My Not So Perfect Life

My Not So Perfect Life

A Novel

Large Print - 2017 | Large print edition.
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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 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? "
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410497734
Branch Call Number: Large Print FIC Kinse
Characteristics: 585 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.

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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.

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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!

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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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dorothy1
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.

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tinybookworm
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.

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merlinsilver
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.

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Shegman211
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!

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fashiongirl
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.

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annphi
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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JoyceHenson
Jun 14, 2017

Did not enjoy the book, and was very disappointed knowing there was such a huge interest in it. I typically enjoy English writers for their wry, witty humour but I simply couldn't keep reading a story where the entire life of the main character is based on lies. She invented a magical life in London and continually lied to her family about it. I kept hoping she would come clean and straighten out several misconceptions that were strewn along - but even when caught and facing ruin there was no moral fibre to the main character and she only made it worse. It reminded me of an old Benny Hill show with ridiculous stunts and nonsense . I put the book down half way in disgust, then tried again the next day and flipped to the last few chapters hoping against hope it got better. It didn't.

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daysleeper236
Jun 05, 2017

Light, fluffy, entertaining, and 100% predictable.

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Irene99
May 31, 2017

Entertaining story that moves along, very engaging. Interesting new character who actually reminds me a lot of the shopaholic series! Good insight about the culture of social media and the tendency that anyone may have to make their life seem better than it really is, and how that masks problems that anyone has. A touch of romance thrown in for good measure.

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twhitehead24
May 28, 2017

Truly enjoyable read. Had me laughing out loud in many places and rooting for Katie and Demeter in others.

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julia_sedai
May 08, 2017

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

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julia_sedai
May 08, 2017

Coarse Language: Mainly f bombs.

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Irene99
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."

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Irene99
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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