>>This novel was published earlier in the year, and I am not certain what took me so long to get around to reading it, BUT I am so glad that I read it when I did!
This is not your typical Sophie Kinsella chick-lit novel; it still has your laugh-out-loud comedic scenes that Sophie is so brilliant at (like jolting about on the crowded morning train and accidentally taking a bite of your fellow passenger's breakfast - I was seriously howling as I was reading this play out "how did this even happen?!"!), but at the crux of this story is Social Media and the affect it has on our society, especially as women.
Social Media has such a large presence in this story, that it is absolutely a character in and of itself. There is such an important lesson to be learned here, and a powerful and empowering message to take away, and I commend SK for putting it out there and shedding a spotlight on that how we present ourselves on Social Media is skewing the views people have on us, how we are viewing others, and especially how we view ourselves by comparison.
Katie Brenner is from the "sticks" of Somerset and has moved to London to pursue her dream as not only a career girl in the glamorous world of Marketing, but to completely reinvent herself as a true London-er; a girl-about-town, polished accent and all. Katie actually lives quite a ways outside of London, with a long commute to and fro each day; but she is totally okay with this because: LONDON CAREER GIRL! Or so she claims to be on her Instagram, going as far as to take a picture of someone else's gorgeous craft hot chocolate concoction at the fancy coffee shop she cannot afford stating "they don't know I didn't actually order it!" These little white Insta-lies have her family and friends fooled, until total chaos ensues ending Katie back on the farm with her eccentric Dad and his girlfriend. Now what? How will she keep up her charade?
Through many trials and tribulations, both hysterical and cringe-worthy, Katie realizes that it is OKAY that her life and her job aren't the picture-perfect things that she tried so hard in vain to portray, and that it is 100% fine to take the filters off of the lens of her own life and let her flaws show. In fact, it makes life 100% better and more enjoyable! This is a light read with wonderfully flawed and endearing characters, that leaves you with real-life advice that you can share with others and have a deep, meaningful conversation about.
I gave this ★★★★★! This is the perfect book if you are looking for a great gift for the College Grad, the Birthday Girl, the Gal Pal who needs a Pick-Me-Up; add in a bottle of wine and some bubble bath and you are good to go!x