Title: Everything I Know About Love
Author: Dolly Alderton
A spot-on, wildly funny and sometimes heart-breaking book about growing up, growing older and navigating all kinds of love along the way
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.
Everything I Know About Love is one of those books that completely drew me in because, being almost the same age as Dolly, I remember these things affecting me as I grew up – from MSN to the growing popularity in online dating, and everything else that so affected us ‘millennials’ when growing up.
I have to be honest, I wasn’t really aware of Dolly Alderton before reading this, so I was coming at it as a rather ignorant reader, but turns out you in no way need to know background info the enjoy this. Sure, people who know of her or have read her column/ listened to her podcast might enjoy it even more as they can find out more about her, but it’s not at all essential to the enjoyment!
The observations about life are interesting and fun to reads about, and Dolly has an engaging and very frank way of writing – she’s honest about her life and mistakes, and you feel that you’re getting to know her. It made a lovely break from the many crime novels I’ve been reading recently.
Dolly’s writing is incredibly easy to read, humorous without being too ‘try hard’ and it contains lots of feel good messages, again without trying too hard to be a ‘feel good’ or ‘preachy’ book. There are highs and lows, dark and happy moments, and lots of entertaining situations. I raced through this and would definitely recommend this.