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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.

Glittering with wit and insight, heart and humor, Dolly Alderton’s unforgettable debut weaves together personal stories, satirical observations, a series of lists, recipes, and other vignettes that will strike a chord of recognition with women of every age—making you want to pick up the phone and tell your best friends all about it. Like Bridget Jones’ Diary but all true, Everything I Know About Love is about the struggles of early adulthood in all its terrifying and hopeful uncertainty.

368 pages, Hardcover

First published February 1, 2018

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Dolly Alderton

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Dolly Alderton is an award-winning author and journalist. She is a columnist for The Sunday Times Style and has also written for GQ, Red, Marie Claire and Grazia. From 2017 to 2020, she co-hosted the weekly pop-culture and current affairs podcast The High Low alongside journalist Pandora Sykes.

Her first book Everything I Know About Love became a top five Sunday Times bestseller in its first week of publication and won a National Book Award for Autobiography of the Year. Her first novel Ghosts was published in October 2020 and was also a top five Sunday Times Bestseller.

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1,197 reviews35 followers
November 3, 2018
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 collection of “hilarious” anecdotes of her making poor choices in men and doing drugs/getting drunk while seemingly not learning much left me feeling frustrated. And the conclusion that female friendships are the important thing overall? I didn’t buy it - all of the stories shared throughout the rest of the book didn’t support this conclusion. Only Dolly’s friend Farly comes out of this book looking good!

Reading about other people being hungover and self absorbed throughout their 20s (while not doing much else) doesn't make for a fun read, at least for me, anyway. I don't know why so many people in their early 30s are writing memoirs these days - collections of anecdotes that were hilarious (for you) at the time aren’t bringing anything new or insightful to the table for the rest of us.
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168 reviews465 followers
July 16, 2019
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 off throughout as so many of Dolly's words rang true to me.

Dating stories are my kryptonite and insights about loss and love I am always, always more than happy to gobble up. I love reading about peoples' experiences with love - romantic love, friendly love, young love, lost love. I WANT IT ALL. I LOVE IT MORE THAN SPRITE

Whether you're single/dating/relationshipping/married, I highly recommend this. IT'S DIVINE. New all time favourite!

(Re-read in July 2019: just as brilliant, if not even better the second time. Will this be something I read every year? YES AND WHAT OF IT)
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25 reviews
March 31, 2021
I really wanted to like this book but I’ve been left disappointed. Lured in by the hype around it and also by the title, which should have probably been ‘everything I know about being single and having friends’. I thought it was a slight cop out to write a book supposedly all about what you know about love, then finish by saying “I’ve never really experienced it other than with my girl friends”. The value of your friendships is a fair point but should that really be the conclusion of this book?

The random emails and recipes are boring and could have been left out. It became tiresomely long and I was rushing to get to the end. Which is a shame because I thought I was enjoying the book in the first few chapters. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it really reads like an over-privileged, white middle-class woman, who doesn’t have much self awareness about her own privileges. I think she might think a lot of what she’s writing - about excessive drinking, drug taking, tinder dates, paying extortionate taxi fares for the lols - is relatable, and maybe it is for other people in her social bracket, but it’s not to me. There’s a level of self-deprecation and self-obsession that’s funny, but there’s too much of it in this book. Wouldn’t waste your time.
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1,821 reviews45.4k followers
February 19, 2022
Remind me to reread this book in three or five or ten or fifteen years.

Because it is great. It's just not the book I need right now.

I'm 24, and I have a good number of friends I wish I saw more, and I wish I had more, and I like hooking up when I want to even casually, and I like having drinks when I want to even casually, and though my brain isn't perfect it isn't because of those things.

The author doesn't say that it is, but it felt (to me) like there wasn't a lot of room for people in other places in their journey with love in this book.

Because the author moves from alcoholism to reduced drinking and/or sobriety, and because the author moves away from hooking up, and because the author is in a wonderful place with a sisterhood of friends, I couldn't find any room for myself in this book. Because I am happy without any of those things.

