I’m impressed with myself, I’m maintaining what I promised myself, keeping up reading and writing and enjoying it. I swear by autumn to get my literary juices flowing. The feeling of cosying up and jumping into a book is amazing. Not that I cosied up for this review; I listened to the audio book, and in the car!
My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen
I’ve always been a sideline fan of Lily Allen. It started with her music whereby her catchy pop songs and awesome lyrics had me hooked. Then her twitter page, on which she speaks truthfully, honestly and sometimes brutally. I saw her book pop up on audible when I was searching for my next listen and I couldn’t resist.
For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past 15 years or so, Lily Allen sprung to fame as a pop star and quickly hit the headlines for more than just her music. As the daughter of a comedian and a film producer, you would think that her career came easy for her, but nothing is easy. My Thoughts Exactly is Lily’s memoir whereby she shares stories from her childhood, teenage years and adult life; professional and personal; highs and lows.
General Thoughts 🤔
When I think of Lily Allen, I think of honesty. A woman who isn’t afraid to say what most other women have or are thinking but don’t vocalise. I always knew that Lily had had a rather dramatic life involving alcohol, drugs, media, celebrity feuds, but I had never really thought about all of the things behind some of that turmoil. Until I read this book.
I always think that if you’re going to write a memoir, you may as well go the whole way and spill all of that tea. This memoir definitely gives you bang for your buck and I was on every emotional rollercoaster with Lily as she spoke to me.
It’s Lily Allen. I mean.
That is all I have to say.
Writing Style ✍🏽
There’s a bit of a foreword by Lily explaining that this isn’t a linear story, told in chronological order that goes from past to present. I loved this approach to her memoir. It made it feel much more real. It felt like Lily was talking directly to her readers about what she was feeling at that given moment rather than starting with “once upon a time…”
If you’re going to read this, I would highly recommend the audio book. It’s narrated by Lily therefore it’s even more personable and there were so many moments I found myself nodding, saying mmm hmm, gasping etc like she was sat in the passenger seat of my car having a chat with me.
Conclusion & Scoring 🎖
My respect for Lily has grown so much since reading this book. As I said, I already loved her attitude, music and style, but my eyes were opened and I learnt that there was so much about Lily that I didn’t know.
Lily’s music writing is genius (that girl can write some damn good lyrics) and I think her book writing is right up there with it. Even if you don’t know who Lily Allen is, read this book. Get to know her. Invite her in for a cuppa and find out about her life. Love, love, love this memoir.