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Review by Suze
Katie, or Cat as they know her at work, is looking up to her boss Demeter. Demeter has it all, a beautiful house, two gorgeous children and a dream job. Katie works as an assistant at a branding company and can barely pay the rent of her tiny room in a not so great part of London, nobody is interested in her talent and she doesn't have any friends. She wants to be like Demeter and is determined to make it happen. She's trying to prove to her dad she can be independent and happy in London. Katie posts cheerful pictures on her Instagram account of other people's food, deliciousness she can't afford to order herself, and the wonderful London life she doesn't get a chance to lead. She pretends she's doing very well and can keep things going, but then she loses her job. Demeter fires her in the worst possible way and Katie doesn't have enough savings to stay in London and find a new job.
Katie grew up as a countryside girl. Her father and stepmother want to use their Somerset farm for glamping. Katie's father doesn't have much business sense, but Katie knows how to set it all up. She's got the skills and learned a lot just by watching Demeter. Katie knows exactly how to turn their farm into a successful vacation business for rich people. She tells her overprotective father she's on a sabbatical from work, but still has her job in London. She can easily keep her unemployment a secret until Demeter shows up for a holiday at the farm. What should Katie do and does she still have a future in London or does she belong with her family working on the farm?
My Not So Perfect Life is a funny story. Katie is a sweet girl with a good head on her shoulders. Katie is much bolder than Cat. She has wild curling hair and she's a healthy country girl. Cat straightens her hair and wears glasses to look artistic. She also doesn't have a Somerset accent. I loved that while she's lost her job Katie finds herself. I admired her courage and wit and laughed out loud while reading some of the crazy things she comes up with. Demeter is incredibly talented, but she's also haughty, forgetful and flaky. She isn't always kind, but Katie is still in awe of her. I loved their interaction and the way Katie handles their situation. Meanwhile there's also a man Katie might like, but she thinks he isn't boyfriend material. That makes matters extra complicated and extra fascinating.
Sophie Kinsella has a terrific sense of humor and I really enjoyed reading My Not So Perfect Life. The two main settings, an office in London and a Somerset farm, couldn't be more different and the contrast is fantastic. It emphasizes the two different sides of Katie's character. Her versatile personality is a solid basis for a sparkling entertaining story. My Not So Perfect Life is heartwarming and I loved it from beginning to end.
If you like fun stories set in both the city and countryside with a lot of great character development you should definitely read My Not So Perfect Life.