I didn't feel judged, exactly. This is a good and nonjudgmental book. I just felt maybe a little unwelcome.

It isn't on the author - it's on me! It's a pandemic and I'm so sensitive about the ways my life looks right now. It's hard already being in your early or mid-twenties and spending them in a state of lockdown. This book exacerbated that FOMO, a bit.

Anyway, the author never says you can't do any of these things, but if you do, or if you don't have an excess of platonic love in your life - if you have fewer friends or shallower relationships - you may not feel at home in these pages.

It's surely on me and not the author, but I didn't.

Bottom line: A good book for a future me!

tbr review

i've heard so much about this book in such a short amount of time that i have no choice but to take it as a sign from the universe
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198 reviews5,442 followers
January 16, 2022
all i have to say is that i love my best friend.

this was so profoundly and beautifully written while also being light and humorous. dolly alderton is obviously an incredibly talented writer & i am so happy i read this for one of my first books of 2022.


“she knows where to find everything in me and i know where all her stuff is too. she is, in short, my best friend.”

rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

this was my first full read of 2022, and i am so happy i started with this. this review is going to be more personal than my other reviews, so here is a tiny disclaimer.

there’s a certain addictiveness about dolly alderton’s writing. she’s funny, witty, and obviously an extremely good writer. i flew through the pages (while the initial 100 pages were rough + could have been cut down a bit, the rest of the book was so beautifully written that i couldn't help but give this five stars).

what i loved the most about this book is her friendships, especially the one she has with farley. i adored the way she spoke about her best friend, about how they are two halves of a whole and how they have left ‘no pebble unturned’. it did not take me long to realize that this memoir is not about men or relationships, it is more of a love letter to her best friend and the friendships she has in her life. i really appreciated that.

i cried big ugly tears and sent quotes to my own best friend because alderton encapsulated exactly how i feel about her; i love her to pieces and pieces, till death do us part, all the clichés.

this is my favorite part out of the entire book:

"i want to know what that feels like, to be truly committed to someone, rather than having one foot out the door."
"you're too hard on yourself," she said. "you can do long-term love. you've done it better than anyone i know."
"how? my longest relationship was two years and that was over when i was twenty-four."
"i'm talking about you and me," she said.

another thing i loved that she touched on was on the lull of life, which feels fitting to read about, especially during a pandemic where things are inevitably less ‘exciting’ than before. there’s a quote on getting older in your 20s that really resonated with me:

“you are realizing the mundanity of life. you are finally understanding how little point there is to anything. you are moving out of the realm of fantasy 'when i grow up' and adjusting to the reality that you're there; it's happening. and it's wasn't what you thought it might be. you are not who you thought you'd be.”

this hit me way harder than i thought it would. because i think it’s true in a sense: your twenties are most likely going to be much more anticlimactic than you thought it would be. i think the pandemic has especially left me disillusioned regarding some aspects of my life. but also, i do think that life is about appreciating the mundanity that is so despised, and realizing that usually, the small fleeting moments in life are the ones that truly matter.

whether it’s mundane or special, that’s up to you.
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23 reviews10 followers
April 2, 2018
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 light heartedly.

I don't want to be too harsh about this memoir because it's ultimately someone's life and that feels wrong. However my low rating was largely due to the awful, selfish attitude Dolly takes to her friendships. I understand the odd pang of envy when friends are getting married and you're far behind, but Dolly seemed to genuinely wish for her friends lives to go wrong just so their attention could be focused on her. Yet when something does go wrong, she swoops in and describes all the things she said and did because she's such a great friend - it came across as incredibly self-indulgent.

There was the odd part of this book which made me think and reflect, but mostly I wanted it to end as I was so irritated by it. I didn't find it funny and, at one point, inadvertently groaned and willed it to stop out loud when it went on.. and on.. and on about some unfunny text messages about bins. If you do want to give this book a try, I'd recommend paper form as opposed to audiobook which I imagine makes it more light hearted.
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267 reviews174 followers
April 8, 2019
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 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 and it absolutely is!!

