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.
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.
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.