Book: My Not So Perfect Life
Author: Sophie Kinsella
How is it that so many people snap a picture perfect ☕️? Well, the protagonist of Sophie Kinsella's "My Not So Perfect Life" figured out the trick - sneak a photo whenever you can, regardless if it even belongs to you! The story follows Katie Brenner as she tries to live the Big London Dream on Reality’s Dime. She documents her “fabulous” life on Instagram, & figures no one needs to see what happens behind the curtain. After all, they'll only find her B* Boss & crap job.
The first time I read "My Not So Perfect Life" was during my research phase for Against My Better Judgment. I read the book, thought it was funny, & appreciated some of the MC's trials. Since then, however, I have joined social media and now have a whole new appreciation for that book 😂 Not only does Kinsella nail SM on the head, but she manages to weave a number of coming of age lessons throughout the story & shows true character vulnerabilities and growth.
Star Rating: I keep going back & forth between a 3.5 or 4 star rating. The first 3/4 of the book would get ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from me. What docks the score is a strange plot jolt towards the end of the book. Without giving spoilers, all I'll say is that the pacing is weird. There are multiple time jumps throughout the book as is, but the pacing towards the end isn't consistent with the rest of the book. I can't tell if the end was rushed or dragged out…but there was just something about it that made my reading stall out. Don’t get me wrong, I always recommend the book as it's just plain good; I just wish that one spot stayed with the editors a little longer.
Bottom Line: Definitely recommend you read it at least once. It gives a great look at what kids/young adults experience growing up with social media, but via a funny, quirky, coming of age story.
Have you read the book? What would you give it star-wise? I’d love to hear your thoughts below 👇