Sunday, February 19, 2017

My (No So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

What They Say.....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.

What I Say....I'm a huge Sophie Kinsella fan, so I was so excited to get her latest book.  An it was as good as all of her books are, but it was a little different than the usual Shopaholic fare.

Katie is from a small, rural town.  After growing up without any money, she is itching to move to the big city and live the glamorous life that she see on Instagram.  So Katie moves to London and reinvents herself on social media into a glamorous career girl who lives an exciting life with her many friends.

The reality is that she has gotten a job that pays her nothing, and she spends her time taking pictures of things she hasn't bought, food she hasn't eaten and places that she doesn't live in.  

Katie has a budding romance with the the company owner's son, and things seem to be looking up when she suddenly finds herself fired by her boss from Hell, Demeter.

Katie heads back home where she begins to help her dad and stepmom create a "Glamping" site on their farm.  As they start to build up business, who should show up but Demeter along with her perfect husband and children.  She doesn't even recognize Katie, which makes a revenge plan easier to carry out.....

This was a fun read, but it also had a little more "real life" in it than the normal Kinsella novel.  It's always a risk when a best selling author strays from their formula in any way, but this was a home run.  And a timely reminder to live your life, don't instagram it.

Current Goodreads Rating 4.01

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