Monday, 19 February 2018

Review: Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

Everything I Know About Love
A spot-on, wildly funny and sometimes heart-breaking book about growing up, growing older and navigating all kinds of love along the way

When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown up, journalist and former Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. In her memoir, she vividly recounts falling in love, wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod-Stewart themed house party, getting drunk, getting dumped, realising that Ivan from the corner shop is the only man you've ever been able to rely on, and finding that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out. It's a book about bad dates, good friends and - above all else - about recognising that you and you alone are enough.

Glittering, with wit and insight, heart and humour, Dolly Alderton's powerful d├ębut weaves together personal stories, satirical observations, a series of lists, recipes, and other vignettes that will strike a chord of recognition with women of every age - while making you laugh until you fall over. Everything I know About Love is about the struggles of early adulthood in all its grubby, hopeful uncertainty.

Shona's review 2 of 5 stars

This book promised to be wildly funny and sometimes heartbreaking, but for me it fell flat.

I thought when I sat down I would be reading a novel, however that's not what this book is and maybe if I had paid more attention to the blurb I would have realised that, and maybe just maybe I would have enjoyed this more. This isn't a novel, but it is a collection of stories from Aldertons life, detailing how she would party with friends, get ridiculously drunk/stoned and snog boys.

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