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.
Embarrassingly, I didn’t know who Dolly was before this book and therefore I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it.. Luckily, I really did. I read this over two evenings and boy if I could have stayed up to finish it without destroying my next day at work, I would have done.
From the very first page I was engaged. The writing style was perfect for the time of book, it was easy to read, nice to follow and very familiar. I did however, find myself skipping little bits of the book like the recipes or letters.
I could relate to Dolly in so many different ways throughout the book, it had me both laughing out loud and crying.
Despite the funniest and nonchalant outlook, it is clear that Dolly dealt with Grief and other loss. This is never dismissed and it highlights beautifully both sides of the coin.
This wonderful book is for anyone, literally anyone. It will either be so familiar it hurts your head or it’ll open you up to a different perspective. Either way, I would recommend!