Am I Normal Yet

Am I Normal Yet
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Author: Holly Bourne
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781409591467
Release: 2015-08-01
Editor: Usborne Publishing Ltd

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Evie, Amber and Lottie: three girls facing down tough issues with the combined powers of friendship, feminism and cheesy snacks. Both hilarious and heart-rending, this is Evie’s no-holds-barred story of struggling to live a “normal” teen life in the grip of OCD, from the acclaimed author of The Manifesto on How to be Interesting. Read the first chapter of Holly Bourne’s next book, How Hard Can Love Be? – EXCLUSIVE to the ebook. "An involving look at feminism, friendship and the secrets we hide even from those who know us best." - The Observer "An epic and unique release this summer that I plead you all to pick up! This novel has a distinct British feel with moments mixed with laughter, tainted with tears and bound with love. Holly Bourne has created a beautiful tale." - Paper Trail YA "This is not a novel about a condition: Evie’s condition is that of being a contemporary young woman, and through her guerrilla feminist group with new soulmates Lottie and Amber (who will each get a novel to themselves shortly) she learns new pathways through life that all her peers can follow.” - The Observer “This is quite easily Bourne's best novel yet. Might have been a tricky subject matter, but it was funny and heartbreaking and thought-provoking.” - An Awful Lot of Reading “I love the Spinsters Club, and I so want my own! What I love is how Bourne breaks down these ideas so they are so accessible! ... There are a few feminist YA stories out at the moment, but this is the first I've read that actually talks about feminism and discusses how to be a feminist, and I think it really could be a game changer! And I am so happy! I am so, so happy and excited!” - Once Upon a Bookcase “This book was kind of astounding to me... I got through Am I Normal Yet? in one sitting" - A Novel Youth "It’s not a book that I can find fault with because it was just written so perfectly and so carefully and sensitively. I just enjoyed it so much.” - Lucy the Reader Holly Bourne is becoming something of a writing sensation in the world of Young Adult fiction... Using humour, high emotion, compassion, sensitivity and some hard-hitting drama, Bourne creates a beautiful, resonant story that tackles serious issues with the lightest and sometimes darkest of touches, giving real and moving insights into what it means to be young, confused and isolated. - Lancashire Evening Post "My favourite YA book of 2015" - Words from a Reader

Am I Normal Yet

Am I Normal Yet
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Author: Holly Bourne
Pages: 433
ISBN: 1409590305
Release: 2015-08-01
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Evie, Amber and Lottie: three girls facing down tough issues with the combined powers of friendship, feminism and cheesy snacks. Both hilarious and heart-rending, this is Evie's no-holds-barred story of struggling to live a 'normal' teen life in the grip of OCD.

How Hard Can Love Be

How Hard Can Love Be
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Author: Holly Bourne
Pages: 480
ISBN: 9781474915588
Release: 2016-02-01
Editor: Usborne Publishing Ltd

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

All Amber wants is a little bit of love. Her mum has never been the caring type, even before she moved to California, got remarried and had a personality transplant. But Amber’s hoping that spending the summer with her can change all that. And then there’s Kyle, the most American person Amber’s ever met. She can’t help liking him. But can he really be interested in her? Even with best friends Evie and Lottie’s advice, Amber’s finding love is hard. Is it worth the fight? “I'm a big Holly Bourne fan and this is my favourite yet. She writes with such humour and great honesty, with wonderfully relatable characters. It's also refreshing to see feminism highlighted in such a positive and relevant way for teenagers.” - Fiona Noble, The Bookseller ”Bourne talks about feminism so openly and truthfully in her books and if you ever doubted the intelligence, ability or passion of teenage girls read her books and you never will again.” - Muchbooks reader review on Guardian Children's Books ”Written with humour and warmth, Amber's story perfectly captures the emotional rollercoaster that is love: embracing all its joy and pain, whether it be for family, friends or a gorgeous boy. A really satisfying page turner.” - BookTrust ”Emotive and thought provoking this searingly honest book deals with the biggest life lesson of all - nobody's perfect.” - South Wales Daily Post ”Holly Bourne truly is the Queen of YA!” - Humaira Kauser, age 17, for LoveReading4Kids ”Holly Bourne is hugely popular with the young adult audience. The second instalment in her Normal series tells Amber's story of first love, friendship and addiction.” - The Sunday Express ”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... Well-written and thoughtful, this has a thoroughly authentic twenty-first century teen voice and lightens serious issues with humour.” - LoveReading4Kids ”When I received this book I let out a squeal... I really love this series.” - Lucy the Reader "Hysterical" - Mslexia "The story is equal parts hilarious and heart-wrenching... I cannot get over how many times I snorted out loud whilst reading this book. You’ll have to read it to see for yourself" - Fable & Table “[Holly Bourne’s] writing style keeps me hooked, makes me feel things and genuinely makes me think hard about important issues. I cannot recommend her novels highly enough and I am on a mission to read them all!” - Adventures of a Teenage Bookworm

The Manifesto on How to be Interesting

The Manifesto on How to be Interesting
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Author: Holly Bourne
Pages: 464
ISBN: 9781409579571
Release: 2014-08-01
Editor: Usborne Publishing Ltd

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Bree is a loser, a wannabe author who hides behind words. 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.

