone in branding (advertising) in London. She's from a farm in Somerset, but she wants to be a city girl. She has worked at two other jobs as an intern with no pay. She finally has a paying job as an admin doing boring stuff, yet she's thrilled to be around the excitement of the creativity of advertising. Until, she gets the boot. She tries for a few weeks to get another job, sending out resumes. However, she never hears from anyone. Meanwhile, her father and stepmother decide they want to set up a glamping resort on their farm. Katie is excited and helps set up a website and brochures. When it comes time to open up the resort, her stepmother calls worried that they can't do it alone. So Katie tells them she will take a "sabbatical" and come help them for a few weeks. Things get a little out of hand when her ex-boss and her family show up for a week's stay. It only gets more hilarious from there. The things that she did to her ex-boss on the farm. That was absolutely hilarious - and she let her do it to her. That was the best part. I was absolutely laughing out loud. Of course, there is a love story involved, the details you'll have to buy the book and find out. Plus, what happens to Katie and her boss? Curious? The book is definitely worth your time and money! Huge thanks to Random House for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Country farm girl, Katie Brenner has dreamt of working in London, for years. So when Cooper Clemmow, a London branding, and strategy company, called to offer Katie an entry level position, she was ecstatic. She decided to reinvent herself. Katie lost her Somerset country accent, straightened her hair, bought a pair of fake eyeglasses and changed her nickname from Katie to Cat. And even though, Cat had to share her flat, sleep in a closet-size bedroom, and work with a rude, evil boss, she was happy; until she was fired. Having no choice but to move back home, Katie volunteered to help her father, and step-mother launch, Ansters Farm Country Retreat, a Glamping business. Katie was just beginning, to enjoy her work, when her ex-boss showed up, with her family, for a vacation. Needless to say, Katie was beside herself. I found Katie’s revenge on her old boss, hysterical. Sophie Kinsella knows how to write hilarious inner dialogue and crazy funny scenes. Katie learned some lessons in this book; 1. People are not always who they appear to be and 2. No one has a perfect life. My Not So Perfect Life is an easy-breezy, well-written, humorous book, with lots of likable characters, and witty dialogue. Be prepared to laugh, a lot. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to read this advanced review copy. I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this book early. I was having a difficult week, and so I did what I always do, pull up a list of too-read books. I have always loved Sophie Kinsella books, and so I figured I would feel a bit better. The more I read, the more I found myself smiling. I kept reading during all my down time, and finished in 24 hours. The book is well-written, the characters are wonderful, and you want to know what happens almost as soon as you start reading. The only bad thing about this book is that I've already read it! Do yourself a favor and grab this funny, quirky, and awesome paperback off the shelves as quickly as possible! (less)
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
can you keep a secret? and i've got your number are two of my all-time favorite comfort reads--they are laugh out loud funny, romantic, and after i read them i can't stop smiling. my (not so) perfect life hits all the right notes and joins the other two in my re-read pile for when life gets stressful or depressing. katie brenner is finally living the london life of her dreams. except her boss, demeter, is crazy demanding. and her flat is miles away from where she works and she's got terrible roommates. her salary barely covers her rent, and so mostly she pretends to herself and the world that her london life is perfect. doing so by instagramming picture-perfect moments that don't reflect the reality--filtering out imperfections and cropping out the reminders that, actually, if she sits down and takes stock, she's pretty miserable. so when she is unceremoniously fired, she retreats back to her family farm in somerset where her father and stepmother are setting up a glamping vacation business. still pretending that all things london are perfect and she's just on a sabbatical from the job in order to help them out things do haywire when her ex-boss ends up in a yurt with her kids. at first katie is intent on revenge, especially since demeter doesn't even recognize her. but as demeter withstands the humiliating customized retreat that katie puts her through, and katie realizes that all is not necessarily golden in demeter's world, they begin to come to terms. when alex, katie's crush from london, and demeter's rumored boy-toy shows up, demeter recruits katie in order to help her save her job. katie, demeter, and alex manage to untangle the very knotty web that has grouped them together, and they all grow as their relationships and understanding of one another deepen. katie is our delightful narrator, and her voice, her sense of the ridiculous, make the novel so charming while also ringing true about how we all have the moments of pretending life is perfect, when it is anything but. **my (not so) perfect life will publish on february 7, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/random house publishing group (the dial press) in exchange for my honest review.