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THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 2018 'Unflinching, unputdownable' Guardian 'Witty, dark, devastating' Caitlin Moran 'An amazing read. Brutally honest' Matt Haig 'I love it' Jon Ronson ********************************************************** So, this is me. Lily Allen. I am a woman. I am a mother. I was a wife. I drink. I hav THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 2018 'Unflinching, unputdownable' Guardian 'Witty, dark, devastating' Caitlin Moran 'An amazing read. Brutally honest' Matt Haig 'I love it' Jon Ronson ********************************************************** 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. I am a success and a failure. I am a songwriter. I am a singer. I am all these things and more. When women share their stories, loudly and clearly and honestly, things begin to change - for the better. This is my story.


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THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 2018 'Unflinching, unputdownable' Guardian 'Witty, dark, devastating' Caitlin Moran 'An amazing read. Brutally honest' Matt Haig 'I love it' Jon Ronson ********************************************************** So, this is me. Lily Allen. I am a woman. I am a mother. I was a wife. I drink. I hav THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 2018 'Unflinching, unputdownable' Guardian 'Witty, dark, devastating' Caitlin Moran 'An amazing read. Brutally honest' Matt Haig 'I love it' Jon Ronson ********************************************************** 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. I am a success and a failure. I am a songwriter. I am a singer. I am all these things and more. When women share their stories, loudly and clearly and honestly, things begin to change - for the better. This is my story.

30 review for My Thoughts Exactly

  1. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    As far as celebrity memoirs go you really get your moneys worth here. I believe if your going to write a tell all memoir you might as well tell the truth and nothing but the truth and this is what Lily Allen does. Her life is a series of big fuck ups and she owns them all, she is a straight shooter and doesn’t mess about with anything that tries to sell a pretty picture. You get real. There is much to feel sad for Lily and she wears all her vulnerabilities on her sleeve it’s hard to feel any cri As far as celebrity memoirs go you really get your moneys worth here. I believe if your going to write a tell all memoir you might as well tell the truth and nothing but the truth and this is what Lily Allen does. Her life is a series of big fuck ups and she owns them all, she is a straight shooter and doesn’t mess about with anything that tries to sell a pretty picture. You get real. There is much to feel sad for Lily and she wears all her vulnerabilities on her sleeve it’s hard to feel any criticism. She’s brave and her story adds to the narrative of empowering women to speak up and not feel ashamed. Taking back the power from men, the fakes, the users and the media who have taken so much from her already. Standing up to the haters and owning her story. Gotta love a woman strong enough to do that.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    Not my usual read. Thought this was going to be more of a gossipy celebrity memoir but Lily Allen tells a very personal story. Especially enjoyed hearing about how she wrote her first song and she has some worthwhile things to say about the way women are treated in our society, not just the music industry. I didn't exactly warm to Lily but I've enjoyed her music over the years and I applaud her refusal to shut the fuck up and be the good little woman.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carly Findlay

    I read Lily Allen’s book My Thoughts Exactly after work today. A quick read but not an easy one. It’s about fame, excess, breakups and breakdowns. Love and mothering. Making mistakes and owning mistakes. Addiction and sobriety. Bad sex and good sex. Anger and mental illness. Body image. Abuse. Her truth. I really liked (and empathized with) Lily’s insight into trolling and stalking, and the expectation to be a good girl yet online abusers can say what they want. There was a passage about the dou I read Lily Allen’s book My Thoughts Exactly after work today. A quick read but not an easy one. It’s about fame, excess, breakups and breakdowns. Love and mothering. Making mistakes and owning mistakes. Addiction and sobriety. Bad sex and good sex. Anger and mental illness. Body image. Abuse. Her truth. I really liked (and empathized with) Lily’s insight into trolling and stalking, and the expectation to be a good girl yet online abusers can say what they want. There was a passage about the double standards of responding to online abuse, and it just floored me. I related so much. Lily is so clever and quick witted and vulnerable. This book captures it all. Thank you Lily, I hope you’re doing ok. And I’m so glad you finally had an orgasm.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Book Addict Shaun

