Katie Brenner always dreamed of living the city life in London. After finishing school, she moves to London from the countryside farm where she grew up. She changed her style, her hair, her makeup, her accent, and even her name to fit in. Katie, now known as “Cat” seems to have it all, which is reiterated by her perfect Instagram feed. Or does she? In order to afford her life in London, she lives in a rundown apartment, eats bad cheap food, and can’t afford to go out to lunch with her friends. She’s able to keep up her fake appearances until she’s let go from her job unexpectedly. She heads back to her hometown “temporarily” to help her dad and stepmom start their Glamping business while she tries to get back on her feet. Things start to come crashing down when her old boss Demeter shows up at the glamping site…partly because her dad and stepmom don’t know she’s been fired, and partly because her boss doesn’t recognize her, which gives her the perfect opportunity to exact some revenge. Will Katie’s plan for revenge work, or will she find out that Demeter isn’t as bad as she thought? You’ll have to read the book to find out!
Overall, I really enjoyed My Not So Perfect Life. I can definitely relate to using social media as a way to make your life look better than it really is. I think everyone can. No one wants to post the bad things, so they don’t! The pictures and moments that are shared are ones you’re proud of or excited about. Looking from the outside, when you only see those happy perfect moments, of course someone’s life looks perfect. But in reality…no one has a perfect life. Everyone has struggles and you never know what goes on behind closed doors.
I really liked Katie as a narrator. I thought she was bright, charming, and motivated to have a successful career, but was also insecure and worried about appearances, like many of us are. I feel like she and Demeter were both really well developed characters, which I loved.
The only thing I didn’t love about the book was that it seemed a little long. There were parts of it that seemed too dragged out and felt like they definitely could have been shortened in order to hold the reader’s attention, but still get the same message across. Additionally, I would have loved to see more of the relationship between Katie and Alex. It started developing strongly, but then I felt like it took a backseat to the other storylines while still maintaining the same momentum and development of feelings, which felt a little unrealistic.
Overall, I loved the book and would definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a light chick-lit read with a great main character! I’d like to thank Netgalley, Sophie Kinsella, and Bantam Press for an advanced copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date for My Not So Perfect Life is February 7, 2017 so be sure to mark your calendars!