Friday, August 15, 2014

Book Review: The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting by Holly Bourne

The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting
by Holly Bourne

Genre: YA, contemporary
Published August 1st 2014 by Usborne Publishing
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon * Book Depository
Local purchase/order: Fullybooked * National Bookstore

Blur (Goodreads):
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.

From the bestselling author of Soulmates comes a fearlessly frank take on school, cliques and crushes.

My Thoughts:

What attracted me to check out and want to read The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting is the title then the interesting rules written on the cover. I immediately knew the voice of the narrator and the things running on her mind. I can relate to her from the blurb alone. I also took notice of the gorgeous packaging. I loved the cover and the orange corner pages (which I showed to my sister several times and she said I couldn't get over it. I'd never). Haha

Manifesto is something like I've read from some YA books (and movies) wherein the female protagonist is a nobody and wondering how it is like to be not and then eventually became popular. But Bree--the main character--had a plan. She did a total makeover and plunged herself on the popular corner, a.k.a the lion's den--sounds familiar? But wait! There's more--for her "writing project" on how to be or what it takes to be interesting enough for people to notice you. What differentiates this book from others is that it has an actual story. Not just a fictional character's story, but also the story of every person who's hoping to be noticed and be accepted.

I like the light and positive vibe I felt from the beginning. Bree proved that she can live without the spotlight and all the rejections, which she used as a motivation. Bree is a fun and maybe a nobody, but not a boring narrator. It made my reading easier and lighter. When she step forward on the spotlight, that's where the tangled stories and drama came.

I liked the overall story, the lessons learned, and the important things emphasized in this book. However, I admit that I was expecting a different story before I read this book. Maybe I didn't expect the heavy emotions because I had an expectation of a fluffy and funny read. Although it wasn't what I expected, I'm still very glad that it turned out really good and better than what I imagined.

The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting is a realistic and insightful read. The characters and the story is relatable and fun to unravel. It has a strong-willed heroine, a little drama and painful truth, and message to readers. This is, indeed, an interesting novel with a really good concept. Everyone should read this.

*Thank you so much Charlotte and Usborne Publishing for the review copy in exchange of an honest review!


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