    What a read this book was. I’ve read many autobiographies over the years and this is by far one of the most honest and brutal that I’ve read. I wouldn’t say I was a Lily Allen ‘fan’, though in 2009 I did love It’s Not Me, It’s You and I certainly haven’t followed her life with any interest and so My Thoughts Exactly was a huge eye opener. Lily has really bared her soul here and revealed everything and it is a hugely emotional book the whole way through. I had no idea everything that she had been What a read this book was. I’ve read many autobiographies over the years and this is by far one of the most honest and brutal that I’ve read. I wouldn’t say I was a Lily Allen ‘fan’, though in 2009 I did love It’s Not Me, It’s You and I certainly haven’t followed her life with any interest and so My Thoughts Exactly was a huge eye opener. Lily has really bared her soul here and revealed everything and it is a hugely emotional book the whole way through. I had no idea everything that she had been through and can only admire her after reading this story, to write about the stuff she does here so openly I think is extremely brave. I won’t list everything that she talks about but it’s honest, real, heartfelt and heartbreaking. It’s uplifting in places as Lily overcomes her demons and sends out some strong messages for women everywhere, in fact I’d say all teenage girls (and even grown-up women) should read this book. I feel like many people might have an opinion about Lily and many might overlook this book because of her age or I was going to say who she is but now I’ve read the book that should say ‘who people think she is’. Read this book and discover the real Lily Allen.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Deriemaeker

    Ergens tussen een vier en een vijf, omdat ik zo onder de indruk ben van de verfrissende eerlijkheid en kwetsbaarheid waarmee Lily Allen dit boek schreef. Zo graag gelezen, erg door geraakt en geïnspireerd.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    Unlike a lot of celebrities (or the rest of us, really), Lily Allen is completely honest and open about her failures and shortcomings. In her memoir, she sets straight a lot of the misconceptions about her, while owning up to the times when she acted like a complete twat too. Allen has gone through some tough experiences, learned from them and come out the other side a fierce and intelligent woman.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Keith

    Deeply Honest, and fascinating. Always liked her, but like her more now.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Honest, unflappable and brilliant. One of the most incredible audiobooks I’ve ever listened to, Lily’s story has helped me through a very hard time. This is something I’ll definitely come back to time and time again, I can’t recommend this enough.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tez

    NOTE: Miscarriage/stillbirth.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pip

    3.5 out of 5

  11. 4 out of 5

    Javier Fernández

    Great and seemingly honest insight into Lily Allen's life from a 1st person perspective. She definitely has a way with words. Love her even more after this.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Donncha Lane

    Super Loved it. Lots of insight & fun. Lots of storytelling. Felt like I understood more about life after reading. Thank you

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    Interning book Liked that she was so frank about everything. Nosey part of me would have liked names and more details of the benders as a lot of it is about her feelings. However I have a new found respect for her. Sounds like she did not have it easy as her parents were not your average parents. Worth reading

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    10 out of 10 for honesty.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jared Woods

