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My Not So Perfect Life

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  8,905 Ratings  ·  1,391 Reviews
Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.

Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.

But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?

Until her not-so perfect life co
Paperback, 438 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by Bantam Press
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Chelsea Humphrey

Do you have a go to author for particular moods? Kinsella has been on my list of auto approved authors for dependable reads; she is the mashed potato of books in the sense that her stories always bring me comfort and a smile to my face. They aren’t anything ground breaking; typically these are your run of the mill chick lit that is predictable, but that is exactly why I pick them up, for their reliability. This particular read was a little bit different than her previous books; while sh
Dec 06, 2016 Esil rated it really liked it
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The last few books I read were dark, one of them was particularly dark. GR friend Larry suggested that perhaps I needed a "palate cleanser", and, yup, that's what I needed and I found it in Sophie Kinsella's My Not So Perfect Life. I used to read Kinsella's Shopaholic books, but then I got tired of the formula and the rom com literary genre generally. But it sure felt nice to revisit Kinsella when looking for something lighter. Katie is a young woman from the British countryside who tries to mak ...more
Dec 08, 2016 Meredith rated it really liked it
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My Not So Perfect Life is such a fun escape!

There’s something about Sophie Kinsella’s books that not only draw me in, but also make me laugh and smile. Her characters are usually flawed but likable, and the main character in this book, Katie Brenner, follows suit.

Katie “Cat” Brenner is living her dream life. It’s not perfect, but she is willing to overlook her hour and half painful commute to work, her crazy boss, her tiny room in a shared flat, and her lack of a social life because she gets to
Working in the behavioral health field, I see how people present themselves while in the waiting room and then I see the real deal once in my office. The difference can be as extreme as night and day. Lesson? Everything ain't always as it seems.

It's just as easy to pass flattering judgments on people as it is to pass those of the more disgruntled sort. People who seem like they have the best life ever rarely do behind closed doors. Let's face it, no one has a perfect anything. My Not So Perfect
Cait • A Page with a View
4.5 stars. That was absolutely adorable and is totally my new favorite Sophie Kinsella book! It still has the whole London scene, upbeat tone, and endearing characters, but the romance isn't the main focus and the main character is by far the most down-to-earth one yet.

Katie grew up on a rural dairy farm but is trying to carve out a successful life in London. She's changed her name, accent, and appearance for London, and her Instagram feed makes her life look way more glamorous than it really i
Jun 22, 2016 Irena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So................ I am in a serious debate now.
I can't decide if this is my new all-time favorite book by Sophie Kinsella or if Twenties Girl is still my number one...

Ohh, this is so hard, it shouldn't be this hard!!


Anyway, this book is perfect!
The end was a bit... cheezy but not too cheezy, but still cheezy enough to spice everything up with flavour of love...

Okay, now I'm really rambling!

I won't bother you anymore, but just before I write my proper review I'll just tell you that YOU NEED THIS
Bookables Heather
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND listening to this book! The audiobook & narrator were fantastic!

I loved how this was slightly different from other Kinsella books. It focused more on our main character, Katie & her coming to terms with her career and how people perceive her.

Brilliant! This is the best contemporary I've read in a long time!! I LUUUURRVED it!

I can't believe Sophie Kinsella did this. This is unlike her usual writing style. This book isn't hillarious like her other books. I mean it was a fun-read but it wasn't laugh-out loud hillarious read. This book actually has a sensible plot with intelligent characters ^^SURPRISE!!!^^

It doesn't mean this is something completely different from Sophie Kinsella's usual writing style. It has all Sophie Kinsella qu
Abby *Hates Dust Jackets*
Before she was Cat Brenner, upwardly mobile junior associate working for a London-based branding firm, she was Katie, a farm girl from Somerset who dreamed of bathing in the city lights. Living in London is all Cat has ever wanted, but she would admit her lifestyle is not nearly as glamorous as she would have her Instagram followers believe. She lives in a small flat she shares with two other people and is budgeted to the hilt. She works for a flaky, demanding boss, named Demeter, who has no ide ...more
Feb 04, 2017 Carrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Katie Brenner has been determined to make a life for herself in the city and does everything she can think of to get her boss, Demeter Farlowe to notice her work. Demeter however instead of noticing Katie's creativity uses her young employee to instead help her dye her roots and other menial tasks. Katie still stays determined she will make it and obtain the lifestyle she is jealous that her boss leads.

