The Manifesto on How to be Interesting Paperback – 1 Aug 2014
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Probably the best YA novel I've ever read, and that's a strong statement to make. --Emma Blackery
Full of wisdom, heartache, and honesty, this tops John Green in my book. --Never Judge a Book by its Cover
I'd recommend this book to anyone and everyone. --Beth Reekles, YA author (The Kissing Booth)
The banter & bitchiness is UTTERLY ADDICTIVE. --Non Pratt, YA author (Trouble)
Tackles issues like peer pressure, bullying and self-harm, but so very readable. --Bookseller Children's Buyers Guide
Very much in tune with her audience, this second novel from Holly has characters that readers will relate to and remember long after reading the last page. --Lovereading4kids
Holly Bourne has written an intriguing and well-written YA novel that keeps you turning the pages and is a meaner Mean Girls of sorts. --Booktrust
This is a book which is hard to put down and will find a large audience with readers both older and younger than the suggested age group. --School Library Journal
One of the most honest voices I've ever read in YA contemporary fiction. --Books for YA
My favourite book this year. --Boxes of Foxes
Intelligent but introverted Bree might not seem at first to be an every girl but her fears, her emotions, her vulnerability... will strike a chord with both teens and their parents. Bourne is a prodigiously talented author who has the gift of making fiction seem real. --Lancashire Evening Post
As you'd expect this book is witty and clever. I quickly connected with Bree and was chuckling away after a few pages... I loved that this wasn't a purely happy or sad book but a messy realistic in between much like life really. --Jess Hearts Books
A great book...It made me grateful that I never in my life have to go back to school ever again! --A Book and Tea
Hard to put down. --School Librarian
I clung to my kindle and read as fast as I possibly could... The ending was explosive and when there was ten percent left, I really didn't know how the plot would end. --Emma Lou Book Blog
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.org, an advice and information website for 16-25 year olds.
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Bree is a geek girl. She has been bullied and isn't one of the "popular possie" - every teenaged girl will recognise this. She has a friend, Holdo, who has named himself after Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye. She has a good time being friends but doesn't fancy him. She does fancy her English teacher, Mr Fellows, and flirts with him. They are attracted to each other by their mutual interest in creative writing. I found this bit of the book very uncomfortable to read. I was relieved when Holly Bourne pointed out through Mr Fellows that he "could go to prison" for what he does with Bree. Bree also tries to get in with the girls in the popular possie, and this results in some funny episodes which really ring true.
Bree is a self harmer and unfortunately her relationship with Mr Fellows plays its part in taking her to the edge of a total breakdown. It's a gripping read and you can see how Holly Bourne has used her experience as an agony aunt to really understand what makes teenage girls tick. The book faithfully represents what life is like today if you are 17 years old and trying to get along with your life.
It's worth pointing out that the book carries a warning "Not suitable for younger readers" as there are some strong sexual references in it.
I’m just going to go ahead and say it: I should have read this book first.
Out of all of Holly Bourne’s books that I’ve read so far, I should’ve started with this one. Purely because when I read Am I Normal Yet? and How Hard Can Love Be? I absolutely adored them, so my expectations for this one were high, to say the least. Everything that was said in those books I agreed with…and I feel like the exact opposite happened with this one, so that was a shock to the system.
But more on that later.
I did enjoy this book. I’m pretty sure by now that Holly Bourne has a theme of mentioning important topics in her books. Well, this one’s no different. While the main theme is popularity, self harm, friendship, family and many teenage issues are mentioned throughout. The amount of things covered actually impressed me. And they were all done quite well – even if they were only mentioned rather than being explored in more depth, just that acknowledgment that these issues exist was enough for me to add a tick.
With this book being set in a school, the teen culture was obviously really strong. The way people act, the groups that form in school, the workload – everything seemed exactly the same as when I was in school myself. Which again, impressed me, because every time I’ve read a book set in a school so far it’s been a bit cheesy and full of stereotypes. But in this case, it felt real and I could relate to the experiences there.
I really liked one specific thing this book explained about writing. I’m not a writer myself, but still this one thing really stood out to me. Our main character Bree is a wannabe writer, and so obviously she tries. That’s how the story kicks off.Read more ›
Manifesto is a little different from Soulmates in that it’s completely contemporary but one huge similarity is how honest it is. Once again Holly offers us characters who read like real teenagers who are going through relatable situations. It never feels like a fiction story with a typical beginning, middle and inevitable happy ending but more like we are getting a glimpse into a real person’s life and that’s what has quickly made Holly Bourne one of my favourite authors.
The book is about Bree a self-confessed loser who enjoys watching obscure movies with her best friend Holdo and dreams of one day getting one of her many novels published. After one too many rejection letters from agents and publishers and some advice from her English teacher, Bree decides that she needs to be someone who you would want to read about. Bree doesn’t want to be popular but she does want to be interesting and so her blog ‘The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting’ is born as she chronicles her journey into getting a life to use as “research” for her next WIP.
As you’d expect this book is witty and clever. I quickly connected with Bree and was chuckling away after a few pages. What I didn’t expect from Manifesto was it to be so moving. Bree is really insecure in who she is and although she’s a damn good writer she doubts herself and her dreams. Bree reads like a real teenager so although there are plenty of hilarious moments here there are also some serious themes covered too such as self-harm and bullying.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved every single word. Great main character. Good read whatever your age. Hats off to Holly Bourne. Want to read all her other books now.Published 26 days ago by Suzi Wilde
I enjoyed this book so much that I read it in one sitting. It reminded me of mean girls, but with a British setting and a more likeable main character! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Katie Riding
Worth the read. Even after finishing the book I still have so many questions..Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Purchased as a gift. Receiver enjoyed. Dispatched quickly. No probs.Published 5 months ago by As_it_is