BOOK REVIEW; EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT LOVE & THE F WORD
I recently made a decision that, dare I say it, became a game-changer. I downloaded an app called Moment (not sponsored) and the premise of the app is that it accurately tells you how many hours you spend on your phone each day. Similarly to when I step on the scales, let's just say that the results were so shocking that I quickly deleted the app for fear of death by mortification and have since been trying to find alternative things to occupy my hand.
I go through spurts of reading a lot and when I find a book that really captivates me, it's a struggle to pry me away from it. In a bid to fall back in love with reading, I set myself a goal to read two books this month and guess what, it's only half way through and I've already smashed them both. Cue pat on the back.
The first book I bought was Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton - mostly because I'd persistently seen it all over my Instagram timeline and wanted to know what all of the fuss is about. The curse of FOMO. The second book I bought was The F Word by Lily Pebbles, which I went on the hunt for on the day of publication because I've been eagerly waiting its release ever since Lily announced she was writing a book. Funnily enough, both books I bought have similar themes; love, friendship and growth, but if I'm honest, they couldn't be more worlds apart.
As soon as I put this book down, I tweeted "I genuinely feel like @dollyalderton and I might as well be twins after reading Everything I Know About Love!" and it's true, thats how much it resonated with me. The book managed to tap into parts of my life that I'd forgotten about, feelings that I'd pushed to one side and I found myself nodding along in recognition to a ludicrious amount of memories that Dolly shared throughout the book.
Not only is the book well thought through and structured impeccably well, Dolly's writing is humorous and relatable without it undermining any of the serious topics that occur. Although there are stories of bad dates, excruciating one night stands, jealousy, heartbreak and everything in-between, the central theme that resonates throughout is female friendship. And more specifically, the grandeur of it.
It really hits like an emotional punch of the face and it's left me in a state of ponder ever since. I feel as though it's a book that I'm going to read over and over again because the themes and relatability will never go out of style. It's a keeper.
I want to start out by saying that I really do like Lily and I've followed her online journey for many, many years. In fact, I like her so much that I even declared in a recent post that she was in fact a huge inspiration and was one of the reasons I decided to pursue a blogging career. That's why it makes it even more painful to admit that I really disliked her book. So much so that it was actually a struggle to finish, and I turned to a large glass of wine to get through a large chunk of it.
I just want to highlight that I'm not writing this post because I want to be a b**ch but rather because after a lot of interest on my Instagram story regarding the book, I felt like I owed it to you, my readers, to write an honest review.
As I said, I've been a fan of Lily for a long time and have always admired - and at times, envied - her close female friendships and so when she announced that she was releasing a book focusing on female friendships, I was internally - and granted, a little externally - jumping for joy. I watched her announcement video more times than I'd like to admit and have spent the last few months obsessively, and probably annoyingly to my boyfriend, counting down the days till release.
As an English Literature graduate, I've read a fair few books in my time and I'm usually quite good at sussing out a book from the first few pages, or at least knowing whether it's a book that will interest me. If I'm brutally honest, it took me about 20 words for me to realise that this book wasn't for me. Apart from the painstakingly large font size that was an instant put-off for me, the writing itself was childlike and had very little substance. For someone who writes for a living, I can tell that parts of the book were definitely forced, as if Lily was trying to hit the word-count, instead of writing words that had purpose.
All of the above was quite painful for me to write because as I said, I've idolised Lily for many years and although the book won't deter me from watching her videos in the future, I now acknowledge even more so that not everybody should be an author.
Have any of you read either of the above? What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear below in the comments! Also, let me know any book recommendations you have!