Nina Dean has arrived at her early thirties as a successful food writer with loving friends and family, plus a new home and neighbourhood.
When she meets Max, a beguiling romantic hero who tells her on date one that he’s going to marry her, it feels like all is going to plan.
A new relationship couldn’t have come at a better time – her thirties have not been the liberating, uncomplicated experience she was sold. Everywhere she turns, she is reminded of time passing and opportunities dwindling. Friendships are fading, ex-boyfriends are moving on and, worse, everyone’s moving to the suburbs. There’s no solace to be found in her family, with a mum who’s caught in a baffling mid-life makeover and a beloved dad who is vanishing in slow-motion into dementia.
Dolly Alderton’s debut novel is funny and tender, filled with whip-smart observations about relationships, family, memory, and how we live now.
Not One For Me!
I suspect I’m out of step with this one; the much vaunted humour passed me by and I felt only happiness at no longer having to deal with today’s dating scene.
At age 32, Nina Dean’s career as a food writer has taken off – more than could be said for her love life. Then she meets Max and all of a sudden her future seems to be settled. As all her friends are moving on from singledom, she is set to join them until, overnight, Max ghosts her. No contact, no replies to her texts, leaving her with her confidence shattered. Whilst her friends are moving to the suburbs and starting families, Nina only has her family to fall back on; with her Dad suffering from dementia and her mother in the midst of a mid-life crisis, there’s little solace to be had there.
I found this to be quite sad. How horribly those in the dating pool behave, treating others with disdain and, quite frankly, the whole thing horrified me. No matter how attracted I was to a person, there is no way I would give them a second chance after such appalling behaviour. In all honesty, I struggled my way through this book. I don’t by any means live in the dark ages but I’ve never encountered this sort of novel before. Not one for me, although I’m sure others will love it. In all fairness, it is well written but it didn’t keep my attention. For me, this is a two star read.
My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: women’s fiction
- Format: ebook, hardcover, audiobook
- Size: 338 pages
- Publisher: Penguin UK
- Publication Date: 15 October 2020
- Links: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49671543-ghosts
Dolly Alderton is an award-winning author and journalist. She is a columnist for The Sunday Times Style and has also written for GQ, Red, Marie Claire and Grazia. She co-hosts the weekly pop-culture and current affairs podcast The High Low alongside journalist Pandora Sykes. Her first book Everything I Know About Love became a top five Sunday Times bestseller in its first week of publication and won a National Book Award for Autobiography of the Year. Her first novel Ghosts will be published by Fig Tree/Penguin in October 2020.