Just when Katie thinks things are starting to look up in her life though her boss decides to
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Feb 07, 2017 Wendy'sThoughts rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sophie Kinsella Fans, Women's Fiction
3.5 Everything Is Not As It Seems Stars

Sophie Kinsella has a way... she has once again tapped into the temperature of society and women... their strength and vulnerably.
Never has image and snippets of information had such weight in the impression of who we are....

We have experienced the benefits of Social Media with oppressed people having an outlet to reach those in the world to assist them...But we also experienced another side effect of this access to this personal show of lives... a type of
Feb 11, 2017 Mischenko rated it really liked it
My Not so perfect life by Sophie Kinsella was a really great read. I found it funny, cute, and entertaining. I'm glad to have discovered Sophie Kinsella and really enjoyed her writing. I have a feeling she's going to be one of my favorites!


Thanks to Netgalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review
Feb 13, 2017 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I’ve been a huge Sophie Kinsella fan since her Shopaholic series and Becky Bloomwood is one of my favorite chick lit characters of all time, so naturally I’m always excited when she releases a new book. Though this wasn’t her best book, I still enjoyed it as it provided a much needed escape from reality.

Katie is a fairly typical character that I’ve come to expect in a Kinsella book, she’s an average woman with plenty of quirks who manage
Feb 02, 2017 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah... Sophie Kinsella, what would I do without you in my life? Another brilliant book with lots of laugh-out-loud moments and that feel good factor. Your books always give me that warm fuzzy feeling! 'My Not So Perfect Life' is no exception, loved it!
No one's life has to be perfect.

This book was by no means perfect - in fact, it was messy, happy, unreal, predictable and unpredictable - much like life is.

Maybe you wouldn’t like it as much as I did. Maybe you wouldn’t like it at all. Maybe you’re not like me at all - with a hidden Katie Brenner inside of you. But maybe you will. Maybe you'll fall in love with the idea of this book, because Katie is you.

It’s been so long since I finished a book in just one sitting, of course it’s this one. Of
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Katie Brenner always dreamed of living the city life in London. After finishing school, she moves to London from the countryside farm where she grew up. She changed her style, her hair, her makeup, her accent, and even her name to fit in. Katie, now known as "Cat" seems to have it all, which is reiterated by her perfect Instagram feed. Or does she? In order to afford her life in London, she lives in a rundown apartme
Jan 04, 2017 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Sophie Kinsella is not only great at writing a series, as she has a bunch of stand-alone novels that are known for putting her characters in strange situations and making her readers laugh and get caught up in the action. I’ve enjoyed all of her stand-alone novels for various reasons, but my favorite has been The Undomestic Goddess…until now.

The story starts off on a hilarious note, when Katie (a.k.a. Cat) finds herself in an embarrassing situation on a crowded train. And it just takes off from
Shannon (leaninglights)
Mar 15, 2017 Shannon (leaninglights) rated it really liked it
Not my favorite Sophie Kinsella book, but this was a lot of fun :)
Feb 13, 2017 Donna rated it really liked it
What a fun little read. I like the humor this author infuses into her books. She always has me laughing out loud and this book was no exception. I enjoyed it. It was light and fun. The story had a nice pace with characters I really liked.

The ending was all wrapped up with a red bow, but it wasn't overly sappy. I like when there is some kind of balance there and this one had that.
Rachel E. Carter
Mar 01, 2017 Rachel E. Carter rated it it was amazing
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After the Shopaholic series, this is my fave Sophie book!!! Took me about 25% to get into the book, but after that I couldn't get enough (and audiobook narrator was brilliant!). Gave me strong Devil Wears Prada feels which is one of my fave movies!
Olivia (The Candid Cover)
4.5 Stars

If you are in the mood for a laugh out loud and honest look at the actuality of what it is to be a young adult in today’s society, then this new Sophie Kinsella book will fit the bill. The protagonist, Katie Brenner, is a compelling character that many will identify with. Also, Kinsella’s writing is clever and really grabs the attention of the reader through the use of humour in this look at the image we put forth to the world.

