REVIEW: MY NOT SO PERFECT LIFE By Sophie Kinsella

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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!

2/5 Stars

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.

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30 thoughts on “REVIEW: MY NOT SO PERFECT LIFE By Sophie Kinsella

    1. Me to and I will say others seem to be loving this one so chances are you might as well. Katie’s character just wasn’t my favorite. The goodreads ratings are great so I’m in the minority.

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  1. I completely agree with your thoughts on blurbs giving too much away. That is why I stopped including them in my reviews many months ago and instead just write a premise a couple of lines long, just enough for folks to get a gist of what the book is about. It is a shame how some just completely take the surprise factor away.

    I enjoyed reading your review. It is a shame you didn’t get to enjoy this one but based on what you wrote I think I would have major problems with it too. Whiny characters is something that completely turns me off.

    Thanks for posting!

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    1. I think I might be going that way with blurbs as well. Sometimes when I do use them I heavily edit what I use. It’s convenient to use them but not at the expense of giving away too much of the story. I think Katie’s character rubbed me the wrong way but I also know others will probably find her funny…different tastes. Thanks for stopping by and commenting:)

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      1. Yes, luckily we are all different so there is always someone out there who will like the stuff we don’t!

        I think sometimes publishers are so eager to let the readers know about the interesting stuff that happens in the books so that folks will get them that they end up giving too much away…

        No problem, I was very glad to come across your review! Hope you have a lovely sunday.

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  2. I’ve never really gotten along with Kinsella. Her writing style is okay but nothing great for me, and her stories are too shallow for my taste. I’m sorry that as a fan you were disappointed by this one 😦 Still, this was a strong and good review!

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    1. Thanks Donna!! Her stories are pretty shallow you’re right but she’s always been my go to for light chick lit reading when I need a change from the heavy crime reads. Hopefully her next one’s a hit for me. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!!

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  3. Ouch!!:( Sad you didn’t enjoy this one, maybe the character was similar to Becky (I remember you didn’t like her). I always felt her main characters were identical but I had fun with them. If you don’t really connect, it can be hard!

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    1. I don’t remember much about Becky except I didn’t like her 😁so you’re probably right that my feelings for Katie were similar. Not only that but I felt bored with the direction the plot took…I’m in the minority though looking at the ratings on Goodreads.

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  4. I’m sorry that you didn’t enjoy this book as much as you’d hoped, it’s such a shame when that happens. I loved Sophie Kinsella’s books for such a long time but I’ve found her most recent novels have really lacked something for me. I gave up on the Shopaholic series before the latest one, and I didn’t enjoy Wedding Night.

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  5. I’ve read one book by Kinsella (Shopoholic and Sister) but wasn’t impressed. There’s something about the writing that is just too light for me and I felt it was a bit immature back then so I’m definitely going to skip it now. I did like the look of the cover though. I’m sorry to hear that this one didn’t work for you either. I hope your next title will be more satisfying. Thank you for being so honest in your review.

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    1. Thanks Inge! I don’t like the Shopaholic series either but have enjoyed many of her others. It’s really hard to write reviews for books I didn’t quite like but I feel strongly in reviewing books I finish as long as I can find some positives along with the critiques. It can be challenging though:)

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  6. Oh no!! Sorry to hear that this one didn’t work out. I’ve never read any of the authors books. This one did sound promising but ugh!! It sucks when a book didn’t turn out as panned, especially from an author who you’ve read many books from. Like you said, I hope her next is better.

    Btw, I’m also noticing that the blurbs/synopsis gives away the whole story these past few weeks as well. Which is not cool at all!

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    1. I know, I’m noticing the same thing about blurbs nd I’ve been skipping the blurbs in other people’s reviews so I started thinking maybe I’m going to cut them out completely. I’ve been heavily editing them so I might as well revamp a little:)

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      1. Yes!! And that is okay!! I’m going to start doing the same with my reviews. If I feel like the synopsis gives way too much of the book, then I won’t place it on my blog and just give my own summary. I noticed that many bloggers appreciated that which is a plus!

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  7. Shame you didn’t enjoy this one more – it always seems even more disappointing when it’s a book from an author you usually like. Totally agree on blurbs – I use them on my TBR posts, but I write my own brief intro when I’m doing a review – sometimes the blurbs give too much away, and sometimes they just sound nothing like the book!

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    1. I think we’re all starting to feel that way about blurbs and I’m also going to start writing my own unless the blurb is super vague. It’s a convenient way to introduce a book but not at the expense of giving away the story. And you’re right, I had such high expectations for this book and I wish I would’ve liked it.

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    1. You might feel different than me…I’m in a picky reading mood and also most of the Goodreads ratings are pretty high:) But I’ve liked many of her others a lot better

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  8. I’m sorry to hear that this book wasn’t all that. I hope that the next one will be better. I haven’t read Kinsella since Shopaholic series but I do have Twenties Girl and Wedding Night on my bookshelf. Glad to see that you recommend them 🙂

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