What s a Girl Gotta Do

What s a Girl Gotta Do
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Author: Holly Bourne
Pages: 418
ISBN: 1474915027
Release: 2016-07-25
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Lottie is starting a supersonic feminist experiment. For one month she's going to call out every instance of sexism she sees. But when her project hits the headlines, the trolls come out to play - and they are VICIOUS. Lottie's not a quitter, but best friends Evie and Amber are worried. What if Lottie's heading for burnout...or worse?

Pretending

Pretending
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Author: Holly Bourne
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9781473668157
Release: 2020-04-02
Editor: Hodder & Stoughton

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

WHY BE YOURSELF WHEN YOU CAN BE PERFECT? **As featured on The High Low podcast** 'MAGNIFICENT. Brutally honest and righteously angry but still HUGELY enjoyable and engaging. I bow down!' Marian Keyes 'A thoughtful, intelligent, urgent novel women need to read.' Dolly Alderton The highly-anticipated new novel from Holly Bourne, bestselling author of HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW? _____________ He said he was looking for a 'partner in crime' which everyone knows is shorthand for 'a woman who isn't real'. April is kind, pretty, and relatively normal - yet she can't seem to get past date five. Every time she thinks she's found someone to trust, they reveal themselves to be awful, leaving her heartbroken. And angry. If only April could be more like Gretel. Gretel is exactly what men want - she's a Regular Everyday Manic Pixie Dream Girl Next Door With No Problems. The problem is, Gretel isn't real. And April is now claiming to be her. As soon as April starts 'being' Gretel, dating becomes much more fun - especially once she reels in the unsuspecting Joshua. Finally, April is the one in control, but can she control her own feelings? And as she and Joshua grow closer, how long will she be able to keep pretending? _____________ PRAISE FOR HOLLY BOURNE: 'Honest and unflinching' Stylist 'Funny, touching and painfully true' Grazia 'Relatable for any woman navigating emotional time bombs'Red 'Bourne incinerates the lies we're all capable of telling ourselves'Emerald Street 'Funny, real and heartbreaking' Lucy Vine 'Funny, sad, honest, insightful, up-to-the-minute' Roisin Meaney 'Smart, witty and perceptive. Razor-sharp on friendship, self-image and self-deception' Lucy Diamond

And a Happy New Year

   And a Happy New Year
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Author: Holly Bourne
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781474927574
Release: 2016-11-01
Editor: Usborne Publishing Ltd

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Evie, Amber and Lottie are having a New Year party to remember. For the first time since leaving college, all three girls are back together. It’s time for fun and flirting, snogs and shots. Because everything’s going great for these girls – Spinster Club for ever! Right?

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes
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Author: Holly Bourne
Pages: 400
ISBN: 1474933610
Release: 2018-08
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Welcome to Camp Reset, a summer camp with a difference. A place offering a shot at ¿normality¿ for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for the new friends she never expected to make ¿ who each have their own reasons for being there. Luckily Olive has a plan to solve all their problems. But how do you fix the world when you can¿t fix yourself? A raw and compelling exploration of mental health, friendship and the power of compassion from the acclaimed Holly Bourne.

The Writers and Artists Yearbook Guide to Getting Published

The Writers  and Artists  Yearbook Guide to Getting Published
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Author: Harry Bingham
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781408130872
Release: 2010-09-23
Editor: A&C Black

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

"Invaluable to writers of all kinds" Mark Le Fanu, The Society of Authors Written emphatically from the author's point of view, this is an expert guide to the process of getting published, from submitting your work and finding an agent, to working with a publishing house and understanding the book trade. Together with interviews from authors, agents and publishers (including the CEO of Harper Studio, and the Editorial Director of Pan Macmillan) as well as buyers from Waterstones and Asda - this is an expert guide to: * finding an agent or publisher * successful approaches for covering letters and synopses * understanding contractual terms * working with publishers and the editorial process * your role in helping to publicise your work Getting Published will enable you to market your work more professionally, understand the relationship you will have with both agent and publisher and offers a contemporary inside view of the publishing industry. Along with the essential contacts in the Writers and Artists Yearbook, this is a professional tool you will not want to be without.

