My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Find in catalogKatie, a country lass in the big city of London, is trying hard to make it in her marketing job, despite a boss she can’t stand. When Katie gets laid off, she goes back to her family to help them start a glamorous camping business. But there is trouble when her hated boss shows up. Will Katie give her the comeuppance she thinks the boss deserves? I enjoyed Sophie Kinsella’s My Not So Perfect Life up to a point, and that point was the end, where a few ridiculous business details and characters derailed it. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but suffice it to say that interviews and motivations don’t usually go that way. However, before it got off the rails, it was fun, in the somewhat formulaic Sophie Kinsella way–plucky young heroine with money troubles meets handsome, rich slightly older man and despite glaring differences, romance ensues. As usual, there is another successful woman character who seems to be a romantic rival, and who the heroine considers a bitch, but at least this time that trope got turned on its head. Pluses: A heroine named Katie, a fun business venture in glamping (nitpick: the book never defines what that is), details of the English countryside. Minuses: Aforementioned ridiculousness, the perfect ending where all is tied up with a bow in quite a cheesy way, and another nitpick: this British character kept referring to her “bangs” rather than her “fringe.”

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