Friday 13 January 2017

Book ~ "My Not So Perfect Life" (2017) Sophie Kinsella

From Goodreads ~ Katie 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? 

Katie grew up on a farm but her dream was to work in London, have a great job and fabulous friends.  She does indeed move to London and becomes "Cat", gets a low paying entry level job, shares an apartment with two odd strangers and can't afford to have a glamourous life.  Just when things couldn't get any worse, her boss, Demeter, fires her.  Unable to find another job, she heads back home to the farm and helps her parents start a glamping business until something else comes along.

The business is a success and and Katie is shocked to discover that Demeter and her family are vacationing at their glampground.  Demeter doesn't recognize Katie so she takes this opportunity to get revenge.  But Katie discovers the real Demeter and she realizes the Demeter doesn't have it all after all.

Though I've read a lot of Kinsella's books, it's been a couple years since I read one.  I've been reading a lot of heavy murder mysteries lately and was looking for something light ... and this did the trick.  I liked the author's writing style and found the storyline predictable but fun.  Her father and stepmother were caring and humorous.  It's written in first person perspective in Katie's voice.  As a head's up, there is swearing and adult activity.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Thanks for the review, I'll definitely check it out.