Right, I'm off to buy copies of the book for all my girlfriends!
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114 reviews
January 25, 2023
(4.5) <33 ‘everything i know about love’ is a recount of a woman’s life, as she growns up in london, reflecting on her experiences from childhood to her thirties. it’s a deeply personal, honest story, making it such a beautiful and thought provoking look into family & friendship, heartache and identity. throughout i really felt as if i was sitting down with dolly, and she was sharing her stories and life lessons with me.

honestly this book low key felt like free therapy. it taught me so so much, and i related to it in so many ways that it hurt. whilst it certainly dived into deeper issues such as addiction, grief and self worth it also has a continuously warm, reassuring energy. it made me feel like everything was going to be okay.

there were definitely parts of the memoir that weren’t for me. the start dragged a little and i didn’t care for the random recipes and email/ message excerpts scattered throughout. i skipped almost all of them. whilst i see they were added in to break up the really intense, emotional chapters, it still felt tedious and unnecessary.

but with that being said, despite these small elements, i loved this book and i think it’s so worth the read. it’s a novel rich with wisdom and fun storytelling and gorgeous, raw writing. i’ll never forget it!!
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234 reviews6 followers
March 4, 2019
I’d really hoped that I’d be able to relate to Dolly Alderton but this has to be one of the most privileged, entitled pieces of writing I’ve ever come across. Her experience as a woman in her 20s may ring true to an affluent minority but she’s certainly not representative of a vast majority of the population.
Very few people get to spend their twenties high as a kite and being completely self destructive whilst still obtaining an incredible job and having everything just work out for them. Can publishers please stop giving people like this a platform to publish this sort of self-indulgent, vacuous mess.

1 star ⭐️
61 reviews
September 2, 2018
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 a relationship etc etc).

I quite liked the writing about female friendship at the end, and that started to make me try and rethink my impressions, as I think a focus on the love of female friendships is important and interesting. But I think my problem is that this isn't what it actually was - rather it was a focus on her, and she happened to have female friends as her most lasting connection, which felt very different (and it was all a bit 'look at me, I'm such a great friend') . I guess my main problem was that I found her very narcissistic and unlikeable. The tone and writing reminded me a lot of Caitlin Moran who I also find irritating and someone who states the obvious but thinks she's being really incisive.
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217 reviews175 followers
November 28, 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 title isn't really a misnomer, not exactly, but it does set you up to think that it's about capital L Love - you know, Carrie Bradshaw's ridiculous, all-consuming, can't-live-without-it Love. But Dolly herself would be the first person to tell you that she has very little experience of that Love, actually. (Pun intended.) Would she like more? Yes. But has she been without love? That's a definite no there, my friend. This book is full of love, in its wild and various guises, but it shines most brightly in Dolly's over-whelming and supportive (but not always healthy) love for her friends, a tight knit group of woman who live with, live for, fight with and fight for each other. I won't lie; I was very jealous. Dolly, her best friend Farley and their extended group of wonderful women have something very special - and Dolly never, ever forgets that.

I was eager for this book, you know. I was hungry. And I gulped it all up in three big bites, staying up later than I really should to finish it off. I think the fun here for me was, admittedly, partly because because Dolly and I are both English and close in age. There were many similarities for us, although she is definitely a lot posher. I don't mind saying that I'm a bit older than her, so I did miss some of those cultural things, especially the pure sheer devotion to local MSN - I used it, too, but I talked to people in America who were a little ahead of us here. But there's always interest for me in people who started to come of age as the internet did. (That's probably self-absorbed, but there it is.)

And you know how they always say that New York is the fifth character in Sex and the City? Well, if London isn't a main role here, it was definitely a scene-stealing extra, popping up frequently and joyfully. Having lived in London for almost fifteen years now, I feel like the city was beautifully painted, mostly via a vividly ramshackle Camden Town.

