My Not So Perfect Life

My Not So Perfect Life

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"When Katie Brenner is fired from her dream job in advertising in London, she's desperate to get away from her mad boss Demeter, and her crush, Alex, who she thought shared her feelings of adoration but didn't. Seeking refuge, she goes home to her father's farm in Somerset to help make her stepmother's dream of turning their land into a glamping retreat come true. Applying her savvy marketing smarts, Katie masterminds a glamorous upscale resort. But when Demeter shows up unannounced, with Alex not far behind, Katie is forced to rethink her revenge fantasies and her assumptions about family, love, and office politics and realize how much she may have misjudged everyone--and everything--around her."--
Publisher: New York : The Dial Press, c2017.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780812998269
Characteristics: 438 pages ; 22 cm

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gvlee
Sep 01, 2018

Katie desperately wants to make it in the world of marketing in London. She reinvents herself, hiding all traces of her West Country life and accent. Her boss, Demeter, is brilliant but comes off as uncaring. When Katie is laid off, she gives in to her father and step-mother's pleas to help them start up a glamping business on the family farm. Katie does an outstanding job with the marketing and business plan and the business takes off. When Demeter turns up as one of the guests, Katie learns that Demeter's life is not as perfect as she had imagined it to be. Furthermore, Demeter is about to be fired. Katie delves into the situation and finds out that Demeter's supposed job mistakes were set up by a trio of office workers who didn't like her. All is rectified and Katie ends up getting hired back, this time as a creative director. A romance between young partner Alex and Katie spices up the plot, and the tension between Katie and her dad is resolved in a subplot. Katie learns to be true to her own self and her not-so-perfect life, instead of pretending that she leads a glamorous city life. Typical Kinsella fun. The dad in this book takes on Shopaholic's personality. A good escape read.

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Micaeladoza
Jun 21, 2018

I really enjoyed this novel. It hooked me in right away: nice storyline, interesting characters, and a nice pace. I finished it in a week. Highly recommend if you’re in for some light reading.

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Gerry_21
May 26, 2018

A nice story by Sophie Kinsella and funny too!

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lola_jane
Mar 31, 2018

Sophie Kinsella is a go-to author when I need a fun, lighthearted read and My Not So Perfect Life doesn't disappoint.

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XueyingMou
Feb 20, 2018

What is the perfect life in your heart, ask yourself, and try to make it happen.

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jbenkend
Jan 31, 2018

LOVED the part where she is dragging her boss around the resort doing the most ridiculous
of yoga/meditation poses, and SPA rituals. We have all had a boss we have wanted to get back at in the same way!!!! Laugh-out loud hilarious!!!

JessicaGma Jan 16, 2018

This was a fun read. I liked Katie as she was really trying to fit into the London Life, but sometimes, you can't force a thing. The Instagram spin on the perfect life was quite brilliant, and the office cabal....well, suffice it to say, there's some good bits in here. Always a good reminder that life is more complicated than the perfect Instagram/facebook images you see.

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SewEng
Dec 15, 2017

Not one of my favourite but I enjoyed reading this book. Find it a bit dragging towards the middle but I like the whole “Not so perfect Life” idea.

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dorothy1
Oct 25, 2017

Very Enjoyable! Kinsella is back in great form with this new book: fast paced and engaging plot, likeable main character and great wrap-up.

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tinybookworm
Sep 04, 2017

I love reading Sophie Kinsella novels and I was excited to read this one. I enjoyed this book, it was an easy read. It is not one of my favourites of Kinsella; I felt the middle of the story dragged on a bit, but I liked the characters, especially Katie, who is very relatable and it had that classic Kinsella humor which I love. It was predictable, but that is OK, I like happy endings.

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Micaeladoza
Jun 21, 2018

‘ “Oh. Yes, it’s fine . . . it’s. . . argh! Oh God! Aaaargh!”
‘With no warning, the world has turned black. For a terrifying instant I think I’m being attacked. Something’s hitting me, banging me, surrounding me. . . . I flail with my arms, panting, panicking . . . then suddenly realize what’s happened. My bloody hammock’s collapsed.

‘I fight my way out of a black jersey skirt which has enveloped my head and survey my bed in dismay. That hammock is hanging dismally from one corner. All my crap is everywhere - clothes, hair products, books, magazines. It’ll take forever to sort all this out again. The only plus is that my bowl of stew was in the floor and didn’t get knocked over.

‘Actually, that’s not a plus.’...

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Irene99
May 31, 2017

"I've called it @mynotsoperfectlife and I've already got 267 followers! I post utterly unvarnished, unposed, un-Instagrammy photos with captions, and it's turned into one of the most fun hobbies I've ever had. / A photo of bad-tempered crowds on a tube platform: My not-so-perfect commute. A picture of the revolting blister on my heel: My not-so-perfect new shoes. A photo of my hair, drenched: The not-so-perfect London weather. / The amazing thing is how many other people have joined in. Mark from work posted a picture of himself eating a doughnut, captioned My not-so-perfect eat-clean regime. Biddy posted a picture of some ripped trousers, which she'd obviously caught on some barbed wire, entitled My not-so-perfect rural existence, which made me laugh."

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Irene99
May 31, 2017

"I'd forgotten the smell of London, the busyness, the crowds. I'd forgotten about coming up out of the tube steps into the hot, concentrated city sunshine, surrounded by people of all descriptions, and thinking, I could do anything, go anywhere, be anyone. / Ansters Farm is like a circle. It is what it is. And you basically go round and round in a peaceful way, never digressing. But London's like a spiderweb. There's a million possibilities, a million directions, a million endgames. I'd forgotten that feeling of ... of what? Being on the brink of something." (p. 377)

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julia_sedai
May 08, 2017

Sexual Content: Nothing graphic or detailed but it's in there.

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julia_sedai
May 08, 2017

Coarse Language: Mainly f bombs.

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