Title: The Manifesto on How To Be Interesting
Author: Holly Bourne
Year Published: 2014
“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.”
This is another fantastic YA contemporary delivered by Holly Bourne with wit, humour and heart. I absolutely adored this novel. While at times she made me want to bash her head against the wall, Bree was a fantastic leading character. This book covered so many topics from friendship to personal relationships to self esteem to body image and Holly Bourne has managed to weave them altogether flawlessly. Holly Bourne has created a wonderful cast of supporting characters such as Bree’s mum and, what you’d call the “popular clique” and her leader Jassmine.There’s also a subtle shoutout to bloggers in this too which made me happy :] Sometimes it was kind of cliche and that’s not always everybody’s cup of tea but I loved this book. The only problem I had with the book was mostly the time frame. Page one starts on New Year’s Eve and the end of the book takes place on New Year’s Eve the following year but it felt like everything went by super quickly. Then again this probably was due to the fact I devoured this book within 3-4 days! Pretty good for me considering it’s almost exam time!
For me, the main moral of the story really is to be yourself. It’s been done loads of times before but every other book doesn’t have Holly Bourne’s fantastic story telling.
*I should note a trigger warning for those who are easily triggered by self harm. There are a couple of scenes that are not severely detailed but still have an impact on the story!