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Everything I Know About Love

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  29,086 ratings  ·  1,710 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
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Published February 1st 2018
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Becky You are missing 'relating' to her. I think it speaks to some people and not others because I grew up in a 90% similar environment the book had me…moreYou are missing 'relating' to her. I think it speaks to some people and not others because I grew up in a 90% similar environment the book had me laughing in tears because I've been through everything she has been through.. It's not really a story where you can jump in and escape into(less)
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
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
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
Aug 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
WELL. I was expecting to like this and thought it would the perfect light summer read. What I actually got was the diary of a someone who came across as the epitome of privilege and entitlement.

I don't want to be too mean spirited, but the majority of the book was the author simply 'regaling' us with her totes hilarious exploits, which were not amusing or original - and therein lay the problem. Having a Rod Stewart themed party? Uh, great? Throughout the book, all I kept thinking was YOU'RE
Loooooved it!

I'm a bit embarassed to admit that I hardly knew who Dolly Adlerton was before reading this book, but after finishing Everything I Know About Love, I'm now a massive fan!

Dolly took me on a journey through love, friendship, heartache and anxiety that wasrelatable,honest andfunny. Filled with disastrous dates, wild nights out but also moving stories about friendship, this book will make you both laugh and cry.

I heard this book being described as Sex and the City for millennials and
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
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
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
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
I saw this book everywhere. It sat on my shelf for months because I wasn't quite sure what it was, and then I skimmed the first few pages and ended up reading the whole thing within 24 hours. It's funny and sad, and hopeful and realistic. It has a bit of Louise Rennison about it in the best way. Sobbed big chunky tears and laughed out loud many times. V good!!!!
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed it at the start for nostalgia reasons (yes, I remember the modern sound! I remember chatting on MSN!). But after a while, I found it quite repetitive, both of itself (here's another drunk story that I'm officially telling in a disapproving tone but really I'm quite impressed with how mad and fun I am) and just of loads of other writing (let's make fun of excessive hen dos/weddings etc like a million other people, let's talk about being true to yourself and liking yourself first before ...more
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
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Nearly everything I know about love, I've learnt from my long-term friendships with women.”

As I've stated in my past reviews: I'm not a big fan of biographies. I found myself to never really like the author (or the protagonist, however you want to say it). This one I got for my birthday and I gave it a fair shot. And I actually enjoyed it!
Multiple times I found myself thinking "god I HATE her" and like 2 pages afterwards I'd realize I hated her so much 'cause she reminded me of myself. Dolly
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
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Started reading with no idea who Dolly Alderton is, after some brief googling I still don't, but it doesnt matter. She is someone my age, different backgrounds, but same pain, same joys.
I liked the funny bits. It was interesting to read how different life had been in another country, and how different 2 girls - any girls! can be at same age. Not being a grown up can vary across cultures, you know.
Sad bits made me remember my "formative years", all the awkward moments, desires, failures of a
Hayley Gullen
Feb 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
I didn't enjoy this and chose to skim through it quickly rather than read it properly, which is a shame. I've enjoyed Dolly Alderton's dating column in the Sunday Times and her email newsletters, and the reviews gave me high hopes.

However, from the start I didn't think the tone was right. She complains about growing up in boring suburban London - a bit too much I think, given that her upbringing was clearly comfortable. This sort of complaining, in my view, needed to be more tongue-in-cheek and
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were parts in there that I really enjoyed and appreciated. I felt like, at times, I really connected with Dolly. The writing style was nice and made for an easy read. However, as the book progressed, I felt - at times - quite annoyed with her character. I find it quite brave to open up about your life in the way she did. It was believable and real and although I didn’t always agree with her, it was interesting to read about someone’s life who went through similar struggles and sometimes ...more
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
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
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
You'd think as a librarian I'd have realised that this was a biography/memoir as I was reading it, or I would have looked up the author or something, but no! It made a lot more sense when I realised that's what it was, because as a novel it wasn't hanging together very well at all!
I felt it was sort of okay...I know that sounds a bit wishy-washy, but basically there were some parts that I really enjoyed reading, and I felt were written very well, but then there were other parts that were either
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
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.
Oct 03, 2019 rated it liked it
he told me that when we are children, we are constantly told to contain our behaviour. he described how being told not to be bossy or not to show off or not to be a clever-clogs puts up barriers around certain recesses of who we are; and we’re scared to ever revisit them again as adults. instead, we hide those parts of ourselves, the bits that are dark or loud or eccentric or twisted, for fear of not being liked. it was those parts of ourselves, he argued, that were the most beautiful.

Evie Braithwaite
I just love this woman.

Although I adored Dolly already from listening to her podcasts, I wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to connect with her. I’m just embarking on the journey into my twenties, I never went to boarding school and my love life isn’t exactly anything to write home about. However, this was such a heart-warming memoir so full of hope which had me both laughing out loud and tearing up.

Everything I Know About Love isn’t restricted to talk of romantic relationships. Rather, Dolly has
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
Femke (booksfemme)
Absolutely brilliant.
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
Lizzie (TwoFaceLizzie)
I guess I should say thank you Dolly for teaching me great lessons before my thirties. I needed this book in my life atm. This book may talk about love, but it is mostly about coping with life, death, depression, anxiety and deciding who you should consider family and who should be out of your life.
Lucy Brown
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.

5 - Even better the second time round.
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
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Other than being blonde British women who were born in the late 80’s, Dolly and I have very little in common (I’m more of a Farley). However, I adored spending time inside her brain reading this book.

This is ‘laugh out loud on the bus like a weirdo’ funny and I immediately started boring other people with bits that amused me. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows and you’re not going to agree with all of her choices but it’s just bloody delightful and I would definitely recommend.
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Books come into our lives at the strangest of times. Some generally just pass me by in an afternoon, put back on the shelf to be forgotten until it’s time to make room for more. Some become automatic favourites and seem to breed in different editions until I have no room left.

And some, like Everything I Know About Love, exist on my radar for the longest time but then get slipped quietly into my hands, the bright cheerful cover whispering, ‘Now it is time to read me.’

I don’t think I’ve ever read
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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 ...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.” 41 likes
“I am always half in life, half in a fantastical version of it in my head.” 33 likes
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