I’m mildly obsessed with Dolly Alderton, her memoir Everything I Know About Love, and The High Low podcast, so naturally I pre-ordered Ghosts as soon as it was possible.
As it always goes when you’re that excited about something, it wasn’t the Most Perfect Thing Ever, but it was charming, funny and extremely readable. Though at times the writing was heavy in cliche, there were other times where the sentiments were entirely unique and offered delightfully relatable insight into things you didn’t even realise were things you related to.
The plot centres around online dating, and the total phenomenon (I can’t think of any more apt word) that is “ghosting” – dating someone, quite seriously sometimes, only to disappear completely. Dolly has endeavoured to expose the minefield that is modern dating without actually showing where the explosive points are, because that’s the whole point of a minefield, right? Besides, if she could map that out, her main character Nina Dean might not have had such an intense year.
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