Soulmates

Soulmates
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Author: Holly Bourne
Pages: 544
ISBN: 9781409557517
Release: 2013-09-01
Editor: Usborne Publishing Ltd

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Every so often, two people are born who are the perfect match for each other. Soulmates. But while the odds of this happening are about as likely as being struck by lightning, when these people do meet and fall in love, thunderstorms, lightning strikes and lashings of rain are only the beginning of their problems. After a chance meeting at a local band night, Poppy and Noah find themselves swept up in a whirlwind romance unlike anything they've ever experienced before. But with a secret international agency preparing to separate them and a trail of destruction rumbling in their wake, they are left with an impossible choice between the end of the world, or a life without love... "Warning: this book will demolish your heart as it has demolished mine." - CJ Skuse, Author of Rockaholic Shortlisted - UKYA Awards

Normal People

Normal People
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Author: Sally Rooney
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781984822192
Release: 2019-04-16
Editor: Hogarth

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

NOW AN EMMY-NOMINATED HULU ORIGINAL SERIES • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A stunning novel about the transformative power of relationships” (People) from the author of Conversations with Friends, “a master of the literary page-turner” (J. Courtney Sullivan). ONE OF THE TEN BEST NOVELS OF THE DECADE—Entertainment Weekly TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR—People, Slate, The New York Public Library, Harvard Crimson AND BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR—The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, O: The Oprah Magazine, Time, NPR, The Washington Post, Vogue, Esquire, Glamour, Elle, Marie Claire, Vox, The Paris Review, Good Housekeeping, Town & Country Connell and Marianne grew up in the same small town, but the similarities end there. At school, Connell is popular and well liked, while Marianne is a loner. But when the two strike up a conversation—awkward but electrifying—something life changing begins. A year later, they’re both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain. Throughout their years at university, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. And as she veers into self-destruction and he begins to search for meaning elsewhere, each must confront how far they are willing to go to save the other. Normal People is the story of mutual fascination, friendship and love. It takes us from that first conversation to the years beyond, in the company of two people who try to stay apart but find that they can’t. Praise for Normal People “[A] novel that demands to be read compulsively, in one sitting.”—The Washington Post “Arguably the buzziest novel of the season, Sally Rooney’s elegant sophomore effort . . . is a worthy successor to Conversations with Friends. Here, again, she unflinchingly explores class dynamics and young love with wit and nuance.”—The Wall Street Journal “[Rooney] has been hailed as the first great millennial novelist for her stories of love and late capitalism. . . . [She writes] some of the best dialogue I’ve read.”—The New Yorker

Refugee Boy

Refugee Boy
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Author: Benjamin Zephaniah
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781472514813
Release: 2013-05-23
Editor: A&C Black

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

An eye for an eye. It's very simple. You choose your homeland like a hyena picking and choosing where he steals his next meal from. Scavenger. Yes you grovel to the feet of Mengistu and when his people spit at you and kick you from the bowl you scuttle across the border. Scavenger. As a violent civil war rages back home, teenager Alem and his father are in a B&B in Berkshire. It's his best holiday ever. The next morning his father is gone and has left a note explaining that he and his mother want to protect Alem from the war. This strange grey country of England is now his home. On his own, and in the hands of the social services and the Refugee Council, he lives from letter to letter, waiting to hear something from his father. Then Alem meets car-obsessed Mustapha, the lovely 'out of your league' Ruth and dangerous Sweeney – three unexpected allies who spur him on as Alem fights to be seen as more than just the Refugee Boy. Based on the novel by Benjamin Zephaniah, Refugee Boy is an urgent story of a courageous African boy sent to England to escape the violent civil war, a story about arriving, belonging and finding 'home'.

Am I Weird Or Is This Normal

Am I Weird Or Is This Normal
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Author: Marlin S. Potash,Laura Potash Fruitman
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780743217545
Release: 2002-03-03
Editor: Simon and Schuster

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Am I Weird or Is This Normal? is for every girl who has ever wondered whether all the stuff that's happening to her body, feelings, and relationships is normal -- and who's seeking the 411 that will get her in step with life. Am I Weird or Is This Normal? is like being a part of a private conversation where you get answers and advice about all the stuff that's on your mind. Everyone feels strange, embarrassed, and just plain weird at times. It's just that no one likes to talk about it. Except for Dr. Marlin, a psychologist specializing in teens, and Laura, her teenage daughter who has been in the trenches dealing with boys, school, her parents' divorce, and friends. This dynamic duo give the lowdown on everything so that you can handle all the sticky situations that crop up on the way to womanhood. By giving you a look into other girls' experiences, Am I Weird or Is This Normal? will walk you through the options you have when you're: Uncertain about dating and sex Faced with alcohol and other drugs Feeling jealous Fighting with your friends and family Smack in the middle of life's other awkward moments With uplifting mantras you can pull out whenever you need them, Dr. Marlin and Laura help you -- and those who love you -- get through life by seeing that weird is normal.

