“Rip open hearts with your fury and tear down egos with your modesty. Be the person who you wish you could be, not the person you feel you are doomed to be. Let yourself run away with your feelings. You were made so that someone could love you. Let them love you.”
So, I don’t usually like non-fiction books or books that give advice. I just find them a bit preachy really, which puts me off. I was really nervous about reading this book for that reason. I wondered to myself “who in the world is Dolly Alderton, and why should I care about what she knows about love?” I am so glad that I got past that mental block and decided to just start, because this book is incredible. It is hilariously spot on and relatable. I found it even more so as I am in my late-twenties and slightly daunted by the prospect of turning 30 in a few years time.
Dolly Alderton’s writing style in this book kind of reminded me of Sophie Kinsella’s Confessions of a Shopaholic. That is high praise from me – because that book always makes me laugh until it hurts. About fifty pages into Everything I Know About Love my stomach hurt from laughing so hard, and then there was a recipe for hangover mac n cheese. That pretty much sealed the deal for me; this book is great.
It isn’t all laughs though, there are also tear-jerking moments and serious moments. I actually really felt that I learnt something about myself through reading Everything I Know About Love. Dolly Alderton managed this without ever coming across as preachy or judgemental. I applaud her for this, and I look forward to seeing whatever she writes in the future.
Have you reading this book? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!