Author: Sophie Kinsella


Feb 06

Review * My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Reviews 1 ★★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie KinsellaMy Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
Published by Bantam on February 7, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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five-stars
Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.

Ok, so the real 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 with everything – 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…

• Sophie Kinsella has long since been one of my favorite authors, and while her Shopaholic series dwindled for me some, I can’t help but pick up her books when I need something light and fun. My Not So Perfect Life fit that spot for me perfectly.

• MNSPL reminded me a lot of Can You Keep a Secret? in the best possible way. Things just happen to Katie and you can’t help but laugh and what she is going through. It was a bit ridiculous at times, but this is precisely the kind of book I needed in my life right now.

• It was so easy to identify with Katie. I completely understand the “fake” Instagram life she had and how you keep telling everyone how AMAZING and FANTASTIC your life is, even if it’s not. No one wants to show the bad parts. I’ve been there myself so I totally get it. And it’s so easy to make things look fabulous on the internet even when it’s not.

• What I liked best about MNSPL is that it really showcases that you should never judge anyone until you walk in their shoes. You don’t know where they’ve gone or what they’ve done. Some people just seem to have it all together and are seemingly perfect, but you don’t know what happens when you’re not around.

• Not a lot is happening at the beginning but around the middle of the book all these things start happening. Demeter (boss from hell) reappears in Katie’s life so does Alex (her crush) and there are other things that I don’t want to go in to because of spoilers, but I promise, you will enjoy the journey!

Overall if you’re looking for something light and fun this book is definitely for you!

Kimberly


Jul 19

Review * Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

Reviews 2 ★★★★

Review * Wedding Night by Sophie KinsellaWedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
Published by Dial on April 23, 2013
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 446
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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four-stars
Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London’s fanciest restaurants. But when his big question involves a trip abroad, not a trip down the aisle, she’s completely crushed. So when Ben, an old flame, calls her out of the blue and reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, she jumps at the chance. No formal dates—just a quick march to the altar and a honeymoon on Ikonos, the sun-drenched Greek island where they first met years ago.

Their family and friends are horrified. Fliss, Lottie’s older sister, knows that Lottie can be impulsive—but surely this is her worst decision yet. And Ben’s colleague Lorcan fears that this hasty marriage will ruin his friend’s career. To keep Lottie and Ben from making a terrible mistake, Fliss concocts an elaborate scheme to sabotage their wedding night. As she and Lorcan jet off to Ikonos in pursuit, Lottie and Ben are in for a honeymoon to remember, for better . . . or worse.

What I Thought…

  • If you’re looking for something fun to read Wedding Night is for you. Sophie Kinsella does not disappoint. Wedding Night had just the right blend of humor and seriousness.
  • Wedding Night is told from the both Lottie and Fliss’ points of view. Fliss is going through a less than pleasant divorce and Lottie decides on a spur of the moment marriage – of which Fliss does not approve. Fliss definitely goes to the extreme to try to convince Lottie that getting married so soon isn’t the way go. While it may be crazy and unrealistic it was a lot of fun!
  • Lottie has a habit of making Unfortunate Choices after each break up and this time she goes too far by jumping right into marriage with Ben, whom she hasn’t seen in 15 years. They head off to Ikonos to celebrate their wedding where they first met. Fliss works for a magazine reviewing hotels so you can imagine the “trouble” she can cause for them.
  • Fliss is Lotties sister and is going through a very rough divorce and has no intention of Lottie doing something stupid like a spur of the moment marriage. I know it’s not Fliss’ decision, but her heart is in the right place. Fliss is taking the divorce really hard (she is keeping a record of everything her soon to be ex-husband does) but the hardest part for her is that he doesn’t even seem to really care about their son.
  • Richard is Lottie’s boyfriend in the beginning of the book but after a let down on the proposal front Lottie breaks up with him. Richard is your typical guy, with a “why ruin a good thing” attitude towards marriage. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like him, but he grows on you.
  • Ben is Lottie’s old boyfriend who happens to call her shortly after her breakup and suggest that they follow through on their pact and get married. Ben is kind of a jerk. Not a complete jerk, but definitely close. He makes these weird innuendos that are kind of sleazy and while Lottie laughs them off she is definitely bothered by it. He also doesn’t seem to take being an adult very seriously.
  • Lorcan is Ben’s friend and associate at work. Lorcan is very serious and like Fliss thinks that this spur of the moment between Lottie and Ben is a very bad idea. He’s a bit of a stick in the mud at times, but Fliss and her son got him to lighten up a few times.
  • I wasn’t particularly interested in Ben and Lotties relationship, but I enjoyed their parts because that’s where on the fun stuff was going on (single beds in the honeymoon suite… stuff like that). I enjoyed the relationship between Fliss and Lorcan so much more. You could feel their attraction to each other, no matter how hard they pretended to try otherwise.

Overall if you are looking for something cute and fun Wedding Night is for you!

Notable Quotes

“Youth is still where you left it, and that’s where it should stay. Anything that was worth taking on life’s journey, you’ll already have taken with you.”

Kimberly


Feb 18

I’ve Got Your Number Review

Reviews 10 ★★★★★

I’ve Got Your Number ReviewI've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
Published by Dial on February 14, 2012
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 433
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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five-stars
I've lost it. The only thing in the world I wasn't supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It's been in Magnus's family for three generations. And now, the very same day his parents are coming, I've lost it. The very same day. Do not hyperventilate Poppy. Stay positive!!
Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry the ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her 'happy ever after' begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring but in the panic that followed, she has now lost her phone. As she paces shakily round the hotel foyer she spots an abandoned phone in a bin. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!

Well, perfect except the phone's owner, businessman Sam Roxton doesn't agree. He wants his phone back and doesn't appreciate Poppy reading all his messages and wading into his personal life.

What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other's lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents... she soon realises that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

What I Thought…

I absolutely LOVE Sophie Kinsella.  Her books never fail to put a smile on my face.  This book is no exception.   Poppy is fun and lovable.  She wants everyone to be happy, which is why she begins to interfere in Sam’s life.  She means well, but you know what they say about good intentions…

I really enjoyed the back and forth bantering of Sam and Poppy.  They are so different and had a lot of “helpful” advice for each other.  Willow was great too, Poppy’s thoughts about her were even better.

There was one scene that bothered me in the book.  I really just wanted to smack Poppy upside the head and scream, but all was well in the end.

There are footnotes.  Back in college I would skip over footnotes, if they were important they wouldn’t be a footnote would they?  I didn’t think I would read them but then I’d get to the bottom of the page and read it anyway because it was funny.  Eventually I got used to seeing the number and reading the footnotes.

I think this is my new favorite non-shopaholic book by Sophie Kinsella.

*How true is this?  I’ve thrown my phone in the washing machine before (please, don’t ask) and have been without it for a couple of days and it felt like the end of the world.

Kimberly