Katie “Cat” Brenner’s Instagram posts are aspirational and envy-worthy. She appears to have it all: youth, a hip job at an agency and an apartment in London. But that’s because she’s carefully curated her life to seem that way. Strip away the facade and Katie is a country girl struggling to belong, pay her bills, dodge her roommate’s junk in the hallway and do her family proud. Her life feels like a lie. She is green with envy that she’s surrounded by “it girls” at work. They have gorgeous homes and the ability to dine at the hottest restaurant without breaking the bank, especially her Alpha Female boss Demeter. Just when Katie begins feeling settled and gets invited to join her coworkers for the coveted Wednesday lunches at the Blue Bear, Demeter lets her go from her junior job. Katie is forced to rethink her life and find out what matters the most. Can she tough it out in the big city? Or maybe, just maybe, can she move back home to make a difference and still keep her dignity intact?
My (Not So) Perfect Life is a jaunty, coming-of-age-in-the-city story about what it means to have it all and at what cost. Even the most unlikeable Mean Girl-style characters become fallible and relatable as the pages continue on. The book writes about timely trends – glamping, organic food, artisinal soap – in a way that both pokes fun at modern British society and embraces it too. Fans of Sophia Kinsella are going to be in for a treat with this latest novel, which has more substance and grit than her Shopaholic series, but is still light enough for escapist reading.