Apparently I’m boring. A nobody. But that’s all about to change. Because I am starting a project. Here. Now. For myself. And if you want to come along for the ride then you’re very welcome.
Bree is a loser, a wannabe author who hides behind words. Most of the time she hates her life, her school, her never-there parents. So she writes.
But when she’s told she needs to start living a life worth writing about, The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting is born. Six steps on how to be interesting. Six steps that will see her infiltrate the popular set, fall in love with someone forbidden and make the biggest mistake of her life.
I had planned on having an active day today. Planning some cool posts and taking some artsy pictures in the rare English sun, but, alas, no. My day was occupied entirely by reading this utterly incredible novel!
The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting is the second book by the amazingly talented Holly Bourne. I read Soulmates when it was first published a couple of years ago and completely fell in love with everything about Bourne’s writing. And she has done it again with this hilarious yet touching coming of age novel.
Bourne manages to revamp the whole theme of a geek having a makeover and suddenly becoming an IT-Girl. Just like Bree does in The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting, Bourne makes this idea a realistic and relatable plot. It truly is a story that everyone should read! Not only does Bourne write an amazing story but she also sends out a positive message to teenagers and young adults about life and the unrealistic views people are fed all over the world on school, friends, beauty and life.
One of the things I have to praise Bourne on doing is creating characters that have been some of my favourite to read! Bree is a teenage girl with issues most girls go through as well as being able to reach a few who have some more serious problems in their life. Without giving away too much about what goes on throughout the book I will say that I think the themes Bourne brings into this book can be a dangerous path to go down in the YA genre, but somehow she manages to make them relatable and deals with this delicate themes in a respectable manor. Bree is a likeable and hilarious character- definitely one of my favourites!
I plead with you to pick up this book whether you be young or old, male or female. There is something so relatable and loveable to be found in this book, which everyone can enjoy!
I had the huge honour of meeting Holly at last years YALC in London and cannot wait to see what is to come from her! The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting will proudly sit on my bookcase beside Bourne’s Soulmates, and all other works Holly produces!
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