Sophie Kinsella’s My Not So Perfect Life follows the life of Katie Brenner, a Sommerset girl who moves to London. Life in London is fabulous. She’s got the gorgeous apartment, a great job and eats at sophisticated restaurants. She’s living a perfect life. Well, that’s her life according to Instagram. Everything changes when Katie gets fired and has to move back to the West Midlands.
I liked this book so much! Kinsella’s writing is fluid and the plot is easy to follow. She injects lots of humour and, as usual, her characters bring the novel to life.Katie is a great character. She’s so down-to- earth and because Kinsella writes in the first person, it’s so easy to know Katie. Her insecurities and the pressure she feels to project an impeccable lifestyle fits so perfectly into today’s social media habits. I find myself wanting to sit down and have a cup of tea with Katie. As a fictional character, her thoughts, doubts and the way she has been crafted is so life-like and familiar. She hits the nail on the head about cramped and long commutes of London, expensive treats, tiny flats and a not-so-perfect- job. Like many people, Katie tries to reinvent herself. As the novel moves along, she realises the best thing you can be in this world is yourself. She owns her mistakes and embarrassments, and that’s a brave thing to do.
Katie is not the only interesting character in the novel. Demeter is more than a mean boss and becomes more likeable as the story progresses. Alex, Mick and Biddy are great characters too.
MNSPL dispels the notion that life is always perfect. This novel celebrates life for all that it is. Even in the most difficult circumstances, MNSPL sees a glimmer of light through the cracks. What’s life if you don’t learn from your mistakes or see things from new a perspective? Sometimes, when life changes in the most unexpected ways we become the best version of ourselves. MNSPL proves this point.
Kinsella’s novel is a joy to read. From the characters and humour to the overall sentiment, this novel is uplifting, smart and fun.