Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

Everything I Know About Love

A spot-on, wildly funny and sometimes heart-breaking book about growing up, growing older and navigating all kinds of love along the wayWhen 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 p...

Details Everything I Know About Love

TitleEverything I Know About Love
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir

Reviews Everything I Know About Love

  • Pip
    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 it more than I could possibly say. I laughed out loud (even o...
  • Michelle Curie
    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...
  • Amy
    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...
  • Rahel
    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 feeling more and more close to her, I started ge...
  • Simon Pegg
    A spot-on, wildly funny and sometimes heart-breaking book about growing up, growing older and navigating all kinds of love along the way
  • Lucy Brown
    4.5 - This book made me so appreciative of the friends that I have and the memories that we've made. Witty, fun and wise.
  • Ferb
    A spot-on, wildly funny and sometimes heart-breaking book about growing up, growing older and navigating all kinds of love along the way
  • Laura
    I listen to Dolly’s podcast ‘The High Low’, which I love, so I knew I’d love this book. Being exactly the same age as her, I could relate to so many of her cultural references (especially those about the emergence of the internet into our daily lives and the use of MSN messenger which became pretty obsessive for my peers and I!) and although this was something which really sold the book for me, I imagine they’ll resonate with people a f...
  • Cassie
    Another book that I was disappointed by. This I have decided is because I'm obviously not the right age and by that, I mean that I'm too old and cannot relate with - the casual drug taking, the one-night stands or the desperation to have to be at a party. And what was with the random lists and recipes that were peppered through the book? Was there a point to this? Personally, I felt that this kind of memoir has been done a million times before an...
  • Natalie Smith
    I felt a real connection to this book - aspects of my childhood and teenage years were so similar to Alderton’s. She describes the rollercoaster ride of university that really would be impossible without the insanely close female friendships that you forge. And I felt in awe of her writing the entire way through. I think I’ve read this at the perfect time.
  • Charlotte
    thoroughly enjoyed every word
  • Sara
    Everything I know about Love by Dolly Alderton a witty and honest five-star read. I thought this book was so funny, I’m a woman of a certain age so a lot of the cultural references were so funny to me, but I really do think even if you were a different age or genre you would get this book, you may not get all the references but the writing is so good you will be sucked in and some may go over your head but some will make you chuckle. Just be wa...
  • Sarah
    I rarely read books at the right time in my life and this was simply brilliant. I’ll be recommending this to everyone I know for the next decade and can’t really put into words how much I enjoyed it.
  • Georgia
    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...
  • Laura
    Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com.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 ...
  • Emma Holbrook
    This was a tough read, which is an absurd thing to say about a book I read in 2 days, and yet! Initially, it's hard to see the frivolous anecdotes of drunken debauchery as anything other than self-indulgence, until - just like getting to know anyone - you begin to understand why. You're soon rewarded with a witty, warm and refreshingly honest gem that is particularly on the money when it comes to grief, people-pleasing, the joy of female friendsh...
  • Charlotte
    Where do I even begin being able to convey all the humour, heartbreak and love that are encapsulated in this novel?! I was lucky enough during my work experience at Penguin to attend the press launch for ‘Everything I Know about Love’ and meet Dolly and her best friend Farly who features an awful lot in the book. I had actually never heard of Dolly before the start of my placement as I don’t really listen to podcasts or read magazines (whic...
  • Katey Lovell
    I first became aware of Dolly Alderton's memoir through listening to The High Low podcast (highly recommended) and my interest was piqued when it became clear the 'love' referred to in the title encompassed friendships as well as romantic love, lust alongside familial relationships. A gorgeously honest book which had me hooked from the off, Everything I Know about Love explores what it is to be human. A must-read.
  • Kate Henderson
    Adored the easy going writing style of this book. Just flew through it. Wasn’t particularly gripped by every chapter but there were definitely a good few moments that spoke to me. Just fell in love with Dolly as a person and will def read any else she releases. Felt like I was having a chilled conversation with a friend.
  • Danielle Walker
    Alderton writes in such a relatable manner - sharing and exploring a vast array of emotions stirred from the unpredictability of life. It was a complete joy to read about her experiences of different kinds of love - all of which are written in a witty, heartfelt and an increasingly insightful way. I can't recommend it enough.
  • Kat
    This was an interesting concept, I haven't read many memiors but do have a few on my TBR shelf. Once I started this book I wasn't sure what to expect and for a bit I was wanting more description rather than just been told something, but after about 30% the book got more detailed and interesting. I really liked Dolly and her friends were fabulous they all were supportive of her and there for her, which is what you need in a friend. I finishied thi...
  • Amy Rowland
  • Sophie
    *3.5 stars*I really loved that Dolly’s story was mostly a celebration about the one true love in every girl’s life: her friends.
  • Peter Griffin
    A spot-on, wildly funny and sometimes heart-breaking book about growing up, growing older and navigating all kinds of love along the way
  • Nat
    It’s difficult to sing the praises of this book without sounding overly gushy but it’s just so effing great! I had so many “mmmhmmm” moments, I laughed a tonne, I cried (three times- in public!) and I took the bus to work even though it takes double as long as the tube because I wanted more time to read this gem. I can recommend sitting alone at a bar over a glass of red before a IWD event as an appropriate way to finish this book. Other ...
  • Nic
    ⭐⭐ 2 Stars.This was a different book with a very simple and to the point writing style, almost diary entry style.I do wonder about the intended audience however; as someone who was a teen in the 80’s, there were chunks I couldn’t relate to.Also it’s written in an almost memoir style, which felt too descriptive and lacked elements of humour that I was hoping for.Not for me sorry. ⭐️⭐️ 2 Stars.This was a different book with a ve...
  • Paula Dennan
    I don’t know how I first came across Dolly Alderton, but I’m glad I did. Her podcast The High Low, with Pandora Sykes, is one of my favourites. Everything I Know About Love* treats us to a deep-dive into Alderton’s experiences with romantic love, love in its other forms, drugs and alcohol, growing up or not growing up, as the case may be, finding the right work-life balance and figuring out how to be, well, herself. If you enjoy memoirs of ...
  • Philippa
    Everything I Know About Love charts Dolly Alderton's journey from her suburban London childhood right through her wild 20s of living in Camden Town, partying, going to work in last night's clothes and navigating the ups and downs of romantic and platonic love. Never is love more intense, more confusing and all-consuming than in this decade of your life and Dolly writes about it with candour and wit. I enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane of my ...
  • Imogen
    I love reading memoirs by funny women and I've been trying to work out why that is.Funny women laugh at themselves. Funny women feel the same things as other women but do different things, because funny women love a good story. Funny women write or talk about their experiences because they know they're different, because they're outsiders. And these hilarious outsider women want everyone to listen to them because somehow, inevitably, they are a l...
  • Rachel
    At this stage I feel I have read enough memoirs by people under forty to form and stand by the opinion that said people are too young to be writing memoirs. I wish all of them, from Lena Dunham to Tina Fey to Dolly herself, had written fiction loosely based on themselves instead, for two reasons. The first is the avoidance of second-hand embarrassment about the secondary characters, who aren't characters at all but real people, with their real na...