Wednesday 20 January 2021

Confessions Of A Forty-Something F##k Up by Alexandra Potter | Book Review

[AD/Gifted - I received a copy of this book in order to take part in the readalong with Tandem Collective. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post also contain affiliate links.]

Confessions Of A Forty-Something F##k Up - 5/5
"Nell Stevens’ life is a mess.

When her business goes bust and her fiancé with it, Nell’s happy ever after in California falls apart and she moves back to London to start over. But a lot has changed since she’s been gone. All her single friends are now married with children, sky-high rents force her to rent a room in a stranger’s house and in a world of perfect Instagram lives, she feels like a f**k up. Even worse, a forty-something f**k up.

But when she lands a job writing obituaries, Nell meets the fabulous Cricket, an eighty-something widow with challenges of her own, and they strike up an unlikely friendship. Together they begin to help each other heal their aching hearts, cope with the loss of the lives they had planned, and push each other into new adventures and unexpected joys.

Because Nell is determined. Next year things are going to be very different. It’s time to turn her life around."

Oh I love everything about this book! It was a joy to read.

Nell Stevens was a book editor living in LA with her fiancé Ethan. They opened up a café-cum-bookshop but everything went downhill, they lost the business and subsequently split up. Now having no visa, she moved back to London. Life as she knew it there has changed. All of her friends are married and busy with their families. 

With nowhere to live, she ends up sharing a house with a man named Edward but it's all good (even if he does have a huge list of rules!) because he is only there three days a week.

Determined to feel less like a f**k up, an old contact gets her a job writing obituaries and she becomes close friends with eighty-something widow Cricket whilst writing Monty (her husband)'s obituary. Cricket is totally eccentric and their friendship is wonderful. They are both suffering losses but in a different way and it is beautiful to read. The dynamic between them is so lovely.

This book has so many laugh out loud and relatable moments. I'm not 40 yet (11 years to go!) but even though I have a family of my own, one of the things that Nell feels like she is missing, I definitely related to a lot throughout this book. 

I did guess how things were going to pan out about halfway through which made me desperate to read on to see how exactly everything worked out. The ending was especially witty and I wouldn't have suspected anything less! 

You can find all of my readalong prompt thoughts and challenges at my dedicated 'ConfessionsRA' Instagram highlight.

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