Challenge prompt: A book with only words on the cover – no images or graphics.
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-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod-Stewart themed house party, getting drunk, getting dumped, realising that Ivan from the corner shop is the only man you’ve ever been able to rely on, and finding that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out. It’s a book about bad dates, good friends and – above all else – about recognising that you and you alone are enough.
Glittering with wit and insight, heart and humour, Dolly Alderton’s powerful début 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 – while making you laugh until you fall over. Everything I know About Love is about the struggles of early adulthood in all its grubby, hopeful uncertainty.
A spot-on, wildly funny and sometimes heart-breaking book about growing up, growing older and navigating all kinds of love along the way
What I liked:
I love books that give you big comfort feels, and this delivered. Dolly’s friends are a fantastic support network, and you can tell just how much they love and care for each other.
A major part of this book is Dolly’s friendship with her friend Farly, and it’s so important to see books where friendships shine. There is a romantic relationship in there too – Farly has a long term relationship throughout the book – but the focus on friendship, and in particular girl friendship, is great to read.
A big comfort for me is food, and there are some great recipes dotted throughout this book. I will absolutely be making the Hangover Mac and Cheese from the first third of the book some day.
What I didn’t like:
There are some parts of this book that don’t make for easy reading. I found the chapters discussing Dolly’s relationship with alcohol tough to read, and it will also be hard for someone with a difficult relationship with alcohol.
Though it’s an emotion I’m sure many of us are familiar with, Dolly’s intense jealousy of Farly’s relationship can also be difficult reading throughout the book.
Out of five:
Four. A book with a lot of love and warmth, and with