    First and foremost, how perfect is the title for this autobiography? So clever! Although that being said, for many critics who wage war against the English musician (and there are plenty), Lily’s thoughts exactly won’t be high on their Christmas wishlist this year. However, if you are one of those antagonists who fight for the opposition, then do not fear! For I have even more good news for you! These 340+ pages of Lily’s reflections dart forward at an alarmingly fast pace thanks to the generous First and foremost, how perfect is the title for this autobiography? So clever! Although that being said, for many critics who wage war against the English musician (and there are plenty), Lily’s thoughts exactly won’t be high on their Christmas wishlist this year. However, if you are one of those antagonists who fight for the opposition, then do not fear! For I have even more good news for you! These 340+ pages of Lily’s reflections dart forward at an alarmingly fast pace thanks to the generously large font and well-categorised chapters, everything so quick to inhale that you could easily get it done in a single seating, no excuses. Unfortunately, this speedy ride wasn’t as thrilling as I’d imagined it would be, especially considering the rockstar reputation that the tabloids have painted Lily with (or “cartoon Lily” as the star has so affectionately coined it). Shamefully, the sadistic emptiness of my soul craved further entertainment in the form of celebrity sexual conquests and life-threatening drug misadventures—of which, there were faint scents yet no marinated laundry to perversely salivate over. Rather, Lily spends most of her book focusing inward and complaining about her issues instead of valuing the good fortune outside of her head. She sounds so desperate for us to understand how difficult her life was when there isn’t all that much to understand really. What I found particularly bothersome was how traumatic she considers her childhood to have been when I personally know a large collection of individuals with far worse backstories than hers (including my own). This becomes even more annoying when she fails to recognise how little she had to work for her accolades in comparison to so many other straining artists, with her big break falling effortlessly onto her lap from those very same parental skies. Of course, as a long time Lily Allen fan, I would never disregard her talents, for she is undeniably deserving of her success and could never have maintained this position for so long without such a unique creative flair. Certainly, our world is a better place with her contributions in it. But when this pestering negative aura of ingratitude followed through these pages while distinctly lacking any of the humour for which her songs are praised for, then I don’t think it’s too insensitive to express some level of disappointment (even if only for my own misjudgment). Although, it must be noted that this very sour attitude is what makes many of her songs so great in the first place, so perhaps it all does make sense in context. And it’s not all bad either. If we stop measuring the publication in terms of artistic guidelines and/or the debautury of your standard fame tale, then the benefits of this book can perhaps rise as more of a mental health exploration and female equality argument, instead of some shallow celebrity entertainment piece. One highly admirable trait of Lily's personality is that she harnesses an exceptional honesty at immense heights, far above many of her contemporaries. She is happy to expose every detail of her life without trying to sound cool, often spreading her regrettable choices out before us as a cautionary display, highlighting those exact moments where she learned more of who she was and how to deal with the complexities of the world around her. And, truth be told, the world around her did become substantially more complex as it went on. If you’ve ever followed the aggressive treatment of Lily in the media, then you’ll probably agree that the incessant attack on her character has been shamefully unfair and nobody deserves such scathing levels of malicious slandering. When viewing the scene from this angle, we can then appreciate My Thoughts Exactly as an anti-popstar autobiography from an anti-popstar herself, an artist whose craft fell second to the mental pressures that she became trapped within, drowning inside the realms of fame which were never designed to accommodate her type of person anyway. And perhaps it is here where the true gold lies. It’s not that this is a book which will inspire you in any artistic direction or tickle the corners of your smile, but rather, one which may help you if you’re currently struggling beneath a pile of external stress and internal turmoil yourself. Lily could very well be the tough role model you are seeking in your present circumstances. She may be the figure to encourage you to tighten those fists and fight your way out. Nevertheless, as I closed the cover after the final page, I felt like if I let go of this book, it would float away from my hands. In the end, its very existence baffled me. There was something disproportionately pointless about it all with very few revelations or shocking moments to justify its use of paper. The storytelling was a little too thin and the aftertaste was a bitter flavor of self-infatuation, only mildly interesting due to her celebrity status. However, it is because of this celebrity status that we are all gathered here today and I have no qualms about pledging my allegiance to her life, her career and whatever else she wants, Lily Allen forever. Her latest album is brilliant. My copy of this book has been signed by Lily's own fingers, so I don’t regret reading a damn thing. I’m just pissed off she didn’t mention me, to be honest.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    This book was so much better than I thought it was going to be. Basically, the book is in sections instead of the usual "I was born on this date at this time and I went to school here". So there is a section on fathers, one on mothers, several on career and so on. I couldn't put this book down. Lilly writes with a raw honesty and doesn't hold back. It is clear that a lot of what has happened to Lilly has stemmed from two things, one, her childhood and two, the death of her first child. Yes, some This book was so much better than I thought it was going to be. Basically, the book is in sections instead of the usual "I was born on this date at this time and I went to school here". So there is a section on fathers, one on mothers, several on career and so on. I couldn't put this book down. Lilly writes with a raw honesty and doesn't hold back. It is clear that a lot of what has happened to Lilly has stemmed from two things, one, her childhood and two, the death of her first child. Yes, sometimes Lilly makes mistakes and she puts her foot in it at times but I wonder how any other 21 year old would manage with fame? An excellent read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I would have finished this book last night if I didn't need to go sleep as I couldn't put it down. I haven't listened to her music in a long time but I liked it when I was a teenager so I picked this up to read more about her. I was surprised by her life and how much she's gone through. I found it honest, raw and thought provoking. A very good read and as I don't tend to read any news anyway it was all new to me as I haven't read anything written about her. Glad i read it, I don't read autobiogr I would have finished this book last night if I didn't need to go sleep as I couldn't put it down. I haven't listened to her music in a long time but I liked it when I was a teenager so I picked this up to read more about her. I was surprised by her life and how much she's gone through. I found it honest, raw and thought provoking. A very good read and as I don't tend to read any news anyway it was all new to me as I haven't read anything written about her. Glad i read it, I don't read autobiographies or biographys very often but I always manage to pick a good one when I do.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Giorgi Shakarashvili

