My Not So Perfect Life

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback; Reprint edition (July 11, 2017)

Genres: Fiction

Overall Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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 post townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle – from his 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.


I’m a big fan of Sophie Kinsella. I’ve read practically her whole Shopaholic series as well as most of her standalone books. As usual, I love witty style of writing – from the way she described the mad morning rush hour at the metro station to Katie Brenner’s (the main character) inner thoughts. It’s just relatable and never fails to put a smile on my face.

Most of the time our so-called Instagram life are perfect but in real-life they’re not necessary so. Most Instagrammers (including myself) only post our most picture perfect photos and we’re often kept out from their real life. Whatever we portray are not necessary true, just like Katie Brenners, who’ll even go to the extent to take pictures of food from the coolest café, which actually belongs to the next table. However, her real life is far less glamorous that what she portrays in her Instagram. Frankly speaking, who hasn’t touch up their photos or take a million photos just to get the best ones? I admit .. I do and that is why this book is so relatable.

I’ve only given this book a solid 3 star as there’s nothing groundbreaking and you could have easily guessed the storyline just by reading the summary. It’s definitely a fun read nonetheless, mostly because I’ll never hate anything Sophie Kinsella writes. If you would like to start off with a book from her, I would hands down recommend her Shopaholic Series or some of her standalone books like “I’ve Got Your Number” or “Can You Keep a Secret”.



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