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Product details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd (1 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409557502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409557500
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 3.4 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Holly writes for young adults for a living. She's a journalist for a charity-run website, TheSite.org, during the day - writing advice articles for 16-25 year-olds. And she writes YA novels in the evenings.

Before this, she spent two years as a news reporter on the Surrey Mirror.

She's half-American, but lived in England all of her life. She has a famous Grandpa - Larz Bourne - the creator of the Deputy Dawg cartoon.

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Holly Bourne's electrifying YA romance is guaranteed to set teenage hearts on fire. Forget Romeo and Juliet, and meet Poppy and Noah. --Lancashire Evening Post

This novel is one epic love story. --Dark Readers

A commercial, romantic homegrown thriller. --The Bookseller.

Exciting, smouldering and energetic...a book that really does reinvigorate the star-crossed lovers of YA. --ChooseYA

Soulmates is an outstanding debut and Holly Bourne is certainly a new talent in the YA world. --Bookbabblers

Warning: this book will demolish your heart as it has demolished mine. --CJ Skuse, author of Rockoholic

A thought-provoking and challenging book…with an ending that is too beautiful for words! - Once Upon a Bookcase

I love this book JUST AS MUCH AS TFIOS (it's not very often I say that. --Reader Review, Guardian Children's Books

A book that pulls the reader in from the outset and keeps us guessing all the way to the incredible, heart-wrenching conclusion. I want more from Holly Bourne please. --Janet Smyth, Edinburgh International Book Festival

Sure to be a winner with those who love romance with an edge. --School Library Association

Bittersweet, heart wrenching, and beautiful. 5/5. --Morning Owl

I feel like this book should come with some kind of warning. At some point, you will cry. Poppy and Noah's romance is incredible, wonderful and beautiful to read. --Escape into Words

About the Author

Holly Bourne graduated with a first class degree in Journalism Studies and spent two years working as a local news reporter on the Surrey Mirror, garnering a nomination for Print Journalist of the Year in 2010. She now works as a journalist for TheSite (www.thesite.org), an advice and information website for 16-25 year olds which has over 75,000 users each month. Soulmates is her first

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jess Hearts Books VINE VOICE on 13 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback
Soulmates is a unique and compelling debut by fresh new British talent Holly Bourne - I was utterly blown away by it! "Soulmates" and "True Love" is a worn out concept in YA and yet Holly Bourne puts an exciting scientific spin on it. What if meeting your soulmate was a bad thing? Holly Bourne puts romance under the microscope and asks the eternal question "what is love?" In this contemporary love story with a sci-fi twist.

Despite being a fairly chunky novel I was immediately captivated by this story and never got bored nor did the book feel overly long. I think this was mainly down to the authors writing style; it was funny, thrilling, current and hugely readable. There were times when I laughed, sobbed, and was on the edge of me seat with anticipation. The book is told from Poppy's perspective and there are alternate chapters told in third person following a secret society who seem to be keeping tabs on Poppy and Noah's romance. I loved this extra insight and I was so curious to find out why Poppy and Noah were so dangerous.

Poppy was such a refreshing heroine. She's snarky and a complete cynic when it comes to the idea of "true love" so nobody is more surprised than her when she meets Noah and they have an instant connection. Don't get me wrong I'm not a fan of insta-love but for this particular story it worked in this books favour. What I really loved was that although Poppy and Noah had an instant spark their relationship still grew and developed over time as they got to know one another.

One of my favourite things about Soulmates was the scientific aspect to the book. Holly Bourne really examines what love is and the chemical reactions our bodies have to that loved up feeling.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 28 Aug. 2013
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You'd be forgiven for thinking that Soulmates by Holly Bourne was some sappy, romantic, instalove kind of book given the title but...you'd also be dead wrong. Trust me on this. Soulmates is told from the eyes of Poppy, a regular teenage girl albeit a very cynical one, especially when it comes to matters of the heart. She thinks it's all just chemistry and hormones and the idea of soulmates? WHATEVER. That is, until she meets her own soulmate. But, like all good love stories, she doesn't recognise him as her soulmate at first and their relationship certainly gets off to a rocky start! What follows is the story of two teenagers falling in love and all the while, an international agency is conspiring to keep them apart. BUT WHY? This is the question that will drive you on through the novel until it reaches its devasting conclusion.

For someone who doesn't read a lot of British books (I know, I know) I have to say that I absolutely loved this one. It's as British as Bridget Jones and laugh out loud funny in parts, which is something I greatly appreciated. I think the story is fantastic in a The Adjustment Bureau meets Hancock kind of way and whilst I really don't think the message is "true love is disastrous for all involved", I love the juxtaposition of the idea surrounding soulmates - traditionally, we're told that meeting your soulmate is a GOOD thing but in this book? Not so. Well, they do say that the path to true love never runs smooth!

I like the fact that the book addresses issues of depression and anxiety whilst not making them the sole focus of the novel. The characters are unique and interesting (and very British) and Noah is swoonworthy without being a bad boy and owning a motorbike, which is somewhat refreshing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jo on 1 Sept. 2013
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When I first heard about Soulmates, I was so intrigued to read it! I just loved the idea of soulmates actually existing, but their bond being dangerous to the world. I started reading it as soon as it arrived, and I enjoyed it!

When it comes to love, Poppy is a cynic. The whole idea of romance and falling in love just seems completely ridiculous to her, and she's absolutely certain there are no happy endings. Then she meets Noah, and everything changes. The feelings she has for Noah are like nothing she has ever felt, and she is surprised over just how strongly Noah returns her feelings. Poppy and Noah are soulmates, each the other's perfect match. But their happiness comes at a cost - their being together puts the whole world in immense danger. They have to choose, stay together, or live apart?

As I said, I enjoyed Soulmates, but there were a few things that I weren't so keen on. Poppy was one of them. She was just so sarcastic and cynical, I found her incredibly annoying. And she was so insecure, which is surprising as Poppy's dad has a thing about encouraging her to be aware of her own self-worth. But whenever Noah was in the slightest of moods, it was because she was unattractive or he didn't fancy her any more. She didn't even consider that there could be some other reason.

Noah was also a little too sappy for my liking. This is mostly down to personal taste, but his great declarations early on aren't really my bag. Especially as they didn't know they were soulmates at the time, and he isn't even sure she feels the same way. Talking about being together forever after just a few dates would have me walking away backwards very slowly. He was really romantic, however, and planned some of the most awesome dates!
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