Well, this would definitely count as one of those easy to read yet satisfying Summer reads. ‘How do you like me now?’ was published this year and therefore still in hardback – for once, I’m up to date with a current release!
What is it like, turning 30 in the current climate? Outward appearances would suggest that the central character, Tori, has everything she could possibly want: a successful book written some years earlier and a career now based on sharing those ideas with large adoring female audiences. Faced with some ‘internal stirrings’ and misgivings, the story delves into her relationships with Rock Man, her partner of 6 years, her audience and her best friend Dee. It highlights the age-old dilemma of body-clock ticking, decisions to be made and being true to oneself in an age of technological ‘advancements’.
Would I recommend it to my Mum (87 and ‘straight-laced’) – no? Would I lend it to my best friend – she’d lap it up!
Holly Bourne is a writer of young adult fiction including ‘Am I Normal Yet?’ which was critically acclaimed; this is her debut adult novel. She is a former news journalist who was nominated for Best Print Journalist of the Year in 2010. She graduated from the University of Sheffield with a first-class degree in Journalism.
‘How Do You Like Me Now?’ is available to order from The Hungerford Bookshop