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My Not So Perfect Life

A Novel
Written by: Sophie Kinsella
Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 best-selling 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 best sellers to spin this fresh, modern story about presenting the perfect life when the reality is far from the truth.

©2017 Sophie Kinsella (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"Katie is a winning heroine.... Kinsella creates characters that are well-rounded, quirky, and a complete joy to read." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"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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Great writing, disappointing ending

I enjoyed the story (hilarious and dazzling dialogue and descriptions) and the reading performance was engaging, but I was thoroughly disappointed at the cliche ending. I thought this book would be different from the cookie-cutter chic lit endings.

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Classic Kinsella

Very enjoyable read. Laugh out loud funny at times. Classic Kinsella style and story. Nice light summer listen.

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Good listen

Like most Kinsella books, this is fun. I really liked the narrator. It’s a light and easy listen, I’d recommend.

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Great escape novel

I found it very difficult to stop listening. I enjoyed it so much and couldn't wait to get in my car to listen again!

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What you would expect from Sophie Kinsellsa

It was funny and light. A good read and exactly what you have come to expect from Ms. Kinsellsa.

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enjoyable story, nothing surprising here.

Easy to listen to and it was a fun story. a bit predictable but fun and light.

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Classic Kinsella

Classic Kinsella novel, if you like her other work you'll definitely enjoy this one. Excellent narration, a great fit.

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  • Sharon
  • sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 2017-04-17

Must Read:)

If you could sum up My Not So Perfect Life in three words, what would they be?

A fun book!

What did you like best about this story?

I like all about her home away from the big city.

Have you listened to any of Fiona Hardingham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, and this was just as good as her others.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think the part where they were having a drink. (The club)

Any additional comments?

I find all her books entertaining and the best books to listen to when driving:)

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  • Robyn
  • 2017-02-15

Another winner by Sophie Kinsella!

I have never been disappointed by any of Sophie kinsella books. This book was just as wonderful as all the others and I enjoyed every minute listening to it. I just finished it and I'm wanting to read it again immediately... Just in case I missed something. The narrator did a wonderful job, as well. I always know that I will be entertained while listening to a book or reading a book written by Sophie Kinsella!

37 of 39 people found this review helpful

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  • Alison
  • 2017-07-20

Bridget Jones meets Little House on the Prairie

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Fun, light, entertaining but somehow familiar. A good listen if you don't want to have to think too much with a few laughs mixed in.

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  • Wren Recommends
  • Washington State, USA
  • 2017-02-19

Ok. Full Disclosure:

What a welcome reprieve from nasty world politics. Loved this chance to escape into a new Sophie novel. Very different from her other novels, but still full of great wit and loveable characters. Switched my schedule up today and did a bunch of cooking and cleaning just so I could play this audiobook. Highly recommend for a lovely escape.

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  • Lisa
  • 2017-02-12

She did it again!!!

Whenever I am bored with life all I have to do is pick up a Sophie Kinsella book! Always a fun time!

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  • Mystery Fan
  • Washington, DC
  • 2017-06-17

Tedious and painful

I am a voracious reader of just about everything. I couldn't get through this one. Maybe if I was just starting my career/finishing college it may have been ok. For me, an adult it was pablum. Don't waste a credit. Not even worth a deal of the day.

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  • Sonia
  • 2017-04-23

lighthearted fun read

read story, good narrator. all likeable characters and plot. good beach or travelling read. will recommend.

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  • Brittany Bailey
  • 2017-04-05

so predictable but still had to finish

this book had me right from the start, but the main character just got so obnoxious in the middle (which I realize was part of the point). But, many of the "major" plot twists​ felt so predictable, yet I still felt the need to finish out the book (maybe it is because I'm driving across country and there wasn't much else to do).
I also thought the book was a bit YA in certain areas

Basically I wouldn't recommend or listen again, but because I did finish it, I kept the overall at 3 stars. so again, it wasn't horrible, but I would definitely pass.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • San Francisco
  • 2017-02-16

another winner

like most of Ms. Kinsella's books this built wonderful momentum and had me laughing out loud. while listening to the last chapter I had to put down my computer, I couldn't do anything else but Focus

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  • Listening Queen
  • Massachusetts
  • 2017-05-04

Somewhat disappointed

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I love Sophie Kinsella, but this book was not a win for me. I did finish it, but at times I didn't feel connected to the book. It was drawn out. I did enjoy the beginning, there were definitely some laugh out loud moments, but not enough to save this book for me.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful