Review: Confessions of a Forty-Something by Alexandra Potter

Title: Confessions of a Forty-Something

Author: Alexandra Potter

Published: April 28th 2020, Macmillan Australia

Status: Read May 2020, courtesy Macmillan Australia


My Thoughts:

“Hi and welcome to Confessions of a Forty-Something F##k-Up, the podcast for any woman who wonders how the hell she got here, and why life isn’t quite how she imagined it was going to be.”

After the end of her engagement and the collapse of her business, Penelope ‘Nell’ Stevens has returned home from LA to London, single, broke and feeling like a f##k-up on the wrong side of forty. Her friends seem to have it all – the loving husband, adorable children and beautiful home – while she’s forced to rent a room from a stranger and start over.

I loved Nell, who despite feeling stuck on ‘Planet What The F##k Am I Going To Do With My Life’ is determined to move forward and learn to be grateful for what she has. It’s not easy for Nell as she struggles with feeling as if she is a failure, and I think Potter captures her cycles between pessimism and optimism well.

Unexpected inspiration and support for Nell comes from Cricket, an eighty-something year who as a recent widow is in a similar position to Nell. Cricket is a wonderful character, feisty and honest, and even threatens to upstage Nell at times.

The themes of the story focus on relationships between lovers and friends, and family. Of most significance though is the reminder that no one’s life is perfect, and that’s OK. As a forty-something year old myself I can relate to the issues that Potter explores, though I have more in common with Nell’s friends than Nell herself.

Confessions of a Forty-Something could have been cheesy and shallow, but instead I found it to be charming and insightful. Witty, engaging and relevant for any one who feels like life hasn’t quite worked out as planned, I found Confessions of a Forty-Something to be an enjoyable read, and am happy to recommend it.

“For all of us, it seems, life isn’t always easy, and the lesson I’ve learned is that you’re not f##cking up if life hasn’t worked out how you expected. Because real life is messy and complicated. Shit happens. One size doesn’t fit all. Remove the filters and the hashtags and the motivational messages and we’re all just as scared and confused as the next person. We’re all just living our life, and it might not tick all the boxes or look Insta-perfect, but that’s OK.”


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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Helen Murdoch
    May 06, 2020 @ 08:20:55

    This sounds like a good read with light and insightful moments, which is a good combination.

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
    May 08, 2020 @ 04:28:48

    Lovely review, I think this has broad appeal for anyone over 40.

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Mystica
    May 08, 2020 @ 21:11:45

    This will appeal to me especially. Thanks for the review.

    Liked by 1 person


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  5. Cheryl Malandrinos
    May 12, 2020 @ 02:23:15

    Sounds fabulous. I would love to read it.

    Liked by 1 person


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