#Review: How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne @holly_bourneYA @HodderBooks @EmilyKitchin #HowDoYouLikeMeNow
Release date - 31st May 2018 (Digital)
Book length - 368 pages
Publisher - Hodder & Stoughton
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I want to thank Emily and www.hodder.co.uk for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THE BOOK
'Turning thirty is like playing musical chairs. The music stops, and everyone just marries whoever they happen to be sitting on.'
Who the f*ck is Tori Bailey?
There's no doubt that Tori is winning the game of life. A straight-talking, bestselling author, she's inspired millions of women around the world with her self-help memoir. And she has the perfect relationship to boot.
But Tori Bailey has been living a lie.
Her long-term boyfriend won't even talk about marriage, but everyone around her is getting engaged and having babies. And when her best friend Dee - her plus one, the only person who understands the madness - falls in love, suddenly Tori's in terrifying danger of being left behind.
When the world tells you to be one thing and turning thirty brings with it a loud ticking clock, it takes courage to walk your own path.
It's time for Tori to practice what she's preached, but the question is: is she brave enough?
The debut adult novel by bestselling author Holly Bourne is a blisteringly funny, honest and moving exploration of love, friendship and navigating the emotional rollercoaster of your thirties.
So you know when you are told that this book is amazing, that it will completely knock your socks off and blow your mind, and you open it up with excitement and a little trepidation because what if it doesn't do any of those things? Well, my friends, that is how I felt when I turned the cover for HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW by Holly Bourne and I can now say this: THIS BOOK IS A GAME CHANGER!!
Insightful, witty, clever, and so damn relatable for so many people whether it is yourself, your friends, or a family member that you recognise, this book confronts the world we live in and the pressure we put ourselves under to have our shit together at every passing moment or at least to appear to the world that we have our shit together.
Tori Bailey made a career and a name for herself as a self-help guru when in her mid-twenties she decided to start being honest and say who the f*ck am I? Now in her thirties with a dream publishing deal and a wonderful relationship, great friends, and a lovely apartment, Tori simply has it all, just like her fans expect her to have. Except in reality she hasn't. Everyone she knows is moving into a new phase of their lives with weddings and babies and while she isn't sure if this is what she wants, she cannot stand the fact that she cannot even broach the subject with her boyfriend, Tom. And there is another problem - her relationship that feels like so much work, where anger and blame seem to be on their tongues more than 'I love you', and the fact that they haven't had sex in God knows how long. Throw in pressure for a new book, and her best friend, her ride or die girl, suddenly doing a 180 and apparently leaving Tori behind and it is no wonder that Tori is ready to snap. But will the girl who promotes being honest to the world be able to be honest with herself?
Tori made me laugh out loud, made me tear up, and made me scream with frustration throughout this compelling story about our obsession with how our lives should look like instead of whether or not we are actually happy with what we are doing and to hell with the rest. She is strong, capable, intelligent, and witty but also fragile and lacking in her own self-worth. I don't want to give away too much about the plot but let's just say I think everyone knows a Tom or at least some version of him.
Everyone seems to live their lives through a social media microscope with questions at every turn - if you're single, are you living it up to your full potential, travelling the world? As soon as you hit your thirties, are you going to get married? As soon as the wedding day is over, when will we hear the pitter patter of tiny feet? With each side always thinking that the other side is greener, this book will make you stop and ask does it really f*cking matter??
Happiness. Just try and be happy and love those who love you and deserve your love in return and whatever path you choose to wander will always be the right one if you are honest with herself (even when it is difficult) and be true to yourself when nobody is watching or clicking 'like' on a minute and often filtered snapshot of real life.
So if you haven't already guessed I LOVED this novel and I cannot wait for the world to read HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW by Holly Bourne as it really does have something for everyone.
Holly Bourne writes YA novels and blogs about feminist issues. Her favourite things to complain loudly about are: the stigma of mental health, women's rights, and the under-appreciation of Keanu Reeves' acting ability.
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 'Normal' series, Am I Normal Yet?, has been chosen as a World Book Night book for 2016 and has inspired the formation of Spinster Clubs around the country.
Before becoming a full-time author, Holly was editor and relationship advisor for a charity website.
For more information:
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