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Book Review: …And a Happy New Year (Holly Bourne)

Publisher: Usbourne Publishing

Pages: 224

Release Date: November 1st 2016

Summary (from Goodreads):

Evie, Amber and Lottie are having a new year party to remember.

For the first time since leaving college, all three girls are back together. It’s time for fun and flirting, snogs and shots.

(And not tears or tantrums or terrible secrets)

Because everything’s going great for these girls – Spinster Club for ever! Right?

Review:

I loved reading the Spinster Club stories last year: they were the perfect tales of friendship, feminism, and mental health issues. I went out and bought this last book as a Christmas present for myself and read it on New Years Eve (because I’m rock and roll like that).

Evie, Amber and Lottie have finished college: Lottie is at uni in London, while Amber and Evie have stayed closer to home. Despite their strong friendship, the girls have drifted apart as they’re all keeping secrets from each other. At a New Years party they reunite, argue, and spill secrets.

It was great to be back with the girls in this short novel that rounds everything off. I know what it’s like to go your separate ways after school: no matter how strong your friendship is there, everything is different when you’ve moved to different places, had different experiences and started making new friends.

Things aren’t working out for the girls how they thought it would, some for the better and some for the worse. But hiding these things from each other causes fractures and it all spills out in a big drunken mess on New Years eve. I really felt for Lottie, who is one of my favorite characters and is finding it harder to fit in at uni than she thought she would. And Evie’s situation was a really difficult one to be in and I could understand why she didn’t feel she could talk to the others about it.

This is the perfect ending to one of my favourite contemporary YA series. If you haven’t picked them up yet then I’d really recommend you do.

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