My (Not So) Perfect Life Review

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My (Not So) Perfect Life gets a not so perfect number of stars from me.

In My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella, Katie Brenner wants to perfect job, perfect boyfriend, and perfect life in London. However, she finds herself stuck in low ranking job, attracted to the guy interested in her boss, and in a cramped apartment with weird roommates. Katie’s life takes a turn for the worse when her perfect boss Demeter fires her which forces her to return to Somerset to help her father with his new glamping business. When Demeter shows up at her family’s business, Katie decides to take revenge on her boss.

I’ve read two other books by Sophie Kinsella, Confessions of a Shopaholic and Can You Keep a Secret?, and enjoyed both of them. Sophie Kinsella’s books are always cute and fluffy which makes me happy when I finish them. I was excited, however, to learn this book was a little more “serious” than her other books according to other reviewers. While I enjoyed the first half of this book, I wasn’t a huge fan of the second half for reasons that I’ll cover below.

I think my favorite aspect of this book was how much I related to the main character, Katie. Like Katie, I recently graduated from college and struggled to find a job in my field. On social media, I saw a lot of people that I graduated with start new lives in fun cities with cool people. Since I typically read children and young adult books, it was refreshing to read about a character that shared a lot of the same problems.

I also really enjoyed the first half of this book. I thought it was well-placed and strongly developed Katie as a character. In the first half of the book, Katie faces a lot of real struggles that she works through like the average person. Additionally, readers see Demeter also grow as a real character and not the perfect person Katie created in her head. I think the first half of the book really reinforced the main idea of the book which made it a lot stronger than the second half of the book for me. I loved seeing Katie and Demeter’s relationship change to a healthy and strong female friendship. I also appreciated Sophie Kinsella’s trademark humor sprinkled in scenes in this half of the book, like the made-up activity Katie creates for Demeter at the glamping site.

In the second half of the book, my reading experience started to go downhill. I felt like the plot wasn’t as put together as the first half of the book. Even though the whole drama surrounding Demeter and the other people in the office played towards the “things aren’t as they seem on the surface” theme, the events that unfolded weren’t as realistic as those in the first half of the novel. Since I appreciated this aspect in the first half of the book, the second half felt a little cartoonish which made it more difficult for me to read. Additionally, I wasn’t a huge fan of the love interest because he felt a little generic and never as real as the other characters, so I found myself rolling my eyes at the ending. Needless to say, I enjoyed the second half of this book much less than the first half.

Overall, I did enjoy reading this book but several problems that I had with the second half put a damper on my reading experience. I give My (Not So) Perfect Life three out of five stars.

(**Also, this book had some unexpected Christmas moments, so it would be a perfect book to read before Christmas!)

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4 thoughts on “My (Not So) Perfect Life Review

  1. I’m hoping to get to this book later in December – it will be my first Sophie Kinsella novel. If it isn’t your favourite reading experience, at least it means whatever book I chose next will be even better.But I have heard some goo things about ‘My (Not So) Perfect Life.’ Lovely review giving me the heads-up on what to expect without spoiling the story.

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