My Not So Perfect Life: A Novel
- Publish Date: 2017-02-07
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Sophie Kinsella
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER â¢ 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. Katieâs life, meanwhile, is a daily struggleâfrom her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics sheâs trying to negotiate.Â No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she's desperate to make her dad proud.
Then, just as sheâs finding her feetânot to mention a possible new romanceâthe worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her familyâs farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far awayâuntil Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled and relationships rejiggered, and as the stakes for Katieâs 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
âA sparkling, witty novel about social media and the stories we tell ourselves.ââPeople (Book of the Week)
âThe 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.ââThe Washington Post
âYouâll relate hard and root harder for Londoner Katie, whose quarterlife crisis feels even worse thanks to the Insta-perfect people all around her.ââCosmopolitan
âA joy to read . . . Themes of friendship, love and living your true life rise to the top.ââUSA Today
â[There are ] many laugh-out-loud hilarious moments in this feel-goodÂ novel about social mediaÂ and personal branding, and the hectic realities behind our perfect online lives.ââBustle
âPure escapist fun.ââPopSugar
âSophie Kinsella keeps her finger on the cultural pulse, while leaving me giddy with laughter. I loved it.ââJojo Moyes
âKatie is a winning heroine. . . . Kinsella creates characters that are well-rounded, quirky, and a complete joy to read.ââKirkus Reviews (starred review)
âDriven by Katieâs witty observations and numerous missteps as she attempts to reconcile various aspects of her identity, this novel is smartly satirical and entertaining.ââPublishers Weekly
âAnother outstanding novel . . . a perfect combination of fun, laughable moments rounded out with some deep-seated family and relationship issues.ââBooklist