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My Thoughts Exactly

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  9,418 ratings  ·  560 reviews
THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 2018

'Unflinching, unputdownable' Guardian
'Witty, dark, devastating' Caitlin Moran
'An amazing read. Brutally honest' Matt Haig
'I love it' Jon Ronson

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So, this is me. Lily Allen.
I am a woman.
I am a mother.
I was a wife.
I drink.
I hav
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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published September 20th 2018 by Blink Publishing
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Vanessa
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As far as celebrity memoirs go you really get your moneys worth here. I believe if your going to write a tell all memoir you might as well tell the truth and nothing but the truth and this is what Lily Allen does. Her life is a series of big fuck ups and she owns them all, she is a straight shooter and doesn’t mess about with anything that tries to sell a pretty picture. You get real. There is much to feel sad for Lily and she wears all her vulnerabilities on her sleeve it’s hard to feel any cri ...more
Carly Findlay
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I read Lily Allen’s book My Thoughts Exactly after work today. A quick read but not an easy one.

It’s about fame, excess, breakups and breakdowns. Love and mothering. Making mistakes and owning mistakes. Addiction and sobriety. Bad sex and good sex. Anger and mental illness. Body image. Abuse. Her truth.

I really liked (and empathized with) Lily’s insight into trolling and stalking, and the expectation to be a good girl yet online abusers can say what they want. There was a passage about the dou
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Monica
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Not my usual read. Thought this was going to be more of a gossipy celebrity memoir but Lily Allen tells a very personal story. Especially enjoyed hearing about how she wrote her first song and she has some worthwhile things to say about the way women are treated in our society, not just the music industry. I didn't exactly warm to Lily but I've enjoyed her music over the years and I applaud her refusal to shut the fuck up and be the good little woman.
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
*Listened to on audiobook via BorrowBox!*

Lily Allen narrates her memoir herself and honestly, that was something that kept me listening. She certainly didn't hold back from sharing her life memories and honest thoughts about family life, marriage, divorce and the music industry. I grew up listening to most of her music (Smile, The Fear, 22) and have memories of when the songs first got released. There are trigger warnings in this for sexual assault, miscarriage, underage drinking/drug use, stalk
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Book Addict Shaun
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a read this book was. I’ve read many autobiographies over the years and this is by far one of the most honest and brutal that I’ve read. I wouldn’t say I was a Lily Allen ‘fan’, though in 2009 I did love It’s Not Me, It’s You and I certainly haven’t followed her life with any interest and so My Thoughts Exactly was a huge eye opener.

Lily has really bared her soul here and revealed everything and it is a hugely emotional book the whole way through. I had no idea everything that she had been
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Becky
Jan 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book is depressing. Whilst I can't help but admit I buy into the culture of celebrity. As a teen I liked Lily, I bought her first single, queued at New Look to buy her clothing range, I watched her BBC3 show, her show about LucyinDisguise... I switched off when she began taking politics into her own.
I think the book is quite sad, and you're not able to compartmentalise the content as that of some complete stranger, you'll end up empathising. Imagine it's a stranger and you might feel differ
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Sarah
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honest, unflappable and brilliant. One of the most incredible audiobooks I’ve ever listened to, Lily’s story has helped me through a very hard time. This is something I’ll definitely come back to time and time again, I can’t recommend this enough.
Kristy
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unlike a lot of celebrities (or the rest of us, really), Lily Allen is completely honest and open about her failures and shortcomings. In her memoir, she sets straight a lot of the misconceptions about her, while owning up to the times when she acted like a complete twat too. Allen has gone through some tough experiences, learned from them and come out the other side a fierce and intelligent woman.
Javier Fernández
Great and seemingly honest insight into Lily Allen's life from a 1st person perspective. She definitely has a way with words. Love her even more after this.
Jared Woods
First and foremost, how perfect is the title for this autobiography? So clever! Although that being said, for many critics who wage war against the English musician (and there are plenty), Lily’s thoughts exactly won’t be high on their Christmas wishlist this year. However, if you are one of those antagonists who fight for the opposition, then do not fear! For I have even more good news for you! These 340+ pages of Lily’s reflections dart forward at an alarmingly fast pace thanks to the generous ...more
Florence Reeves-White
Lily captured my undivided attention from "When women share their stories, loudly and clearly and honestly, things begin to change - for the better" to her final sentence. I was mesmerised by her honesty and self-critical attitude towards her recklessness. I feel that I gained an insight into the slippery and sinister slope of fame and 'the bubble' that hopefully I will never find myself inside of. The Fear in Lily's life was not only the hit single that she ironically belted out at The Brit Awa ...more
Keith
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Deeply Honest, and fascinating. Always liked her, but like her more now.
Jack Stewart
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't deny that I have always been a Lily Allen apologist. Lily broke through when I was 19, and coming to the end of my NME-reading, 'guitar music is real music' phase. Smile was the first pop song to make me sit up and realise that I had other musical interests. I buried that deep inside, because I was desperate to be cool, and liking a song at number one in the charts didn't seem like a cool thing to be doing.

