“As long as I can remember, I’ve wanted out of Somerset. I’ve wanted London.”
In My (Not So) Perfect Life, Katie Brenner has always dreamed of living life in the big city. Raised by her father, she is torn by his desire for her to stay close by to the farm and her desire to leave. She lands a job at a marketing firm doing data input. Her training is in marketing and she tries really hard to impress her boss – the one no one seems to like. She creates a picture-perfect life on social media and lets her guard down to no one, even her father. Even if her life is hard, living paycheck to paycheck and sharing a flat with 2 very odd people, no one has to know that it’s not so perfect.
I have read a few Sophie Kinsella books and have always enjoyed them. They fall into the chick-lit category, but Kinsella always makes the characters endearing and the storyline believable. She wrote the Shopaholic series. I saw at the library that she had a new book out, so I put My (Not So) Perfect Life on hold. It came available at just the right time. I had read a few serious books and needed a fun, light book.
Katie gets fired after her boss makes some mistakes that cost the company several big clients. She heads home to help her father turn his farm into a glamping location, but tells him she’s on sabbatical. Her phone calls for interviews are consultations to her father. Just as she starts to make headway in finding her next city job, her former boss shows up as a glamping visitor. Katie tries to get a little revenge, but ends up seeing her former boss as a person who needs help. Together, they uncover a plot her former coworkers have acted upon to bring her former boss’ downfall. She thought her boss had a perfect life, but maybe it’s just better if we’re all honest about our not-so-perfect lives.
I really enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who needs a fun book. It is for adults as there is adult language and romantic scenes. It would be a fun book club read or beach read.