Review of The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne

Published: 1st August 2014
Publisher: Usborne
Page: 464


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.


Seventeen year old Bree is a rejected writer and self harmer. She lives in a big house with a parent who ignores her and another who annoys her. From the first page, I saw Bree in her house waiting to go to school – her thoughts were in my mind like a voice-over in a film. Her voice was unbelievably strong and I was immediately captivated.

“Bloggers are taking over the world.”

When Bree reinvents herself as a “popular girl,” it reminded me a lot of Mean Girls and I didn’t like that. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the film but I wanted Holly’s book to move away from the stereotypical film. As Bree’s project continued, we read her blog as well. Her posts were brilliant, well written and funny. I couldn’t wait to see what she did next.

Behind Holly’s plot, there is an important message about self harming. It’s a very difficult subject for people to talk about and I’m ashamed to say that I know nothing about it. I have to hand it to Holly, she wrote about the subject very well and it really did open my eyes. I’ve never understood why people self harm and my guess is that Bree’s reason is one out of a hundred. When the ending was in sight, Holly took the subject to the next level and I was scared for Bree. I clung to my kindle and read as fast as I possibly could.

Bree was a superb main character. The ending was explosive and when there was ten percent left, I really didn’t know how the plot would end. I would have liked a little bit of closure regarding Logan and the popular girls as I felt like the cut off point for them was a little soon.

“How To Be Really Interesting: Stop Caring.”

Twitter: @holly_bourneYA
Website: www.hollybourne.co.uk