Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Everything I know about Love

Everything I know about Love by Dolly Alderton
Published by Fig Tree
1st February 2018

When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown up, journalist and former Sunday Timesdating 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 d├ębut 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.

The hype surrounding this book on social media, particularly on Instagram has been huge; it would appear that everyone everywhere has either read or is reading the debut book by Dolly Alderton and having read it myself, with good reason.  Dolly takes us on a journey of her life, of her doomed love affairs with a variety of men and boys and of her relationships with her friends.  She is brutally honest and this makes the book enjoyable in that it doesn't seem like she is trying to hard to make you like her, you just do.  There are recipes inside to help when you might be in need of them, tips on how to conduct the best hen night ever (no actually that's a joke, don't do it like that please!) and lots of things not to do in your twenties - like riding around in taxi cabs solo for hundreds of miles!

I feel like I know Dolly now and am having to stop myself messaging her over on Instagram in a casual 'hi' manner when in reality she hasn't a clue who I am, and I feel like stalking Farly and asking her to be my bestie too.  This book sucks you in because at the end of the day, love is all you need.

Happy Reading

Miss Chapters x

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