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After being dumped by the man she thought she was going to marry, Laura, hurt and bewildered, turned to excess in an effort to heal; misplacing her anger for one man with all men and using sex as a weapon. After one final lewd encounter Laura declared a vow of celibacy and moved to an Italian convent. Set in Paris, Rome, Detroit and Derby this is the story of her life befo After being dumped by the man she thought she was going to marry, Laura, hurt and bewildered, turned to excess in an effort to heal; misplacing her anger for one man with all men and using sex as a weapon. After one final lewd encounter Laura declared a vow of celibacy and moved to an Italian convent. Set in Paris, Rome, Detroit and Derby this is the story of her life before and her life after, the beginning and the end. Eat, Pray, Love meets Wild, BECOMING is a memoir that shows how one year can change everything, even when it seems like you'd never know yourself again.


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After being dumped by the man she thought she was going to marry, Laura, hurt and bewildered, turned to excess in an effort to heal; misplacing her anger for one man with all men and using sex as a weapon. After one final lewd encounter Laura declared a vow of celibacy and moved to an Italian convent. Set in Paris, Rome, Detroit and Derby this is the story of her life befo After being dumped by the man she thought she was going to marry, Laura, hurt and bewildered, turned to excess in an effort to heal; misplacing her anger for one man with all men and using sex as a weapon. After one final lewd encounter Laura declared a vow of celibacy and moved to an Italian convent. Set in Paris, Rome, Detroit and Derby this is the story of her life before and her life after, the beginning and the end. Eat, Pray, Love meets Wild, BECOMING is a memoir that shows how one year can change everything, even when it seems like you'd never know yourself again.

30 review for Becoming: Sex, Second Chances, and Figuring Out Who the Hell I am

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cat Perrins

    'I’m proud of who I am but I’m well aware that Gwen is more palatable – she’s smoother round the edges. Less opinionated…By comparison I’m a blonde, loud, hurricane of a mess, constantly asking why and demanding who and talktalktalking. I take up so much more space.' Everybody LOVED this book and honestly, I don't know what I'm missing, but I couldn't even finish it. To me there is such a difference between introspection and self-obsession, and this book absolutely crosses that line. So not only 'I’m proud of who I am but I’m well aware that Gwen is more palatable – she’s smoother round the edges. Less opinionated…By comparison I’m a blonde, loud, hurricane of a mess, constantly asking why and demanding who and talktalktalking. I take up so much more space.' Everybody LOVED this book and honestly, I don't know what I'm missing, but I couldn't even finish it. To me there is such a difference between introspection and self-obsession, and this book absolutely crosses that line. So not only is it completely self-absorbed, the author also constantly mentions how hard she is on herself and how she doesn't love herself and on and on and on. Often in comparison to others, like the comment above. And yet NONE of it rings true to me. Somebody who really doesn't think they're unusually interesting probably wouldn't write an entire book about themselves and their sex life, for a start, and certainly not one full of all this faux-humility. There's endless stuff that other people supposedly said about her: ‘I’ve literally never known anyone give themselves as a hard a time as you do.’ Firstly, who even says that to another person? And secondly, I just don't believe that anyone could meet Williams - a blogger who literally writes about her sex life for a living - and think 'wow, you're insecure.' None of the 'insults' Williams throws at herself are even really insults per se, just hidden compliments: 'I so long to be the girl who understands who and what she is, what she stands for, is reliable and constant. But that is absolutely not me…I’m forever unfinished business. Isn’t that exhausting?' Is it? Or are you actually self-congratulating yourself on how complex you are, how different? She sounds like one of those girls who goes on about how she never eats salads but always eats burgers, or only wears natural make up. It's just not real humility, it's not a real concern. I don't buy it. Some of the stories here are genuinely funny but it's all so wrapped up in this weird pretense that it becomes incredibly difficult to read. You should sympathise with Williams - her boyfriend dumped her and married her best mate, and that's awful - but as the book goes on, you do find yourself thinking 'oh, come on, love, worse things happen at sea, you know.' It doesn't go anywhere, the revelations Williams has are obvious and don't seem to develop as the book goes on, and in the end I just thought I didn't want to read any more of her pretending all the good things about herself were bad things in an effort to get others to say 'Oh, no, I actually PREFER girls like you, you're so much more INTERESTING!' It's a shame because I like the author's blog, but this was absolutely not for me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Katey Lovell

