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Everything I Know About Love

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  10,434 ratings  ·  559 reviews
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-sabotag
336 pages
Published February 1st 2018 (first published 2018)
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Chloe Bridge The book does move on from this. I almost gave up at this point for similar reasons, but there are some lovely bits about friendship, loss and…moreThe book does move on from this. I almost gave up at this point for similar reasons, but there are some lovely bits about friendship, loss and learning to love yourself later on. (less)

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Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Ladies and gentlemen, I have met my new personal hero. I started reading this book and immediately felt like I was cushioned perfectly in cotton wool and marshmallows, covered in fluffy blankets with cherubs singing to me and playing with my hair.

In other words - this is genuinely one of the most lovely and funny and heartwarming memoirs I've read in my rather short life so far. I LOVE it more than I could possibly say. I laughed out loud (even on the tube which I find daunting) and cried on and
Michelle Curie
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs
Hey world, it's the girl who has spent the last two days glued to the pages of this book. It's not like I didn't know who Dolly Alderton was before, I didn't even know she was somebody you could know. When I received an advanced reader's copy of this from NetGalley, a quick google search put me right.

Turns out she's a journalist and former Sunday Times dating columnist who also has her own podcast The High Low and now also memoir. In Everything I Know About Love she shares the trials and triumph
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Bloody hell, pals. This book is sweet and silly, smart and serious. I would highly recommend.

I don't read an awful lot of auto-biographical stuff but I knew of Dolly already, through her PanDolly and High-Low podcasts with Pandora Sykes and her amusing dating column in the Sunday Times. And when it popped up on NetGalley, I wanted it. I wanted it real bad. So, yes: this is a NetGalley freebie but thoughts are my own, of course: what is the point otherwise?

So. Everything I Know About Love. That
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book has taught me a shocking amount about empathy.
Most people who read this I‘m sure will find themselves in every other page and will marvel at how familiar Dolly‘s stories and feelings feel.
For me, I kept thinking every couple of pages how much unlike Dolly I am as a person, and how different my problems and mishaps and self-doubts are to hers.
And yet with every new page, I found myself feeling more and more close to her, I started genuinely loving her, which seems like such a weird thin
Apr 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
I listened to Everything I Know About Love on audiobook, mostly during my commute. This was good and bad - good because I hate to not finish books and there's no way I would've finished this if I had to dedicate 100% of my attention to it, as opposed to listening whilst travelling, cleaning etc. However, the bad was that I perhaps would've interpreted it differently in book form. In audio form, I found Dolly frustrating, whiney and self-indulgent where I might have taken the written format more ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
2.5 rounded down

I'm on the fence with this one - it was light and very readable (even while discussing some heavier topics) and I enjoyed the early 00s nostalgia trip for a bit (yes, we all remember MSN messenger), but overall this felt bloated, self-indulgent and could have been 100 pages shorter. I wasn't a fan of the inclusion of the "recipes" (one was for scrambled egg?!) or fictional satirical emails either.

I’ve enjoyed Dolly’s writing in The Sunday Times magazine in the past, but this coll
Simon Pegg
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A spot-on, wildly funny and sometimes heart-breaking book about growing up, growing older and navigating all kinds of love along the way
Chantal  (Every Word A Doorway)
I pretty much love everything Dolly writes and this was a fun, self-aware, poignant memoir. Nothing revolutionary but recommend if you're in your 20s and need something to help you through or just want a laugh.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley-tbr
This was an interesting concept, I haven't read many memiors but do have a few on my TBR shelf. Once I started this book I wasn't sure what to expect and for a bit I was wanting more description rather than just been told something, but after about 30% the book got more detailed and interesting. I really liked Dolly and her friends were fabulous they all were supportive of her and there for her, which is what you need in a friend. I finishied this book wishing there was more books. I hope Dolly ...more
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I listen to Dolly’s podcast ‘The High Low’, which I love, so I knew I’d love this book. Being exactly the same age as her, I could relate to so many of her cultural references (especially those about the emergence of the internet into our daily lives and the use of MSN messenger which became pretty obsessive for my peers and I!) and although this was something which really sold the book for me, I imagine they’ll resonate with people a few years younger and older than I, but will be lost on most ...more
Soraya B
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The best damn book I've read this year and I genuinely don't knowwwwww what to do with myself now how can I start something else SEND HELP DOLLY THE QUEEN I LOVE ONE (1) WOMAN
I enjoyed this book much more that I thought I would… Dolly's voice is so nice to read, it actually can be read as a fiction book easily. There is a Bridget Jones atmosphere all along, but with a much better ending!
At first, I really didn't like Dolly. I don't know why, it might be the teen version of herself that I didn't relate to. However, the adult version, I can relate to perfectly.
I was a really well written memoir on friendships, love and growing up.

Lucy Brown
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 - This book made me so appreciative of the friends that I have and the memories that we've made. Witty, fun and wise.
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I have spent the last 24 hours nose deep in this book. I was trying to inhale all of Dolly Alderton's words as fast as I could. But I didn't want it to end either.

Every single sentence was a joy to read, Alderton is funny and she can write.

