EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT LOVE - DOLLY ALDERTON

 

Title: Everything I Know About Love

Author: Dolly Alderton

Published: February 2020

Genres: Memoir/Feminism

 

 

SYNOPSIS

The wildly funny, occasionally heartbreaking internationally bestselling memoir about growing up, growing older, and learning to navigate friendships, jobs, loss, and love along the ride. When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming an adult, journalist and former Sunday Times columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. In her memoir, she vividly recounts falling in love, finding a job, getting drunk, getting dumped, realizing that Ivan from the corner shop might just be the only reliable man in her life, and that absolutely no one can ever compare to her best girlfriends. Everything I Know About Love is about bad dates, good friends and—above all else— realizing that you are enough.

 

NICKY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Dolly Alderton will now take her rightful place next to Michelle Obama at my imaginary dream guest dinner table. She is an actual VIBE and I am ALL ABOUT IT, hence the ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. This memoir for me was equally as adorable and amazing. Through the heartbreaks, drunken stories, love, loss, fights and friendships, I laughed and I cried. It was raw, honest and an accurate telling of the triumphs and tribulations of the 20s which many of us have no idea how to navigate, with a fair few hard lessons along the way. There is an overarching pretence of the value of our friendships and the love they give us. The friendship between Dolly and her best friend Farley, without giving too much away, is the absolute highlight. It made my heart burst. So much of their story rang true as well as inspired me, it also made me think about @taylamcdonnell about 80% of the time. Overall, I would describe this memoir as a hug for the soul. 

 

TAY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️

Ok guys, just hear me out... I can understand the appeal with this one, but at the same time, don't you think you could have just read the last 20% of the book and walked away all the same? For me, there was a whole lot of romanticising alcohol and drug abuse, and not much of anything else. UNTIL it got down to business and she recapped the ‘28 lessons I learnt in 28 years’, which I loved. I was struggling big time trying to relate to her and her (at times) self-serving behaviour, particularly when it came to Farley finding a man. I was disengaged for most of the novel and would have given up had it not been for Nicky's incessant glorification of it. If anything, I thought it shed a welcome light on mental health, anxiety and the value of therapy. P.S. surely people like Adam don't actually exist? Anyone know an Adam? Hit me up.

 

CONTENT WARNING

Eating disorders, grief/loss.

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