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Chocolate chip cookies and a long overdue review of Ghosts by Dolly Alderton (A…

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Chocolate chip cookies and a long overdue review of Ghosts by Dolly Alderton 📖 (Also pictured: A Penguin Great Loves edition of Casanova’s Of Mistresses that I picked up for 99p in a charity shop pre-lockdown, hoping to gradually collect the whole set one day!!)

Ghosts by Dolly Alderton – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Going into this book I was fully expecting and hoping to love it. Despite having read some pretty scathing reviews when it first came out, I was honestly prepared to be as obsessed with this book as I was with Alderton’s first book, Everything I Know About Love.

Whilst the first few chapters did contain the witty social commentary on the world of online dating that we have come to know and love from Alderton, this trailed off the further into the book you got and often fell short for being just a bit too on the nose. (E.g. *that* ‘I wished I could buy a durex for her heart’ moment…)

For me personally, the book’s main drawback was that I really struggled to find the main character, Nina, relatable or likeable since she seems out of touch with real life and spends most of her time criticising the other characters without acknowledging her own privilege or the struggles of others.

Throughout the book there was a general sense of negativity about dating and no real incentive to feel invested in the central relationship between Nina and Max, once it became apparent that he was likely going to ‘ghost’ her again.

Even so, the book did show a lot of promise and there were moments where Alderton’s writing really shone such as in the portrayal of the relationship between Nina and her father as she came to terms with his Alzheimer’s. All in all, I think this book just wasn’t really for me and felt a little bit depressing in its depiction of dating (not an ideal read during another lockdown!) but I still have high hopes for whatever she writes next, which hopefully I will be more of a fan of 🤞