The reoccurring lists in this book were a real highlight for me. Dolly writes a literal list of what she knows about love at different ages and, my god, if they weren't exactly the lists I would have written at the same times. If they haven't aged and mellowed just like I have. If they haven't sharpened and become less likely to take your bullshit just like I have. They were perfect, truly.

And one last thing I wanted to mention: Dolly writes a beautiful meditation on the difference between intensity and intimacy that left me reeling. A crazy, all-consuming relationship she has almost entirely over text which ends in a flurry of drama felt almost rude, the way it was pointing a big finger straight at me. I saw myself there and it made me put my Kindle down, as I was laying in bed next to the love of my life, and think about just that. I have been there, Dolly, I have lived that existence, confusing intimacy and intensity, trying to stretch the fizz of excitement into something more sustainable. But champagne goes flat and what you're left with after the bubbles have gone isn't entirely palatable. I loved it at the time and I'm so glad it's over. Thank you for writing about it so wonderfully, Dolly. Thanks for the wild ride.
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19 reviews7,177 followers
October 16, 2020
I really had to push myself to get through this one and at about 50% into it- I just couldn’t. Some people mentioned how It’s written in a very British way (humor wise) and that maybe the reason I didn’t get it but beside the jokes I might have missed, I just felt throughout how the storyline is just dragging for too long... I hope she found resolutions and life lessons by the end of it, unfortunately I couldn’t stick around to find out 😅
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75 reviews2,777 followers
July 28, 2022
Was it meant to make me as sad as it did? Did it just hit too close to home when I, myself, am experiencing a sort of existential crisis?
Either way Dolly writes beautifully and honestly and it’s impossible for her words to not strike chords within you.
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82 reviews1,155 followers
May 7, 2020
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!!!!
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30 reviews
January 23, 2019
This book just didn’t work for me. I didn’t really understand the point it was trying to make?
The last third was the most relatable but I’m not sure I would recommend to anyone.
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91 reviews8 followers
November 25, 2018
I listened to it Audible, are you happy now?

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 columnist. I'm sure tons of people told her she was so hilarious she should write a book about her life... these people were wrong.

The fact of the matter is, Alderton, a woman in her early thirties, hasn't yet achieved anything so remarkable thus far as to warrant a lengthy (at least it felt lengthy) memoir at this stage of her life and equally doesn't possess the wit to make up for the deficit of compelling content (although she would have you believe otherwise).

The book (if you can call it that) is mostly a collection of meandering anecdotes of drunken debauchery - the kind of "you had to be there" stories that were "so hilarious" at the time that seem painfully dull and misguided to anyone who wasn't. We get it. You got drunk and stayed up late a lot in your 20s. Big swingin' Mickey.

What's even more annoying is that Alderton plays this smug self-aware card, trying to make out that she knows she was an immature dope for most of her life but it doesn't work because the growth she exhibits from the beginning of the memoir to the end is minimal and the overriding tone of "my life might be a mess but I'm more witty and cool than you'll ever be" throughout the entire journey is sick-making. This feeling is particularly accelerated by the addition of word count-padding fake satirical emails and inexplicable recipes that feel lifted straight from an online blog.

Reading through Alderton's musings on "love" as she puts them, it seems as though her emotional development came to an abrupt halt at around 15 or 16 - not only in relation to romantic love but also platonic love. She consistently posits that she is "obsessed" with men, yet her ability to navigate romantic partnerships with any sort of emotional maturity seems to dwindle in direct proportion to her growing and naive possessiveness over the long-held platonic female relationships in her life.

Dressing it up as a message of female empowerment and solidarity, Alderton attempts to stress to her audience the importance of female friendships that shouldn't be dropped in favour of the latest man on the scene.

