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How Hard Can Love be? by Holly Bourne
  

How Hard Can Love be?

Part of the Am I Normal Yet? Series
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One of our YA Books of the Year 2016.

February 2016 NewGen Book of the Month.

Holly Bourne’s new novel demonstrates that with the right female friends, and a decent supply of cheesy snacks, a girl can get through anything. Amber is in America spending summer with the mum she hasn’t seen in two years. Outwardly Amber seems confident, brash even, but underneath she is full of insecurities, like most teens, and still deeply hurt by her mother’s decision to leave her. A romance with gorgeous Kyle – also not what he seems – helps her see herself and the world differently but her real support comes from best friends Evie and Lottie via their cheery, empowering Skype chats. Well-written and thoughtful, this has a thoroughly authentic twenty-first century teen voice and lightens serious issues with humour. ~ Andrea Reece

Readers will also enjoy Bourne’s Am I Normal Yet? in which Evie takes the central role, and Ann Brashares The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Izzy Read - 'Holly Bourne is one of my most favourite authors out there- she writes brutally honest, funny and relatable novels that capture what being a teenager is like.'
  • Humaira Kauser - 'This books melts me. It’s so funny and sweet. Absolutely loved it! Holly Bourne truly is the Queen of YA!'
  • Megan Chambers - 'This book was absolutely amazing! I could not put it down. I loved how it showed the story of The Spinster Club from Amber's point of view.'
  • Farah Alam - 'This book is a very easy read, filled with a great love story, and great character development. Really enjoyed this book and really interested in reading more by Holly Bourne.'
  • Destiny Maraj - 'From the very first page I fell in love with this novel. It was funny, full of drama and at times it was an emotional rollercoaster.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'I could not put this book down, I wanted to hug Amber so often as her pain practically bled off the page.'
  • Jodi Coffman - 'This book was extremely funny, heartwarming and very relatable.'

Synopsis

How Hard Can Love be? by Holly Bourne

From the acclaimed author of Am I Normal Yet? an hilarious and heart-rending tale - this is Amber’s story of how painful, and exhilarating, love can be. Amber, Evie and Lottie: three girls facing down tough issues with the combined powers of friendship, feminism and cheesy snacks.

All Amber wants is a bit of love from her estranged mum. And she's hoping that a summer together at Mum's Californian kids' camp will help patch up her shattered heart. But then she meets Prom King Kyle - and offers her heart up for breaking all over again. Even with BFFs Evie and Lottie's advice, Amber's finding love hard. Is it worth the fight?

Reviews

“Finally, an author who GETS it.” – Emma Blackery, YouTuber

“Bourne’s books stand out in the word of young adult fiction.” – Emerald Street

“An involving look at feminism, friendship and the secrets we hide.” - The Observer on Am I Normal Yet?

About the Author

Holly Bourne

Holly Bourne is the author of Am I Normal Yet?, How Hard Can Love Be?, What’s a Girl Gotta Do?, The Manifesto on How to be Interesting and Soulmates. She graduated with a first class degree in Journalism Studies at University of Sheffield and spent two years working as a local news reporter on the Surrey Mirror, garnering a nomination for Print Journalist of the Year in 2010. During her time there, Holly uncovered many national and international stories that received huge press coverage. She was nominated for Print Journalist of the Year – but found she didn’t have the stomach for the job.

Her first two books, Soulmates and The Manifesto on How to be Interesting, have been critically acclaimed and translated into six languages. Am I Normal Yet? has been chosen as a World Book Night book for 2016, and shortlisted for The Bookseller YA Book Prize.

Her own experiences of blatant sexism, drove her to write Am I Normal Yet? - the first book in the critically acclaimed Normal series about three girls who start their own grassroots feminist campaign group. The trilogy has inspired young girls to start their own groups all over the UK and Holly tours schools and festivals to talk to young people about gender equality. To mark the release of What’s a Girl Gotta Do? – the last book in the trilogy – Holly launched the #IamaFeminist social media campaign which trended worldwide. She lives in Lewes.

She worked as a journalist for TheSite.org an advice and information website for 16-25 year olds, click here to read a Q&A with Holly.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st February 2016

Author

Holly Bourne

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Publisher

Usborne Publishing Ltd

Format

Paperback
480 pages
Interest Age: From 14 years

Categories

NewGen - YA Fiction
Books of the Month
Books of the Year 2016
Relationship Stories
eBook Favourites
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General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Romance & relationships stories (Children's / Teenage)
Personal & social issues (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9781409591221

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