My Not So Perfect Life - Sophie Kinsella

My Not So Perfect Life

By Sophie Kinsella

  • Release Date: 2017-02-07
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 90 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Part love story, part workplace drama, this sharply observed novel is a witty critique of the false judgments we make in a social-media-obsessed world. New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella has written her most timely novel yet.

Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle—from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she's desperate to make her dad proud.

Then, just as she’s finding her feet—not to mention a possible new romance—the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away—until Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled and relationships rejiggered, and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life.

Sophie Kinsella is celebrated for her vibrant, relatable characters and her great storytelling gifts. Now she returns with all of the wit, warmth, and wisdom that are the hallmarks of her bestsellers to spin this fresh, modern story about presenting the perfect life when the reality is far from the truth.

Praise for My Not So Perfect Life

“A sparkling, witty novel about social media and the stories we tell ourselves.”People (Book of the Week)

“And something else separates this comic novel from the usual fare . . . the soul of this book concerns female friendship and its dynamics . . . a touch of real wisdom in its slapstick hand that will satisfy Kinsella die-hards as well as new readers.”The Washington Post

“With both warmhearted and laugh-out-loud moments, Sophie Kinsella’s My Not So Perfect Life was a joy to read. . . . Katie is relatable, bright and quirky—you’ll find yourself cheering for her from the start, even as she learns that a perfect life isn’t always what it seems, or what it’s cracked up to be. Themes of friendship, love and living your true life rise to the top in this must-read stand-alone romantic comedy.”USA Today

“[There are ] many laugh-out-loud hilarious moments in this feel-good novel about social media and personal branding, and the hectic realities behind our perfect online lives.”Bustle

“Pure escapist fun.”PopSugar

“Sophie Kinsella keeps her finger on the cultural pulse, while leaving me giddy with laughter. I loved it.”—Jojo Moyes

“Katie is a winning heroine. . . . Kinsella creates characters that are well-rounded, quirky, and a complete joy to read.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Driven by Katie’s witty observations and numerous missteps as she attempts to reconcile various aspects of her identity, this novel is smartly satirical and entertaining.”Publishers Weekly

“Another outstanding novel . . . a perfect combination of fun, laughable moments rounded out with some deep-seated family and relationship issues.”Booklist


  • Lovely book!

    By Honoree 7477
    Just finished reading this book in 2 days and loved it! I've read all of the Sophie Kinsella's books and this was one of my faves. It gets a tad far-fetched in a few places, but that's kind of this author's hallmark, and to me it makes her characters more endearing. Thoroughly enjoyed!
  • My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

    By blfp
    Somewhat of a chaotic read for me. To much flipping between reality & fiction. A good read while sitting on the beach or in front of a fire.
  • Great book!

    By Jimmy452
    If you like romantic comedy's that have slightly more humor than romance this book will work perfectly, overall sweet read would recommend!
  • I Quit

    By Shamrock0720
    Eh not for me. The main character was very boring and the storyline lost my interest about a third of the way through. Sorry, not for me.
  • LOVED this sweet read

    By HROMara
    Meeting Kat was like meeting myself a few years ago...and I loved her. I enjoyed her throughout the book, her strength and coming into her own. One of Kinsella's best characters.
  • My not so perfect life

    By Ricolove101
    Very disappointed.. the main character became so vindictive and unkind.. I lost interest.
  • My not so Perfect Life

    By D Koch
    Predictable and boring. A disappointment from one of my favorite authors
  • Painful

    By asapr212
    Tried three times to get past the fifth chapter. Trite. Depressing. Boring. When you can hear the main character whine, it's done for me.
  • Absolutely Loved It!

    By pegg12
    Country farm girl, Katie Brenner has dreamt of working in London, for years. So when Cooper Clemmow, a London branding, and strategy company, called to offer Katie an entry level position, she was ecstatic. She decided to reinvent herself. Katie lost her Somerset country accent, straightened her hair, bought a pair of fake eyeglasses and changed her nickname from Katie to Cat. And even though, Cat had to share her flat, sleep in a closet-size bedroom, and work with a rude, evil boss, she was happy; until she was fired. Having no choice but to move back home, Katie volunteered to help her father, and step-mother launch, Ansters Farm Country Retreat, a Glamping business. Katie was just beginning, to enjoy her work, when her ex-boss showed up, with her family, for a vacation. Needless to say, Katie was beside herself. I found Katie’s revenge on her old boss, hysterical. Sophie Kinsella knows how to write hilarious inner dialogue and crazy funny scenes. Katie learned some lessons in this book; 1. People are not always who they appear to be and 2. No one has a perfect life. My Not So Perfect Life is an easy-breezy, well-written, humorous book, with lots of likable characters, and witty dialogue. Be prepared to laugh, a lot. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to read this advanced review copy. I loved it!