How Do You like Me Now? by Holly Bourne – Book Review

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“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. A straight-talking, bestselling author, she’s inspired millions of women around the world with her self-help memoir. And she has the perfect relationship to boot.
But Tori Bailey has been living a lie.
Her long-term boyfriend won’t even talk about marriage, but everyone around her is getting engaged and having babies. 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 practice 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.”


How Do You Like Me Now? is Holly Bourne’s debut adult novel and follows the story of best-selling author Tori, and her seemingly perfect and successful life. Having written a self-help book about her twenties, the now 31 year old Tori, is struggling to decide what to do in terms of her career and relationships, especially when all of her friends around her have hit the ‘baby and marriage’ age. Does she follow in the footsteps of her friends, despite it being against everything she’s ever believed in, just to seem successful and fit in with her peers?

How Do You Like Me Now? is a funny and honest adult debut novel. I’ve seen many people compare it to Bridget Jones’ Diary and it certainly has a very similar format in an almost diary perspective, on a month to month basis. I really didn’t like Bridget Jones’ Diary (ewww I’m so fat at 8 stone, and all my cups of coffee whining), yet How Do You Like Me Now? is a modern, more relevant, less whiny version, with more of a plot and certainly more empowering! I’m perhaps slightly younger than the targeted audience for this book but I really appreciated the honesty that Tori shows, and it was intriguing to see her thought processes in terms of the events that happen throughout the book. This book focuses on aspects of adult life that many other books don’t and the pressure that follows with the achievements of those around you. Something refreshing and honest to read!

I’ve read all of Holly Bourne’s YA novels and this adult debut certainly adds to her success. I will for sure pick up any other adult novels she chooses to write and I highly recommend this book – a book with a nice pace and interesting characters, with depth and an intriguing and honest plot!

Are you planning on reading this book? Read it already? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time…

Marie x

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