I’m a big fan of Sophie Kinsella and I’ve read ALL of her books! I love her writing style because its easy, fluff, fun and lighthearted.
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 was expecting something like Can you keep a secret and Shopaholic where the female protagonist is clumsy, dumb and prone to making silly mistakes (I like both those books, still). But this book was different and should receive credit for the fact that Kate Brenner is bright and ambitious. I’ll let you know why :
- You can totally relate to her, she is just like us, a small town girl who comes to the city chasing her dreams , trying to fit in, trying to live the ‘perfect’ city life. I’ve been there and I know how it is to survive in a city.
- When Kate (or Cat, as she calls herself in the city) posts Instagram pictures of food she doesn’t eat or places she hasn’t visited but still want to project a perfect life to her best friends and family, I wasn’t the least bit bored or found it ridiculous. Because, we’ve all been there. We know how social media pressure works out for us and the need to compete, show off and fit in become the primary goals.
- Cat doesn’t let her Dad (single parent) know how much she is struggling for a breakthrough in her career and paints a false picture to him that she is the most irreplaceable person in her company. Because her father, one of the most sweetest person in this book, is worried about the big bad city and just cannot understand what’s wrong with staying with him
- Demeter, the boss from hell -insensitive and a nightmare to her employees. She has the perfecttt life that Cat dreams of – the dream job, handsome husband, big house, fancy car and cute kids and designer clothes. Her characterization throughout the book is brilliant. From being portrayed as the most horrible boss or later in the book as a person with “hung ups and problems and flaws like the rest of us”, she is brilliant.
- I did for a moment think that after Alex, the partner’s son who is also ‘brilliant, smart, full of wit and charm’ asks Cat on an impromptu discussion, it was going to be something similar to ‘Can you keep a Secret’. But no, God, no, this book is ruled only by women and there’s no big part for Alex. That’s when i started liking it even more. Because how many books have we seen this storyline where the office girl marries off the boss and that’s it her career is thrown down the path with happily ever after. This book is about how Katie gets her perfect, not so perfect life on her own.
- The sweet revenge that Katie gets to have on Demeter is just so much fun. How we wish we can do that to our bosses.!!! 😉
I can go on and on about this book, but 2 simple words – Perfectly done!
My review will be 5/5. Even if i’m not a Kinsella fan, i would have gone with 4.5/5. The extra 0.5 is for me being her ardent fan and that she never disappoints. (Except the last shopaholic book, i like all of her works :D)
You can get the book from Amazon.in. The review is in there as well as Goodreads 🙂
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.