Ghosts by Dolly Alderton #bookreview #contemporary #chicklit #romance

Title: Ghosts

Author: Dolly Alderton

Publisher:  Knopf

Publication Date: August 3, 2021

Page Count:  354

My rating: 3 1/2 stars

About the book:

INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLER • A smart, sexy, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy about ex-boyfriends, imperfect parents, friends with kids, and a man who disappears the moment he says “I love you.”

Nina Dean is not especially bothered that she’s single. She owns her own apartment, she’s about to publish her second book, she has a great relationship with her ex-boyfriend, and enough friends to keep her social calendar full and her hangovers plentiful. And when she downloads a dating app, she does the seemingly impossible: She meets a great guy on her first date. Max is handsome and built like a lumberjack; he has floppy blond hair and a stable job. But more surprising than anything else, Nina and Max have chemistry. Their conversations are witty and ironic, they both hate sports, they dance together like fools, they happily dig deep into the nuances of crappy music, and they create an entire universe of private jokes and chemical bliss.

But when Max ghosts her, Nina is forced to deal with everything she’s been trying so hard to ignore: her father’s Alzheimer’s is getting worse, and so is her mother’s denial of it; her editor hates her new book idea; and her best friend from childhood is icing her out. Funny, tender, and eminently, movingly relatable, Ghosts is a whip-smart tale of relationships and modern life.

Ghosts by Dolly Alderton is a contemporary chicklit novel with a touch of romance and an even bigger touch of heartache. This one was originally published in October of 2020 but is being picked up and republished by Knopf books this year.

Nina Dean is single but not that bothered by the fact as she gets the rest of her life in order. Nina has one book published and is working on a second all the while taking on other smaller jobs in the industry. Nina has a great relationship with her ex after parting as friends and plenty of girlfriends to spend time with.

Now after a nudge from a friend Nina has decided to download a dating app and start working on finding a match to begin a love life. Of course as many women know most of the matches that contact Nina do not have the same plans in line and are only looking for a hook up but Nina does find one that catches her attention and sets up a first date.

Ghosts began and had parts later that felt like it was on a fast forward and had an info dumpy feel which isn’t my favorite style of writing. When the story settles in though I did like Nina and her friends and getting to know them all. The “romance” side of this one isn’t exactly romantic but more a warning on app dating which is why I labeled this more chicklit than romance. Overall, I’d say this one fell around three and a half stars for me as it did have it’s enjoyable moments even though it wasn’t my favorite style.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon **

About the author:

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. From 2017 to 2020, she co-hosted 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 was published in October 2020 and was also a top five Sunday Times Bestseller.

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14 Comments on “Ghosts by Dolly Alderton #bookreview #contemporary #chicklit #romance

  1. Thanks for this honest review. I’ve been thinking of this book, but I prefer books with more romance in them, so maybe this isn’t for me. Thanks!

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    • You’re quite welcome Wendy! It wasn’t a bad story but definitely not a normal romantic HEA when dealing with someone getting ghosted.

      Liked by 1 person

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