The Wrong Knickers - A Decade of Chaos Paperback – 1 Jan 2015
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I laughed, I cried, I winced, I whooped, I ran out and bought it for all my single friends. A fantastic writer. (India Knight)
Eye-poppingly truthful and unexpectedly touching, this is the Bridget Jones reboot we were after. (Alexandra Heminsley Elle)
The Wrong Knickers is brilliantly funny, brilliantly honest, deliciously indiscreet and, at times, incredibly moving. It's the most truthful, evocative and hilarious account of what it is to be a twenty something girl in Britain that I've read in a very long time. (Polly Vernon)
Bryony Gordon is a very bad girl - and an even better writer. (Camilla Long)
Absurdly good (Grazia)
Anyone who has got halfway through their 20s to realise that adulthood isn't all they'd hoped will read this memoir of a misspent youth howling with recognition and helpless laughter. (Elle)
Any book that sees the protagonist exclaim the line, "Beyoncé is an essence, not a human being" is literary gold as far as we're concerned... This book definitely needs a disclaimer - if you read it in public, you will definitely get some funny looks for guffawing quite a lot. (Heat)
If you want a real page-turner that will have you laughing out loud, then this is the book for you. (Bella Magazine)
Heart-and-snot-on-sleeve honest, The Wrong Knickers is the real Bridget in all her hopeless glory. (The Telegraph)
Candid and touching (The Independent)
The book is the equivalent of Bridget Jones, Carrie Bradshaw and Hannah Horvath exchanging slightly guarded handshakes, then realising they've all slept with the same terrible men...dark, funny, [and] honest (Barbara Ellen The Observer)
A memoir of one woman's Twenties that will make you laugh until you cry at some embarrassing sex stories, then throw your head into your hands about a crisis of personal finance (Emerald Street)
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This is being billed as a 'hilarious' real-life Bridget Jones - but the story told here is actually far sadder than that: completely dependent on other people's validation, Gordon sleeps with inappropriate men she doesn't even like, gets drawn into excessive drinking and drugs to suit someone else's idea of cool, and is so irresponsible with money that she is chased by bailiffs, and walks around with a Mulberry bag while existing off tortilla chips.
Amazingly, despite this, Gordon is a hugely sympathetic narrator mainly because of her self-deprecating and wryly savage assessments of her own younger self. I was hugely relieved for her that she's now settled down with a husband and child living the Clapham comfortable middle-class life which is all she's ever wanted.
So I found this more sad than hilarious that in the 21st century a young woman can still allow herself to be controlled by culturally-endorsed models: either the crazy party girl about town, or the Clapham-dwelling yummy mummy. Gordon writes with a mordant wit and is nicely non-judgmental, but I closed the book not completely sure that she has ever learned to love herself.
This book is written from the first person and so you feel the whole way through this book that Bryony is chatting to you over a bottle of wine and some Kettle chips and just recounting to you things she has done. She compares the time she was the only single one at a dinner party to the time you were the only single one at a dinner party. You chat about the horror of trying to find a flat to rent on your own, especially one within an easy commut to work and how it would be so much easier if you were part of a couple. The horror of discovering that the party you decided to spontaneously host was really the worst idea you have ever had, and each anecdote becomes more and more hilarious.
This woman Is seriously braver that most of us though because she really does lay it all out there for you to see. The drinking, the mistakes, the break ups and all the feelings that go with that. She tells you about her parents reaction when she decided to drop out of uni and her own feelings when she discovers the affair she was having wasn't quite what it turned out to be.
If you fancy some laughs and a few home truths then you need to be picking up this book now.Read more ›
First and foremost, The Wrong Knickers simply isn't as funny as it wants to be. Although there are some genuinely humorous moments, I got the sense that Gordon was often trying too hard; for example, in lengthy anecdotes such as the eponymous story of the 'wrong knickers' where the payoff isn't worth the effort. Much of the material also feels extremely familiar; Bryony's rants about the extortionate cost of hen dos and weddings are hardly original. However, my problems with The Wrong Knickers went beyond the humour. I loved the Bridget Jones novels and have no problem reading about a young woman with a somewhat ridiculous approach to life, so it took me some time to work out why I disliked this reiteration of the Bridget formula so much.Read more ›
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Funny, sad, chaotic much better than Bridget Jones it's non fiction looking forward to mad girl well done Bryony GordonPublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
This lurches from one crazy highlight to another. Made me laugh out loud. A really good way to spend the dayPublished 1 month ago by Catharine
If you weren't a Bryony fan before, you will be after reading 'The Wrong Knickers.' It really was a hilarious read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this book, I found myself laughing out loud with Bryony and other times wanting to slap her. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nikol Harrson