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THE HILARIOUS AND BRILLIANT BESTSELLER FROM NO.1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR SOPHIE KINSELLA
'Sure to make you laugh out loud' Closer
Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.
OK, so the 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.
Then 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 who has everything - actually have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.
And what's wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?
Everybody loves Sophie Kinsella:
"I almost cried with laughter" Daily Mail
"Hilarious . . . you'll laugh and gasp on every page" Jenny Colgan
"Properly mood-altering . . . funny, fast and farcical. I loved it" Jojo Moyes
"A superb tale. Five stars!" Heat
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From the Publisher
|Surprise Me||My Not So Perfect Life||The Undomestic Goddess||I’ve Got Your Number||Can You Keep a Secret?||Twenties Girl|
|‘If love is easy . . . You’re not doing it right.’||One day my life will match my Instagram posts. One day!||‘You don’t always have to know who you are. Sometimes, it’s enough just to know what to do next.’||One ring and he’s yours.||'Never let a man see your true feelings or the contents of your handbag.’||Sometimes we all need a little divine intervention.|
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Life doesn’t get much better than a free Sunday afternoon, some chocolate and stem ginger biccies and a new Sophie Kinsella novel and this standalone looks at what really goes on behind our perfect social media feeds (Sarra Manning, Red magazine)
What an absolute treat - sheer joy from start to finish (Lucy Diamond)
Pesky boss, sexy man and plenty of laughs, and you’ve got rom-com excellence. This will be huge in 2017 (Heat)
Sure to make you laugh out loud... this book can't fail to lift your mood (Closer)
A touching read with lots of laugh-out-loud moments . . . brilliantly captures the zeitgeist (Daily Express)
This is vintage Kinsella with laugh out loud moments, a haphazard but likeable heroine and a gorgeous love interest. Perfect (Closer)
Enchanting and clever . . . whip-smart and brilliantly done, with a lightness of touch that disguises a lot of real wisdom (Amanda Craig)
Comic gem … fast, furious and fabulous fun (Woman & Home)
This fun, super-readable breath of fresh air had us completely hooked (Fabulous magazine, Sun on Sunday)
Kinsella at her put-a-smile-on-your-face best (Good Housekeeping)
A warm-hearted comedy about appreciating what really matters in life (Sunday Mirror)
I'm a huge fan of Kinsella . . . This is a highly enjoyable romp (Sara Lawrence, Daily Mail)
From the Back Cover
- ASIN : B01HSCJE8G
- Publisher : Transworld Digital; 1st edition (9 Feb. 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 5490 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 449 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 8,182 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 May 2020
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When Demeter scuppers Katie’s career ambitions ... and along with them, her budding office romance ... Katie finds herself forced to return to the family farm in Somerset, a far cry from the bright lights of her precious London. Can she recover from this humiliating setback and get back on track to her ‘perfect life’?
I’ve read Sophie Kinsella since her early Shopaholic days and have enjoyed watching her novels evolve from straight, laugh-out-loud - but essentially superficial - romcom into more layered writing that encompasses serious themes, albeit in a lighthearted way. For me, her books just get better and better.
My Perfect Life is very funny in places, as you would expect from Kinsella, but it also delves subtly into a weighty topical issue: the ramifications of the modern obsession with social media and the false reality it creates. I personally enjoyed the interplay between the comedic and the serious, which is well balanced and adds extra depth to the narrative.
Both Katie and Demeter are convincing characters; stereotypes, perhaps, but women a lot of readers will relate to, and I think this always makes for an enjoyable read. The story doesn’t hold any surprises; you know from the beginning pretty much how it’s going to end up. I don’t consider that a failing, though, as the getting there is so much fun.
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This was such a delicious story, I genuinely struggled to put it down to get on with real life. This surprised me as the settings and the character exploits all feel a little surreal and overly contrived, plus there are no real surprises contained in the story at all. The real joy comes from the wit and the warmth of the writing which pulls you in and simply refuses to let you go; no matter how peculiar Katie's life seems if you try and analyse it as a rational person you find that you really don't care.
Katie is from deepest, darkest Somerset and has always wanted to live and work in London. Her chosen field is advertising and she ends up, via Birmingham, working for a branding agency that involves the boss from hades and an 80 minute commute. Trying to rebrand herself to fit in with the life she thinks she should be living she changes from Katie to Cat, gets a disastrous fringe and becomes a bit of a doormat (if we're being honest). Katie envies almost everyone in the office and thinks that every Instagram post is genuine, even though she lies in her own. When her father and stepmother decide to turn the dairy farm of her childhood in to a Glamping site Katie gets on board with the promotion and takes a sabbatical from London. Unfortunately, this is yet another book where a new business venture is an instant triumph (becoming a bit of a bone of contention with me is this one). Can Katie be lured back to London? Is Demeter (the demonic boss) really evil? Is Alex the man of Katie's dreams or, as she fears, just a ship passing in the night?
Character development is generally good in the book. This is particularly true for Katie and Demeter. Unfortunately Alex is pretty much a cardboard cut out and the women in the office are every "Karen" the memes warned you about. The book also has some gentle reminders that online existence is very different to the reality of the poster's life and not to believe the hype. It's also a cautionary tale in people's perceptions of you.
Enjoyable escapism of the highest order!
The story is of Katie, she wants a totally different life to the one she has and she's generally struggling in life. When it all comes crashing down around her she moves back to her family farm and that's when the book really gets going. Obviously this is still a Sophie Kinsella book so there are lots of larger than life characters but they still have a sense off reality about them. The leading guy was a surprise to me, he isn't described as a perfect body, perfect 6 pack, dream guy etc. He's just a really nice fun guy, perfect for our leading lady.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and will probably get more of her more recent books next time they're on offer.