Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.
Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.
But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?
Until her not-so perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business. When Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams? Or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman with everything – have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.
And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?
Paperback, 438 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by Bantam Press
Four stars: A book that surprised me. Loved the humor and the change of heart.
Katie is living the life. She has a terrific job in London, a flat and flat mates and she shares all of her glamorous life on her Instagram feed. However, the truth of the matter is that everything Katie posts on her feed is a lie. She lives in a cramped apartment with roommates she rarely sees. At her job, she is a research assistant, and her boss is difficult to say the least, and she is barely scraping by. Then disaster strikes, just when Katie thinks she is getting ahead. She loses her job. Katie heads back to her roots in the country, where she ends up helping her dad start up a glamping business. Things are going great, and then, Katie's former boss from hell shows up. Is this Katie's chance to exact revenge?
What I Liked:
- My Not So Perfect Life was a book that surprised me. I loved the change in direction, and I appreciate Katie's growth. This was a funny book with lots of heart. If you want a terrific, fun, chick lit read, give this one a go.
- Katie is a fun main character. At first, she is all about images, doing everything she can to convince herself and everyone else that she is leading the glamorous life in London that she always dreamed about. In truth, she is miserable. When she goes back to the country, she beings to evolve. I loved watching her help her dad and step mom get the glamping business going. Then when it seemed that Katie was going to go down the mean girl path, she realizes her error and changes. It was fantastic when Katie took a minute to really see things from someone else's view point. By the end, Katie is happy, living her dream and a kinder person. I loved watching her grow.
- Speaking of glamping, who knew that glamorous camping could be so fun. I got a kick out of watching Katie help her dad start up the glamping business. It was funny and interesting. I wished that I could go glamping on Katie's family farm.
- I appreciated the strong relationship Katie had with her dad. They had each other's backs through thick and thin. Her dad cracked me up with all of his antics. I also liked the relationship Katie had with her step mom. This is a book that goes to show you that no matter where you roam, your roots will always bring you home.
- Demeter was such an interesting character. I am not going to go into too much detail here as I don't want to spoil things. I will say that I did not like her at first because I felt like she was a caricature of the boss from hell. However, as the book progressed, her layers are peeled back. It was wonderful to see how things changed for Demeter and those around her. Just goes to show you can't judge a book by their cover, or a person by their appearance.
- The take home message for this one was fantastic. It was all about being true to yourself and seeing beyond the so called perfect life. Things on social media are not what they appear to be, the trick is to dig deep and see the truth around you.
- The ending was just right, sweet, satisfying and without a cliffhanger. This was the perfect, feel good, pick my up, chick lit read.
And The Not So Much:
- There is a romance in this one, but it was a flop for me. I felt like the romance was weak. It starts out as an attraction and then that ends abruptly with Katie's departure to the country. Then it picks up again. I felt like something was missing, it just didn't have the depth and chemistry that I wanted. It was okay, but it could have been so much better.
- I have to admit I was a tiny bit disappointed in how things turned out for Katie. Yes, she got her dream and she was happy, but I wanted her to stay true to her roots.
My Not So Perfect Life is a fun, light chick lit read that had heart. I enjoyed the characters, the story and the growth, especially when it came to Katie's boss, Demeter. The romance is the one weak link in the story, but that is easy to overlook because there is so much to like. If you want a simple, easy read, this is one to try. I had a lot of fun with this one.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.