    This memoir is a frank and honest account of the author's relationships during a tumultuous time. Exploring sex, celibacy and confidence, this is a read which will likely appeal to feminists, millennials and the younger end of Gen X. Funny and poignant, crushing and at times crude, I couldn't help but feel for Laura as she considered who she was and what she wanted from all aspects of her life. A well-written look at the sex life of one single woman in modern society. This memoir is a frank and honest account of the author's relationships during a tumultuous time. Exploring sex, celibacy and confidence, this is a read which will likely appeal to feminists, millennials and the younger end of Gen X. Funny and poignant, crushing and at times crude, I couldn't help but feel for Laura as she considered who she was and what she wanted from all aspects of her life. A well-written look at the sex life of one single woman in modern society.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Seymour Glass

    I feel like this is the book a lot of young women have been waiting for - overcoming heartbreak and loss of identity by adventuring your way into a new existence? Yes please! I've lent my copy to several friends already, all of whom said they had various moments of self-identification while reading. It's hard not to when a lot of this book concerns being made to feel ashamed of who you are - your sexuality, your thirst for knowledge and success and experience, and your unassailable femaleness in I feel like this is the book a lot of young women have been waiting for - overcoming heartbreak and loss of identity by adventuring your way into a new existence? Yes please! I've lent my copy to several friends already, all of whom said they had various moments of self-identification while reading. It's hard not to when a lot of this book concerns being made to feel ashamed of who you are - your sexuality, your thirst for knowledge and success and experience, and your unassailable femaleness in a world that punishes such things in myriad little ways. From terrible sex with terrible men to passionate soul-bonding with dreamy virgins, Laura Jane has run the gamut of 20-something female romantic experiences and she writes it all so wittily and vulnerably that you feel much less alone for having gone through it yourself. A well-travelled explorer, Laura Jane also takes us on a journey round the world, Derby to Detriot plus Italy, New York and Bali. Think 'Eat Pray Love' for broke millenials who have to fund their travels by working at summer camps for kids. The descriptions of her days as a tutor-trainer on the Italian Riviera are particularly evocative for their sense of summer-time freedom and the endless possibility of being young, daring and hungry for experience.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    I've been an avid reader of Laura Jane William's blog 'Superlatively Rude' for around four years now, and it's one of the few that I still check up on regularly. When I heard that she'd signed a book deal I hit the 'pre-order' button as soon as I could and waited patiently for the release date to arrive. After being dumped by her childhood sweetheart, who then goes on to marry her best friend, Laura stumbles through the next few years in a haze of sadness, booze and men, before embarking on a yea I've been an avid reader of Laura Jane William's blog 'Superlatively Rude' for around four years now, and it's one of the few that I still check up on regularly. When I heard that she'd signed a book deal I hit the 'pre-order' button as soon as I could and waited patiently for the release date to arrive. After being dumped by her childhood sweetheart, who then goes on to marry her best friend, Laura stumbles through the next few years in a haze of sadness, booze and men, before embarking on a year of celibacy and living in an Italian monastery where she slowly starts to piece herself back together. Becoming had me laughing, crying and aggressively nodding my head while saying "yup, I've felt that exact way so many times". There's nothing picture perfect about Laura's story, it's messy, honest, raw, and real. But that's what has made her such a wonderful writer, and why she has such a loyal following.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rosie Ellen

    Devoured this. A little too much gratuitous graphic sex in the beginning to set the scene, but the rest of it I loved - a fair bit of repetition from her blog (which I also love) but I really enjoyed filling in the gaps between stories I knew and the, aha, so that was him moment I had. An interesting and empowering journey through heartbreak.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marianna Androulaki

