My Not So Perfect Life
A NovelLarge Print - 2017 | Large print edition.
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 bends the truth online, hoping her carefully filtered Instagram posts will reassure her father that she s a success.
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 Sophie Kinsella
Sophie Kinsella at her wittiest. Bookreporter, on Wedding Night
Utterly charming. USA Today, on I ve Got Your Number
Laugh-out-loud. San Francisco Chronicle, on Twenties Girl
Hilarious. New York Post, on Remember Me? "
From Library Staff
Fiction. So what if Katie Brenner's hip, London life isn't quite as perfect as she pretends it is on social media? When she gets fired from her job, it's a chance for Katie to figure out what makes a meaningful life - and just how many people are less than truthful about their own.
VaughanPLTracyMat Feb 22, 2017
This was my first Sophie Kinsella book and I have now become a fan of hers! Her writing is fun and light-hearted, and I was thoroughly entertained by this story!
VaughanPLDonnalee May 07, 2017
Sophie Kinsella is back! She has long been a favourite writer of mine, but her last 4 books or so have been a bit disappointing. "My Not So Perfect Life" is one of Kinsella's best. It was sweet, funny, charming, and to quote Demeter herself, "authentic". I enjoyed both par... Read More »
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"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."
"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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