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My Not So Perfect Life: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Sophie Kinsella

Narrated By: Fiona Hardingham

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: February 2017

Duration: 11 hours 58 minutes


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Part love story, part workplace drama, this sharply observed novel is a witty critique of the false judgments we make in a social-media-obsessed world. New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella has written her most timely novel yet.

Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle—from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she's desperate to make her dad proud.

Then, just as she’s finding her feet—not to mention a possible new romance—the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away—until Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled and relationships rejiggered, and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life.

Sophie Kinsella is celebrated for her vibrant, relatable characters and her great storytelling gifts. Now she returns with all of the wit, warmth, and wisdom that are the hallmarks of her bestsellers to spin this fresh, modern story about presenting the perfect life when the reality is far from the truth.

Praise for My Not So Perfect Life

“A sparkling, witty novel about social media and the stories we tell ourselves.”—People (Book of the Week)

“The soul of this book concerns female friendship. . . . What ensues has a touch of real wisdom [and] will satisfy Kinsella diehards as well as new readers.”—The Washington Post

“You’ll relate hard and root harder for Londoner Katie, whose quarterlife crisis feels even worse thanks to the Insta-perfect people all around her.”—Cosmopolitan

“A joy to read . . . Themes of friendship, love and living your true life rise to the top.”—USA Today

“[There are ] many laugh-out-loud hilarious moments in this feel-good novel about social media and personal branding, and the hectic realities behind our perfect online lives.”—Bustle

“Pure escapist fun.”—PopSugar

“Sophie Kinsella keeps her finger on the cultural pulse, while leaving me giddy with laughter. I loved it.”—Jojo Moyes

“Katie is a winning heroine. . . . Kinsella creates characters that are well-rounded, quirky, and a complete joy to read.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Driven by Katie’s witty observations and numerous missteps as she attempts to reconcile various aspects of her identity, this novel is smartly satirical and entertaining.”—Publishers Weekly

“Another outstanding novel . . . a perfect combination of fun, laughable moments rounded out with some deep-seated family and relationship issues.”—Booklist


  • Crystal G.

    Funny but predictable. Laughed at several parts. If this was a movie it would be a rental, not a buy.

  • Chris B

    light, cheerful and humorous story.

  • Amy G

    Narrator was perfect, book held my attention. Couldn't stop listening and laughing!

  • Tanna G

    Eh. It was like a poor knockoff of the Devil Wears Prada. There wasn't a lot of substance, humor, suspense, or good love scenes. If you want something light, fluffy, and superfluous, than this book is a good fit for you. There is good "chick lit" out there, and this book is not good "chick lit". But hey, sometimes you don't want a steak. Sometimes you want a Big Mac from McDonald's, and I can understand that feeling. The narrator of the audio book did a very good job.

  • Michelle B

    Slow at the start but it grew on me quickly. Loved it!

  • Joanne Kilb

    This book was a pleasure to listen to! I will listen to it again!

  • Erica Meza

    Very funny and uplifting! I loved it and would highly suggest it to anyone!

  • Audar Kearney

    Predictable and a bit cheesy at points but overall an enjoyable mental escape. Fun.

  • Angela Christopher

    I love Sophie Kinsella. Her books are always great for a light, almost mindless read. I love her female characters. They are always a little naïve, but ultimately smart. There is always a little humor with a overall positive effect. Its a nice change of pace sometimes.

  • Kathy Leui

    I love Sophie Kinsella! Her characters always put a smile on my face. :) Every Sophie book I read I usually learn something new that I can change about how I see people, even when it's just a tiny thing I need to twerk. Thank you Sophie for your gift of storytelling.