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Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up: The Funniest WTF AM I DOING? Novel of the Year (Confessions, 1)

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I find Nell just such a relatable character. She has faults, but she is loveable, and is just a great side character (still want her to have her own spin off)

Hilarious and heartwarming….In this delightful and impactful novel, Potter reminds us that life rarely goes according to plan. With its empathetic characters, well-crafted plot, and poignant message, this book is a must-read for anyone who has ever felt like they're stumbling through life.”— Booklist It was with a sense of glee that I noted Alexandra Potter was releasing a follow up to her 2021 best-selling novel, "Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up". I read the first book out of curiosity due to the title - I was approaching the big 40 and discovering that apparently there are life-goals that we are supposed to achieve. I must have missed those particularly lessons at school. And so, refreshingly, has our heroine Nell.However, her friends of a similiar age all seem to be in a different place...marriage, kids, careers and Nell thinks of herself as a bit of a F-up. Funny but layered, light-hearted but surprisingly deep, this is a perfect and inspiring new year read' - Red

This was billed as humorous and it was in parts but I expected more. What I hadn't expected was some of the sensitive topics that were covered. I did feel they were dealt with very well.The thing is, no matter how settled you think you are, life always has alternative plans, and Nell's life is no different. 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. * Mike Gayle *

Now, we're 2.5 years on from that, I am now 30, and I am 1) still single, 2) still childless, and 3) have no job but still refer to myself as a writer, albeit a failed one when it comes to actually finishing anything. Na materstvo má názor každý. Keď sa nad tým zamyslíte, je naozaj zvláštne, že si to my, ženy, necháme. Roky nás presviedčali, že na tridsiate piate narodeniny ženská plodnosť vyletí von komínom, a ak sa dá veriť všetkému, čo sa píše, v päťdesiatke sa máme tešiť z nevďačných tínedžerov alebo začať gúgliť darcovstvo vajíčok. I’ve learned if there’s one gift you can give yourself in life, it’s the freedom and courage to say “I don’t know”. Because I’ll let you into a secret – you don’t have to know. You don’t have to know how you feel, or what you want, or if you’re happy or if you’re sad.”

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