Everything I Know About Love
***THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP 5 BESTSELLER***
'A wonderful writer, who will surely inspire a generation the way that Caitlin Moran did before her' Julie Burchill
'I loved it so much, I wanted it to go on forever, Dolly Alderton is so gifted at making people care. A rare talent' Marian Keyes
'I can say with absolute certainty that you have to add it to your...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 was relatable, honest and funny. 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 ...more
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 ...more
I found this to be a very relatable memoir. There were some passages that really spoke to me. For example, a paragraph from the chapter, Tottenham Court Road, perfectly describes me right now. She writes:
“When you begin to wonder if life is really just waiting for buses. . . and ordering books you’ll never read off Amazon. . . ...more
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 ...more
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 m ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Fundamentally, my problem with this book is that it was not at all—and I'm about to use a Cursed word here—relatable to me. My adolescence could not have been more different from Alderton's. Obviously I don't need an author to have had the same experiences as me to enjoy a book, but I feel like with this book especially you need to have some personal con ...more
i feel like i'm not alone, and like everything's going to be fine and like i have to buy at least 10 more memoirs because this genre is so much my thing apparently. dolly alderton describes one of my most private and scary thoughts in this book, i haven't often felt so seen and understood. i also miss my friends terribly because this book celebrates friendship and i'm not able to see them right now. still, this book made me forget a ...more
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 twe ...more
I got this audiobook because it consistently showed up in my recommended listening pile and one evening last week I was leaving work with nothing to listen to on my commute, so I made the ill-advised choice of wasting a credit on this pile of trash.
Look, I'm sure Dolly Alderton is the kind of well-meaning, scatterbrained person who is funny and charming to run into at a party and probably does a pretty good job in her chosen profession of a newspaper ...more
I stopped reading around page 180, but I just can’t finish it.
I struggle empathising with someone who just messes her life up. I don’t mean to be judgemental or anything, I happen to like Dolly Alderton, or I like her insight on things, more exactly.
I think this is because of where I come from, but I cannot read about drugs and heavy-drinking and think that’s alright. It’s not. In fiction, I’m okay with it b ...more
It was honest and made me laugh occasionally but for me, it lacked a bit of depth. It was full of anecdotes but I don't think it really scratched below the surface, which made me question what the point was to half the stories apart from acknowledging that she had done them.
I'm afraid I won't be turning to this book when in need of love advice but maybe I will if I need a recipe. ...more
Her first book Everything I Know About Love became a top five Sunday Times bestseller in its first week o ...more