I’ve been reading Sophie Kinsella’s books for over 8 years now. The first was the start of the Shopaholic series which I loved and I’ve read other stand alone books of hers and enjoyed each of them.
My not so Perfect Life was brilliant and didn’t disappoint. As someone who is feeling rather over social media I knew I’d enjoy this. The book spoke volumes about society’s obsession with having it all while enjoying a perfect life. Or at least having others think that is the case.
Katie (or Cat as she is now known as) has a great job, stunning apartment and is having the time of her life in London. That is what her Instagram account tells people. The reality is sadly very different. The truth is she’s struggling to make ends meet, barely has friends and she lives in a rented room so cramped she doesn’t have space for a wardrobe.
However to her best friend overseas and her family she is thriving and they only have to look at her Instagram pics to confirm this.
Katie’s boss is a woman called Demeter whom she idolises. Demeter doesn’t sound particularly warm, tactful or friendly but she has everything that Katies dreams about and she feels she can learn a lot from her boss. If only she can get a chance.
When Katie loses her job she is forced to return to her family home. Instead of telling them what has happened she keeps up the pretence and impresses on them she is taking a sabbatical. Katie’s father and stepmother have set up a family business on their farm and Katie helps to run this, designing brochures of their glamping business and eventually assisting with the day to day duties.
When her ex-boss Demeter rocks up with her family for a week of relaxation, Katie is horrified. Will her cover be blown? Or is this an opportunity to get her old job back?
As the days go by Katie is forced to realise something she hadn’t pondered before. Things are not always what they seem and nobody has a perfect life.
I really enjoyed this book and the lessons the characters learnt. For instance society’s fascination with everything being 100% perfect 24/7 – I’m sure many readers will relate to their timelines being filled with life-is-awesome, best-day-ever, #soblessed updates. The lengths Katie goes to so that others will think she is having a fabulous time must be exhausting. But she does it because she feels being honest isn’t an option. Even her father and stepmother have little idea of what she is really going through.
I found the book humorous and recommend it as a fun read.