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Mood Reading | My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

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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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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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