Source: purchased copy
For someone who has lived in London her entire life, the lack of UK authors on my shelves is quite astounding, yet I didn’t happen to realise this until #UKYA week (you can find out more about that here). Just before I bought this book, the YALC (Young Adult Lit Con) author list had been announced and Holly Bourne was on that list. So when I saw this book on display, I picked it up and started it a couple of days after.
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 have to say that I loved the Manifesto on How to be Interesting. Holly Bourne is an amazing writer and the book was just a fantastic read. Bree, the main character, is a struggling writer in her last year of college. As someone who only just recently left the college/sixth-form scene, I really connected with the whole peer-pressure aspect of the story. Not to mention her dream of one day being a published author.
Bree believes that she is someone who doesn’t care about what others think about her, but it’s quite obvious she does. After being told she needs to be more interesting by her favourite teacher, she comes up with six steps on how to be interesting, testing the six steps on herself and blogging about her entire transformation. The story itself was a fun read and had lots of different sub-plots that kept me hooked, especially the whole teacher-student affair thing (spoiler?).
I must admit some parts were a bit cliche – the whole transforming oneself, getting with the school’s most popular asshole, but I feel like Holly added her own twists and it actually played out well. I loved the fact that some of it was set in London as I found myself actually envisioning the scenes. I loved Holly Bourne’s writing style and the story itself was quirky, fun and also incorporated serious issues like self-harm in a considerate manner. Really enjoyed it and I’m hoping to pick up something else written by Holly Bourne pretty soon!