My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
A Novel

81%

7 Critic Reviews

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

Synopsis

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
 

About Sophie Kinsella

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Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series, as well as The Undomestic Goddess and Can You Keep a Secret? She lives in England. "From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published February 7, 2017 by The Dial Press. 448 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Critic reviews for My Not So Perfect Life
All: 7 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Excellent
on Nov 06 2016

The romance is charming, but the main strength of the story is Katie and Demeter’s evolving relationship. Kinsella creates characters that are well-rounded, quirky, and a complete joy to read.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Apr 15 2017

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.

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20Something Reads

Above average
Reviewed by Melanie Reynolds on Feb 10 2017

Sophie Kinsella’s latest book about a young woman facing unexpected and unplanned-for career challenges introduces us to charming heroine Cat/Katie. Katie’s pluck and perseverance, as well as her unfailing sense of humor and hope for the future, take her back and forth from her country home to her beloved London.

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Open Book Society

Good
Reviewed by OBS reviewer Andra on Apr 10 2017

All in all, a fun, charming read. A bit of romance, self discovery, office politics and some general silliness. As usual, Sophie Kinsella does not disappoint with an entertaining story.

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Fiction Addict

Good
Reviewed by Lori Twichell on Feb 07 2017

People don’t tend to put the messy up there for the world to see. It’s always perfect and looks so good and the rest of us look on thinking we have to live that way. Kudos to Sophie Kinsella for addressing a big issue in such a fun way!

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Chicklit Club

Good
on Apr 12 2017

Witty dialogues, fascinating and quirky characters, and hilarious scenes create another brilliant and outstanding novel from one of my favourite authors.

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Cocktails and Books

Good
Reviewed by Felicia on Jan 22 2017

The dialog between all the characters was perfect along with the descriptions of both London and Somerset – I felt like I was there. There is a fun romance between Katie and Alex that was a lot of fun and the payoffs at the end were really well done.

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