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 unnannounced, 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Dial Press,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812998269
081299826X
Characteristics: 438 pages ; 22 cm

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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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merlinsilver
Aug 03, 2017

TERRIFIC !!! Best book I have read in years. After the first 50 pages it is so fast paced you don't want to put it down. It is humorous with several down right belly laughs. New situations are always popping up with wonderful life lessons and feel good moments. I am going to buy this book so I can read it over again when I need a little happy pick me up.

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Shegman211
Jul 08, 2017

It took me a while to get into this book, but once I did I read the last 350 pages in 1 day! I couldn't put this book down and that hasn't happened to me in a really long time!

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fashiongirl
Jul 06, 2017

Excellent, easy summer read! I loved this book- enjoyed the story and only a few characters so it was easy to follow.

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annphi
Jul 04, 2017

Predictable and the story line was plucked form The Devil Wears Prada. May I address all the new authors, from Gilian Flynn to Sophie Kinsella and everyone in between. It has become increasingly tiresome to have the F word inserted on nearly every page. It is gratuitous and offensive to many Each feels compelled to insert this expletive, as if they were in competition. These authors diminish their talents and dilute their stories.

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JoyceHenson
Jun 14, 2017

Did not enjoy the book, and was very disappointed knowing there was such a huge interest in it. I typically enjoy English writers for their wry, witty humour but I simply couldn't keep reading a story where the entire life of the main character is based on lies. She invented a magical life in London and continually lied to her family about it. I kept hoping she would come clean and straighten out several misconceptions that were strewn along - but even when caught and facing ruin there was no moral fibre to the main character and she only made it worse. It reminded me of an old Benny Hill show with ridiculous stunts and nonsense . I put the book down half way in disgust, then tried again the next day and flipped to the last few chapters hoping against hope it got better. It didn't.

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daysleeper236
Jun 05, 2017

Light, fluffy, entertaining, and 100% predictable.

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Irene99
May 31, 2017

Entertaining story that moves along, very engaging. Interesting new character who actually reminds me a lot of the shopaholic series! Good insight about the culture of social media and the tendency that anyone may have to make their life seem better than it really is, and how that masks problems that anyone has. A touch of romance thrown in for good measure.

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twhitehead24
May 28, 2017

Truly enjoyable read. Had me laughing out loud in many places and rooting for Katie and Demeter in others.

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marthabwaters
May 21, 2017

This was s-l-o-o-o-w at the beginning; I spent the first 150 pages or so wondering when, precisely, Kinsella would figure out what she was doing with this character and setup. The second half of the book, however, is a vast improvement – lots of the themes from the first half come together very nicely (and there was some good food for thought – more than you’d expect from a Sophie Kinsella book, at least), and I found myself really invested in the outcome. The beginning of the book was a perfect example of my problem with many Sophie Kinsella books – the fact that her characters sometimes behave in ways so deranged that I can’t even remotely identify with them – but this completely ceased in the second half, and my enjoyment of the book vastly increased as a result. Nothing too heavy here, but lots of frothy fun, with just enough substance to leave you thinking.

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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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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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