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My Thoughts Exactly

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,145 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
The No.1 Sunday Times Bestseller

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.
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published September 20th 2018 by Blink Publishing
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Vanessa
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
Monica
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.
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.
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
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Keith
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Deeply Honest, and fascinating. Always liked her, but like her more now.
Tina
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
Melissa
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
10 out of 10 for honesty.
Donncha Lane
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Super

Loved it. Lots of insight & fun. Lots of storytelling. Felt like I understood more about life after reading. Thank you
Lauren
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
Fiona
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
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Annette
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
Marie-Louise
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.
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
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Sarah
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.
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.
Sia
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.
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!
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.
Kat Goodger
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: listened-to
So honest and very interesting. Definitely worth a read/listen.
Mrs N J Farley
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Honest!

Love this book. We are all in the same boat called life, but some of us have the extra misfortune of having to make our mistakes in the public eye. Looking forward to reading the next instalment xx
Niklas Pivic
In spite of the weird words where Allen states that she did not enjoy a privileged upbringing—she did—the rest of this book is thoroughly enjoyable.

It’s the degree I’m interested in: the things in my life that changed events, upended things, upset the cart. Sometimes, these were external events I had no control over: my son, George, was born three months prematurely, but had already died inside me; I was stalked for seven years and felt my life threatened by someone with a severe mental illness,
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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.
Annmarie Millar
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've always like Lily Allen's music and liked her style. I saw her on Jonathan Ross and liked her interview that much it spurred me on to pick up her book. I'm glad I did. Open and honest and it just made me want to give her a BIG hug!!
Seymour Glass
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was a fan of Lily when her first album came out, but I stopped following her (and pop) shortly after that because I'm a Pretentious Knobhead. This was compounded by the fact that I used to know the guy who played keys in some of her early recording sessions and he said it took ages because she couldn't figure out what the notes were. A singer who couldn't sing? Please. I was firmly dedicated to Amy Winehouse and the papers like to pit them against each other sometimes as young London female si ...more
Roisin Cure
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a very bad customer for Audible. I send lots of stuff back. But Lily Allen's book will stay in my library. It's one of those books I'll reach for at midnight some night when I can't sleep.

I'll start with the bad points: I found it hard to get into Lily's narration - it's a bit monotone. That's it - there are no more bad points.

Good points: Lily is very funny (whilst never trying to be), and very dry, and very, very clever. Lily has led a rather tumultuous life, which wasn't entirely down t
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Kaitlin Kavanagh
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen was quite a confronting book in ways that I wasn't expecting - mostly because I didn't really know what I was expecting going into it.

It listened to this book on Audible because it was narrated by Lily Allen herself and I always enjoy books read by the authors - especially those whose voices I already know (see: Stephen Fry, Neil Gaiman).

In her first chapter, Allen summarises herself quite eloquently and sets the standard of her writing for the rest of the nove
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Andy Walker
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding book. Searingly honest and to the point, Lily Allen has written a brilliant account of what it’s like to be in the public eye, to be trashed by the press, to be betrayed by friends and colleagues, to be judged based on your media image and to be exploited and abused by those with more power than you. However, My Thoughts Exactly is not a wallowing in self-pity book. On the contrary, it’s a defiant and revelatory account by a woman who refuses to be ground down by her experiences. ...more
Lsra
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I hesitated whether to buy this as although I’m a massive fan of Lily’s old albums, I haven’t been as much of a fan in recent years. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. She is brutally honest throughout about what she’s been through, the mistakes she’s made and her personal struggles. This book certainly made me feel a lot more empathy for Lily, her life hasn’t always been easy and people haven given her a hard time.
I found this book relatable in a lot of ways, and I think many yo
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Emma Ward
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I'd seen a bit of buzz about this book before it hit the shelves, & as a fan of Lily Allen's music, I was intrigued. It's not a typical biography, but more a collection of important events, which Lily states very clearly at the beginning. No subject is out of bounds, & whilst I feel this is deeply personal, raw & honest, there are some instances where I cannot connect with her (on account of her privileged lifestyle). These instance are few & far between, however. A quick read, w ...more
Beth
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Raw, honest and saddening.

This book will allow me to connect with Lily Allen's songs on a whole other level in both understanding what they represent to her and where they came from in her life struggles and pleasures.

Not only does it shed light on what Lily Allen has gone through but also how absolutely fame can negatively affect an individual.

The book is like an open letter to the people who have let her down, professionally and personally. Highlighting the people who are partly to blame for
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