Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “My Thoughts Exactly” as Want to Read:
My Thoughts Exactly
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

My Thoughts Exactly

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  3,064 ratings  ·  185 reviews

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
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published September 20th 2018 by Blink Publishing
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about My Thoughts Exactly, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about My Thoughts Exactly

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Rating details
Sort: Default
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
Carly Findlay
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Book Addict Shaun
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Kelly Deriemaeker
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Deeply Honest, and fascinating. Always liked her, but like her more now.
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
NOTE: Miscarriage/stillbirth.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 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.
Donncha Lane
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Loved it. Lots of insight & fun. Lots of storytelling. Felt like I understood more about life after reading. Thank you
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
10 out of 10 for honesty.
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 ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Giorgi Shakarashvili
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Rach Denholm
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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.
Sarah-Jane Patterson
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Philippa Leah
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bronwyn Tasker
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!
Birgit Dekker
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
LOVED it. A very refreshing memoir.
Julia Tutt
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Emma McCormack
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »