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Reading This Book Is Like Coming Home From A Bad Date And Finding The Person Who Knows You Best In The World Sitting On Your Couch, Ready To Pour You A Glass Of Wine And Give You A Hug Kristen Roupenian, Author Of Cat PersonThe Wildly Funny, Occasionally Heartbreaking Internationally Bestselling Memoir About Growing Up, Growing Older, And Learning To Navigate Friendships, Jobs, Loss, And Love Along The RideWhen 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 EnoughGlittering 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


10 thoughts on “Everything I Know About Love: A Memoir

  1. Pip Pip says:

    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 itthan I could possibly say I laughed out loud even on the tube which I find daunting and cried on and 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 itthan 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, alwaysthan 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 SPRITEWhether 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


  2. Nadia Nadia says:

    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 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


  3. Amy Amy says:

    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 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 likeYes 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 somethingsustainable 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


  4. Sarah Sarah says:

    2.5 rounded downI 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 coll 2.5 rounded downI 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


  5. Joanna Joanna says:

    WELL I was expecting to like this and thought it would the perfect light summer read What I actually got was the diary of a someone who came across as the epitome of privilege and entitlement I don t want to be too mean spirited, but the majority of the book was the author simply regaling us with her totes hilarious exploits, which were not amusing or original and therein lay the problem Having a Rod Stewart themed party Uh, great Throughout the book, all I kept thinking was YOU RE UNI WELL I was expecting to like this and thought it would the perfect light summer read What I actually got was the diary of a someone who came across as the epitome of privilege and entitlement I don t want to be too mean spirited, but the majority of the book was the author simply regaling us with her totes hilarious exploits, which were not amusing or original and therein lay the problem Having a Rod Stewart themed party Uh, great Throughout the book, all I kept thinking was YOU RE UNIQUE JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE I got a strong sense of that youthful idea that assumes everything you re doing is radical and groundbreaking and that no one has ever done it before Newsflash people have been doing it all for years And, reading about someone doing the can can in a pub and kicking over a tray of glasses just makes me think what a fucking nightmare it must be to be around this person pity the staff who had to literally pick up the pieces here I also really felt for her friend, Farly, who just seemed lovely I thought a lot of Dolly s incredibly childish behaviour towards her was bordering on abusive passive aggressive, petty and spiteful and not what anyone should have to contend with from someone who considers themselves to be a friend On the few occasions when she actually did right by her pal, she then told us in great detail exactly how generous thoughtful considerate she had been It felt kind of like when you re not supposed to tell people about charity as it kind of destroys the sentiment behind it Also her whole shtick was based around being this total party girl, which you got the sense she knew was covering up other problems in her life, but the ratio of party girl exploits and her being totes random to any actually self awareness in this area was heavily skewed towards the former, which just served to reinforce unhelpful ideas around this trope Disappointing


  6. Michelle Curie Michelle Curie says:

    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 triumph 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


  7. Lex Lex says:

    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


  8. Georgia Georgia says:

    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 formatI 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 formatlight 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 itlight hearted


  9. Jessica Jessica says:

    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 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


  10. Rahel Rahel says:

    This book has taught me a shocking amount about empathy.Most people who read this I m sure will find themselves in every other page and will marvel at how familiar Dolly s stories and feelings feel.For me, I kept thinking every couple of pages how much unlike Dolly I am as a person, and how different my problems and mishaps and self doubts are to hers.And yet with every new page, I found myself feelingandclose to her, I started genuinely loving her, which seems like such a weird thin This book has taught me a shocking amount about empathy.Most people who read this I m sure will find themselves in every other page and will marvel at how familiar Dolly s stories and feelings feel.For me, I kept thinking every couple of pages how much unlike Dolly I am as a person, and how different my problems and mishaps and self doubts are to hers.And yet with every new page, I found myself feelingandclose to her, I started genuinely loving her, which seems like such a weird thing to say about a real person who I haven t even googled and looked at In the end, the conclusion she reaches is the thing we fundamentally agree on my best friends are the most wonderful, awe inspiring people on this planet and the love they bring is the greatest thing of my life