Life isn’t always what it seems to be. This is the heart of the message of Sophie Kinsella‘s new novel. Not surprisingly, My not-so-perfect life is a light read, full of flawed but loveable characters. What’s a bit surprising though, is that it goes a step further than the standard chick-lit novels and imparts some home truths that are often missed in our social media crazy world.
The story begins with Cat Brenner, a smart junior admin of a branding firm who’s struggling to find her feet in corporate London. She has the perfect city life, or so it seems if you’re only following her Instagram account. Eventually, her world crashes around her and circumstances lead her to honestly analyse what is true and what is filtered, both in her life and that of others around her.
I pride myself on being immune to the glitz of social media. I’m often the one stating the mantra “It’s all for the ‘gram” while browsing online. But on bad days even I find myself looking at a picture of an old friend bungee jumping in Nepal (or some equally exotic place) and thinking “Wow, her life must be so amazing.” That’s why reading this book was another reminder that everyone has their battles and people mostly just show you what they want you to see. It’s a reminder that when we get those inevitable bad seasons, we need to nudge ourselves that everyone else has them too, and it won’t last forever.
The book is predictable in most areas which was pleasant in a way as I wasn’t searching for a twisting thriller. However, it differed slightly from Kinsella’s others as the focus was on the relationship between Cat and her boss Demeter, rather than the romantic relationship with the male lead. The story is also a lot less fluffy and the characters were more relatable. I must confess that it wasn’t laugh-out-loud funny through and through, but it worked as a nice palate cleanser from a couple of the deeper, more thought provoking books I had recently read.
So, if you are in search of a fun and entertaining feel-good book, then this is definitely one to pick up.
“I think I’ve finally worked out how to feel good about life. Every time you see someone’s bright-and-shiny, remember: They have their own crappy truths too.”