    მეორე ალბომს,sheezus-ს 2014 წლიდან ვუსმენ,დანარჩენი მუსიკის აღმოჩენა წელს გადავწყვიტე,როცა ახალი,ჩემთვის წლის ერთ-ერთი საყვარელი ალბომი გამოუშვა. წლევანდელ ალბომში,no shame-ში ძალიან მტკივნეული სიმღერები აქვს და სადღაც წავიკითხე,რომ გულწრფელი იყო ყველაფერი და მის თავს გადამხდარი. უძნელესი მგონია დღევანდელ დღეს რომელიმე მასშტაბური პოპ ვარკვლავი გამოვიდეს და თქვას,რომ ნარკოტიკზე დამოკიდებული იყო,ორ მეუღლესთან გაშორებაზე ისაუბროს და ყველაზე გასაკვირ და გამბედავ თემაზე პოპ ვარსკვლავის მხრიდან - ქალ ეს მეორე ალბომს,sheezus-ს 2014 წლიდან ვუსმენ,დანარჩენი მუსიკის აღმოჩენა წელს გადავწყვიტე,როცა ახალი,ჩემთვის წლის ერთ-ერთი საყვარელი ალბომი გამოუშვა. წლევანდელ ალბომში,no shame-ში ძალიან მტკივნეული სიმღერები აქვს და სადღაც წავიკითხე,რომ გულწრფელი იყო ყველაფერი და მის თავს გადამხდარი. უძნელესი მგონია დღევანდელ დღეს რომელიმე მასშტაბური პოპ ვარკვლავი გამოვიდეს და თქვას,რომ ნარკოტიკზე დამოკიდებული იყო,ორ მეუღლესთან გაშორებაზე ისაუბროს და ყველაზე გასაკვირ და გამბედავ თემაზე პოპ ვარსკვლავის მხრიდან - ქალ ესკორტებთან ურთიერთობაზე. იგრძნობა,რომ ისტორიას მთელი გულით,მარტივი და გულწრფელი გულით ყვება,ამიტომ ჩამითრია და 3 დღეში შემომეკითხა,როცა წიგნებს ორიგინალში ბევრად მეტს ვუნდები ხოლმე.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    It takes guts to say what you think, to tell the story unashamedly from your own perspective and to be as willing to share the incredibly painful stuff as to settle scores and defend yourself. I've always liked Lily Allen and this book has just increased my admiration for her. She's not perfect, she's trying to figure out what what life is meant to be and how you balance roles and expectations of others but also your own. Sometimes she's a dick because who isn't? I strongly suspect no one beats h It takes guts to say what you think, to tell the story unashamedly from your own perspective and to be as willing to share the incredibly painful stuff as to settle scores and defend yourself. I've always liked Lily Allen and this book has just increased my admiration for her. She's not perfect, she's trying to figure out what what life is meant to be and how you balance roles and expectations of others but also your own. Sometimes she's a dick because who isn't? I strongly suspect no one beats her up more for the bad days than she does.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rach Denholm

