“Every time you see someone’s bright-and-shiny, remember: they have their own crappy truths too.”
Title: My Not So Perfect Life
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Apologies that it’s been a while since writing a review – I have been reading, I promise, but it seems that preparing for a new arrival takes up quite a bit of time (and energy!)
I’ll be honest – I’ve never been a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella books. I usually find them quite cheesy and predictable. Of course, sometimes a light, easy read is preferable, but I’ve never really enjoyed her writing. Last Saturday, I found myself in Asda looking for a new book and decided to give her books one last chance and reached for this one.
The story follows a young lady called Katie Brenner who’s trying to make a name for herself in London, having moved away from her home in Somerset. Commuting to work every single day and coping with the rising prices of London life, Katie is struggling to make ends meet but is determined to make it work! Even if that means working for Demeter, a woman who seems to have it all – the husband, the kids, the house, the career, even the grand steps leading up to her front door.
However, after a change in circumstance and a move back home, is life really as perfect as it seems for Demeter? Are we all guilty of only talking and promoting the good things in life, rather than the bad? Read it and find out!
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy the book – was it easy? Yes. Was it predictable? Yes. But what I liked the most about it was that it discussed real themes that affects everyone today. I think we’re all guilty of using Instagram to promote this “perfect” life when we really shouldn’t. If any of us have had a really crap day, do we post a picture? No. When we’ve been somewhere new and different, do we post pictures? Yes. The reality is, life can and never will be perfect and it’s great to see this portrayed in the book.
If you’re looking for a light-hearted read, then I’d give this a go for sure. With the wintry weather on the way for us Brits, I’d recommend reading this one under a warm blanket and a candle.
Score: 3 out of 5