REVIEW: How Do You Like Me Now? - Holly Bourne

How Do You Like Me Now? - Holly Bourne
Published by Hodder & Stoughton on 31 May 2018.
My rating: 5/5
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Holly Bourne does adult fiction. That is a sentence that makes me want to squeal (loudly). In How Do You Like Me Now? She switches from the dramas of teenagehood to those of your thirties and if you’re a fan of her writing already, you’ll love this.

Tori Bailey has it all together and her incredible career gives her 100 bonus points in the competition that is living your best life. Her idyllic relationship gives her another 100. She’s basically top of the leaderboard.

However, she’s not engaged and there aren’t any kids on the way. Tori’s friends got bonus points for that and her friend Dee might even overtake her soon...As much as everyone tries to fight against it, life is about choices. Amazing careers take a lot of time, families take a lot of effort and ticking everything off your bucket list is not something you can do in a day. The idea of ‘doing it all’ is one that everyone seems to be fighting for. Social media is mostly a highlights reel of people’s lives and it feeds into this idea that you can simultaneously trek across Thailand, make meals from scratch, raise five children and demonstrate major success on your LinkedIn profile.

It’s easy to see what someone else has and forget how great you have it. But likewise, it’s easy to think you have it all when you’re just ticking off life’s checklist. It’s at this point in her life that Tori realises her priorities has changed and she has to act.

The writing was so true to life and witty that it was hard to see where the book ended and the real world began. It was this snarky humour that kept it current and engaging for me, showing that Holly Bourne is indeed some kind of mystical being that can write wonderfully for both teens and adults.

This one’s being classed as a ‘must read’ and I can fully understand why.

Love, Jess

I received a copy for review via Netgalley.


  1. I have read so many glowing reviews of How Do You Like Me Now, I can't wait to get to it!
    Cora |

    1. I look forward to hearing your thoughts!


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