My Not So Perfect Life Book Review: Is perfectly cute!

My not-so-perfect life book review

What is this about?: This is the delightful – DELIGHTFUL – story of Katie, who wants the perfect Instagram life, but has the world’s worst boss until she discovers instead the truth behind the office’s Hunger Games.

What else is this about?: Fluff, and feeling good and laughing – it’s a really amusing pick-me up if you need a break from the darkness of your other reads. Which is mostly me. Just read it because you want to laugh and probably secretly really wanted the perfect Instagram life.

Stars: A high 3.5. Like a 3.75. That is totally a legit rating ok!

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

Ok, so the real 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 with everything – have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.

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

Katie wants what everyone wants – the perfect life, perfect body, perfect everything that is on Instagram. Except, her life is anything but. Instead, she lives in a small apartment in a part of London that means she ahs the longest commute to work and an impossible to please boss that would be Miranda Priestly’s younger, more wscatterbrained sister, with copious amounts of talent that gets lost in the way she treats people and does business. Katie wants her life though – the big house, the perfect family and the perfect job. So it’s a bit of a shocker one day when she realises she’s sitting down to talk to her boss, who seems to have forgotten if she’s already fired her or not.

Will the real Katie please stand up?

When the book opens, Katie is doing everything she can to not be the country girl who grew up on a farm to the point that she’s now Cat. Except she forgets to answer to it sometimes, but she’s determined and she’s sure she’ll become the Londoner she’s always wanted to be. And then comes her rude awakening in the form of getting fired. At that point, she lies her pants off to her father and her lovely step-mother and heads home to help them with their glamping business.

(BTW anyone notice she’s Caz in this Goodreads link? And not Cat? That’s what we do in Australia!)

There she’s Katie, the dutiful daughter taking a sabbatical from work and come home to help them, except she’s also sending off resumes and hoping against hope she’ll get a job before her father ever realises she lost her previous one. She’s tying herself into knots of course, in an effort to spare her father worry and herself his nagging to come home – but really, anyone is going to relate. What lengths have you gone to to save yourself from your parents driving you nuts?

However, Demeter her ex-boss shows up.

The Real Demeter finally stands up

Demeter herself is adept at presenting the right kind of façade to the her team and her boss – and really, don’t we all? However, she’s also a bit scatter brained and thoughtless in the way she acts and speaks, but never malicious despite what her underlings think. This is what Katie discover when Demeter suddenly turns up in her parents’ glamping … business? Field? I’m not sure what you even call that, to be honest. But she turns up, family in tow as they try to have a family holiday.

Very quickly and funnily enough Katie discovers that Demeter’s life isn’t perfect, and the next thing she knows she’s trying to save her former boss’ job.

Demeter herself is easy to dislike in the beginning, but gradually much like Katie you’re going to find yourself relating to her, to her desire to please her family, and have it all while still earning enough to pay the bills.

Romance

There’s a romance, but it never takes over the book. This is firmly rooted in Katie and her ambitions AND female friendships. It’s also a story about being yourself, and real even on social media.

It’s a feeling we all have – I mean, I angst over my pretty plain Instagram photos, compared to the lovely LOVELY colourful ones under the #bookstagram tag. But you know what, that’s me. I like textures and angles and I’m finding out what or can’t do. And that’s okay. It’s my not-so-perfect instagram me.

23 Comments

  • Lily B says:

    I’ve really got to stay on top of visiting my fav blogs, sorry about that, rough times.
    Cough, but anyway…
    I’ve never read anything by this author. Interesting that she tackled life with social media, since it’s such a big deal right now isn’t it? Glad you enjoyed this, glad to hear it wasn’t just focused on romance.

    • Verushka says:

      Hiiiii!!! How are you feeling hon?

      This was nothing like I expected tbh. I expected heavy on the romance, but it was the female relationships that took centre stage

  • 3.75 is a totally legit rating 🙂 I really liked this one for the fluff that it is and liked that it wasn’t all about romance and more about her. Great review!!

