Every now and then it’s okay to live out the box – do something you don’t often do, read something you don’t often read.
I’ve never been much of a “chick lit” fan. But, as I embark on new journeys, I’ve decided to read new genres as well.
Choosing to start with a Sophie Kinsella novel was a great idea. If it’s tongue-in-cheek, witty humour you enjoy then Kinsella’s novel My Not So Perfect Life is a fantastic read.
Katie is a country girl at heart who heads for the bright lights of London to make a name for herself.
The pull of the big city is strong and Kat, as she comes to call herself, is determined that London is where she will reinvent herself and her life.
With a glamorous job at a top marketing firm and an Instagram account that screams fun and success, you’d think Kat has it all.
But what Instagram doesn’t show is the undoctored, unenhanced photos – the reality that is Katie’s life in an unforgiving city and cut-throat business.
Not a single photo of her dingy apartment or slimy flat mate will be seen on her timeline. Nor will her friends and followers be privy to the endless slog that is her job.
And then, suddenly, even the fragile veneer she so carefully created is ripped apart when she is sacked and forced to return to her home in the country, where her dad is cooking up another hair-brained scheme to make a quick buck.
But a world-weary Katie, in the country Kat will just not do, has learnt a thing or two by now.
Will Katie finally shine? Will she realise that she doesn’t need the big city to be a success? Will she get her tall, dark and handsome stranger in the end? Yes, of course she will! This is a novel where all the endings are happy and neatly tied together.
A Not So Perfect Life was a great read, not because of its perfect ending. It was a great read despite it.
Kinsella has a wonderfully wicked sense of humour and I often found myself breaking the solitude of reading with a loud guffaw that once sent my poor cat scampering for cover.
I read this novell in a weekend because I just could not put it down. Life is fun and funny and My Not So Perfect Life highlights this with sincerity.
If you’re looking for a happy, fun read to get you through a dreary winter weekend, I suggest you read it. You won’t be disappointed.