Confessions of a Forty-Something F##k Up by Alexandra Potter #BookReview #PanMacmillan #NetGalley #5*


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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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Fresh, Funny & Quite Brilliant!      stars 5


Not a word I use often in my reviews but this novel is BRILLIANT

Nell Stevens feels such a failure. With a broken relationship, no money, moving back to the UK – to live with her parents, no less – and the big four-o on the horizon things just couldn’t seem bleaker. She finds that her friends have all moved on – married with children – and the only home she can afford is sharing with a stingy landlord. But when you’re at rock bottom, they only way is up! Right?

I passed my forty somethings some time ago, but Alexandra Potter has hit the nail bang on the head with this novel. It’s fresh, funny, and entertaining but more than anything it has a big dollop of truth mixed into every chapter! Don’t we all think our friends have it all together, whilst we are struggling to get out of bed in the morning? I have loved everything about this book; the characters are fabulous – especially Cricket; the children are a great addition to the story, as is Arthur, and Nell’s relationships with her own family rings true. An absolutely terrific story which will have you wiping away a tear one moment and chuckling the next. Unlike other novels with a similar type of synopsis, this isn’t a glossed-over version – this is as truthful as it gets! Beautifully written, and one I really couldn’t put down. Definitely a five star read, and worth each and every sparkling star!

My thanks to the publishers for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: humour, romance
  • Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover, audiobook
  • Size: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication Date: 14 January 2021
  • Links: Goodreads
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  •              Kobo
  •              Waterstones
  •              amazon


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Author Bio




Born and raised in Yorkshire, I lived for several years in LA before settling back in the UK. I currently live in London with my Californian husband and our Bosnian rescue dog and when I’m not writing or travelling, I’m getting out into nature, trying not to look at my phone and navigating this thing called mid-life.


Social Media


Twitter: @40somethingfkup

Facebook: @Alexandra.Potter.Author


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