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How Hard Can Love be?

Written by Holly Bourne

Part of the The Spinster Club Series

Books of the Month Featured Books for 13+ readers Featured Books for Young Adults General Fiction Recommended Children's eBooks Romance / Relationship Stories

LoveReading View on How Hard Can Love be?

One of our Books of the Year 2016 | February 2016 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.

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How Hard Can Love be? Synopsis

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?

How Hard Can Love be? Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Izzy Read, age 15 - '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, age 17 - 'This books melts me. It’s so funny and sweet. Absolutely loved it! Holly Bourne truly is the Queen of YA!'
  • Megan Chambers, age 14 - '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, age 14 - '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, age 14 - 'This book was extremely funny, heartwarming and very relatable.'
  • Alex McCalla, age 16 - 'Love this book. Such an amazing author producing an amazing book.'

How Hard Can Love be? Press 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?

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ISBN: 9781409591221
Publication date: 01/02/2016
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781409591221
Publication date: 1st February 2016
Author: Holly Bourne
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 480 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: General Fiction, Romance / Relationship Stories
Recommendations: Books of the Month, eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Holly Bourne

Holly Bourne worked as an editor and relationship advisor for a youth charity for six years before becoming a full-time author. Her bestselling YA fiction includes It Only Happens In the Movies, which was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018, and the critically acclaimed Spinster Club series. Holly is an advocate for reducing the stigma around mental health problems and has a keen interest in women’s rights. She lives in Lewes. Photo credit L Bourne

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