Book Review: Confessions of a Forty-Something F##k Up by Alexandra Potter

April 14, 2020 Book review 6 ★★★★½

Ohhh guys, do you want to read a book that’s a TONIC for the times we are living in? Then you need to read Confessions of a Forty-Something F##k Up by Alexandra Potter because it sizzles with life. And made me laugh at least once a page.

Thanks to Pan Macmillan for giving me for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.

Book Review: Confessions of a Forty-Something F##k Up by Alexandra PotterConfessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up by Alexandra Potter
Published by Pan Macmillan on 30 April 2020
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, City Life, Friendship
Pages: 294
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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*ck up. Even worse, a forty-something f*ck-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.
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. But most importantly, it will remind you that you're not alone, because we’re all in this together.
Time to fall in love with your life.

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First Line of Confessions of a Forty-Something F##k Up

“Hi, and welcome to Confessions of a Forty-Something F##kUp, the podcast for any woman who wonders how the hell she got here, and why life isn’t quite how she imagined it was going to be.”

My thoughts on Confessions of a Forty-Something F##k Up

OK, first off I said it’s a laugh a page. It mostly is, but lurking in the humour are heart-rendering, lump in the throat moments too. Basically all human emotions beat loud and strong from this book.

And ohh did I relate. I too am a Forty-Something F##K Up. As much as I wanted it all, I didn’t get to tick all the boxes of perfect marriage, gorgeous kids, and successful career that I lusted over as at Twenty-Something dreamer. OK, I got some, but like so many others I linger longer over those I didn’t get, than those I did.

Nell makes herself write a gratitude list to help her survive her life, and gradually her list goes from breathing to achievements that she is really proud of. But mostly she becomes proud of herself, f##k up’s and all, which is so lovely not to mention empowering to watch.

I’m grateful for

  • this book for making me belly laugh, snort and giggle my way through the pages
  • the friendships that Nell has in her life, they flounder and flourish, and reminds me that friendship needs to worked at to keep alive
  • the adventures that Nell has sharing a flat. It makes me glad that I don’t have to fight with a landlord about my house thermostat. Just my husband!
  • the podcast theme within this book. So relevant, funny and inspiring.

In case you haven’t guessed I loved Nell and I loved this book.

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Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-half-stars

Who should read Confessions of a Forty-Something F##k Up by Alexandra Potter?

Listen if you need a laugh, then buy this book. If you are a Forty-Something F##K Up (or any decade F##K UP), then buy this book and discover you are not alone. Fans of Bridget Jone’s Diary or Sophie Kinsella’s Shopoholic series should also enjoy this one.


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6 Responses to “Book Review: Confessions of a Forty-Something F##k Up by Alexandra Potter”

  1. Alexandra Potter

    Thank you so much for this wonderful review of my novel! So thrilled to see how much you enjoyed it. But because of Covid19 the release date has now been changed to 31 Dec 2020. Yep, NYE! Would you mind adding that to your review? Thank you so much!

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