I haven't read a Sophie Kinsella adult novel in a while (though I did read Finding Audrey last year, and I really liked it!). When the opportunity to read My Not So Perfect Life presented itself, I took it - and I am so glad. I quite enjoyed it! It's all about Katie Brenner, a young lady who is trying to make a life for herself in London. Her dreams are inspired by the ideal, perfect lives of people she's observed; her reality is she's got a tiny room in a flat, a terrible commute and a job that isn't necessarily providing the opportunities she expected. Still, she's determined to make it work.. until she gets fired. Retreating to her family's farm in Somerset, she keeps herself preoccupied by helping set up the new family business - a holiday retreat - even as she struggles to find a way to keep her London dream alive. But when Demeter, her former boss with the perfect life, shows up as a guest, secrets are spilled, truths are revealed and Katie's life changes once again.
My Not So Perfect Life is utterly charming, peppered with really funny moments that had me laughing out loud. But, best of all, it's so relatable. As someone striving to find her place in the working world, and as someone who is still working on accepting my life's journey (flaws, mistakes and all), I could totally put myself in Katie's shoes. Her vulnerabilities mirrored many of my own, especially back in my early twenties, so I really felt for her. I loved seeing her grow; I especially enjoyed seeing her make mistakes, as well as watching her rise up against the way circumstances derailed her and prove herself over and over again. It was also a real treat to see how Kinsella explored Katie's relationships with her father, her pseudo-stepmother, her boss, her coworkers, since they were all really nuanced in the way that all relationships are. My only reservation was really the romance, which felt underdeveloped and suffered for it. But otherwise, My Not So Perfect Life was a really good read! I'd highly recommend adding this one to your TBR.
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Dial Press | Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Source: e-ARC downloaded from NetGalley (Thanks!)