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February 6, 2017

Review: My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

by MK French

February 2017; The Dial Press; 978-0812998269;
ebook & print (448 page); humor
a free ARC was provided for this review

Though she grew up in the countryside of Somerset, Katie was determined to move to London, be successful and reestablish herself as Cat. Everyone around her seems to have a glamorous life, while she has a tiny room in an apartment in a dismal part of London. She can't tell her family about the reality of her life, so she's lost and devastated when she's abruptly fired. Returning home, she helps her father and stepmother begin a new business while "on sabbatical." The office politics soon catches up with her when her boss arrives for a vacation.

Katie is a fun character, even when bemoaning how difficult it is to live in London. She and her family are very easy to relate to and fun to read about. It's rather formulaic, because Katie is prettier than she thinks she is, the friends she thinks are so glamorous really aren't, her boss' life isn't as perfect as it seemed, and rumors are not facts. Because she was working in the branding business, of course she had the contacts and knowledge to get her parents' business off the ground and grow into a successful vacation spot within a few months' time. That she gets a measure of revenge against her boss is also very believable. While the ending itself was a bit of a reach, I thought it added to overall charm of My (Not So) Perfect Life.

Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever.

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