It Only Happens in the Movies

It Only Happens in the Movies
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Author: Holly Bourne
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780358172062
Release: 2020
Editor: HMH Books For Young Readers

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Audrey gave up on romance before meeting aspiring filmmaker Harry at the cinema where they work, but soon they are deeply in love--and not like it is portrayed in movies.

Beautiful Broken Things

Beautiful Broken Things
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Author: Sara Barnard
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781509803545
Release: 2016-02-11
Editor: Pan Macmillan

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Beautiful Broken Things is a moving story of friendship from debut author Sara Barnard, shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and selected as part of Zoella's Book Club. Now with a bold cover look. I was brave She was reckless We were trouble Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne's past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realizes, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.

We Are Totally Normal

We Are Totally Normal
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Author: Naomi Kanakia
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780062865830
Release: 2020-03-31
Editor: HarperCollins

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In this queer contemporary YA, perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story, Nandan’s perfect plan for junior year goes awry after he hooks up with a guy for the first time. Nandan’s got a plan to make his junior year perfect, but hooking up with his friend Dave isn’t part of it—especially because Nandan has never been into guys. Still, Nandan’s willing to give a relationship with him a shot. But the more his anxiety grows about what his sexuality means for himself, his friends, and his social life, the more he wonders whether he can just take it all back. Is breaking up with Dave—the only person who’s ever really gotten him—worth feeling “normal” again?

A Little Life

A Little Life
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Author: Hanya Yanagihara
Pages: 736
ISBN: 9780385539265
Release: 2015-03-10
Editor: Anchor

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR The New York Times • The Washington Post • The Wall Street Journal • NPR • Vanity Fair • Vogue • Minneapolis Star Tribune • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • The Guardian • O, The Oprah Magazine • Slate • Newsday • Buzzfeed • The Economist • Newsweek • People • Kansas City Star • Shelf Awareness • Time Out New York • Huffington Post • Book Riot • Refinery29 • Bookpage • Publishers Weekly • Kirkus WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZE A MAN BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST A NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST A Little Life follows four college classmates—broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition—as they move to New York in search of fame and fortune. While their relationships, which are tinged by addiction, success, and pride, deepen over the decades, the men are held together by their devotion to the brilliant, enigmatic Jude, a man scarred by an unspeakable childhood trauma. A hymn to brotherly bonds and a masterful depiction of love in the twenty-first century, Hanya Yanagihara’s stunning novel is about the families we are born into, and those that we make for ourselves.

Last Bus to Everland

Last Bus to Everland
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Author: Sophie Cameron
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781250149923
Release: 2019-06-18
Editor: Roaring Brook Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

From Sophie Cameron, the author of Out of the Blue, comes a novel of magic, adventure, and what it means to truly belong. Brody Fair feels like nobody gets him: not his overworked parents, not his genius older brother, and definitely not the girls in the projects set on making his life miserable. Then he meets Nico, an art student who takes Brody to Everland, a “knock-off Narnia" that opens its door at 11:21pm each Thursday for Nico and his band of present-day misfits and miscreants. Here Brody finds his tribe and a weekly respite from a world where he feels out of place. But when the doors to Everland begin to disappear, Brody is forced to make a decision: He can say goodbye to Everland and to Nico, or stay there and risk never seeing his family again. Will Nico take the last bus to Everland?

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

A Quiet Kind of Thunder
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Author: Sara Barnard
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781509810994
Release: 2017-01-12
Editor: Pan Macmillan

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Steffi doesn't talk. Rhys can't hear. They understand each other perfectly. Love isn't always a lightning strike. Sometimes it's the rumbling roll of thunder . . . From the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things, Sara Barnard's A Quiet Kind of Thunder is stunning love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout. Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she's been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He's deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she's assigned to look after him. To Rhys it doesn't matter that Steffi doesn't talk and, as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she's falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.

Conversations with Friends

Conversations with Friends
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Author: Sally Rooney
Pages: 309
ISBN: 9780451499059
Release: 2017
Editor: Penguin Random House

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Originally published: London: Faber & Faber Limited, 2017.