First, I would like to thank Erika from The Nocturnal Fey for hosting this wonderful PH Blog Tour of Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?. Also, a huge thanks to US Bourne YA for making this Blog Tour possible and providing an ARC copy for an honest review. Additionally, please bear in mind that my review was not in any way affected by this. My opinions are mine and mine alone.
Title: Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?
Author: Holly Bourne
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mental Health
Publisher: Usborne Publishing
Release Date: August 9th, 2018
Welcome to Camp Reset, a summer camp with a difference. A place offering a shot at “normality” for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for the new friends she never expected to make – who each have their own reasons for being there. Luckily Olive has a plan to solve all their problems. But how do you fix the world when you can’t fix yourself?
A good mixture of an amazing story and an eye opener to mental health.
Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? follows Olive, a mentally troubled young girl, in her journey to “cure” herself and other kids of their illness.
A poignant story, this book really touches the heart of its reader. It gives subtle hints of the problem people with mental health are facing and it builds up as the story progresses. It is beautifully written and it really evokes a certain kind of sympathy and understanding between the reader and the underlying plot of the story.
The characters are both likeable and hate worthy, but I guess hating someone for an attitude that they cannot fully control is like hating your mother for giving birth to you. Olive is vain. Olive is annoying. Olive is loveable. She is everything there is to look for in a character. She is real, and that is what makes her so special. She is relatable, and that is what makes her a the perfect character.
Additionally, every character in this book is unique and has their own distinctness. They are all troubled in a way, and those trouble really gave them depth. Their characterization was also well done. I applaud Holly Bourne for being a great creator of characters.
On another note, let’s talk about the writing style. I think that the style of writing is very simple and easy to connect with. I adore how she created the story with an illuminating and complex underlying plot interwoven in a simple teenage story.
Overall, I love this book and it is definitely a must read! The information dump this book provides, the ideas, the reflection that can help people who are mentally troubled is just amazing. This is definitely a good book to read for a book club. Highly recommended.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Holly Bourne writes YA novels and blogs about feminist issues. Her favourite things to complain loudly about are: the stigma of mental health, women’s rights, and the under-appreciation of Keanu Reeves’ acting ability.
Holly’s first two books, Soulmates and The Manifesto on How to be Interesting, have been critically acclaimed and translated into six languages. The first book in the ‘Normal’ series, Am I Normal Yet?, has been chosen as a World Book Night book for 2016 and has inspired the formation of Spinster Clubs around the country.
Before becoming a full-time author, Holly was editor and relationship advisor for a charity website.