    I've compared the rawness of Lily Allen's lyrics with Marianna Faithful, but with intelligent wit and thought provocation. It's usually revealing to explore the life of an artist that supports the experience and informs whatever art media is employed and this is no exception. A frank and honest account, in which Allen discusses her childhood experience of growing up as the daughter of Keith Allen and the unconventional associated lifestyle. I learned a lot through this read. Being someone who en I've compared the rawness of Lily Allen's lyrics with Marianna Faithful, but with intelligent wit and thought provocation. It's usually revealing to explore the life of an artist that supports the experience and informs whatever art media is employed and this is no exception. A frank and honest account, in which Allen discusses her childhood experience of growing up as the daughter of Keith Allen and the unconventional associated lifestyle. I learned a lot through this read. Being someone who enjoys reading and watches little TV, I'm rarely exposed to the press. The power of the London tabloids was a little alarming. The destruction of a person can be so easy and so total, with no recourse. Lily's fight to regain the status quo and maintain a balance in her personal life, whilst nurturing and protecting her young children is to be admired. Not the most technically constructed book, but personally revealing and inspiring. Sex, drugs, music, Lily packs a powerful punch with her very real expression of her life experiences with no holding back. Confronting and inspiring.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Imogen

    Simply a brutally honest memoir. I loved how much raw emotion was in there and how open she was with her thoughts and struggles. She shows that's she's human and she has her own thought. Yes they aren't perfect or correct all the time but that's part of being a human. Despite being so attacked by the press she has had the courage to write something so exposing and I really admire her for it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marie-Louise

    I loved Lily Allen since ‘Smile’ was released when I was in high school and I love her now all these years later. This book is a brutally honest account of how Lily has struggled to deal with the realities of fame and stardom. She is funny, truthful and brilliant. I loved this book and couldn’t put it down.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sarah-Jane Patterson

    One of the most relatable autobiographies i have ever listened to. I related to a lot of what Lily said as a woman and on a personal level. She is brutally honest and accepts she is not perfect. I have always liked her music so its nice to know about the person and the inspiration.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sia

    An honest, frank and well-written quasi-memoir that is sticking in my mind and has become tonight’s dinner conversation. Stories are skimmed over, people are mentioned but not elaborated upon and in some ways it reads like a stream-of-consciousness. I especially liked that chapters were in themes. The whole book was very clever. It’s very much Lily Allen’s own truth - and I wanted to hear more.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Philippa Leah

    I liked her, then thought she was a tosser and totally contradictory, then she broke my heart, then I was shouting ‘good for you’ from the rooftops. Searingly honest, constantly contradictory (to the point it was properly pissing me off ) but utterly compelling.

  26. 5 out of 5

    LJ

    3.5/5

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bronwyn Tasker

    Lily’s honesty and relatable prose made this such an enjoyable, heartwarming and also heartbreaking read, but left me with such optimism when it comes to challenges in life that we all go through. Thanks Lily!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Birgit Dekker

    LOVED it. A very refreshing memoir.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julia Tutt

    This was brilliant, even more so as an audiobook. If you've enjoyed Lily Allen's early musical work and also her outspoken twitter of late, you will thoroughly enjoy this memoir.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emma McCormack

    Beautiful and raw in equal measure. Couldn’t put this down and I’d encourage anyone to pick it up and devour it in a few days.

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