Book: How hard can love be?
Author: Holly Bourne
Synopsis: “All Amber wants is a little bit of love. Her mum has never been the caring type, even before she moved to California, got remarried and had a personality transplant. But Amber’s hoping that spending the summer with her can change all that.
And then there’s prom king Kyle, the guy all the girls want. Can he really be interested in anti-cheerleader Amber? Even with best friends Evie and Lottie’s advice, there’s no escaping the fact: love is hard.”
It’s so hard to pick my favourite book in the Spinster series, Holly’s writing brings all of the characters to life and all of the stories are uniquely different. That just means that all of the books stand out in their own rights and I love them all for different reasons.
This book had so many elements to it: family trauma, insecurity, road trips, first loves and tackling the issue of trusting and letting people in. It’s one of the reasons why I love Holly’s books – each cover a variety of feelings and concerns that teenagers and young adults have. It’s what makes them feel so warm, fluffy and relatable.
Amber is a wildly, funny character to have read about and I relate to her pessimism and typical British humour – which stood out even more with her being in America. She had a lot of issues relating to her mother, it being the primary reason she traveled to America – hoping she would spend more time with her and get answers as to why her mother abandoned her. At times, it was slightly frustrating that she wouldn’t just confront her and just bottled her emotions – but, it only made me carry on reading and gave more depth to her character. It also meant that she had a great characterisation arc, and she grew by the end.
Another one of my favourite elements of Holly’s writing, is the focus on feminism. Once again, I have learnt about new phrases that describe certain elements or people that help support the patriarchy. It was really interesting! I find the way that she incorporates the feminism elements in really clever – it never brings the tone down, but still remains witty and relevant to the story.
I really enjoyed the story, especially the romance elements within it – it felt real and took me back to a few years ago when I was feeling similar emotions. I felt connected to Amber and it was almost pleasing and reassuring to read those similar emotions, and feel almost validated.
I can see why people love this series! The elements of friendships, teenage drama, the boys and everything to do with feminism makes them all a great read.