My not so Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella. How to describe it. Thrilling, full of twists, relatable, understandable, exciting and inspiring? Yep, it is certainly all those things and more.
Now I fully appreciate that the journey a reader takes whilst reading a book is totally dependent on the book, the author, the reader and the mood. But my journey whilst reading My not so Perfect Life was a bit of a rollercoaster.
I started the novel in a pretty low mood, picking it up firstly because it was written by my favourite author, and secondly because I hadn’t read it yet and needed something I could get totally lost in, as I do most of Kinsella’s novels.
As the plot of the novel progressed I found that I could totally identify with the main character Katie, her life and her ambition. I think Katie is a character people of all ages could identify with, whether it be reminiscent of their past experiences, their current circumstances or their hopes for the future.
As I’ve mentioned, there are plenty of twists and turns in the plot to keep even the lightest of readers engaged until the end, and plenty of supporting characters some lovable, others misunderstood and some utterly detestable. But it all comes together to make a fantastic book, one that I thoroughly enjoyed.
There are plenty of hilarious LOL and OMG moments with just enough reality, a fast pace and bump down to earth moments to keep the plot grounded.
By the time I had finished the novel, I felt like I had been on just as trying and testing a journey as Katie had. My mood was in a completely different, much more upbeat and positive place, and I felt ready to re-join the world again. That is the true testament to Kinsella’s skill with words. Her depictions of Katie’s trials and triumphs are written simply but effectively. Their impact is never lost with mundane descriptions that are verbose. Kinsella is concise, consistent and companionable in the way she writes.
If you have read any of Kinsella’s Shopaholic series, or Jojo Moyes’ novels, My not so Perfect Life is one you’ll definitely enjoy and I can’t recommend it highly enough. If your best friend, mum or sister is feeling a little down, give them a copy and watch their spirit lift.