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Publisher's Summary

International best seller

A smart, sexy, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy about ex-boyfriends, imperfect parents, friends with kids, and a man who disappears the moment he says "I love you".

“An absolute knock-out. Wickedly funny and, at turns, both cynical and sincere... feels like your very favorite friend.” (Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Malibu Rising)

Nina Dean is not especially bothered that she's single. She owns her own apartment, she's about to publish her second book, she has a great relationship with her ex-boyfriend and enough friends to keep her social calendar full and her hangovers plentiful. And when she downloads a dating app, she does the seemingly impossible: She meets a great guy on her first date. Max is handsome and built like a lumberjack; he has floppy blond hair and a stable job. But more surprising than anything else, Nina and Max have chemistry. Their conversations are witty and ironic, they both hate sports, they dance together like fools, they happily dig deep into the nuances of crappy music, and they create an entire universe of private jokes and chemical bliss.

But when Max ghosts her, Nina is forced to deal with everything she's been trying so hard to ignore: Her father's Alzheimer's is getting worse, and so is her mother's denial of it; her editor hates her new book idea; and her best friend from childhood is icing her out. Funny, tender, and eminently, movingly relatable, Ghosts is a whip-smart tale of relationships and modern life.

©2021 Dolly Alderton (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, Vogue, People

An Entertainment Weekly Best New Book to Read 

“Ghosts is an absolute knock-out. Wickedly funny and, at turns, both cynical and sincere, Dolly Alderton's voice feels like your very favorite friend. I devoured it.” (Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones & the Six)

“A stunning achievement: I was laughing out loud, doing my best a few minutes later not to burst into tears and then angry that it had all come to an end. So moving, so funny, so beautifully written and so poignant. Brilliant.” (Stanley Tucci)

"Ghosts is wonderful. Funny, sharply observed, poignant, and full of truths about life and love and friendship.” (Matt Haig, author of The Midnight Library

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I figured it out…

Having read and LOVED Dolly Alderton’s ‘Everything I Know About Love’, I couldn’t wait to dove into Ghosts. From the start, though, there was something off-putting about the story. I realized quickly that, while all of the amazing trappings of Dolly’s storytelling are present, the narrators performance feels grating. Like an innocuous phone conversation with a seductive voice on the other end- it doesn’t match and leaves you feeling uncomfortable and distracted. If you love Dolly like I do, this one is best enjoyed via kindle or print.

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What a waste of time and money

This is the most boring book I have listen to for a very long time

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Really disappointing for me

Absolutely nothing happens in this book. You could read the first bit, skip to the very end and the characters are in exactly the same state.

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Yup. Dating sucks.

Dating is - for many of us - a terrible thing. And sometimes that happy ending just never comes. This story explores the many realities of many types of relationships, at many stages. The inner dialogues do get rather lengthy, but bear with them. It’ll get back to the action soon enough.

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performance was excellent

Easy read / listen. It kept my attention. The narration was excellent. The storyline was good. The characters where well developed. I enjoyed it.

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Relatable

Super relatable for single people and for married people too. It has a great message and has good reminders a out relationships in general.

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for any single millennial who thinks she's alone, this book will remind that wholeness of life lives far beyond an app. or a boyfriend.

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Lonely search for love in the digital age

If your “hot vaccinated summer” has closed with little victory, the idea of still swiping on someone new this autumn too daunting, and spending another night alone in your one-bedroom apartment feels almost haunted by your own disappointment, this is the book that understands you.

“Ghosts” is a sobering Bridget Jones’ Diary for the 2020s single thirty-somethings, a meditation on the isolation of adulthood that no likes to talk about — can you be happy being single if no one is happy with you? Or for you?

Charming, insightful, and honest, Alderton captures the double edge of being intellectually progressive while still secretly, and sometimes openly, yearning to be swept off your feet.