My Not So Perfect Life

My Not So Perfect Life

A Novel

Book - 2017 | First U.S. edition
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * 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.

Praise for My Not So Perfect Life

"A sparkling, witty novel about social media and the stories we tell ourselves." -- People (Book of the Week)

"And something else separates this comic novel from the usual fare . . . the soul of this book concerns female friendship and its dynamics . . . a touch of real wisdom in its slapstick hand that will satisfy Kinsella die-hards as well as new readers." -- The Washington Post

"With both warmhearted and laugh-out-loud moments, Sophie Kinsella's  My Not So Perfect Life  was a joy to read. . . . Katie is relatable, bright and quirky--you'll find yourself cheering for her from the start, even as she learns that a perfect life isn't always what it seems, or what it's cracked up to be. Themes of friendship, love and living your true life rise to the top in this must-read stand-alone romantic comedy." -- USA Today

"[There are ] many laugh-out-loud hilarious moments in this feel-good novel about social media and personal branding, and the hectic realities behind our perfect online lives." -- Bustle

"Pure escapist fun." -- PopSugar

"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
Publisher: New York :, Dial Press,, [2017]
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780812998269
Branch Call Number: FIC KIN
Characteristics: 438 pages ; 22 cm

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maddielibrarycard
Sep 24, 2019

Feel good, fun read. 20-something finding their way story.

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RosaReads2
Aug 31, 2019

4.75 Stars!

I've read a number of this author's books and I've started to realize that you pretty much know what you're going to get in one of Sophie Kinsella's stories, but the overall journey will be different and always entertaining. There's a comfort level in that and why Kinsella is quickly becoming a go-to author for witty and romantic chick lit. Especially when I need a sure thing after a few duds.

My Not So Perfect Life was definitely one of those sure-things. While there were a couple of slower-moving parts within the story, I enjoyed Katie's character arc, as well as those of a few secondary characters. The the light mystery twist to Katie's workplace drama and the empowering conclusion was a sweet story bonus. In the end, it was the slow-burn romance that was deliciously subtle with an effective and swoon-worthy ending, that clinched the story for me. This author knows how to leave the reader with a big smile.

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gvlee
Sep 01, 2018

Katie desperately wants to make it in the world of marketing in London. She reinvents herself, hiding all traces of her West Country life and accent. Her boss, Demeter, is brilliant but comes off as uncaring. When Katie is laid off, she gives in to her father and step-mother's pleas to help them start up a glamping business on the family farm. Katie does an outstanding job with the marketing and business plan and the business takes off. When Demeter turns up as one of the guests, Katie learns that Demeter's life is not as perfect as she had imagined it to be. Furthermore, Demeter is about to be fired. Katie delves into the situation and finds out that Demeter's supposed job mistakes were set up by a trio of office workers who didn't like her. All is rectified and Katie ends up getting hired back, this time as a creative director. A romance between young partner Alex and Katie spices up the plot, and the tension between Katie and her dad is resolved in a subplot. Katie learns to be true to her own self and her not-so-perfect life, instead of pretending that she leads a glamorous city life. Typical Kinsella fun. The dad in this book takes on Shopaholic's personality. A good escape read.

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Micaeladoza
Jun 21, 2018

I really enjoyed this novel. It hooked me in right away: nice storyline, interesting characters, and a nice pace. I finished it in a week. Highly recommend if you’re in for some light reading.

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Gerry_21
May 26, 2018

A nice story by Sophie Kinsella and funny too!

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lola_jane
Mar 31, 2018

Sophie Kinsella is a go-to author when I need a fun, lighthearted read and My Not So Perfect Life doesn't disappoint.

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XueyingMou
Feb 20, 2018

What is the perfect life in your heart, ask yourself, and try to make it happen.

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jbenkend
Jan 31, 2018

LOVED the part where she is dragging her boss around the resort doing the most ridiculous
of yoga/meditation poses, and SPA rituals. We have all had a boss we have wanted to get back at in the same way!!!! Laugh-out loud hilarious!!!

JessicaGma Jan 16, 2018

This was a fun read. I liked Katie as she was really trying to fit into the London Life, but sometimes, you can't force a thing. The Instagram spin on the perfect life was quite brilliant, and the office cabal....well, suffice it to say, there's some good bits in here. Always a good reminder that life is more complicated than the perfect Instagram/facebook images you see.

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SewEng
Dec 15, 2017

Not one of my favourite but I enjoyed reading this book. Find it a bit dragging towards the middle but I like the whole “Not so perfect Life” idea.

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Micaeladoza
Jun 21, 2018

‘ “Oh. Yes, it’s fine . . . it’s. . . argh! Oh God! Aaaargh!”
‘With no warning, the world has turned black. For a terrifying instant I think I’m being attacked. Something’s hitting me, banging me, surrounding me. . . . I flail with my arms, panting, panicking . . . then suddenly realize what’s happened. My bloody hammock’s collapsed.

‘I fight my way out of a black jersey skirt which has enveloped my head and survey my bed in dismay. That hammock is hanging dismally from one corner. All my crap is everywhere - clothes, hair products, books, magazines. It’ll take forever to sort all this out again. The only plus is that my bowl of stew was in the floor and didn’t get knocked over.

‘Actually, that’s not a plus.’...

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Irene99
May 31, 2017

"I've called it @mynotsoperfectlife and I've already got 267 followers! I post utterly unvarnished, unposed, un-Instagrammy photos with captions, and it's turned into one of the most fun hobbies I've ever had. / A photo of bad-tempered crowds on a tube platform: My not-so-perfect commute. A picture of the revolting blister on my heel: My not-so-perfect new shoes. A photo of my hair, drenched: The not-so-perfect London weather. / The amazing thing is how many other people have joined in. Mark from work posted a picture of himself eating a doughnut, captioned My not-so-perfect eat-clean regime. Biddy posted a picture of some ripped trousers, which she'd obviously caught on some barbed wire, entitled My not-so-perfect rural existence, which made me laugh."

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Irene99
May 31, 2017

"I'd forgotten the smell of London, the busyness, the crowds. I'd forgotten about coming up out of the tube steps into the hot, concentrated city sunshine, surrounded by people of all descriptions, and thinking, I could do anything, go anywhere, be anyone. / Ansters Farm is like a circle. It is what it is. And you basically go round and round in a peaceful way, never digressing. But London's like a spiderweb. There's a million possibilities, a million directions, a million endgames. I'd forgotten that feeling of ... of what? Being on the brink of something." (p. 377)

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julia_sedai
May 08, 2017

Sexual Content: Nothing graphic or detailed but it's in there.

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julia_sedai
May 08, 2017

Coarse Language: Mainly f bombs.

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