BOOK REVIEW: DOLLY ALDERTON – EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT LOVE

This is a book that was released back in February but is still high in the book charts week after week. I’ve been a fan of Dolly Alderton’s writing for quite a while and a big fan of her podcast and an even bigger fan of her Instagram. So, when I saw that she was releasing a book, I pre-ordered a copy straight away. I read this book very quickly and it’s safe to say, I loved it. A lot.

First things first, I’m not part of the audience demographic for this book. But does that matter? No. Do I care? No, I don’t. This is a book that, surprisingly to me, connected with me a lot. From MSN and signing off and on again just so they will notice you, and my personal favourite, AOL. I remember vividly having AOL in my house growing up. I hated it but my father insisted of having it. Reading Dolly writing about this made me sink back into the depths of my childhood; the AOL ringtone ringing in my brain.

It’s a book, primarily, on friendship. Especially female friendship. Reading this book, you realise how important her friendships are to Dolly. Her friendships are the formation of this book, the anchor of the book. There are some beautiful sections in the book about the friendships that have, and still do, form Dolly’s life.

This book is emotional, thought-provoking and an important exploration of the themes of love, friendship and growing up. There’s a really emotional chapter, called ‘Florence’ that’s really beautifully written. The book is all these things but it’s also hilarious. Throughout the book, there are satirical invitations that will make you laugh out loud. These emotions, for me, show the different emotions and aspects of life.

Dolly’s writing is beautiful and is something that will make you think and after reading, will make you think about it even more. It’s a book that with such short chapters, you can read quickly but still be in awe of her words. One of my favourite things about the book is also the cover. It’s just gorgeous. I love the little scribbles. It sums up the book for me.

There was one quote that really stood out to me and I still think about it now. It’s a quote, that I think, sums up the entire book:

Love is a quiet, reassuring, relaxing, pottering, pedantic, harmonious hum of a thing; something you can easily forget is there, even though its palms are outstretched beneath you in case you fall.

If you haven’t read Everything I Know About Love yet, grab yourself a copy and be in awe of her words and reminiscing about your own childhoods and the friendships and relationships that form your life. I hope there’s another book from Dolly soon, I can’t wait to read more of her words.

Have you read Everything I Know About Love? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.

Thank  you,

Corey.

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