I mean, that's all well and good but is that really what's going on here? Throughout the entire book, again and again, Alderton talks about men and her female friends' boyfriends as if they were mere playthings and distractions whom she sees as obstacles getting in the way of her friendships. She doesn't shy away from the fact that she is quite selfishly vehemently resentful when her best friend Farly gets engaged. Her relationship with Farly is the most highlighted of the book by far, and at times feels so insidiously and unnecessarily possessive that you are left wondering whether indeed Alderton is just severely closeted.

To conclude, this is the kind of narcissistic, navel-gazing type of writing that perpetuates the negative stereotype of the entitled millennial with no real problems and it makes me sad all day.

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413 reviews601 followers
September 10, 2021

”I am always half in life, half in a fantastical version of it in my head.”

I’ve never read a book like this, in actuality, the title being about “love” tends to be a big red flag for me to avoid it. BUT several of my friends have read this and really enjoyed it, so I thought I’d give it a go. And I’m glad I did! This book made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me be contemplative and think about my own life/existential crisis of being almost 27 with zero direction in life and the constant comparing and contrasting to others.

I was not too sure if this book was aimed at someone like me. I found it very hard to relate to a lot of Dolly’s experiences, especially her rather privileged posh middle-class to upper-class upbringing (boarding and private schools), her ease of writing and passing uni easily, as well as her extroverted personality. None of these things I could relate to, however, despite this, I was able to find some relatability in terms of questioning everything you do, self-consciousness and being critical of every aspect of your person, as well as the process of being jealous of friends who seem to have it all together.

This book was fantastic and oozed wittiness which made me laugh several times, and it was a joy to witness and read Dolly’s experiences. This also delves into more important and serious elements of her life as well; this includes eating disorders, mental health, and death (the chapter on “Florence” was so tender and had me crying loads).

It was great to read her journey through life, the ups and the downs. This was not a journey of love between a man and a woman. This was a story of how the women in her life helped shape her and supported her- the best love story. This was also exploring the journey of her-self and getting to the point where she has a break through and is enough.

This book contained a mix of lists, recipes and moments of Dolly’s life. It explored at things and was filled with laughter and humour. This is definitely a book to read if you’re feeling negative and one to dip in and out with. It was also a VERY quick read.
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568 reviews775 followers
March 3, 2020
I received an ARC of the book for free from the publisher (Harper Books) in exchange for an honest review. Since I received an ARC, my quotes from the book are tentative.

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. . . You are realizing the mundanity of life, You are finally understanding how little point there is to anything. You are moving out of the realm of fantasy ‘when I grow up’ and adjusting to the reality that you’re there; it’s happening. And it wasn’t what you thought it might be. You are not who you thought you would be” (pg 167-168).

That passage really hit home. I am definitely still coming to terms with the face that I am “grown up.” At another point she states, “Online dating is for the brave” (pg. 324). All I can say is amen to that!


This book is not just relatable, it is also very humorous. There are some funny moments. I particularly liked the satirical emails she interspersed throughout the book. On the flip side, there are some more heartbreaking moments that added contrast. I liked the balance between the two because it really showcases the ups and downs of life.

Lastly, I really liked the author’s writing style. It was very accessible and conversational, as if you were two friends catching up.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it. It isn’t just a book about love. It’s also about female friendship and growing older which will resonate with a lot of women.
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324 reviews362 followers
March 12, 2021
Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton is an interesting memoir focused on dating, relationships, and love. Alderton tells stories of different dating experiences and relationships. She discusses friendships and how friends’ relationships affected her friendships. Alderton discusses her journey to finding love and discovering how to be content while single. She discusses how she went from always dating to always being single. One of the most interesting parts to me was her best friend’s relationship and how she felt throughout it. Everything I Know About Love is very entertaining and relatable. I wasn’t sure how much I would like this book, but I really enjoyed it. Alderton discusses many struggles for young adults. This memoir is very personal and Alderton talks about her accomplishments as well as mistakes. I recommend Everything I Know About Love to anyone that thinks an honest memoir about love, relationships, and growing up sounds interesting.

Thank you Harper Perennial for a finished copy of Everything I Know About Love.

