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 comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business. Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams? Or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman with everything – have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems. And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?
I’ve been a fan of Sophie’s books for years, one of her books ‘Can You Keep A Secret’ is one of my favourite books, so when I received a copy of ‘My Not So Perfect Life’ I was eager to delve in and see what Sophie’s latest book had to offer.
In this book, we meet Katie/Cat, a young woman who has moved from the wild countryside to the bright lights of London, hoping for a successful career in marketing but there’s one snag, her job hasn’t turned out as her expected, low income, huge pressure and a demanding boss, Cat’s life is far from the perfection she posts on Instagram. But, when she’s suddenly let go, Cat’s world falls apart and she finds herself in limbo. Unsure of what to do next, she returns home to her father and stepmother, claiming she’s on a sabbatical and ends up using her skills and talents to help her parents create the perfect glamp site and her wealth of knowledge makes the site a huge success but when her boss Demeter turns up, sampling the delights of Ansters Farm Country Retreat, Cat has to pretend to be someone else so her parents don’t find out she has lost her job, but she can use it all to her advantage as she treats Demeter to some new upcoming exercises and activities to avenge her redundancy.
I absolutely loved this book, it was the perfect book to curl up with. The story has a wonderfully warm and relatable lead that made reading this story so enjoyable.
The story is primarily seen through the narrative of Cat/Katie, a young woman following a dream, working for an enviable company that many people would love to work for. Her boss Demeter, is ditsy but she’s sharp and sees what’s on trend and Cat hopes that she can catch Demeter’s attention with her ideas but sadly that doesn’t work when Cat is dealt a bitter blow with being let go. Instead of crying into her porridge, she sees it as an opportunity to prove her potential with the set up of her parents glamp site.
I thought Cat as an inspirational young woman, she’s determined, driven and wants nothing more than to work in the creative field and uses her redundancy as a positive instead of a negative. But like any other human being, when she sees the opportunity to get back at Demeter for firing her, she seizes it with entertaining and funny results.
The book is filled with many fun and lovely characters, Cat’s father regularly has quick fire business ideas that often end in disaster, but with Cat’s help is proving to be a success, whilst Demeter is also showing that her life is also far from perfect. Portraying the glamorous and ideal life in the office, it’s a different story when she turns up to the farm with a distracted husband and two sully children. In these scenes, I felt a sympathy towards Demeter as she struggled to fit in and deal with the drama around her. Alex plays the handsome lead in the story, a charismatic and influential young man who Cat finds herself drawn to.
A fun and engaging story that made for delicious reading, filled with relatable characters and hilarious scenarios, I couldn’t put it down. A fresh story that truly is Sophie at her very best, with laugh out loud moments and a fabulous leading lady, ‘My Not So Perfect Life’ is the perfect pick me up book that proves that with a bit of creativity and hard work, dreams can come true.
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