My Not So Perfect Life : A Novel
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.
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.