Full Review: https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com...
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225 reviews731 followers
November 30, 2021
So glad I read this book when I did as I really needed & it’s perfection for any girl in their 20s who are a little lost
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264 reviews1,835 followers
December 10, 2021
this was the perfect book to start 2021 with. it was a funny, relatable and refreshingly honest account of dolly’s journey through her twenties. it is very middle-class vibes though.
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886 reviews524 followers
February 29, 2020
I was expecting to love this ever since hearing about Dolly Alderton and listening to her talk on various podcasts, but it was so very mediocre.

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 connection with the content for it to resonate with you—I didn't. And so what I thought was going to be an emotionally impactful read in theory ended up being a forgettable, meh book in actuality.

Also, I didn't think that this book necessarily needed to exist...? Alderton writes about her early 20s, romantic relationships, female friendships, therapy sessions all in a pretty conversational way, with the takeaway from all those things being: accept yourself, you're great just as you are, you're good enough, etc. etc. I don't know, I didn't feel like I needed to read 368 pages of a book to get that message. The destination did not make up for the journey, here, and so I ended up enjoying neither. (This would've worked better as a limited series podcast, maybe.)

The beginning and end of it is: I just didn't care. It's never a good sign when you miss parts of an audiobook and can't be bothered to rewind it and pay proper attention.
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50 reviews1,477 followers
June 2, 2021
Al principio me rayé mucho porque no conectaba nada con Dolly... pero después madre mía, la amo, es la mejor. Me he reído y me emocionado mucho (Florence, being a bit fat being a bit thin, homecoming...). Me ha encantado de verdad, ha sido como una pequeña terapia para mí 🥺❤️ creo que tiene reflexiones muuuuy acertadas y 100% voy a intentar hacerle caso en ciertas cosas. Muy contenta con esta lectura la verdad 💕💕💕
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716 reviews350 followers
December 2, 2017
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 triumphs of becoming a grown up with all the falling in love, getting drunk, going on bad dates and getting dumped.

Does this ​sound familiar? You might say yes, because it sounds like everyone else's life or you might say because it also sounds like everyone else's memoirs. I've read books like this one before, but not many have managed to grip me from beginning to end like this one has. So what is it that makes Dolly Alderton's stories different?

First of all, she can write. Her vignettes are humorous without being obtrusively funny, they're heartbreaking without being manipulatively whiney. At the same time she reflects and observes in a witty and intricate ways and never comes across as preachy - something that I consider my personal memoir pet peeve.

But then it's also what she's writing that made this an entertaining read. Part of me was amused about how it brought back my own memories - I had forgotten how MSN used to be the place were the cool kids used to hang out after coming home from school. Though a few years older than me, her student years sounds a lot like the lives' of people I know personally - from being obsessed with male attention to relying on drugs to extend an average night out.

What all those (sometimes relatable, sometimes crazy) anecdotes have in common is that they're full of love. Dolly has felt a lot of it, sometimes platonic, sometimes obsessive, not always healthy. What this has taught me though, is that there will never be a point where you'll know everything about love. And how joyful that is.
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March 29, 2022
Everything I Know About Love is Dolly Alderton’s memoir. I recently read and loved Ghosts, Alderton’s fictional book about a modern millennial woman dating in her early 30s. EIKAL also felt relatable as Alderton shares stories of her female friendships, her dating life, her career as a writer, and more. Interspersed with the stories are recipes (“Meltdown Birthday Cake”) and lists (“Twenty-Eight Lessons Learned in Twenty-Eight Years”).

While readers may not find every story included relatable, I think most readers — especially but not exclusively, millennial women — are bound to find some moments of familiarity. Heart and humor are front and center in Everything I Know About Love.
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March 7, 2018
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 Goodreads.

Many thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
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December 27, 2019
Well I finished it. Apart from a couple of moments of reprieve, I can confirm that this was a hate-read of a memoir by someone incredibly privileged and self-absorbed. Glad to see she eventually did a bit of growing up but MY GOD.
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