Review: The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne

Challenge criteria: A book you brought on a trip.


Apparently I’m boring. A nobody. But that’s all about to change. Because I am starting a project. Here. Now. For myself. And if you want to come along for the ride then you’re very welcome.

Bree is a loser, a wannabe author who hides behind words. Most of the time she hates her life, her school, her never-there parents. So she writes.

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.

Image via Goodreads

Image via Goodreads

What I liked:

I feel like this book was a pretty good representation of what life looks like when you’re not at the top of the school food chain. I was just like Bree post-makeover, and I too would have done anything to just be liked. It’s a lonely world.

I liked the message that you could change your hair, change whatever you pleased, but that life would only be fair to you if you made it so. The underlying message that popularity isn’t everything is a big one, and one that would be a great comfort to girls who were in my position in school.

What I didn’t like:

I wasn’t a big fan of the Logan/Bree storyline. The teacher/student trope is a little risky, and I felt it wasn’t resolved very well. He also acted like a 17 year old for most of the book.

I also didn’t think Holdo would have come back as easily as he had in the book.

Out of five?:

A three. A really quick and enjoyable read, but with some aspects done better than others.


One thought on “Review: The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne

  1. A really slippery premise. Also a past reality for me, except I stayed a school loser 😀 I usually avoid books like that, cause it’s like they make you seem your own past isn’t worth much cause you didn’t do a make over and become popular? Not the message of the book, I guess, but I’d totally feel those feels. Brave of you!

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