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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. 5 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

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 4 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. 5 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. 4 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

    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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Keith

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

  9. 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tez

    NOTE: Miscarriage/stillbirth.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pip

    3.5 out of 5

  12. 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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Florence Reeves-White

    Lily captured my undivided attention from "When women share their stories, loudly and clearly and honestly, things begin to change - for the better" to her final sentence. I was mesmerised by her honesty and self-critical attitude towards her recklessness. I feel that I gained an insight into the slippery and sinister slope of fame and 'the bubble' that hopefully I will never find myself inside of. The Fear in Lily's life was not only the hit single that she ironically belted out at The Brit Awa Lily captured my undivided attention from "When women share their stories, loudly and clearly and honestly, things begin to change - for the better" to her final sentence. I was mesmerised by her honesty and self-critical attitude towards her recklessness. I feel that I gained an insight into the slippery and sinister slope of fame and 'the bubble' that hopefully I will never find myself inside of. The Fear in Lily's life was not only the hit single that she ironically belted out at The Brit Awards, but fear permeates the ink on the pages of this memoir. From fear of being unloved to a feeling of sheer terror and helplessness when her flat is broken into by a psychotic stalker, fame hasn't been a flowery ride for Lily Allen. I was grateful to have this literary accompaniment to her latest album, No Shame, as songs that I'd already grown far too attached to, now provide a telling soundtrack and uncover her lyrical fluency. The album perfectly melodises her story, her downfalls and imperfections, her strength and tenacity. It has brought to light some important themes and I have more respect than ever for Lily as an artist, it's definitely worth a read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    This book is depressing. Whilst I can't help but admit I buy into the culture of celebrity. As a teen I liked Lily, I bought her first single, queued at New Look to buy her clothing range, I watched her BBC3 show, her show about LucyinDisguise... I switched off when she began taking politics into her own. I think the book is quite sad, and you're not able to compartmentalise the content as that of some complete stranger, you'll end up empathising. Imagine it's a stranger and you might feel differ This book is depressing. Whilst I can't help but admit I buy into the culture of celebrity. As a teen I liked Lily, I bought her first single, queued at New Look to buy her clothing range, I watched her BBC3 show, her show about LucyinDisguise... I switched off when she began taking politics into her own. I think the book is quite sad, and you're not able to compartmentalise the content as that of some complete stranger, you'll end up empathising. Imagine it's a stranger and you might feel differently. Lily doesn't realise how good she's had it, but has always had a penchant for looking at the glass half empty. Stories of a private school and not fitting in, being in a house alone eating pasta, her celebrity stepfather stepping in and being the hero (call Childline!), her first foray into music because of her last name (then yes hard work), her happy marriage she tarnished because she had to be the breadwinner and leave home (Idontgetit). Nothing ever is her fault somehow, and it gets tiring. By the time the strange story of the Calais debacle rolls around and then describing herself going over, high on pills, to physically attack her ex-husband over his new relationship (after everything she had professed?) - I was done, it was toecurling. Morose as it was, other than the loss of a child and a crazed stalker, this book should be about how lucky and fortunate someone has been. Lily's had success, Lily has had a beautiful family and loving Husband. Lily was the last of the pre-digital generation of artists that could muster a label to rent a house in the Cotswolds, kit out her home with a studio and to fly her abroad for music video shoots, helicopter into Glastonbury, grandiose, a Fleetwood Mac lifestyle to someone that happened to someone too young to really appreciate it. I felt like Lily is a lost soul, someone that can never be happy (This can also be me). Live in the moment, appreciate what you have girl.

  15. 4 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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    10 out of 10 for honesty.