I soon got over myself, and bought Alright, Still, Lily's debut album. It was a s
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Annette
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was so much better than I thought it was going to be. Basically, the book is in sections instead of the usual "I was born on this date at this time and I went to school here". So there is a section on fathers, one on mothers, several on career and so on. I couldn't put this book down. Lilly writes with a raw honesty and doesn't hold back. It is clear that a lot of what has happened to Lilly has stemmed from two things, one, her childhood and two, the death of her first child. Yes, some ...more
Rebecca Harrison
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Audio book.

As much as I admire Lily Allen, her talents and journey through life this far; unfortunately the audio version was a difficult task to get through. The narration was flat, lacked character and description.
Pip
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 out of 5
Fiona
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It takes guts to say what you think, to tell the story unashamedly from your own perspective and to be as willing to share the incredibly painful stuff as to settle scores and defend yourself.
I've always liked Lily Allen and this book has just increased my admiration for her. She's not perfect, she's trying to figure out what what life is meant to be and how you balance roles and expectations of others but also your own. Sometimes she's a dick because who isn't? I strongly suspect no one beats h
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Tina
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interning book

Liked that she was so frank about everything. Nosey part of me would have liked names and more details of the benders as a lot of it is about her feelings. However I have a new found respect for her. Sounds like she did not have it easy as her parents were not your average parents. Worth reading
Francesca
Jan 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
Read it for book club. Writing style is very simple. This happened, then this happened. She repeats herself a lot. Also can't seem to take responsibility for her own actions. Don't really get why it's a best seller 🤔
Melissa
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
10 out of 10 for honesty.
Donncha Lane
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Super

Loved it. Lots of insight & fun. Lots of storytelling. Felt like I understood more about life after reading. Thank you
Tez
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
NOTE: Miscarriage/stillbirth.
Jennifer
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lily Allen’s memoir My Thoughts Exactly is an eye opening glimpse into the microcosm of superstardom and the sobering truths of celebrity reality. When I was living in Turkey, I met a DJ who had attended Coachella and partied with the likes of Drake and Miley Cyrus. He had chosen to move home to Turkey and help out as a barista at his parents’ chocolate and coffee patisserie La Petite Nona. Over steaming cups of Turkish coffee, he explained that in pursuit of fame, he’d lost touch with reality. ...more
Alex
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Overall, this is a really interesting, insightful, and sad look into Lily's life, as well as the media, music industry, and showbiz as a whole.

I think we are definitely at a point in society where we are starting to realise the downfalls of fame and celebrity, and celebrities are starting to highlight some very insidious issues. In this book, myriad issues are brought to the forefront.

I love the fact that so many different issues are countered, with no real mincing of words. There's everything
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Jim Alexander
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You have to declare an interest in these things I suppose, so the first thing I should say is I'm a fan. Not a massive fan, but I've seen Lily play live and I have all 4 of her albums. I even enjoyed Sheezus, the difficult 3rd album which Allen has distanced herself from. I suppose the counter-argument would be if you weren't a fan, why would you even consider picking up the book in the first place. But hear me out, you don't have to be a fan, you don't even really have to know who Lily Allen is ...more
Natalie Wakes
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the honesty in this book, Lily explains things as she saw them without any apologies or making excuses and that is so powerful. Whilst I certainly have not had a similar life to Lily's, I could relate to a lot of feelings and emotions she touched on, especially as a child. I love that she takes responsibility for her mistakes as well as explaining that there are always more sides to the story and there is rarely a right or wrong way of dealing with life.

Also a great book if you
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Anna
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This is not the best written autobiography. You’ll drive yourself crazy trying to hold onto the chronology of everything as Allen jumps forwards and backwards and frequently seems to contradict herself. Almost the entire story is told through first person exposition, with very little dialogue, so by the end I was well and truly ready to move on. There are a lot of really valid ideas put forward by Allen, and I was making highlights frequently. Her constant references to her co-dependency and sel ...more
I
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don’t like all the celebrity nonsense, but my wife bought me this book for Christmas as I had mentioned how honest I had heard Lilly Allen had been in this book and that it might be interesting. The first thing that strikes me is how well Lilly Allen writes, the second being the crazy nature of her childhood and the complete lack of parenting or role models. This dysfunction frames the book. There are a lot of honest revelations- drugs, hookers, sex - and at the end of it she comes out of it r ...more
Lauren
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have finished this book last night if I didn't need to go sleep as I couldn't put it down. I haven't listened to her music in a long time but I liked it when I was a teenager so I picked this up to read more about her. I was surprised by her life and how much she's gone through. I found it honest, raw and thought provoking. A very good read and as I don't tend to read any news anyway it was all new to me as I haven't read anything written about her. Glad i read it, I don't read autobiogr ...more
M-L
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I loved Lily Allen since ‘Smile’ was released when I was in high school and I love her now all these years later.
This book is a brutally honest account of how Lily has struggled to deal with the realities of fame and stardom. She is funny, truthful and brilliant. I loved this book and couldn’t put it down.
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