Published: 13th July 2017
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.
Katie Brenner isn’t all what she seems. She may live in London, she may post amazing photos on Instagram, but truth be told, that isn’t her real life. She wants to be Cat; a super cool, sophisticated girl who works in Marketing and is desperately trying to show her designs to her snotty boss. Her bedroom in the flat (which she shares with two other people) is the definition of tiny, she can barely move in the kitchen due to boxes and the guy she likes, well he doesn’t even realise he’s got an admirer. I adored Katie from the opening chapter; her personality was strong, she was relatable and I was constantly inside her head wondering what she would do next. Her home in the countryside with her Dad and her London life were two completely different worlds and although at times, she was living two lives, I quickly become heavily involved in her life.
“My eyes are stinging and my heart is miserably pounding. So much for a dignified exit. So much for keeping the door open.”
Unfortunately, Katie’s London life doesn’t go according to plan as she is given the sack (not a spoiler, it’s in the blurb) and is forced to move back home to help her Dad and Step-Mum with their new glamping on the farm idea. The way in which Sophie described the countryside was idyllically peaceful and made me want to book a little cute cottage somewhere in the middle of nowhere for a few days. The glamping resort sounded brilliant; the family were closer than ever, business was booming and there were multiple amusing moments throughout the chapters. Katie’s world changes once again when her previous boss Demeter (I couldn’t stop calling her Dementor in my head!) visits the retreat for a week of relaxation with her family and straightaway, Katie decides that this the perfect chance for a cold slice of karma. During the few days, payback was served brilliantly and I found myself chuckling away as I absorbed the plot, yet after a while Katie’s opinion of Demeter changes as she began to realise (after multiple eavesdropping moment) that she doesn’t have the perfect life either. Both the readers and Katie got to see a different side of Demeter which I really enjoyed and it was the perfect way for Sophie to set up the rest of the narrative.
“You lived in the same house all your childhood. You have a two-hundred-year-old farming background keeping you stable and grounded. Your Dad loves you more than anyone could love anything in the world.”
As readers hit the midway point in the plot, drama becomes the centre of attention as Demeter’s job is on the line (this particular storyline reminded me of Horrible Bosses), Katie needs to confess to her Dad and she’s still wondering if things will Alex will progress. I found myself to be completely absorbed by the plot as Sophie’s words were full of description and her characters were a real mixture of personalities. The book ended in such a lovely way and it really is the perfect book for a holiday as Katie’s life is extremely relatable. After all, nobody has the perfect life.