  19. 5 out of 5

    I

    I don’t like all the celebrity nonsense, but my wife bought me this book for Christmas as I had mentioned how honest I had heard Lilly Allen had been in this book and that it might be interesting. The first thing that strikes me is how well Lilly Allen writes, the second being the crazy nature of her childhood and the complete lack of parenting or role models. This dysfunction frames the book. There are a lot of honest revelations- drugs, hookers, sex - and at the end of it she comes out of it r I don’t like all the celebrity nonsense, but my wife bought me this book for Christmas as I had mentioned how honest I had heard Lilly Allen had been in this book and that it might be interesting. The first thing that strikes me is how well Lilly Allen writes, the second being the crazy nature of her childhood and the complete lack of parenting or role models. This dysfunction frames the book. There are a lot of honest revelations- drugs, hookers, sex - and at the end of it she comes out of it really well. I will listen to her lyrics more from now on; she has found her voice.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jack Stewart

    I can't deny that I have always been a Lily Allen apologist. Lily broke through when I was 19, and coming to the end of my NME-reading, 'guitar music is real music' phase. Smile was the first pop song to make me sit up and realise that I had other musical interests. I buried that deep inside, because I was desperate to be cool, and liking a song at number one in the charts didn't seem like a cool thing to be doing. I soon got over myself, and bought Alright, Still, Lily's debut album. It was a s I can't deny that I have always been a Lily Allen apologist. Lily broke through when I was 19, and coming to the end of my NME-reading, 'guitar music is real music' phase. Smile was the first pop song to make me sit up and realise that I had other musical interests. I buried that deep inside, because I was desperate to be cool, and liking a song at number one in the charts didn't seem like a cool thing to be doing. I soon got over myself, and bought Alright, Still, Lily's debut album. It was a smash, and I still listen to it today. I still had my reservations about her though, but they were smashed during her Glastonbury set in 2007. It was one of my highlights of the weekend, and I distinctly remember hearing several surprised exclamations from punters around me in the crowd, shocked that she could actually sing (and she really can). I always thought the idea that she got to where she was solely through nepotism was bizarre. People made their mind up instantly, seemingly convincing themselves that Keith Allen was some sort of demi-influencer in the music game. So, the book. I started reading it yesterday and I finished it an hour ago. Not bad going. It's hardly War and Peace but there's still 368 pages, so I've completely devoured the thing. I'm astonished at how open it is. There's no holding back. I wouldn't be surprised if she's threatened with a few lawsuits on the back of it. Every detail of Lily's troubles are laid bare. I'm so impressed with it. I think of myself as an open book, but I can't imagine releasing something so personal. It takes serious guts. It is enlightening in so many ways, especially about women in the music industry.

  21. 5 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.

  22. 4 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.

  23. 4 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.

  24. 5 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.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin French

    Really interesting book about the life of one of my favourite female pop artists, discussing her difficult upbringing with her famous but distant parents. She talks about her codependency on guys, and at times sex and drugs. You read about how fame affected her, including her run-ins with the media: out of context interviews about Madonna or Cheryl Cole, and The Sun predicting her pregnancy. You hear about how she took a break from all this, going away to a country house to write her Ivor-award- Really interesting book about the life of one of my favourite female pop artists, discussing her difficult upbringing with her famous but distant parents. She talks about her codependency on guys, and at times sex and drugs. You read about how fame affected her, including her run-ins with the media: out of context interviews about Madonna or Cheryl Cole, and The Sun predicting her pregnancy. You hear about how she took a break from all this, going away to a country house to write her Ivor-award-winning songs on the album "It's not me, It's you". You also discover how she found out she was being stalked for years after a man named Alex Grey broke into her house one night. She reveals her struggles navigating the music industry as a woman, especially one who has been married and had kids, made a music comeback, and watched her marriage with Sam Cooper break apart. She's been through a lot, but her sarcastic, often-political, personal music-writing style is what has set her apart and made her such a great success.

