If you haven’t read Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella, we can’t be friends.
Just kidding. But just read it, okay? Anyway, My (not so) Perfect Life is also by Sophie Kinsella, who’s become my favorite author in this genre. I read everything she writes, whether as Sophie Kinsella or Madeline Wickham, which I think is her real name.
Katie Brenner wants to be just like her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter’s life is after all, perfect. The perfect family, the perfect career, the perfect looks. Who wouldn’t want that right? Except, Demeter is not that nice to anyone that works for her. Katie tries to fit in with her coworkers and impress her boss through the upscale living knowledge she obtains from blogs and Instagram. Her real life though is not nearly anything like that. She’s renting a tiny space with 2 other room mates, her dad and her have a bit of an awkward relationship now that she’s left the farm to create a life in the city. She’s just starting to find her own and meets a guy she could really fall for, when Demeter fires Katie, and Katie is forced to return home to the farm where she starts a vacation business with her dad and stepmom. She can’t tell her dad or stepmom she was fired so she pretends she’s on sabbatical. The vacation business is starting to do really well and once again, Katie is starting to find her own, when Demeter shows up at the farm and all the white lies and secrets start to spill. My (not so) Perfect Life is timely – we live in the social media era when everyone’s lives online are so glamorous that you can’t help but feel self pity at times. Oh I know I do. This book is a light-hearted read that reminds us that there is no such thing as a perfect life, it is what you make of it, and you are the happiest when you live your life in the best way you can.
Does anyone know what this genre is called? I call it chic lit, because I’m certain only women read these, they’re not sappy, they’re not romantic. They’re sort of like romantic comedies in movie genres, with less focus on romance and more focus on the protagonist finding herself or learning an important life lesson.
I quite enjoyed the book. Get your copy of My (not so) Perfect Life in physical or electronic version here.