However, there are a few lines which niggled me because I read them as fat-phobic. I don't think it was intentional, because we've all internalised a load of crap about what is attractive, and what isn't. Alderton also details her relationship with
Kate Henderson
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adored the easy going writing style of this book. Just flew through it. Wasn’t particularly gripped by every chapter but there were definitely a good few moments that spoke to me. Just fell in love with Dolly as a person and will def read any else she releases. Felt like I was having a chilled conversation with a friend.
Beth Bonini
My 24 year old daughter bought this book and then she passed it around to all of her flat mates. At the time they were all going through relationship angst and break-ups and I can well imagine how Dolly’s voice was a beacon of light shining through the darkness and confusion. I don’t know if all women my age (51) can remember what it is like to be in their 20s, but I certainly can - and in a weird way, I feel like I am back at that stage again (single again after 25 years of marriage). There isn ...more
Sarah Dorothea
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 out of 5 stars! ⭐ Reading this book gave me multiple chills in the best way possible. 'Everything I Know About Love' is one of those books that completely drew me in because, being the same age as Dolly, I remember these things affecting me as I grew up – from MSN to the growing popularity in online dating, and everything else that so affected us ‘millennials’ when growing up.

So here is what the novel is about: When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown up, journalist an
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
I definitely took some time to warm to this book. For most of the first half, I was thinking, "If I wanted to hear about posh public schoolgirls getting coked out their tits and spending time with nasty men I'd hang about any one of the pubs in St Andrews on a weekday." Luckily, the book finds its feet after Dolly graduates university and gets out of the 'fun but horrifying anecdote' part of her life and into the bit where she has to contend with being a proper adult. I feel like if I were older ...more
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I decided to start this book club read with knowing as little as possible and letting myself being swept into Dolly’s story of her life and the evolution of her idea of love. Like life, I found some parts funny, heart-warming, disturbing, sad but ultimately beautiful. I throughly enjoyed Dolly’s reflection on how she has perceived love over the last 28 years, and how all forms of love (romantic, friendship and self) have all changed with her experiences and self worth.

A brilliant nonfiction to
Ferb Fletcher
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kk-the-ferb
A spot-on, wildly funny and sometimes heart-breaking book about growing up, growing older and navigating all kinds of love along the way
Alice Caryer
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book simultaneously made me happy that I'm not alone in my life experiences but also a bit depressed that I am categorically not special in any way. I have to give it five stars because it resonated with me so much as somebody of basically exactly the same age and seemingly upbringing. The friendship Dolly describes between her and Farly made me SO happy and made me very glad I have my best friend.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Another book that I was disappointed by. This I have decided is because I'm obviously not the right age and by that, I mean that I'm too old and cannot relate with - the casual drug taking, the one-night stands or the desperation to have to be at a party.
And what was with the random lists and recipes that were peppered through the book? Was there a point to this?
Personally, I felt that this kind of memoir has been done a million times before and much better.

I have given this book 1 star on Go
Natalie Smith
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I felt a real connection to this book - aspects of my childhood and teenage years were so similar to Alderton’s. She describes the rollercoaster ride of university that really would be impossible without the insanely close female friendships that you forge. And I felt in awe of her writing the entire way through. I think I’ve read this at the perfect time.
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I rarely read books at the right time in my life and this was simply brilliant. I’ll be recommending this to everyone I know for the next decade and can’t really put into words how much I enjoyed it.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
thoroughly enjoyed every word
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars- I didn't know anything about Dolly Alderton going into this book, in fact i'd never even heard of her until I heard people raving about this memoir. I am so glad that I decided to pick this up despite that as I just adored it! Memoirs are very hit and miss reads for me, but this one grabbed my attention and I read through it so quickly switching between the audio and physical versions. Everything I know about Love is essentially a book all about growing up, falling in love, finding yo ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Part of me was hesitant to give Dolly’s memoir five stars, despite the fact that I really really enjoyed it - I think being at uni has ingrained a level of intellectual snobbery that I’m keen to get away from. Everything I Know About Love is a warm and witty read, episodically presented to knit a patchwork quilt of anecdotes and sporadic recipes/parodic emails that left me feeling a friendly familiarity with Dolly that is the sign of a great memoir. It’s a cliche but there’s nothing wrong with o ...more
Zuzana Gasparovicova
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Neverím, že sa v tejto knižke, aspoň trochu, nenájde každá z nás. Je o dievčenskom kamarátstve, presne takom, aké je. Je o hľadaní samej seba. Je o tom mať sa rada, naozaj rada. Je o komplikovanosti našej generácie, o našich egách a snahe mať v jeden moment úplne všetko - fungujúci vzťah, kamarátky, parties, čo končia druhý deň na obed a skvelú kariéru. @dollyalderton ide s kožou na trh, je vtipná, trefná a úprimná. Pri čítaní som sa s ňou smiala, aj plakala a dlho na ňu nezabudnem. Dolly, moja ...more
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If I was going to compare this book to anything, I would say it is a modern day Bell Jar mixed with the better bits of Eat Pray Love. Any woman who was born in the 80s, grew up in the 00s and spent their 20s questioning love, will love this book. It spoke to my soul and I feel like I’ve discovered a new favourite book that I’ll go back to again and again.
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Dolly Alderton is a old journalist, writer and director who indulges in writing about herself in the third person when the medium calls for it. She then likes to read it back in a low, warm, velvety Scottish accent to imagine what it would be like to have Kirsty Young introduce her as a castaway on Desert Island Discs. She is reluctant to reveal too much more about her fantasy episode as she still ...more
“I would like to pause the story a moment to talk about ‘nothing will change’. I’ve heard it said to me repeatedly by women I love during my twenties when they move in with boyfriends, get engaged, move abroad, get married, get pregnant. ‘Nothing will change.’ It drives me bananas. Everything will change. Everything will change. The love we have for each other stays the same, but the format, the tone, the regularity and the intimacy of our friendship will change for ever.” 15 likes
“I am always half in life, half in a fantastical version of it in my head.” 8 likes
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