Book Review : My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Genre : Chick-Lit, Romance, Contemporary
Page : 448 pages
Published : 7th February 2017


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.


“So why do they hope ?’ I can’t help asking.
‘Because it’s human nature to hope for impossible things.”

I have a strong reason to read this book. This book has long been on my TBR and the moment I (finally) decided to read this book, I have long forgotten what’s the story about. Currently, I am in a state where I don’t feel confident about my life. Re-thinking about the path I’m taking, wondering about my future that seems impossible to achieve, evaluating myself whether I am making the right choice.

The worst part? I feel like I’m starting to lose myself. Literally do not know what to do. I’m stuck in the mud.

You know, stuffs you mostly think about on your twenties. Where people claims as the defining decade to the future and where you stated to think about your not-so-young age anymore but there seems like thousands of barriers in the way and you are not moving forward. At all.

Then, like a miracle this book show up. Without re-reading what’s this book about (since it’s more exciting that way) and with only my interest fixed on the title, I started to read.


Here’s my hashtag not-so-perfect reading chart when I read:

My First line reading — Okay. this book is going to be fun.

My First chapterOH! I love it!

Half of the bookI DIDN’T THINK THIS BOOK WOULD BE SO GOOD!!!

The end of the book  — WHAT AM I DOING THAT I NEVER READ ANY SOPHIE KINSELLA WORKS BEFORE!!!???


I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH THAT IT HURTS.

I never consider Chick-Lit as my reading jam but now, I would freaking bought any Sophie Kinsella books whenever I see one in bookstores.

NOBODY CAN STOP ME FROM BUYING HER BOOKS.


Okay. I’m calm now.

This book fits those in twenties so well.

Scratch that.

This book fits anyone who are struggling to build a perfect career and life. Those who keeps trying to move forward but always seems to be in circle and most especially, those who keeps on wondering what does it feels like to be born and live in the life of others with a better chance to step up in life.

FIT. ME. SO. WELL

When times get rough, I have the tendency to think what does it feels to live in an upper hand life, where everything won’t be so tangled. And complicated. The main character of the book, Katie Brenner feels just the same as I am.


Blessed Sophie Kinsella for creating the ordinary Katie Brenner. Katie Brenner is the representative of mostly of us people whether in real life where you have to struggle to live and earn money or in virtual life where you always post everything neat and envious on Instagram.

Katie Brenner possessed two different profiles to try create her perfect life.

      • First — the original Katie Brenner born in Somerset
      • Second — the London girl Cat Brenner with a perfect Instagram feeds.

Born in a rural area in Somerset, Katie always long for London. However, things didn’t quite turn up to her expectation when she lives in a small rental with dull lifeless flatmates, works in a big company with a not so thoughtful boss and less supporting office mates. With that, she tries to create a perfect profile on Instagram to hopefully be acknowledged by others. She cast aside her West Country accent and try to follow other’s living standard while carefully maintaining her financial expenditure as not to spent too much money.

Katie Brenner is the kind of girl who would rather die than asking some monetary help from her father. Katie Brenner is very similar to me in a way. She has a loving family (especially her dad who loves her abundantly — just the way like I do), she yearns to have perfect life and climb her way up persistently (the endless struggle and headache is real) but can’t help to wonder how less complicated things would be to be born with silver spoon.

……………

You are asking why I love Katie Brenner? (I know you are not asking, but please let me brag how much I love Katie). Katie Brenner is hilarious in her way. I never failed to smile when she speaks her opinion and I grow to really like her for her mature thought and wisdom. She never stop trying and she is so compassionate for others. She try to live her life as positive as she could and never lose hope. (Maybe one or two miserable thoughts about life but we all have that issues right?)

However, little did Katie know, there’s story behind everyone’s seem to be perfect life.

In my opinion, this book also taught readers how to self-worth yourself. How to love yourself. In Katie Brenner issue, how to accept herself for who she is.

This book remind me that changing myself in order to adapt doesn’t make people stick with me for long but being true to myself will attract others to sincerely get close to me. Which is something I’m still trying to work on today.

“Whoever started the rumor that life has to be perfect is a very wicked person, if you ask me.”

↑  Simple quotes that is totally true from the book  ↑

This book is so forthright in writing about the current issues we are facing and Katie Brenner is there speaking out our mind frankly and it hits the jackpot. This book is so relatable that it hurts and sad to admit that we are all too obsessed with how people value us. 

This book is an interesting read since it does not only write about Katie’s perspective, but it also writes about those living in silver spoon life. Aside from Katie, readers will get to know what’s inside the mind of silver spoon from many characters but mostly from Demeter herself and Katie’s possible romance partner.

Yes, there are romance involved but it does not appear often since romance is not the main issues in the book. However, I very much anticipated the romance even though I know that the romance part is too good to be true. Anyway, no matter how relatable and real a story could be, a story is still a story ¯\_( ツ )_/¯

Having such common yet crucial topic doesn’t change the light reading sensation this book should have. Another reason I read this book is because I need some light reading after all those thriller reads and after finished reading this book, I still think that this book is perfect for light and cute reads. Not too empty but also not that heavy and serious.

I finished this book in two sittings.

Yes. It’s that good.

If the clock did not strike past midnight, I would finished this book in one sitting.

“Every time you see someone’s bright-and-shiny, remember: They have their own crappy truths too. Of course they do. And every time you see your own crappy truth and feel despair and think, ‘Is this my life?’, remember: It’s not. Everyone’s got a bright-and-shiny, even if it’s hard to find sometimes.”

Author : Celine

14 thoughts on “Book Review : My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

  1. It’s so hard sometimes to remember that we don’t need to have everything worked out already and that it takes time. It’s so awesome that you connected with this book like that. I might need to check it out!

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  2. It sounds as if you’ve found a long lost friend, Celine! Books can be a great comfort at what ever stage of life you find yourself.
    That final quote sums things up so well. I have another one for you that I often run through in my mind when life gets tough: ‘Nothing is either as bad or good as it seems.’ Taken from Olivia Joules by Helen Fielding and it works for me 🙂

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    1. This is also my first chick lit ever lol and I happen to find the title to be so intriguing that I ended up giving it a go! A perfect escape read I might say lol. Anw, thank you so much for being such a sweetheart! The same goes to you too! I hope you’ll love the rest of reads❤

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