  • Angela says:

    The waiting list at my library is sooo long for this book, and I can’t wait until I can finally get it! Sophie Kinsella’s books are so adorable!

  • I’m totally down for some humorous fluff! 😀

  • I like the idea that it’s more about the female relationships and less about romance. I have been looking for a fluffy read so may have to try this one out. Great review!

    • Verushka says:

      I was so surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I think I had preconceived notions about her writing and was all wrong wrrrrronnngggggg.

  • Can you believe I’ve never read a Sophie Kinsella book? *hides under the bed* And I think now is a good time as any to start considering I haven’t a nice fluffy book in ages! Great review <33 And yay for female friendships and bonding!

  • Kelly says:

    I love me a funny, fluffy warmhearted read and after loving her YA book Finding Audrey this sounds exactly what I need right now. Sophie Kinsella is brilliant isn’t she, so fun and creates this wonderful characters that you just fall in love with. Apart from her YA book, her covers all leave a lot to be desired though. Brilliant review Verushka, sorry I haven’t been around this week darling girl, still recovering and been horribly unwell <3

    • Verushka says:

      Oh no! I hope you’re feeling better? Get well soon — or grab this one, sit back and relax and enjoy! It’s not like you can’t see what’s coming, but God this is FUN! Finding Audrey! I NEED to look that up! I haven’t read anything of hers until now, and I have to say, I have been missing out. Nods.

  • Was this one before or after the reading slump?? I’m interested to know? It sounds like a good ‘get you out of a slump’ book!?

    I’m glad you enjoyed it and I think a 3.75 is a legit rating! There’s not enough between a 3 and a 5 start for me. I should use quarter ratings too! 😉

    • Verushka says:

      It was before actually — I read and review all out of order. This was one of the bright spots before the slump and a read that genuinely brightened my day you know?

  • Silvia says:

    I’ve never really been particularly attracted to Kinsella’s books, but I have plenty of friends who really enjoy her stories and seem to find a nice escape in them. Also, I think your rating is perfectly legit. In fact, they should allow us to use it on Goodreads as well!

    As for Instagram, I try not to stress over pictures because I honestly have no interest in being like million of other accounts out there (although I don’t have anything against these, they do share beautiful pictures after all), I just want to feel free to be myself, you know? A picture can say many things about the person who has taken it, it kind of reflects a piece of you, so you should definitely keep your instagramming up the way you like it 🙂

    • Verushka says:

      This was my first Kinsella book, and because I’d so much gushing from others about her books, I wanted to deliberately step out of my comfort zone with this — and was wonderfully surprised! And thank you for your thoughtful comment about instagram! I tend to feel intimidate by all those amazing accounts out there, but I also want to be me, like you said.

  • It sounds like the author did a good job with female relationships, and had that more to the forefront than the romance! Which is neat. I’ve not read anything by this author BUT I have one of her books – Finding Audrey? I never read it (not totally interested) but it was quite popular last year.

    Great review, Verushka! Have a lovely weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Verushka says:

      This was my first book of hers ALyssa, in part bc people have gushed about her other work like Finding Audrey. I hope you get a chance to get to Audrey — I’ll be looking for your review!

  • Prabhleen says:

    Great review! I have read I’ve Got Your Number by her and ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT, it was so cute and adorable! I also have The Undomestic Goddess on my TBR 🙂 I just got to know of this book right now, and can’t wait to read it. Unfortunately, I too obsess over my Instagram , I think a lot of people do that :/

    • Verushka says:

      I have so got to explore her backlist more. Nods. Oh, IA, most of us obsess over insta, I’m right there with you! Still learning not to and having some perspective I guess!

  • Michelle says:

    I really enjoy when romance is included, but not the main focus of the book. It’s been years since I read a book by Kinsella, but I used to really enjoy them so I will definitely be picking this up.

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