‘The Wrong Knickers’ is Bryony Gordon’s debut book.
Bryony Gordon survived her adolescence by dreaming about the life she’d have in her twenties: the perfect job; the lovely flat; the amazing boyfriend. The reality was something of a shock. Her Telegraph column was a diary of her daily screw-ups; she lived in a series of squalid shoe boxes; and her most meaningful relationship of the entire decade was with a Marlboro Light. Here in THE WRONG KNICKERS Bryony busts open the glamorized myth of what it means to be a young (perpetually) single girl about London town, and shares the horrible and hilarious truth. The truth about picking up a colleague at the STI clinic; sinking into debt to fund a varied diet of wine, crisps and vodka; and how it feels when your dream man turns out to be a one night stand who hands you someone else’s knickers in the morning.
Bryony’s wonderfully ridiculous and ultimately redemptive story is essential reading for everyone whose ‘best years’ weren’t quite what they were expecting..
I found myself surprisingly empathising and relating to Bryony. Like her, i seemed to have reached a point in my life where everyone is pairing up and multiplying and I’m still trying to get to my to be read book pile in order. The book accounts her life from her twenties through to her thirtieth hence the title ‘Ten Years of Chaos’ and shows how manic life can get when drinks and drugs drink control.
After moving to London, Bryony is living the dream, a journalist living in squalid and cramped flats were housewarming parties usually resulted in carnage, Bryony is always the life and soul of the party, she is a tonic to her friends who are all growing up and away from her and they can live their lives vivicauously through her. Aware that she provides the entertainment for the group, she sinks even further in her drink and drug habit.
Bryony is a wonderful character, with an addictive personality, she makes everyone laugh which isn’t always her intention, as the only thing she truly wants in life is love and finds herself constantly attracting the wrong type of man. She lives a manic life and rarely seems to calm down flitting from one party to the next. Underneath the partying, lives a troubled soul that really wanted to sort herself out, battling eating issues and self esteem, she envies everyone around her. The story is told through the narrative of Bryony’s voice and it’s quite a witty and blunt read, with vivid descriptions of drug taking and wild parties, this book an eye-opening story is filled with delightful one liners, awkward moments and a leading lady that you just want to hug and have a drink.
An absurdly entertaining and riveting story that is well worthy of the hype that surrounds it, ‘The Wrong Knickers’ is enlightening and heartwarming story about one girl struggling to find her happy ever after.
You can buy The Wrong Knickers – A Decade of Chaos from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.