  26. 4 out of 5

    James Alexander

    You have to declare an interest in these things I suppose, so the first thing I should say is I'm a fan. Not a massive fan, but I've seen Lily play live and I have all 4 of her albums. I even enjoyed Sheezus, the difficult 3rd album which Allen has distanced herself from. I suppose the counter-argument would be if you weren't a fan, why would you even consider picking up the book in the first place. But hear me out, you don't have to be a fan, you don't even really have to know who Lily Allen is You have to declare an interest in these things I suppose, so the first thing I should say is I'm a fan. Not a massive fan, but I've seen Lily play live and I have all 4 of her albums. I even enjoyed Sheezus, the difficult 3rd album which Allen has distanced herself from. I suppose the counter-argument would be if you weren't a fan, why would you even consider picking up the book in the first place. But hear me out, you don't have to be a fan, you don't even really have to know who Lily Allen is. My Thoughts Exactly is very well written. I'm not sure I expected that. It is a warts and all account. The author is unflinching at times. Before I read the book I was of the distinct impression that someone of Allen's standing courts publicity and therefore can't complain if it gets to the stage where they can't control it; it gets so big that it bites you back in the arse. This book has challenged this preconception. I'm not sure I believe that any more. In the promotional blurb Lily Allen says she is a woman. This is her story and urges more women to tell their stories. I wholeheartedly agree, but at the end of the book I was struck by the sheer humanity at the core of this book. We should have more books out there like this. To remind us what it is to be human. The beauty, brilliance, madness and anxiety in all of us.

  27. 4 out of 5

    K.J. Chapman

    I listened to Lily Allen in my teens, saw what the media spat about her, and never thought much on what was fact and what was fiction. I'm not normally a fan of autobiographies because they're usually all 'this is the truth about that, and yes, I am the victim in the scenario'. People tend to glorify themselves too much, but Lily hasn't done that. Yes, she has stated when she was actually the victim in fake media stories etc, but she also states when she was in the wrong. This is a frank, brutally I listened to Lily Allen in my teens, saw what the media spat about her, and never thought much on what was fact and what was fiction. I'm not normally a fan of autobiographies because they're usually all 'this is the truth about that, and yes, I am the victim in the scenario'. People tend to glorify themselves too much, but Lily hasn't done that. Yes, she has stated when she was actually the victim in fake media stories etc, but she also states when she was in the wrong. This is a frank, brutally honest recount of important episodes in Lily's life, and if you are a fan of her music, then you might find this read interesting. My only niggle was that it got repetitive in places, hence the 4 not 5 stars.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Southall

    Brilliant read. I couldn’t put this book down. I’d been looking forward to reading it and was not disappointed. I’ve always liked Lily Allen however I know she can be outspoken. This book was raw and honest. She didn’t make herself sound flowery and wonderful (not that I expected her too) she showed her faults and admitted where she has made mistakes. She’s just a normal woman trying to be herself and get on in this world. She isn’t fake what you see is what you get. RESPECT Lily I loved your bo Brilliant read. I couldn’t put this book down. I’d been looking forward to reading it and was not disappointed. I’ve always liked Lily Allen however I know she can be outspoken. This book was raw and honest. She didn’t make herself sound flowery and wonderful (not that I expected her too) she showed her faults and admitted where she has made mistakes. She’s just a normal woman trying to be herself and get on in this world. She isn’t fake what you see is what you get. RESPECT Lily I loved your books

  29. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Wakes

    I really enjoyed the honesty in this book, Lily explains things as she saw them without any apologies or making excuses and that is so powerful. Whilst I certainly have not had a similar life to Lily's, I could relate to a lot of feelings and emotions she touched on, especially as a child. I love that she takes responsibility for her mistakes as well as explaining that there are always more sides to the story and there is rarely a right or wrong way of dealing with life. Also a great book if you I really enjoyed the honesty in this book, Lily explains things as she saw them without any apologies or making excuses and that is so powerful. Whilst I certainly have not had a similar life to Lily's, I could relate to a lot of feelings and emotions she touched on, especially as a child. I love that she takes responsibility for her mistakes as well as explaining that there are always more sides to the story and there is rarely a right or wrong way of dealing with life. Also a great book if you're nosey like me!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Superstine

    4 stjerners kjendisbio (men, som dere ser, bare en 3-stjerners bok). Lily Allen er overraskende ærlig og introspektiv i denne, blir like fult litt mye kjendis-sladder for min smak (, men ser mange andre har sagt ÅÅÅÅH VI VIL HA MER SLADDER!) Trekker fra den siste stjerna fordi boka også blir litt vel repeterende (vi har fått med oss at du er co-dependent nå, kan vi snakke om noe annet?). PS: Tror denne vil være helt forferdelig i papirformat - LYD for alle penga.

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