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Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up (Confessions, 1)

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I have to admit that I am probably not the intended audience for this kind of novel, as this may appeal more to women who are at a similar stage in their lives and of a similar age to Nell, but there were a lot of aspects of this novel which I really appreciated. In a complete spur of the moment, Nell decides to start a podcast talking about her life and feelings. JB bases his entire artistic career on painting portraits of his friends, while Malcolm takes care of them by designing their apartments and houses.

I actually thought she added to the humour of the book a lot and I definitely smiled at a lot more of her lines than I did Nell’s. Că fericirea nu e ceva ce îți dau alții, că îți poți îndeplini obiectivele din tinerețe (soț, casă ca în reviste și copii la școli private) și tot sa nu fii fericită.

Plenty of the pages made me laugh and smile, and there were a lot of interesting issues raised within the story. After reading the first book of confessions and loving it I knew I had to read this one and quickly. The childless slant was quite relentless in this story, but as all light reads it wasn't meant to be taken too harshly, and all sides ended up being explored. I remember the plans that I had for my life ten years ago and not even one thing has happened as per that plan but my life took a completely different turn and I am still loving it. I actually read the first look of this over on Readers First and thought it was such an uplifting and fun book; and I felt that way for perhaps the first half, but then i just began to feel very cliche and the ending was just really disappointing for me.

Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up is a funny, heartwarming commentary on how society norms -particularly for women- and pressure from the media can make us feel like failures, when actually we’re not. An international bestseller, this is a book for anyone who’s ever worried life isn’t going to plan, Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up by Alexandra Potter will make you laugh and it might even make you cry. Landing a job writing obituaries, Nell meets the fabulous Cricket, an 80-something widow with challenges of her own. Nell spends a great deal of time in the first half of the book bemoaning her failure to have a social media–worthy life and assuming that everyone else she knows is enjoying total success because they are married and have kids. I’m ten years younger than Nell but there were still some parts of her struggle that I could relate to.

PLEASE NOTE: The publication date for Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k- Up has been pushed back to 31st December 2020. But when it became about women everywhere (we are all f*ck ups, we’re all in this together), I felt disappointed. This book was beautifully written, hilariously funny (I was literally snorting out loud at certain points) and I just adored catching up with Nell and Cricket. In her forties and feeling like a failure and so far removed from all these bullocky and unrealistic bloody hashtags, she is childless and feeling more than less than.

For the past couple of years, I have been blogging about my love of books, writing book reviews, and posting reading recaps of all the books I have read. More of all the fabulous characters plus some delightful new ones, this book is funny and moving in equal measure. And here she Is single, childless, renting a room from the crazy man who tries to leave NO carbon footprint by counting toilet paper squares etc. Mike Gayle, author of All The Lonely People Nell’s journey to mid-life happiness is hilarious, moving and filled with clear-eyed wisdom about what it means to be a woman of any age, proving that the best happy ever afters come when you fall in love with life. When everything goes tits up, do you fall apart or jump on a plane to LA with Cricket (an eighty-something widow and your BFF)?

I picked this one up as I heard a lot of hype about it , and I can say I absolutely devoured it in one sitting , I really enjoyed it and also taken a lot of inspiration from this book , and this is hard to find as a lot of books don’t get it right, this one had me giggling, smiling, and sometimes teary . But this book definitely reminded me of the things that I had laid out and thought back to where I used to think I'd end up ten years later and then ended up laughing because now I can't even imagine going by that plan. Pradėjau šį roman If anyone else feels like this (or just looking for a few good laughs) I highly suggest COAFSFU because it gives you a new outlook on things with laughter, connection and stellar writing as a soothing balm. Laugh-out-loud funny and painfully relatable, Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up is a celebration of friendship and a reminder that while life doesn’t always go according to plan, it doesn’t mean you can’t find happiness.

Yanagihara ( The People in the Trees, 2013) takes the still-bold leap of writing about characters who don’t share her background; in addition to being male, JB is African-American, Malcolm has a black father and white mother, Willem is white, and “Jude’s race was undetermined”—deserted at birth, he was raised in a monastery and had an unspeakably traumatic childhood that’s revealed slowly over the course of the book. The narrator, soon established as Elliot Chase, then zooms out to address the reader directly, introducing the players—most importantly movie star Lana Farrar. I would like to thank Tandem Collective UK, Pan Macmillan and Alexandra Potter for sending me a hardback copy of ‘Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up’ as part of the Tandem Collective UK readalong; I would also like to thank NetGalley for allowing me to access a digital copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review. The novel starts off with a murder, and with seven people trapped on an isolated Greek island lashed by a "wild, unpredictable Greek wind.

A life affirming, insightful, savvy and meaningful contemporary fiction piece, I am very happy to send my full recommendation to Confessions of a Forty Something by Alexandra Potter. But then I saw that a few women who reviewed this were childless and single in their forties and loved it. When her business goes bust and her fiancé with it, Nell's happily-ever-after in California falls apart and she moves back to London to start over. Her true vulnerability began to show itself and by the end, I was really rooting for her to get all of the best things in life.

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