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'The most perceptive book I have ever read about the female interior' DOLLY ALDERTON, The High Low Podcast

'It is so good! It is so honest about being a woman and all the things that are expected of us ... I enjoyed it very much.' MARIAN KEYES





'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. She's inspired millions of women to stick two fingers up at convention with her bestselling memoir, and she has the perfect relationship to boot.

But Tori Bailey has been living a lie.

Everyone around her is getting married and having babies, but her long-term boyfriend won't even talk about getting engaged. 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 practise 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.

Everyone is raving about 2018's hottest book:

'Truly a f***ing good novel' EVENING STANDARD

'Relatable for any woman navigating emotional time bombs' RED

'Bourne holds a mirror up to contemporary aspiration, deftly probing the dissonant dualism between the shinier selves projected online and people's offline reality.' SUNDAY TIMES

'Identifiable, heart-breaking and wickedly funny. I'd say this is one of my favourite books of the year' GIOVANNA FLETCHER

'Funny, sad, honest, insightful, up-to-the-minute. Kept me guessing (and hoping) to the last page' ROISIN MEANEY

'Sure to resonate with anyone navigating the emotional minefield of their thirties' - RED ONLINE

'Smart, witty and perceptive. Razor-sharp on friendship, self-image and self-deception' LUCY DIAMOND

'Sublime, perfectly observed' LAURA JANE WILLIAMS

'Bourne incinerates the lies we're all capable of telling ourselves in this raw and very funny book; it'll resonate with anyone trying to convince themselves that sticking it out is better than being alone.' EMERALD STREET

'Funny, real and heartbreaking. I haven't been this obsessed with a book in years.' LUCY VINE

'Injected with such reality it can't help but be hilarious' TIMES

'Well-written, genuinely funny and movingly honest. It could be a life-changing read for many.' - SHEERLUXE

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division Publication Date: 14/06/2018 ISBN-13: 9781473667723  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Holly Bourne is a bestselling author. She is passionate about gender equality and mental health. How Do You Like Me Now? is her debut adult novel.

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Two points before I begin my review-rant: a) Holly Bourne is one of my ABSOLUTE favourite YA authors, especially after her book What’s A Girl Gotta Do? And when I heard she was releasing a “Must-Read” and “Hilarious” adult debut, it became a MUST read for me. b) I adore romantic comedy novels with a message, and this sounded like a GREAT ONE, regardless of age. Comparing yourself to others, society’s expectations and social media? HOW ABSOLUTELY RELEVANT TO EVERYTHING WE GO THROUGH ON A DAILY BASIS. And while there were a lot of lovely, on-point messages in this book, a lot of scenes that made me laugh, the main thing that stayed with me about this book, days after I put it down is HOW MUCH THE MAIN CHARACTER WHINED AND COMPLAINED AND HAD UGLY THOUGHTS and I get it, because we do all of the above on a daily basis, but Tori Bailey, the protagonist was just such a NEGATIVE person about everything and stuck in a relationship that she knew was going nowhere and I honestly didn’t know how to deal. I guess, even though we shouldn’t compare books, I hoped that How Do You Like Me Now?, just like all of Holly’s other books would be uplifting or have some sort of positive message, and while it got to it in the end, there were still 300+ pages of all the negativity that ended up being a little more than I could handle. Also, more than anything else, Tori couldn’t find it in herself to be supportive of her BEST FRIEND when she found someone and got pregnant and that really annoyed me because WHAT EVEN? I guess I just wish that this book was more. There were still a lot of things I REALLY liked about this book, including: 1) Tori Bailey’s stark honesty: Even though she was a negative and unsupportive person in general, I did love how absolutely unfiltered and unflinching her thoughts and opinions were. 2) THE RELEVANCE: How many of us DON’T scroll down social media and then feel bad or that we’re not doing things ‘right’ when we look at other’s accomplishments? I loved that the book dealt with the SHEER PRESSURE these online platforms and the ‘life achievements’ of people you follow there exert on you because IT IS REAL. 3) YES FOR THE ENDING: Like I mentioned before, the ending of this book was more the Holly Bourne books WITH MESSAGES that I’m used to. I loved how supportive Tori’s parents were and so proud of Tori for finally standing up for herself and doing the right thing. I guess all in all, this was probably the most REAL adult contemporary I’ve EVER read, but I wish there was more positivity or support from the main character towards anything at all. 3 stars.

- 11/06/2018
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