    Sometimes it felt like my personal story. What really happens to the broken people? Whether it's a hurtful breakup or not. Should we fly away, and try to soak up life? Should we stay and face our demons? Should we waste ourselves to meaningless addictions? I honestly don't have the answer. I've tried many, many things. Some days it's better. Others it's not so good. Still, years may go by and I may be marvelled by the distance I've covered. Laura Jane Williams gives her own testimony on the subj Sometimes it felt like my personal story. What really happens to the broken people? Whether it's a hurtful breakup or not. Should we fly away, and try to soak up life? Should we stay and face our demons? Should we waste ourselves to meaningless addictions? I honestly don't have the answer. I've tried many, many things. Some days it's better. Others it's not so good. Still, years may go by and I may be marvelled by the distance I've covered. Laura Jane Williams gives her own testimony on the subject, correcting the "happily ever after" usually served, by the rawness and the painful reality. Daisy Buchanan claims on the cover, "If you've ever felt a little lost, I hope this book finds its way to you". And you know what? In my case, it did.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alice Caryer

    I really wanted to like this book because Laura is a lot like me. However, I don't particularly like myself and I am at times extremely irritating, as is Laura. This book was me at my most self absorbed and repetitive. There are quite a few reviews on here that say it all really; the book comes across as quite fake, and while I don't really think it's my place to say someone's memoir is fake, I can't help but feel it. I honestly don't really think Laura had got anywhere close to being comfortabl I really wanted to like this book because Laura is a lot like me. However, I don't particularly like myself and I am at times extremely irritating, as is Laura. This book was me at my most self absorbed and repetitive. There are quite a few reviews on here that say it all really; the book comes across as quite fake, and while I don't really think it's my place to say someone's memoir is fake, I can't help but feel it. I honestly don't really think Laura had got anywhere close to being comfortable single and in herself by the end, which is a bit depressing, but I can empathise wholeheartedly. PS: I think my friends would actually kill me if I was still crying about an ex four years on.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Allie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A beautiful book about vulnerability, heartbreak, strength and gumption. I’m a big fan of Laura’s online presence and red magazine articles and this book made me fall more in love with her tellings of her faults, and wisdom. There were so many sections I highlighted and will revisit because honestly, we as humans never recover from heartbreak of past loves. The baggage always follows us in to healthy relationships and plays tricks but Laura guided a light to becoming our own champion and doing t A beautiful book about vulnerability, heartbreak, strength and gumption. I’m a big fan of Laura’s online presence and red magazine articles and this book made me fall more in love with her tellings of her faults, and wisdom. There were so many sections I highlighted and will revisit because honestly, we as humans never recover from heartbreak of past loves. The baggage always follows us in to healthy relationships and plays tricks but Laura guided a light to becoming our own champion and doing the work to loving ourselves will help us swim through the waves when they hit unexpectedly.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Frankie

    At times I loved this book and others found it tricky. Without even an ounce of confidence that Laura Jane Williams possess at times I found it a little to self indulgent. But I think that speaks more from my own insecurities. I wonder if I found myself in a similarly self aware situation if I would have related more. The bravery to lay your life bare, including all the hardness is something few people do.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amy Elizabeth

