My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
ABOUT THE BOOK
Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.
Ok, so the truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers. But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?
Until her not-so-perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.
Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams – or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman who has everything – actually have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.
And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?
WHAT I THOUGHT
What a great introduction to a book! It involves a hilarious commute into London by Katie, the leading lady / damsel in distress. It had me howling with laughter. It involves someone else’s panini and Katie falling over on a packed train with her mouth wide open… sounds silly but in true Kinsella style, it was pure comedy gold.
Katie begins a little friendship with a guy called Alex in her office. They are like a match made in heaven as he totally gets her humour and what she stands for. I straight away prayed that they would get together…
I love the way Katie attempts to get her own back on her boss, Demeter, for giving her the sack. She goes to extreme lengths in creating a new form of mindfulness exercise as part of the “glamping experience” (glamping is her dad’s new business on the farm), which doesn’t even exist and involves applying muddy manure to your face… And the fact that Demeter doesn’t even realise it is Katie her ex-assistant, says it all really!
But of course, as with all the lead characters in Kinsella’s books, Katie ends up feeling sorry for Demeter and helps her out of a huge mess (not manure!) – but to stop Demeter from getting the sack herself. It shows what kind of person Katie is and she can be a good friend to just about anyone.
I am a huge lover of Instagram (@cescalizzie) and I adore how the social network entwines with the story. It is simply amazing how anyone can make their life look fabulous even if it isn’t! The way Katie though secretly snaps other people’s expensive posh hot chocolate and passes it off as her own is very entertaining.
Without giving anything away – I LOVED the ending, and it is exactly how I would have wanted it to finish.
This is a typical feel-good book with a happy ending, and I can safely say, it is Kinsella’s best stand-alone novel yet!
My final word: Read again!