All Amber wants is a little bit of love. Her mum has never been the caring type, even before she moved to America. But Amber’s hoping that spending the summer with her can change all that.
And then there’s Prom King Kyle, the serial heartbreaker. Can Amber really be falling for him? Even with best friends Evie and Lottie’s advice, there’s no escaping the fact: love is hard.
After ‘Am I normal yet?’ I knew that this book was going to be equally as amazing, and I was right! The second book in the Normal Series is just as good as the first. Although I could not identify with the main character as much in this book, a sign of a good author is that Holly Bourne still made me care about Amber and her predicament and relationship with her mum and Kyle. I was gripped from the very first page and couldn’t put it down. I’d definitely recommend this book!
Lauren’s family have just moved house, and a new home means a new school. Lauren is determined to take this opportunity to completely reinvent herself and she quickly makes friends and settles in to her new life. Everything’s going to plan until she runs into Harry, a boy she met four summers ago. Luckily for Lauren, Harry doesn’t seem to remember her, and she knows it has to stay that way.
Then, just when things are starting to go well again, creepy packages start appearing in Lauren’s locker with no explanation. Finally, she receives a disturbing, anonymous note: ‘Isn’t it time your new friends knew all about you?’
I had high expectations for this book however I found it a massive disappointment; the action and storyline only seemed to pick up speed in the last few chapters, whilst the vast majority of the novel seemed to drag on, talking in cryptic messages about this ‘secret’ that Lauren is hiding from her past, which turns out to be something that isn’t that big of a deal. I won’t say what that secret is because that would mean the entire worthwhile parts of the plot would be revealed. A very boring and disappointing read.
Every so often two people are born who are the perfect match for one another. Soulmates. But what if meeting your soulmate is earth-shattering – literally?
This is the story of Poppy and Noah; they are on opposite ends of the spectrum. Poppy is a sweet, sensible, middle-class girl suffering with anxiety whereas Noah is a rich guitarist, living on his own with depression. It seems that it would be impossible for the two of them to meet considering their completely different lifestyles, however on that one fateful Big Band Night their lives change for ever and they begin a journey to discover a love that could quite literally end the world.
I don’t think it is possible for Holly Bourne to write a book which isn’t earth-shatteringly good! I mean, this book is seriously amazing. It hooked me in right from the beginning introducing a main character who is mind-bogglingly awesome!
At first I was a little confused with the changing plot lines as I didn’t see the relevance of monitoring Poppy and Noah’s love-life, however towards the end I started to realise and boy was it brilliant?!? It very cleverly interweaved together and made complete sense. I loved it. A highly recommended read for young adults.
Title: Am I Normal Yet? Author: Holly Bourne Published by: Usborne
Publication date: 2015 Pages: 434 Genres: Young Adult; Feminism; Mental Health Format: Paperback Source: Bought
All Evie wants is to be normal. And now that she’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the-girl-who-went-nuts, there’s only one thing left to tick off her list…
But relationships can mess with anyone’s head – something Evie’s new friends Amber and Lottie know only too well. The trouble is, if Evie won’t tell them her secrets, how can they stop her making a huge mistake?
It takes a lot to knock Divergent off the top spot in my imaginary ‘best books ever’ list, but this book succeeded right from page one. I’ve never read a book that tackles the sensitive topic of Mental Health but this book not only tackled it, but was able to give an insight into the mind of someone with OCD, generalised anxiety disorder and Emetophobia, all of which I suffer with. And let me tell you, this book pretty much described my life from attending College at the age of 16, right down to the obsessive hand washing. It was such a breath of fresh air to finally find a book which deals with these issues and I think that more YA novels should cover Mental Health topics.
Mental Health is one subject that so many books skirt around the edge of because it is not widely understood or recognised…which is part of the problem. I’m just so glad that this book is a thing, that Holly Bourne is a real, actual person who I have so much respect for and I’m so glad for Amber over at the mile long bookshelf for writing her review of this book because if she hadn’t I wouldn’t have read it.