My Not So Perfect Life

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Part love story, part workplace drama, this sharply observed novel is a witty critique of the false judgments we make in a social-media-obsessed world. New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella has written her most timely novel yet.

Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle—from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she's desperate to make her dad proud.

Then, just as she’s finding her feet—not to mention a possible new romance—the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away—until Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled and relationships rejiggered, and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life.

Sophie Kinsella is celebrated for her vibrant, relatable characters and her great storytelling gifts. Now she returns with all of the wit, warmth, and wisdom that are the hallmarks of her bestsellers to spin this fresh, modern story about presenting the perfect life when the reality is far from the truth.

Praise for My Not So Perfect Life

“A sparkling, witty novel about social media and the stories we tell ourselves.”People (Book of the Week)

“The soul of this book concerns female friendship. . . . What ensues has a touch of real wisdom [and] will satisfy Kinsella diehards as well as new readers.”—The Washington Post

“You’ll relate hard and root harder for Londoner Katie, whose quarterlife crisis feels even worse thanks to the Insta-perfect people all around her.”Cosmopolitan

“A joy to read . . . Themes of friendship, love and living your true life rise to the top.”—USA Today

“[There are ] many laugh-out-loud hilarious moments in this feel-good novel about social media and personal branding, and the hectic realities behind our perfect online lives.”Bustle

“Pure escapist fun.”PopSugar

“Sophie Kinsella keeps her finger on the cultural pulse, while leaving me giddy with laughter. I loved it.”—Jojo Moyes

“Katie is a winning heroine. . . . Kinsella creates characters that are well-rounded, quirky, and a complete joy to read.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Driven by Katie’s witty observations and numerous missteps as she attempts to reconcile various aspects of her identity, this novel is smartly satirical and entertaining.”Publishers Weekly

“Another outstanding novel . . . a perfect combination of fun, laughable moments rounded out with some deep-seated family and relationship issues.”Booklist

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Loved!!5 star

Absolutely loved this book! 55


Poorly written1 star

I purchased this book because it had excellent reviews. However as someone who reads several books a week, I can say this book was written very poorly.... the plot was boring and predictable. The character development was little to none. The dialogue was confusing and often out of character. The whole thing was very anticlimactic and hard to follow. Don’t waste your time reading this book. :/ 15

kathleen walker

Boring1 star

I tried and failed to get into this book. The main character is incredibly annoying and childlike in her way of dealing with her problems. I eventually abandoned it. 15


Hilarious5 star

I enjoy every moment I read this book . 55


Eh2 star

Least favorite SK book. None of the characters were likable and the plot was very predictable. 25


Essential5 star

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Love it!4 star

Enjoyable and fun as expected from Sophie Kinsella! 45


Creamy Light Scones of Fun5 star

What fun! I love the sweet imagination of starting a family business in the country while attempting to be a sophisticated woman of the city. In my own life I remember coming back home to the family farm and my parents talk about making it a bed and breakfast while my career has its ups and downs. So much of this fairy tale rings delightfully true. Enjoy. 55


My favorite Kinsella book5 star

This is up there with some of my other fav Kinsella books like, “Can You Keep A Secret,” “Undomestic Goddess,” and my previous favorite, “I’ve Got Your Number.” This is witty, surprising yet (somewhat) predictable, and totally charming. The chemistry is felt through the pages and the charm is hard to forget. 55


Not your average Kinsella rom com5 star

Romance takes a back seat to career ambition in this stand alone novel. As a young professional I so appreciate Katie Brenner's drive. As a young twenty something girl I aspire to have her self preservation in matters of the heart. This book was a lot of fun to read. 55

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