Friday, April 20

Early Review: How Do You Like Me Now?

How Do You Like Me Now?
Holly Bourne

Published By: Hodder and Stroughton
Publication Date: June 14, 2018
Date Read: April 13, 2018
Genre: Adult - Contemporary
Source: eARC from Netgalley
Format: E-Book

From Goodreads:
'Turning thirty is like playing musical chairs. The music stops, and everyone just marries whoever they happen to be sitting on.'

Who the f*ck is Tori Bailey?

There's no doubt that Tori is winning the game of life. A straight-talking, bestselling author, she's inspired millions of women around the world with her self-help memoir. And she has the perfect relationship to boot.

But Tori Bailey has been living a lie.

Her long-term boyfriend won't even talk about marriage, but everyone around her is getting engaged and having babies. And when her best friend Dee - her plus one, the only person who understands the madness - falls in love, suddenly Tori's in terrifying danger of being left behind.

When the world tells you to be one thing and turning thirty brings with it a loud ticking clock, it takes courage to walk your own path.

It's time for Tori to practice what she's preached, but the question is: is she brave enough?

The debut adult novel by bestselling author Holly Bourne is a blisteringly funny, honest and moving exploration of love, friendship and navigating the emotional rollercoaster of your thirties

"Turning thirty is like playing musical chairs. The music stops, and everyone just marries whoever they happen to be sitting on."

There are no words to explain just how excited I was when I heard about this book. I am already a huge fan of Holly Bourne's, having read every single one of her YA novels and I love them. Although I mainly read YA, I have a major soft spot for adult contemporary books. I adore books from the likes of Cecelia Ahern and Paige Toon and just as I got excited when they, my favourite adult authors, released a YA book, I was super excited that one of my fave YA authors was releasing an adult book. I knew this adult debut from Holly Bourne was going to be true, gritty and hilarious... and I was right. I absolutely loved How Do You Like Me Now? it was everything I could have possibly hoped for.

How Do You Like Me Now? follows Tori, a best selling author who is under preassure from her publisher for a follow-up book. But Tori is out of ideas and as she travels around talking about how put-together her life is, the one thing she is hiding is that she doesn't actually know what is happening in her life. Everywhere she looks her friends are getting married or having babies and Tori is stuck in an unhappy relationship, feeling like she can't leave. Is she brave enough to follow the advice she gives to others?

I loved Tori. She is honest, true and hilarious. Holly Bourne has not held back in this book. She hasn't sugar coated her characters and I loved that. There are thoughts that Tori has that can be seen as 'bitchy' or 'mean' but if you're being honest with yourself, they're things that everybody thinks about others. I loved how true this character was. She is completely flawed and that is so relatable. She doesn't pretend to be perfect and I absolutely loved that. I was on board with Tori right from the very start.

I hated Tori's boyfriend... like hated him. He was such an ass and everytime he was interacting with her I just wanted her to leave him. It was such a toxic relationship and a part of me was irritated that Tori was staying in this relationship, but the more I read the more I loved that fact that she was growing as a character and I was left with the hope that she would leave him.

Holly Bourne is a fantastic novelist and she has proved that not only can she dominate the YA market but the Adult one too. I could not put How Do You Like Me Now? down. I was completely taken away with this story and the characters. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen and couldn't read it fast enough. I love how brutally honest and true it is about what society depicts as what is acceptable life events to have happened by the time that you're thirty and how actually it's okay if that hasn't happened to you. It's okay to be single and childless... that doesn't mean you've failed. I loved that it had this incredibly important message. As a 27 year old who is single, childless and still living with parents I loved this message.

I will most definitely be recommending this book to everyone in their late twenties and older. This book is brutally honest, true and just downright hilarious. It is so uplifting as well and I seriously have so much love for this series. It is utter perfecting and I can honestly say Holly is officially sealed in my fave authors ever list. I will read anything this woman writes... I don't even need to know what it's about if Holly's wrote it I'm reading it. So honestly... what are you waiting for? Stop reading this and go read Holly's phenomenal adult debut. I promise you won't be disappointed.

"I’m so much happier. Don’t get me wrong, I still hope I meet someone, but I also know I’ll be fine if I don’t, you know? My life is mine, totally mine."

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