on February 7th 2017
Pages: 448 pages
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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. The final, demeaning straw comes when Demeter makes Katie dye her roots in the office. 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.
After reading Finding Audrey last year I knew I had to pick up Sophie Kinsella’s latest My Not so Perfect Life after reading the summary…although I’m not too crazy about the cover. Anyways, I loved the way Kinsella describe the “darker” side of London and isn’t afraid to do so.
I’m so shocked, I can’t react. My mouth is full of warm, doughy bread and melted mozzarella. How did this even happen?
Instinctively my teeth clench shut, a move I immediately regret. Although…what else was I supposed to do? Nervously, I raise my eyes to hers, my mouth still full.
“Sorry,” I mumble, but it comes out “Obble.”
“What the fuck?” The girl addresses the carriage incredulously. “She’s stealing my breakfast!”
My head’s sweating with stress. This is bad. Bad. What do I do now? Bite off the panini? (Not good.) Just let it fall out of my mouth? (Even worse. Urgh.) There’s no good way out of this situation, none.
Things seems to get worse for Katie Brenner throughout the novel and because of this I felt so bad for her sometimes as its been her dream to live in London for ages. But, she’s optimistic and doesn’t let the little things get her down like the box of whey her roommate accidentally receive or finding out that Alex, the romantic interest, might have hooked up with her boss Demeter. There’s also the fact that Demeter might have hired her for her design work, but she’s pretty dismal at remembering her name. And things just goes downhill when she fires her and Katie goes back to her home in Somerset where her parents’ glamping business slowly takes off. It’s cute that they try to get her to move back home and stay while she just lies to them that she’s on a sabbatical. I loved the humor, I loved the banter between Alex and Katie…they just clicked. And then that moment when you know that Katie got everything wrong I never felt more embarrassed for her than I did for characters. Yep, I get embarrass for characters quite easily.
“Now, you requested yoga, as I remember,” I say as we step away from the hubbub. “Unfortunately, we don’t offer yoga at Ansters Farm. Instead, we offer an ancient Druid practice, Vedari. It’s not unlike yoga, though a little more challenging.”
“Vedari,” echoes Demeter. “I’ve never even heard of that.”
“Few people have. It’s very niche, very ancient, very spiritual. Although I do believe Gwyneth Paltrow practices it.”
I can see Demeter’s eyes light up. I knew mentioning Gwyneth Paltrow would press her buttons.
When Katie sees her chance of getting back for Demeter firing her I was like oh my god, she couldn’t seriously be considering doing that despite being once her boss. The revenge is indeed sweet for Katie because Demeter has no idea who she really is until Alex shows up and the secret spills. However, while I rage on Demeter I also felt bad for Demeter too, who is misunderstood by everyone. She’s not the mean boss that everyone seems to make her out to be. She is a boss of a big company so she would feel stressed out and especially when her own children demands much from her it’s like give her a break guys. But, not everyone understands that because they think it’s a personal vendetta or whatever.
But, did I tell you that I wished the novel was also told from Alex’s POV? Half the time I found myself thinking what does Alex think of that situation. Like when Katie shouts at him and Demeter for being self-centered rich jerks who fires her for basically doing nothing wrong. I really wanted to know his overall impressions of Katie.
“But I’ve known a lot of his girlfriends and I’ve seen a lot of broken hearts. You know his nickname? It’s ‘One-Way Alex.’ Because once he’s off, he doesn’t come back. He’s like a one-way ticket round the world; never touches the same ground twice. I’ve seen bright, intelligent girls, waiting and hoping…” She shakes her head. “They know deep down he’ll never come back.”
This book had a lot of fluff and awesome relationship building. It made me laugh out loud too many times to keep track of and I really wish we could’ve seen more of London, but it did make me put Somerset on my list of places to visit next time in England.