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More Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up: The WTF AM I DOING NOW? Follow Up to the Runaway Bestseller (Confessions, 2)

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The up and down of this sequence almost let me lose hope again, esp when her friends' marriage encountered all kinds of problems. The new Bridget Jones for our times' – Celia Walden, Telegraph'The story of Nell Stevens’ struggle through her imperfect, messy life doesn’t just make brilliant fiction, it’s turning into a cultural revolution! I’ve been a fan of Alexandra Potter’s for years now but have absolutely loved her last few novels, including the first Confessions book and One Good Thing. She is good for Nell and reminds her that ‘you can have everything but if you lose [your sense of humour] life can’t be much fun’.

It’s rare for any book to actually make me laugh out loud like this one did (more than once) and for a book to resonate on so many levels with me. Catching Up with NellOh I was so excited to see what was happening for Nell after reading Confessions years ago. When you get these kind of haphazard rom-coms (a genre I will be trademarking) you expect them to be fun and silly and light-hearted.

Life, like us, is a sum of moving parts, and if we're lucky, we get to keep f**king up, figuring it out and laughing in the face of it all.

This is an absolutely fantastic follow up to Confessions of a 40 Year Old F*** Up, I knew before going into this one that I was going to love it just as much as the first book.This book was beautifully written, hilariously funny (I was literally snorting out loud at certain points) and I just adored catching up with Nell and Cricket. I liked the format of the book especially Nell's Things I Am Grateful For at the end of each chapter. As heartfelt and hilarious as the bestselling first novel, Nell discovers that there’s no such thing as having it all figured out. She learns not only that ‘while broken hearts heal…you never forget’, but also the need to be true to yourself. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.

And revisiting LA with Cricket is an opportunity for Nell to take a look at the life, and people, she left behind. I’ve done it myself: posted the photo of four smiling faces with a ‘what a lovely day with besties – and so lucky with the weather.I loved getting back in touch with Nell and her life, and though our situations are different, there was still plenty I could relate to, as a woman of a similar age. Amid the laughter, tears, and unexpected turns, the author masterfully tackles deeper themes with sensitivity, giving the characters depth and authenticity. Brilliantly written, extremely relatable, honest, full of humour and totally uplifting, Everyone needs to read this (you don’t have to be forty-something) and realise it’s never too late to change what you don’t like in your life and their are tons of women dealing with the same thoughts and feelings. The story of Nell Stevens’ struggle through her imperfect, messy life doesn’t just make brilliant fiction, it’s turning into a cultural revolution!

She now lives in London with her husband – though often visits her mother in the Yorkshire Dales – and has had 12 previous books published. And then there’s the ‘unexpected baggage’, things you thought you’d dealt with and suddenly find that you haven’t. The story takes us through Nell's ups and downs, from her eccentric group of friends to her intriguing relationship with Edward, the boyfriend who maintains spreadsheets for everything. Whilst sharing the flat with not only Edward and their dog, but also his two teenage sons, a surprise pregnancy test throws Nells World into a spin. As heartfelt and hilarious as the bestselling first novel, Nell discovers that there's no such thing as having it all figured out.It seems that actually they do not see their future invested in the same things and break off their engagement. It seems like the first book’s success was the only reason for this extension, which was again easy fun read bus stories were kind of forced and didn’t really come together as interesting as you’d wish. A funny, feisty tale about the highs and the oh-so-lows of having to start over in your forties with a smart, sassy character at its heart who you'll be cheering on from start to finish.

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