The theme that courses through My Not So Perfect Life is def
Feb 27, 2017 Jiana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

I don't really know how to review this book. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. It was quite okay, just not good enough for a four star rating. I always have high expectations whenever I pick up a Sophie Kinsella book, despite being disappointed with a few of her books. She's basically my go-to chick flick author.

My main issue with this book was the pacing and the writing, the main reason this book isn't 4 stars. I love Kinsella's writing, don't get me wrong. It's easy, simple a
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Feb 14, 2017 Ler com Lobos rated it really liked it
Muito perto do meu favorito da autora (Tenho o Teu Número) este livro!
"You've just been Demetered. It happens to all of us."

Não foi bem o que esperava inicialmente:
Ouvi num vídeo uma menina a dizer que era sobre uma jovem que fingia ter uma vida muito melhor no instagram do que tinha na realidade...
Tinha razão, passa por aí mas pensei que a rede social tivesse um papel maior.

Se por um pequenino momento me senti desiludida, logo depois estava completamente interessada na Katie, quer dizer Cat!
Dec 17, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
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Reading this book reminded me of my love for Sophie Kinsella. She has a knack for telling these seemingly outrageous tales with these beautifully flawed & fun characters hilariously navigating through life. The book delivered what I expect from Sophie, laughs, heart & a smile at the end.

Katie is a country girl who moved to London to live the life she wanted, despite the continuous guilt trip from her father. She g
Mar 05, 2017 Brooke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5* for this fun, quick read.

I've only read one other Kinsella work (FINDING AUDREY is excellent), & she has rapidly become an author I will recall when I want a good laugh. 2 for 2; she is officially on my radar. (Minor spoilers below):

In her mid twenties, Cat (a.k.a. Katie) is trying to make a life for herself in London, away from her countryside upbringing. Having an occupation in branding, we are introduced to Cat's world in the workplace, including her *awful* boss, Demeter. (It is di
Feb 13, 2017 Obsidian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I didn't want to be too hard on this book, but sorry it worked my ever loving nerves. What started off as typical chick-lit turned into some hey we are all just the same Kumbaya circle thing that I just got tired of reading. The main character, Katie Brenner, should know enough at her age that no one's life is perfect. I can't get over she thought because people were rich that yes they must be happy and be just dancing in the fields singing. And I hated how Katie treated her female boss just bec ...more
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In My Not So Perfect Life, we meet Katie Brenner who seems to have a pretty fabulous least that's what she portrays on Instagram. She's got a job she (mostly) loves, is living in London, her dream city, and has recently developed an oh so little crush on a guy she's just met. In fact, if you believe her Instagram feed, she's also frequenting posh restaurants and taking in all the London hot spots. Question is, is that her real life??

Sherwood Smith
Perfect book for a cold rainy day. (I think it would be equally perfect for a hot sunny day. Or an airy spring day . . . you get the idea.)

You know what you're getting with this kind of cover art: the kind of light-hearted romance with a heavy dollop of wish fulfillment and maybe a hefty side-order of product placement for whatever is currently trendy, often called chick lit.

This book starts out no different, as Katie, who--a new assistant researcher in a company that does branding--rebrands her
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Madeleine Wickham (born 12 December 1969) is a bestselling British author under her pseudonym, Sophie Kinsella. Educated at New College, Oxford, she worked as a financial journalist before turning to fiction. She is best known for writing a popular series of chick-lit novels. The Shopaholic novels series focuses on the misadventures of Becky Bloomwood, a financial journalist who cannot manage her ...more
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“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.” 7 likes
“Because it’s human nature to hope for impossible things.” 4 likes
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