My Not So Perfect Life

My Not So Perfect Life

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Book - 2017
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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 : The Dial Press, c2017
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780812998269
Branch Call Number: KIN
Characteristics: 438 p. ;,22 cm


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Feb 20, 2018

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

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.

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.

Oct 25, 2017

Very Enjoyable! Kinsella is back in great form with this new book: fast paced and engaging plot, likeable main character and great wrap-up.

Sep 04, 2017

I love reading Sophie Kinsella novels and I was excited to read this one. I enjoyed this book, it was an easy read. It is not one of my favourites of Kinsella; I felt the middle of the story dragged on a bit, but I liked the characters, especially Katie, who is very relatable and it had that classic Kinsella humor which I love. It was predictable, but that is OK, I like happy endings.

Aug 03, 2017

TERRIFIC !!! Best book I have read in years. After the first 50 pages it is so fast paced you don't want to put it down. It is humorous with several down right belly laughs. New situations are always popping up with wonderful life lessons and feel good moments. I am going to buy this book so I can read it over again when I need a little happy pick me up.

Jul 08, 2017

It took me a while to get into this book, but once I did I read the last 350 pages in 1 day! I couldn't put this book down and that hasn't happened to me in a really long time!

Jul 06, 2017

Excellent, easy summer read! I loved this book- enjoyed the story and only a few characters so it was easy to follow.

Jul 04, 2017

Predictable and the story line was plucked form The Devil Wears Prada. May I address all the new authors, from Gilian Flynn to Sophie Kinsella and everyone in between. It has become increasingly tiresome to have the F word inserted on nearly every page. It is gratuitous and offensive to many Each feels compelled to insert this expletive, as if they were in competition. These authors diminish their talents and dilute their stories.

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May 08, 2017

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

May 08, 2017

Coarse Language: Mainly f bombs.


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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."

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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