Mood Reading | My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella is an author who never fails to uplift my mood.  Within the first few pages of My Not So Perfect Life I was belly laughing …

Format: Kindle Edition

Print Length: 400 pages

Publisher: Transworld Digital (9 Feb. 2017)

Language: English


Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.

OK, so the 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 who has everything – actually have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.

And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?

This is one of those stories where you know where it’s heading and yet it’s HOW you get there that has you turning the pages as quickly as you can.

26 year old Katie (or Cat in London) had me hooked in from the beginning.  Wanting to emulate Demeter’s poise and grooming, wanting to fit in with the office politics and seeming like it’s never going to happen had my heart breaking a little.  She’s the odd one out, trying so hard but not fitting into the lifestyle.  During the conflicting scenes, I loved that she speaks her mind despite being a mass of nerves.   Such a fabulous character – she’s brought me much laughter alongside the angst.  I thought she was in her element back on the farm in Somerset and wasn’t sure what she would do …A fearless and loyal heroine – would love to have her on my side!

There are lots of scenes that had me laughing – Kate’s commute to work, on the roof with Alex, items glampers leave behind and bespoke packages (still belly laughing as I type) and more.  There is also lots of conflict and drama that had me shouting at my Kindle.

My Not So Perfect Life isn’t only about Katie and her dreams.  Characters with their own hang ups and miscommunications leads to feeling the whole spectrum of emotions.   Sophie Kinsella knows how to entertain her readers 🙂  I would love to see this as a movie.

Highly recommended.

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Married with two sons in their early 20's, by day I'm an Inclusion Lead in a local school. I recharge my batteries by reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet. I've been blogging for six years, four of those years exclusively about the literary world and during that time awarded Romance Blogger of the Year at the inaugural Festival of Romance. I'm enjoying the freedom of lifestyle blogging and sharing my love of anything that makes life easier! As well as a lover of words, I'm a stationery addict and lifelong learner. I feel passionate about early help for special educational needs, disability and families who are struggling. I'm a member of my local Early Help Operational Board and it's an honour to be working alongside others to instigate change and growth.