Written by Holly Bourne
‘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. She’s inspired millions of women to stick two fingers up at convention with her bestselling memoir, and she has the perfect relationship to boot.
But Tori Bailey has been living a lie.
Everyone around her is getting married and having babies, but her long-term boyfriend won’t even talk about getting engaged. 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 practise 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.
Not My Kind of Read
I find myself quite unmoved by this novel – not like me, but you can’t win ’em all.
Tori wrote a bestseller about how to live your life for yourself in your twenties, flaunting convention. Along with her best friend Dee she privately pokes fun at the brides and new mothers who are complying with what society expects of them. Her time is spent whipping her fans into a frenzy on social media whilst she whizzes around the globe giving talks and signings of her one and only book whilst confirming that she is still with her perfect partner Tom. However can she practice what she preaches?
I agree with some of the blurb that this is a relatable read; perhaps it’s just that I’ve been there, done that and don’t really understand Tori’s dilemma. Yes, it’s honest, yes it describes the emotions of practically every woman around Tori’s age, but none of it was surprising. It was an okay read but, for me, it didn’t set the heather on fire. Perhaps I expect my fiction to be more fictional? I’m not sure. Noting that the author has progressed from YA novels, I expect she has the following to make this a bestseller. Not for the first time, I’m out of step!
My thanks to publishers Hodder & Stoughton for approving my request via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: friendships, relationships, women’s fiction
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1487 KB
- Print Length: 368 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
- Publication Date: 31 May 2018
- Purchase Links: Amazon.co.uk
Meet the Author
Holly started her writing career as a news journalist, where she was nominated for Best Print Journalist of the Year. She then spent six years working as an editor, a relationship advisor, and general ‘agony aunt’ for a youth charity – helping young people with their relationships and mental health. Inspired by what she saw, she started writing teen fiction, including the best-selling, award-winning ‘Spinster Club’ series which helps educate teenagers about feminism. When she turned thirty, Holly wrote her first adult novel, examining the intensified pressures on women once they hit that landmark.
Alongside her writing, Holly has a keen interest in women’s rights and is an advocate for reducing the stigma of mental health problems. She’s helped create online apps that teach young people about sexual consent, works with Women’s Aid to spread awareness of abusive relationships, and runs Rethink’s mental health book club.