    If you hang around on the Internet, you've probably come across Laura Jane Williams and her brilliant blog at one time or another (and if you haven't, where have you been?). There was a lot of praise for her first book when it came out last year but it's only just fallen into my hands. With a subtitle of 'Sex, Second Chances, and Figuring Out Who the Hell I am', you can guess at the subject matter, and I think a lot of people will have similar stories to tell from their own lives - but isn't tha If you hang around on the Internet, you've probably come across Laura Jane Williams and her brilliant blog at one time or another (and if you haven't, where have you been?). There was a lot of praise for her first book when it came out last year but it's only just fallen into my hands. With a subtitle of 'Sex, Second Chances, and Figuring Out Who the Hell I am', you can guess at the subject matter, and I think a lot of people will have similar stories to tell from their own lives - but isn't that the point? After being dumped by the man she thought she was going to marry, Laura turned to booze and sex to try and heal her heart. But, after finding that it just isn't working for her, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery from Derby to Detroit, and finally to an... Italian convent? The comparisons with Wild by Cheryl Strayed or Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert are inevitable, but I think they are justified; not only does this book feature solo female travel, designed to repair and restore the traveller's heart and soul, but Laura manages to combine that wonderful mixture of honesty and sincerity with humour and self-deprecation, which makes this kind of memoir work for me. It would be so easy to go too far down the navel-gazing route, or to make the story more light-hearted in an effort to shun emotional intimacy with the reader, but Laura is unfailingly honest, even when it doesn't picture her in the best light, whilst remaining warm and self-aware enough to have you rooting for her the whole way. We might not have all gone on such a journey, but anyone who has ever experienced heartbreak (and haven't we all?) will find something special in this book. 

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    More of a 2.5 Let me just say that I adore Laura and her blog. I find her extremely witty and funny on Twitter. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by her but, something just didn’t click for me. It is a tale of heartbreak, loss and finding yourself but for me, I felt for a memoir, much of it was heavily embellished. It’s a real shame, I wanted to love this but I just couldn’t gel with it - despite myself having overcome heartbreak after a long term relationship. There are other reviews with th More of a 2.5 Let me just say that I adore Laura and her blog. I find her extremely witty and funny on Twitter. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by her but, something just didn’t click for me. It is a tale of heartbreak, loss and finding yourself but for me, I felt for a memoir, much of it was heavily embellished. It’s a real shame, I wanted to love this but I just couldn’t gel with it - despite myself having overcome heartbreak after a long term relationship. There are other reviews with the same thoughts that reflect how I feel too but sadly, this one just wasn’t for me.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Richards

    I could identify with so many things that happened in this book! The heartbreak, the casual sex, the realisations etc. The book gets much better as it goes on. I have to say that at the beginning some of the dialogue between the characters came over a bit “cheesy”, and this is very petty but I noticed a few typos which makes the book seem amateur when it really isn’t. Overall though a very enjoyable read, I was rooting for Laura throughout and I’m going to follow her blog now too.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Claire Bell

    I really enjoyed this memoir! Easy to read, full of youthful soul-searching and travel escapades, giving me a case of extreme envy for the Italian cobbled streets for a gelato! Laura's energetic personality paired with her emotional journey to vulnerability kept me turning the pages long after my eyes went heavy. A welcome Summery joy! On a memoir binge at the moment so if anyone has good recommendations please send my way! I really enjoyed this memoir! Easy to read, full of youthful soul-searching and travel escapades, giving me a case of extreme envy for the Italian cobbled streets for a gelato! Laura's energetic personality paired with her emotional journey to vulnerability kept me turning the pages long after my eyes went heavy. A welcome Summery joy! On a memoir binge at the moment so if anyone has good recommendations please send my way!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Claire Coupland

    I love Laura's books, she is an excellent writer. That said I struggled with this one and stopped halfway through. I picked it back up a few months later and ended up loving it. Laura's journey is a tough read at times, nothing to do with the writing, just feels too sad at times. It was a great read though and to see how from utter devastation and true pain someone can grow and flourish was beautiful. I love Laura's books, she is an excellent writer. That said I struggled with this one and stopped halfway through. I picked it back up a few months later and ended up loving it. Laura's journey is a tough read at times, nothing to do with the writing, just feels too sad at times. It was a great read though and to see how from utter devastation and true pain someone can grow and flourish was beautiful.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rosie

    I hate myself for such a low review as I adore Laura’s blog and Instagram, I recommend it to others all the time. However I couldn’t get on bored with Becoming. It felt so over emphasised and fake? Some of the conversations - nobody talks like that nobody I know anyone. Nobody actually calls there best friend baby girl or sugar tits, do they?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Kaye

