My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
If you are already a fan of Sophie Kinsella (The Shopaholic Series, Remember Me?, Can You Keep A Secret?), you probably know what to expect: a fantastically flawed, yet brilliant, female protagonist with a snarky sense of humor who is tied up with a few other lovely characters as she makes her way through the ups and downs (emphasis on the downs) of life...and Kinsella sneaks in a few thought-provoking lessons as an added bonus.
While My Not So Perfect Life is no exception, all of the most wonderful parts are included, Kinsella addresses a topic known to most of us - the "ideal" persona that is portrayed by some (many?) via social media - by illuminating it from multiple perspectives. And, instead of simply throwing her hands up in the air and giving up, Katie, the aforementioned protagonist, begins to see the value in using this oft-despised tactic to her advantage.
As usual, this was a delightful read; Kinsella never disappoints and I put the finished book down feeling as though I was just a little lighter, a little less troubled, and little more compassionate with myself and others. If you're looking for a little break from the dim and dismal, please be sure to sit with this one for a while (it's a quick read); you'll be glad you did!