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Book Review | The Manifesto on How to be Interesting

August 07, 2016






The Manifesto on How to be Interesting, Holly Bourne, Usborne, 1st August 2014


Bree is a loser, a wannabe author who hides behind words. 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.
Today I wanted to write a short book review of The Manifesto on How to be Interesting . I've never done anything like this before and I'm not an expert or anything but I thought it would be nice to include something different here. I must say that I don't read that many books, I tend to read more when I'm travelling. I'm your holiday reader. With that in mind I do like the typical teen book to take things off my mind. I like reading just because for me personally, it's like watching a really interesting film where you can't wait to see what happens but in this case, it's so much longer. It takes over your everyday life. You end up thinking about the main character when you're sat on the bus on your way to see a friend or in my case while sat on a train for 5 hours. Now I don't want to give any spoilers in case any of you do read the book but it's hard to talk about it without giving anything away. 


I really enjoyed this book. It brought out many emotions in me and even made me cry at some bits. It sounds silly but I just got so attached that I felt like I knew Bree and experienced her story with her. She's a very introverted girl who's fortunate enough to be rich. She's not your typical rich girl though. She's the complete opposite. She wants to be invisible. Holly Bourne writes about themes which teenagers can relate to for example popularity, rape and self harm, yet she talks about it in such a way that it's easily read.Young girls have this dream of being popular at school and Bree pretty much gives you a step-by-step guide. The whole thing affects her as a person and the plan falls apart but it's the journey that she takes you on is interesting.

The first thing I noticed when reading The Manifesto on How to be Interesting was that it's set in the UK. This sounds like a really weird thing to notice but all the typical 'teen' books I've read before, have been set in the US so I kept imagining it set there. The book has a compelling story line nonetheless with the manifesto which leaves you wanting more. You definitely get a Mean Girls vibe from the story line though. Bree (the nice girl), becomes friends with the popular girls (the mean girls) to learn everything about them for her book. She pretends to be like them until she takes it too far and possibly become worse then the mean girls. She falls apart completely but don't worry, there's a happy ending. The book is a good 'light read' and I would definitely recommend it. 

Thanks for reading, Dom x
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