The Manifesto on How to be Interesting – Holly Bourne

tmohtobiFormat: Paperback
Publisher: Usborne Publishing
Published: 1st August 2014
Pages: 464 Pages

The Blurb
Apparently I’m boring. A nobody. But that’s all about to change. Because I am starting a project. Here. Now. For myself. And if you want to come along for the ride then you’re very welcome.

Bree is a loser, a wannabe author who hides behind words. Most of the time she hates her life, her school, her never-there parents. So she writes.

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.

From the bestselling author of Soulmates comes a fearlessly frank take on school, cliques and crushes.

Rating: 4/5

The Review
Before reading The Manifesto on How to be Interesting I had to just marvel at how pretty my copy was. The cover is a striking red on black with the red continuing to the outside of the pages – it definitely has the right type of impact.

Bree is an inspiring writer and is disheartened when she keeps receiving rejection letters, publishers just don’t seem to like her novels. To improve her writing she feels she needs to be more interesting and so constructs a series of events that will make her more “exciting”.

The novel has a Mean Girls type of feel and sometimes I found myself comparing series of events to that of the film. I wouldn’t necessarily say it was a bad thing because who doesn’t like Mean Girls? The difference with The Manifesto on How to be Interesting was that Bree wanted to make a point and to show people that we sometimes base our lives on popularity. I totally agree with Holly’s ideas on modern school life and just how much younger teenagers treat one another based on looks and interests.

Once I’d finished reading the novel it made me grateful that I never in my life have to go back to school ever again. I’m not sure I could have coped with all the social networking and online chatting because nowadays people don’t always use it for nice things. Bree experienced firsthand just how horrible it could be and she even used the Internet for her anonymous Manifesto.

You can purchase The Manifesto on How to be Interesting on Amazon UK, Amazon US and Paperback.

Find out more about Holly at her website at and on Twitter at @holly_bourneYA.

Published by Clare

Book lover, tea drinker and sushi fiend!

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