Cuppa Tea Book Club: My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Let’s kick off this book club with a fun beach read: My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella.

Every summer, I try to read Infinite Jest. Every summer I fail my “Infinite Summer,” unable to get past the first 100 pages. Sorry DFW. It’s still my goal to join this exclusive group of readers who have succeeded—maybe I’ll make this winter an “Infinite Winter”?

I’ll be honest. My Not So Perfect Life is the type of book I’d rather read on summer holiday. First of all, I can finish it in under 24 hours. You don’t have to, but I know that before I pick up a Sophie Kinsella book, I need to clear out my schedule for the day because I just have to know what happens in the end. Spoiler alert: good things.

I read the Shopaholic books years ago, and they made me laugh out loud. Not every chicklit author can do that. Not many authors can do that for me, period. (Okay, so DFW can, which is why I’m still pursuing Infinite Jest.)  I stopped reading the Shopaholic series because I found the protagonist to be too ditzy. Fortunately, Katie Brenner, the narrator in this book, is a smart, hardworking, creative, and feisty.

A farm girl, all she wants to do is make it in the city, and live the perfect London life to match her fantasy life on Instagram. Instead, she’s broke, her daily commute is a nightmare, her roommates are nuts, and then she gets fired.

There’s this one scene with her boss on her family farm that had me cackling. Her boss is not the perfect villain (although how she got from evil boss to nice was a bit abrupt for me), and her love interest is not the perfect prince charming. This all ties in with the positive message of the book: “Every time you see someone’s bright-and-shiny, remember: they have their own crappy truths, too.”

There are 3 ways to participate in the Cuppa Tea Book Club. If you don’t want spoilers, maybe don’t read the comments until you’re ready to participate. If you’re commenting, please warn others if you’re including spoilers.

1. Join the Cuppa Tea Book Club group on Goodreads, where there are discussion threads for each book. Please jump in and share your thoughts.

2. Use the hashtag #CuppaTeaBookClub to share what you think of the book on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

3. Share your thoughts on this particular book pick (or all four Neapolitan Novels) in the comments below.

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