My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

30821598As someone who tries to curate her Instagram feed, I very much related to this story.

Cat, nee Katie, is new at her job at a branding agency, where everyone hates their overbearing boss. She commutes an hour (on a good day) for the privilege and is still trying to make her mark at the office. She’s a country girl, trying to make it in London, making no money, sharing a flat with terrible people and sneaking photos of other people’s lives for her Instagram. A chance encounter with a cute guy on the roof of her building (after her boss makes her re-do the boss’s roots) makes her think her life’s finally turning out the way she always dreamed. But then she gets laid off.

Going back to her dad’s place, Katie finds him in the middle of another get-rich-quick scheme. Realizing she can actually help him do it right, she tells a white lie about being on sabbatical from her job to make it happen. Then her boss shows up at their glamping grounds, and it all goes to hell.

As someone who sacrifices a lot to live in a world-class city AND who has had some not-so-great bosses (though luckily, not at the same time), I really felt Katie’s dilemma. It’s hard to keep going when it feels like everything is telling you “no.” And given our/my obsession with social media, it’s really easy to project that your life is going however you’d like. Making connections as an adult, out of college, is difficult, and her desire to fit in really struck me. Also made me realize that perhaps I shouldn’t have been so hard on some of those not-so-great bosses. Still waiting to meet the cute guy who wants to stay with me though. Guess I need to try a Santa-themed bike ride across London!

Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

15998118I’ve been trying to get this book from the library since April when it came out and finally, last week, I was successfu1! Sophie Kinsella can always be counted on for a quick, fun read and this latest offering did not disappoint.

First, I absolutely love how British our main characters are named – Fliss (Felicity) and Lottie (Charlotte). I found myself relating much more to Fliss than Lottie, even though I have no child and have not been through a divorce. The “divorce fantasy” of the ex recognizing his wrongs and publicly admitting them is something I definitely cop to imagining about my ex when we were breaking up. That said, Fliss goes to SUCH lengths to try to protect her sister and I don’t relate to that at all. I could definitely see this novel being made into a movie because the sabotaged honeymoon is SO over the top. I liked the chemistry between Fliss and Lorcan and I wished we got a little bit more of them.

I was surprised to see how much Lottie and Ben fell for the sabotage. Though I suppose, if you didn’t know that your sister wasn’t on board your quickie marriage, you wouldn’t suspect that she was trying to keep you apart from your new husband at all costs. I was curious as to why Lottie and Ben didn’t just go to another hotel, since they made a point of talking about how built up Ikonos had gotten, but I guess it wouldn’t have been as funny otherwise.

Lots of twists at the end and I was not at all expecting the ending, but that made it extra fun. I didn’t want to leave these characters and I hope that Ms. Kinsella will think about another book focusing more on Fliss in the future.

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

12033455This book hits a lot of the same beats that other Sophie Kinsella novels do, but you know what? It totally works.

Poppy is a little scatterbrained and she goes a little too far sometimes, but you can really sympathize with her most of the time. I didn’t even realize that Sam Roxton was the hero of our story until about 1/3 of the way into the book. I had pictured him as much older and gruffer than he turns out to be. I really enjoyed how gradually Sam and Poppy came together, mostly over email and text. As someone who hates talking on the phone and is mostly awkward, it was cool to see them getting to know each other in that way. I was cracking up when Sam was helping Poppy cheat at Scrabble via text and the internet.

As we got to the ending, I thought it was going to go one way, so I was really shocked to see how it really went. I could have done without some of the dramatics as it seems like that kind of thing really only happens in novels and movies. But the right guy ends up with the girl in the most delightful way possible, so I really can’t complain.

Sophie Kinsella has another book coming out next week and as soon as one of the libraries near me gets a copy, I’ll be reading that next.

Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella

1241074I grabbed this book last week and literally couldn’t put it down. I ended up staying awake until 3am, reading it straight through. I was exhausted the next day, but it was a really great read!

The plot was fresh to me, and I didn’t expect a lot of the twists and turns that it took. With as much chick lit as I read, it was nice not to see everything coming a mile away. I really loved trying to piece together the main character’s life and seeing what was real and what was fake or just too good to be true. The characters were colorful and realistic. I just really liked the book and I was actually sad when it was coming to an end. It had a very movie-type ending, so I’m hoping it gets optioned sooner rather than later.

Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella

9420I expected my local library to have a copy of I Do (But I Don’t), but it didn’t. So now I’m waiting for my shipment from The Strand to wing its way here.

In the meantime, I figured I’d go ahead and read the latest installment of the Shopaholic series. I try not to read the same author back-to-back, but oh well.

It was surprisingly good. In the beginning, I was rolling my eyes as hard as I’ve ever done with this character because it seemed like she STILL DOESN’T GET IT and that’s SO BLOODY ANNOYING. And while I think my natural response to pregnancy would also be shopping, hopefully, my purchases would be 10 onesies instead of 5 strollers. I’m just saying.

It was light, and towards the end, it really started to make me laugh. I liked that some of Becky’s suspicions were true because I hate when she’s always flying off the handle for no reason. I hate the name they picked, but that often happens to me.

I did like that she finally didn’t get something she wanted, and they finally didn’t end up rolling in it like usual. It was a happy ending, but a more realistic happy that really sat well with me.