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Holly Bourne

  • 5 stars across 15 books
Holly Bourne is an author and a journalist. Holly's first two books, Soulmates and The Manifesto on How to be Interesting, have been critically acclaimed and translated into six languages. The first book in the Spinster Club series, Am I Normal Yet?, was chosen as a World Book Night book for 2016 and was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize. The Spinster Club series has also inspired the formation of Spinster Clubs across the UK and Ireland. Before becoming a full-time author, Holly was editor of - a charity-run advice and information website for young people.
13th May 2021

The Yearbook

Finding your voice. Speaking the truth. Falling in love. All the biggest drama happens in high school... Mean Girls meet... MoreThe Yearbook

(10 reviews) Review
9th August 2018

Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes?

A trailblazing and painfully honest novel about mental health, friendship and making this crazy world a kinder place, fr... MoreAre We All Lemmings & Snowflakes?

(9 reviews) Review
1st August 2016

What's a Girl Gotta Do?

"Brings to mind the late, great Louise Rennison... A book to press into the hands of every teenage girl you know." The B... MoreWhat's a Girl Gotta Do?

(7 reviews) Review
1st August 2015

Am I Normal Yet?

The groundbreaking and bestselling first Spinster Club novel from YA star Holly Bourne - "A brutal and brilliant takedow... MoreAm I Normal Yet?

(6 reviews) Review
3rd October 2019

The Places I've Cried in Public

"A powerful, vital gut-punch" - Laura Bates"Funny and sad, this book urges girls to know their own worth" - The Guardian... MoreThe Places I've Cried in Public

(6 reviews) Review
1st February 2016

How Hard Can Love Be?

"A funny novel about feminism, friendship and falling for really hot boys." Red magazineAll Amber wants is a little bit ... MoreHow Hard Can Love Be?

(5 reviews) Review
5th October 2017

It Only Happens in the Movies

Bad boys turned good, kisses in the rain, climbing through bedroom windows... It only happens in the movies.When Audrey ... MoreIt Only Happens in the Movies

(5 reviews) Review
1st September 2013


An epic, electrifying and extraordinary debut novel about falling in love, from the acclaimed Holly Bourne. Soulmates do... MoreSoulmates

(4 reviews) Review
1st November 2016

...And a Happy New Year?

Spinster Club girls Evie, Amber and Lottie are reunited for the mother of all New Year's Eve parties. Having spent month... More...And a Happy New Year?

(3 reviews) Review
12th July 2018


The Breakfast Club meets One Day in Floored, a unique collaborative novel by seven bestselling and award-winning YA auth... MoreFloored

(3 reviews) Review
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    It Only Happens in the Movies

    Holly Bourne has done it again with this searingly honest, relatable YA contemporary novel about love, family, and friendship, making It Only Happens...

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    The Yearbook

    This book was very good, however it had a few swear words in it. The age recommendation I would give this book is 12+. It has a suggestion of some mat...

  • The Yearbook

    The Yearbook

    This book is another beautiful read by Holly Bourne. It’s about a teenage girl called Paige who struggles at school and notes down the horrible things...

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