My Not So Perfect Life : A Novel

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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)“The soul of this book concerns female friendship.... What ensues has a touch of real wisdom [and] will satisfy Kinsella diehards as well as new readers.”—The Washington Post“You'll relate hard and root harder for Londoner Katie, whose quarterlife crisis feels even worse thanks to the Insta-perfect people all around her.”—Cosmopolitan“A joy to read... Themes of friendship, love and living your true life rise to the top.”—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
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Booklist Reviews 2016 December #1

Katie Brenner is living the life most girls her age dream of—she has a flat in London (oddball flatmates), a great (hellish) commute, the perfect job at a branding agency (junior associate, doing data entry), and an amazing boss (quite the opposite). It's no wonder Katie loves going on Instagram to get a peek into the perfect lives of others, while creating the illusion of her own. After getting fired and bombing a potential romance, Katie goes home to her family's farm. Her father, an entrepreneur whose ideas never take off, decides to use his land to start a glamping business. Knowing a lot about branding and business, Katie takes the reins in the start-up. Everything is going great, until her ex-boss shows up. Kinsella delivers yet another outstanding novel full of the wit and charm that her fans expect and adore. Katie's shenanigans, from a misunderstanding about a vibrator to being mistaken for a homeless person, will keep readers laughing out loud. A perfect combination of fun, laughable moments rounded out with some deep-seated family and relationship issues. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2016 October #1

Struggling with cranky flatmates and office politics, Katie Brenner indulges in falsely bright Instagram posts while secretly envying posh, perfect boss Demeter. Then Demeter fires her, and Katie flees London for the family farm in Somerset. The hugely best-selling Kinsella not in shopping mode.. Copyright 2016 Library Journal.

LJ Reviews 2017 February #2

Twentysomething farm girl Katie Brenner leaves Somerset (and her widower dad) to realize her dream of living and working in London. However, despite what she shares on Instagram, her dream also includes pinching pennies and making exhausting daily commutes from her roommate-laden apartment to her branding agency job, where she doesn't actually get to do branding (except for secretly rebranding herself as Cat). New friends and a potential romance give Cat hope, but then Demeter, her creative but maddening boss with a perfect life, lets her go. Devastated yet determined to find a new job in London, Katie heads home temporarily and misleads her family about her job situation while helping the farm become a unique vacation destination. Always among the first to try new things, Demeter and her family arrive at the farm for a holiday, throwing Katie/Cat into a righteous panic. Drama and shenanigans ensue as the women learn just how much appearances can be deceiving. VERDICT Chick lit fans, rejoice! This latest stand-alone from best-selling author Kinsella ("Shopaholic" series) is top-notch, thanks to a lovable, slightly flawed leading lady, many true-life situations, and loads of giggle-inducing humor. As Bridget Jones would say, "Well done!" [See Prepub Alert, 8/22/16.]—Samantha Gust, Niagara Univ. Lib., NY

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2016 November #3

With her signature humor, bestselling author Kinsella (Shopaholic to the Stars) explores the frequent disconnect between perception and reality in modern life. Katie Brenner, a 26-year-old research associate at a branding agency in London, left her father's farm in Somerset with the intention of living her dream life in the city. But with her tight budget, peculiar roommates, long commute, and tedious work assignments, reality falls short of her expectations. She becomes isolated and often feels like she's playing a role. Still, she's intent on projecting an image of perfection, both to her family and her Instagram followers. Meanwhile, her controlling boss, Demeter, appears to be living the perfect life that Katie covets. Then, just as Katie begins to feel like her dreams are within reach, with renewed confidence at work, possible new friends, and a potential love interest, she gets fired. She moves back home to Somerset to help her father start a glamping business, only to have her two worlds collide in unexpected ways. 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. Agent: Kim Witherspoon, Inkwell Management. (Feb.) Copyright 2016 Publisher Weekly.