Review: Good Material by Dolly Alderton

Title: Good Material

Author: Dolly Alderton

Pages: 345 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

Every relationship has one beginning.

This one has two endings.

Andy loves Jen. Jen loved Andy.

And he can’t work out why she stopped.

Now he is. . .

1. Without a home

2. Waiting for his stand-up career to take off

3. Wondering why everyone else around him seems to have grown up while he wasn’t looking

Set adrift on the sea of heartbreak at a time when everything he thought he knew about women, and flat-sharing, and his friendships has transformed beyond recognition, Andy clings to the idea of solving the puzzle of their broken relationship. Because if he can find the answer to that, then maybe Jen can find her way back to him.

Andy still has a lot to learn, not least his ex-girlfriend’s side of the story.

From the bestselling author of Ghosts and Everything I Know About Love: a sharply funny, beautifully observed and exquisitely relatable story of heartbreak and friendship, and how to survive both.

The Review

Good Material left me feeling exposed. It is the story about a break-up of a relationship. Jen and Andy have broken up. Andy is not happy and he is not handling it well. We follow him through his journey of trying to get over the relationship and I won’t lie to you, it is brutal.

If you have ever been through a break-up it will all feel painfully familiar. If you haven’t been through a break-up then it should give you the fear.

Dolly Alderton has written a triumphant novel that hits a different way to any other break-up novel I have ever read.

Good Material by Dolly Alderton is available now.

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