My Not So Perfect Life
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: The Dial Press
Genre: Adult Fiction/Romance/Chick-Lit
I had heard a lot of good things about this book when it came out & I like the author from books I've previously read. I listened to this book on audio using the OneClick Digital app through my library, the reader has a London accent & she does a great job. Overall it was HILARIOUS & fun!
Katie (Kat) Brenner is a twenty something girl living in a very small flat in a suburb of London with two other roommates. She is from Summerset, a farm out in the country & must adapt to the busy city life quickly when she gets a job at a branding company called Cooper Klemo as a research assistant.
Katie has the boss from hell...her name is Demeter...that's right...as in goddess of the harvest...
Demeter is the stereotypical corporate boss. Tall, skinny, well dressed, flawless hair, beautiful family, perfect house, etc. She is oblivious to the world around her & all the work that others do in order to make her happy. Katie tries to avoid drama & office gossip as much as possible. She finally gets close to Demeter one day when Demeter needs to get ready for an event & asks Katie to dye her roots. If you didn't think you couldn't sink any lower on the chain, think again!
In the meantime Katie has met a new guy named Alex, he's tall, dark, handsome, & her boss! Or rather her boss's, boss's, boss; that means he's also totally off limits.
Before long Katie's life starts to fall apart in front of her, between being fired from her job, her weird roommates, & her lack of finances she needs to get away. So she goes out to her parents farm where they have started up a new glamping business. Working in branding she helps Anderson Farms get off the ground. The business is booming, tons of London families come out on holiday, Katie is looking for a new job, and things seem to be going in the right direction. That is until Demeter & her family show up at the farm...
It's all down hill from there as they say. In a whirlwind week Katie & Demeter torment each other to no end, Alex surprises them both with a visit, & a mystery has to be solved before it;s too late for both of them.
In the end Katie finds out that having a not so perfect life isn't as bad as she thought!
Likes: This book was absolutely HILARIOUS!!! From the very first page where Katie is on the train & accidentally eats someone else's panini to her & Demeter falling into the mud in a swamp.
The reader for the audiobook was very good. She offered a variety of voices both male & female, as well as doing a great English country accent.
The story line is a little predictable as far as chick-lit romance goes but the author threw in a few upsets here and there that made it interesting down to the last page.
The characters are very relatable. We are all Katie at some point in our lives and there is ALWAYS a Demeter!
The farm where the glamping takes place sounds like an amazing vacation that I want to go on ASAP!