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My Thoughts Exactly Reviews

My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen

My Thoughts Exactly

Lily Allen

3.75 out of 5

5 reviews

Imprint: BLINK Publishing
Publisher: Bonnier Books Ltd
Publication date: 20 Sep 2018
ISBN: 9781911600893

So, this is me. Lily Allen. I am a woman. I am a mother. I was a wife. I drink. I have taken drugs. I have loved and been let down.

  • The GuardianBook of the Year
4 stars out of 5
Fiona Sturges
20 Sep 2018

"(a) visceral and affecting memoir"

 There are intermittent moments of joy, but more often there is sadness, shame, self-loathing and fury, all of which makes for compelling but discomfiting reading. ... In this visceral and affecting memoir, she seizes the opportunity to fill in the gaps and create a three-dimensional self-portrait that is far removed from Cartoon Lily.

Reviews

4 stars out of 5
11 Nov 2018

"one of the most self-critical and self-aware pop star memoirs of the decade"

...Lily Allen dissects the myths that a male-dominated music industry has allowed to accrue about celebrity, sex and drug abuse. My Thoughts Exactly (Blink, £20) is one of the most self-critical and self-aware pop star memoirs of the decade. In a genre dominated by denial, buck passing and self-justification, it’s a blessed relief to read a celebrity admit that she’s a gobby narcissist with an unregulated appetite for attention. Although Allen fails to acknowledge the professional advantages of having well-connected parents, you can’t deny the sadness of a childhood spent in the “care” of adults who were either absent or off their heads on booze and pills.

3 stars out of 5
Hannah Jane Parkinson
30 Sep 2018

"The pop star’s memoir is candid and amusing, but disingenuous about her privileged background"

I wanted to really like My Thoughts Exactly (excellent title) and in lots of ways I did. But it’s as uneven as a non-league footballl pitch.

 

3 stars out of 5
24 Sep 2018

"like spending time with a ridiculous, outrageous friend"

At best, reading it felt like spending time with a ridiculous, outrageous friend. At worst, it was like being left stranded with a girl you just met at the campsite on the last day of a festival. She, quite simply, won’t stop talking, and no small amount of what she is saying is questionable. It’s always, and I mean always, about Allen. She admits to being a narcissist.

4 stars out of 5
20 Sep 2018

"an infuriating, devastating showbusiness survivor's tale"

Like all good drama queens, Allen has a flair for storytelling...The book should be required reading for anyone – any girl – who dreams of fame. The music business is littered with casualties. This is a survivor’s tale.