Published February 7th by The Dial Press
I’ve decided not to include a blurb with this review as I think it really gives too much of the plot away. I’m finding that this seems to be the case quite a lot lately. As we all know, sometimes it’s best not to know so much about a book before diving in as the fun of reading is often being surprised and not always knowing what’s around the corner.
In My Not So Perfect Life, we meet Katie Brenner who seems to have a pretty fabulous life…at least that’s what she portrays on Instagram. She’s got a job she (mostly) loves, is living in London, her dream city, and has recently developed an oh so little crush on a guy she’s just met. In fact, if you believe her Instagram feed, she’s also frequenting posh restaurants and taking in all the London hot spots. Question is, is that her real life??
As is often the case, things in Katie’s “real” life aren’t all that rosy as her boss Demeter is somewhat of a disorganized nut who seems to be on the verge of a breakdown at times. Her apartment is crap and for the most part she’s financially broke. When things at work go from bad to worse, Katie decides to make some changes in her life. Where those changes will lead her, especially when life throws her some curveballs, is anyone’s guess but many readers will definitely enjoy finding out.
I want to preface the rest of my review by saying that I’ve read ALL of Sophie Kinsella’s standalones and have given all of them a 3 star rating or better. I was thrilled when Netgalley approved my request back in the fall as I’ve literally been waiting since the spring of 2014 when Wedding Night was published (5 stars from me) for her next standalone. So…it pains me to say that for many reasons this book didn’t work for me. While I think it started off fairly strong in typical Sophie Kinsella style with quick dialogue, snappy prose and such a complete readability in terms of how she presents a story, by about 35% I found myself debating about putting it in the DNF pile and moving on. What I feel was the biggest obstacle for me was that it was narrated in the first person perspective by Katie. In my opinion, Katie whined a lot, went off on random tangents, and just seemed to blather on and on so often I found myself hoping for a break from her. Not to mention some of her “revenge” tactics I found extremely immature and too over the top which resulted in me liking her even less. Ultimately, I think it was my extreme lack of connection to Katie that caused me to have issues with the whole story. For me, when I combine the first person narration with what I felt was A LOT of unnecessary “filler” in terms of her parents farm and the goings on there, it became a disappointing read. I did, however, continue reading with the slight hope that perhaps I would feel different after I saw how it all played out but in the end this story just didn’t work for me. All that being said, I’ll still be waiting impatiently for her next standalone. Here’s hoping it comes sooner rather than later!
I would highly recommend Twenties Girl, Can You Keep a Secret, and Wedding Night if you’re interested in trying some of her other standalones
Many Thanks to Netgalley and Random House/ The Dial Press for my copy, I’m happy to provide an honest review.