‘My Thoughts Exactly’ is Lily Allen’s autobiography.
So, this is me. Lily Allen.
I am a woman.
I am a mother.
I was a wife.
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.
I’m not the biggest fan of Lily Allen. I’ve never bought any of her music but I did see her at Oxygen one year and enjoyed bopping along to her hit song, ‘It’s Not Fair’.
I was curious to read her autobiography, as I heard much talk of the content and I was wondering what made her do the things that people mentioned. So, I spent most of Christmas with my head in the book, absorbed in her world and finding out what made her the woman that she has become today.
This book is a honest reflection of growing up in the limelight, as well as struggles with mental health. From an early age, Lily explained her struggles with security as both her parents were either away working or socialising so Lily spent most of her time being pushed from pillar to post. She speaks candidly about her journey to becoming a pop star and the trials that she faced along the way, the pressures of the paparazzi, social media as well the struggles of maintaining relationships in the public eye.
Her wit and charm radiates from the page and her words occasionally make for poignant and reactive reading, as she speaks honestly about her battles with drink and drugs as well as her breakdowns, and she approaches some of the harder topics in a lighter tone as if to lessen the blow for the reader.
‘My Thoughts Exactly’ is a blunt and emotional eye opening account of the pressure of being one of England’s most influential singers. Riddled with drama and darkness, this book is an explosive insight into the pressures of being a young woman in a celebrity world and the problems that she faced when she was at her most successful.
You can buy My Thoughts Exactly from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.