    Funny whilst heartbreaking all in one. This is a perfect read for the modern woman trying to find herself. From one night stands to travelling around Europe and seedy heartbreaking moments. This is written with the intent that we have all felt some of the emotions expressed in this book. Will definitely recommend to friends.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    One of those books I wish I'd read sooner. I needed to read something like this when a past relationship broke down! It affirms all the life lessons you are slowly starting to realise as you navigate through your twenties and is a wonderful story about coming of age and realising that once you love yourself wholly, then you can allow someone else to love you too. One of those books I wish I'd read sooner. I needed to read something like this when a past relationship broke down! It affirms all the life lessons you are slowly starting to realise as you navigate through your twenties and is a wonderful story about coming of age and realising that once you love yourself wholly, then you can allow someone else to love you too.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

    I read this shortly after reading Dolly Alderton's "Everything I know about love" and found it a great segue. Williams is frank and brutally honest about her experiences, and I found I related to a lot of her thoughts and some of the inner turmoil she went through. A funny, open and entertaining read. I read this shortly after reading Dolly Alderton's "Everything I know about love" and found it a great segue. Williams is frank and brutally honest about her experiences, and I found I related to a lot of her thoughts and some of the inner turmoil she went through. A funny, open and entertaining read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Summer

    While I don't usually gravitate toward these types of books, I really enjoyed Laura's story. Her writing style is fantastic: it's thought-provoking without being pretentious, emotionally charged without being over-dramatic, reflective without being self-indulgent. While I don't usually gravitate toward these types of books, I really enjoyed Laura's story. Her writing style is fantastic: it's thought-provoking without being pretentious, emotionally charged without being over-dramatic, reflective without being self-indulgent.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Black

    At times, this book is an inspiring, optimistic tale of someone learning to love themselves, but at others it sounds like your drunken friend telling you about their sad life over and over and over again after one too many drinks at the pub.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brianna Henderson

    What a memoir Following how much I loved Dolly Alderton's love memoir, I loved this just as much. About heartbreak and loss, and probably too much sex. A heart felt story that is so brutally honest and explicit. It's just so real and beautiful What a memoir Following how much I loved Dolly Alderton's love memoir, I loved this just as much. About heartbreak and loss, and probably too much sex. A heart felt story that is so brutally honest and explicit. It's just so real and beautiful

  22. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Fox

    Felt like I was riding the tricky young woman adventure with Laura- fantastically written, funny, poignant and a wonderful reflection of that rollercoaster of a ride when you’re just trying to figure out the woman you want to be!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shona

    I’m so confused at all the rave-reviews? This was absolute self-absorbed drivel. It was so dull. I was hoping this would be uplifting and inspiring but in reality, I was so bored.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Poole

    I think this book is one that many women have been waiting for. It's bold and empowered. Still, much of the subject didn't resonate with me and I found myself struggling to reach the end. I think this book is one that many women have been waiting for. It's bold and empowered. Still, much of the subject didn't resonate with me and I found myself struggling to reach the end.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amy Rowland

    Brilliant.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jade

    I absolutely adored this book! I have been a fan of LJW for a while and have only just got round to reading her debut, I cannot wait to read the next books from her.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Angela Green

    A frank memoir of a very tumultuous time in the authors life. A pacy read with humour and a rarely found self awareness

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Baker

    What a rollercoaster. This book was written for me! I related to so much of it, except for having Laura's charisma and being able to date anyone ! What a rollercoaster. This book was written for me! I related to so much of it, except for having Laura's charisma and being able to date anyone !

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    I was disappointed by this. I really enjoy Laura's online presence, but this was too navel-gazey for me. I was disappointed by this. I really enjoy Laura's online presence, but this was too navel-gazey for me.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Orna

    Fantastic read with loads of worldly adventures throughout.

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