The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne

The Manifesto on How to be Interesting

Written by Holly Bourne

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November 2014 Book of the Month Bree hides away behind her blog that few people read. So, if she writes about things people do want to read will it change her life to one of excitement and popularity? That's when she comes up with the Manifesto on How to Be Interesting. It works but at what cost and will it end up being the biggest mistake of her life. Very much in tune with her audience this second novel from Holly has characters readers will relate to and remember long after reading the last page. Check out the reviews from teenagers below of Holly's debut novel Soulmates.


A small number of readers were lucky enough to be invited to review Soulmates, Holly Bourne's debut novel. Read their reviews below.

Sarah Murray - 'I could not but this book down it was amazing! Everything you think about love and soulmates gets completely re-written. It is one of my favourite books this year it is a must read!' Click here to read the full review.

Molly Hudson - 'If you love a good romance book, but are into science-fiction too, this is perfect as it has a bit of each thrown in...we definitely need a sequel please Holly!! Definitely 5 stars!' Click here to read the full review.

Ayesha Afghan
- 'Soulmates is probably one of the sweetest yet saddest romances ever...Holly Bourne did a really good job on writing this novel and I am looking forward to reading more of her novels in future.' Click here to read the full review.

Delilah Acworth
- 'It was amazing, especially for a teenage girl like myself, because I could truly connect with the young characters. A stunning read, I highly recommend.' Click here to read the full review.

Joe Wilkes - 'Soulmates follows panic-attack-stricken Lizzie...Unfortunate circumstances lead to her meeting the love of her life, and all sorts of things go wrong from there.' Click here to read the full review.


The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne

Bree is by no means popular. Most of the time, she hates her life, her school, her never-there parents. So she writes. But when Bree is told she needs to stop shutting the world out and start living a life worth writing about, The Manifesto on How to be Interesting is born. Bree starts a blog to track her progress and the experiment begins…


“I’d recommend the book to anyone and everyone.” – Beth Reekles, bestselling YA author of The Kissing Booth

“Full of wisdom, heartache, and honesty, this tops John Green in my book.” – Never Judge a Book by Its Cover blog

“A hand reached out from this book and touched mine and I will never forget it.” – CJ Skuse, YA author

“Hopeful and funny, with a wonderful main character, this will be big!” – Waterstones Trafford, Teen

“5 stars.” – YA Birmingham Waterstones

“Reading The Manifesto on How to be Interesting has just made my day 300% better and filled me with a strange mix of hope and determination.” - @_rabbitheart_

“The Manifesto on How To Be Interesting is a book that is scarily appropriate to our generation.” – @sarah_gamble7

About the Author

Holly Bourne

Holly Bourne writes YA novels and blogs about feminist issues. 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. Holly lives in Surrey.

Holly Bourne writes for young people for a living. She’s a journalist and editor for, an advice and information website for young people which receives over 100,000 unique users each month. This includes writing about topics including sex and relationships, drugs and alcohol, self-harm and mental health, university life and getting a job.

Holly gained a first class degree in Journalism at the University of Sheffield. After graduating, she spent just under two years working as a news reporter at the award-winning Surrey Mirror. 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. Holly began writing Soulmates as a way of escaping the horrors of her day job.

In Soulmates, Holly plays with the Hollywood perception that true love has to be difficult in order to still be considered ‘true’, she says: "Every day we’re spoon-fed fairytale narratives of what love should be. That the path to true love never runs smooth, that the most romantic love is ‘forbidden’, and that we all have a The One, just waiting to complete us. I wanted to take the most romantic concept of all, soulmates, and turn it on its head. What if finding your soulmate was the worst thing ever?"

Holly did a lot of reading about love, and the science of love, to make the big reveal about Soulmates believable. She read a number of scientific and psychological studies on the effects of love and how it impacts your brain and your body. Holly remarks that “in fact, most of the science in Soulmates is true!”

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464 pages
Interest Age: 14+


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Publication date

1st August 2014




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