PH Blog Tour: Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes? (+ Giveaway)

Before Reading:

“Wait… Holly has a new book out? SIGN ME UP.”

That was essentially my reaction once I learned that Holly Bourne has a new book coming out this year. Basically, any opportunity for me to read her books will not pass by. So when Erika at The Nocturnal Fey once again hosted a tour for Holly’s new release, my hands went all ninja for the sign-up form. Since I started this blog, I have been a fan of Holly Bourne. But long story short: I love Holly and her writing style. I’m pretty sure I can read her new book in one sitting. (Spoiler alert: I didn’t but in a good way.)

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Cover (1)Title: Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?

Author: Holly Bourne

Genre: Contemporary, Mental Health

Date Published: 9th of August 2018

ISBN: 9781474933612

Series: None

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

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Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes is also available at National Bookstore branches nationwide for PH readers!

Summary:

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?

After Reading:

My initial reaction after finishing this book goes like this, “Well, aren’t you just a peach?” (Pun intended because the copies for the tour were pink *laughs*) With that in mind,  I cannot help but compare it to her past work. Although Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes is hard-hitting as well, there’s something different about it. The overall tone and the character development is something to point out on. It was also realistically blunt.

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Speaking as a Holly Bourne fan, I’m not going to lie when I say that I had some pretty high expectations for this book. But of course I still had to read it and not just give the 5-star bomb right then and there. Then I met the main character Olive and the circumstances that went with her story. Let’a start with the premise.

Olive has been chosen to go to Camp Reset, since she has been dealing with mental health issues that she chose not to exactly know to avoid labeling herself. In Camp Reset, she goes through various sessions that help her realize thoughts and actions that would not only affect her, but everyone else. Hence the birth of the slogan ‘ #Kindness is contagious‘. What I loved about this book is that it was emotionally blunt and raw, each page bursting with emotions and thoughts that work like the human mind. It’s like the manifestation of a soliloquy in one’s head. The realness and the way the book is presented is also reflected in on Olive. She’s flawed, and she admits that going a few pages in. Not many people like her, especially girls her age. She is fully aware of what she is. As a reader, I found this complexity and honesty in her character frustrating at times. But it is also what made me (and maybe other readers as well) keep on reading. It’s her journey in camp and her interaction with the others that made this book a good read.

With that said, I love the friendship dynamic that grew into this story. It was the support and the kindness that really stuck with me. While the other campers were also great, I really loved the development of the characters of Lewis and Sophie in particular. I love the way they brought out a particular side of Olive’s character, and the way they grew in story. It made me want to cheer for them and hope for all the best.

However, what shined in this book the best is Holly Bourne’s magnetic and brutally honest writing style. The punches were real, and the book managed to encapsulate such strong feelings in almost 400 pages. It didn’t feel like it had that intimidating number of pages because quite frankly, I wanted to read more. There was this little voice in the back of head wanting to read more about Olive and Camp Reset. All of the hard-hitting notes were needed to be said. I also admire the way this book explained how a certain type of disorder was like. The way it was thoroughly expounded made me grasp the context of it and how a person going through that disorder feels. Holly Bourne made me understand the “highs” and the “lows” and for that, I am thankful that this books exists.

For me, Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes is a very important book to read. Mental health matters as much as our physical health, and Holly’s book reiterates that in all of its 400-paged glory. It’s not perfect, but the message it wants to convey is something we have to keep in mind and do our best to manifest in our daily lives.

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(Know more about my rating system here.)

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Holly Bourne

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.

Connect with Holly!

Blog | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads

As today is the release day of Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes, I decided to participate in today’s prompt of 11 Days of Kindness Challenge. Here’s what I want to say to my 3rd year in college self, because she might have badly needed this then. Keep rendering those scenes!

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One lucky PH reader has the chance to win a copy of Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes. Click the giveaway icon or be redirected here.

Thank you so much to Erika from The Nocturnal Fey for letting me join this lovely tour. Your kindness has reached a lot of people, me included. ❤ Thank you to Usborne Publishing as well for sending review copies our way. Follow the rest of the tour here (will be linking their respective reviews soon):

August 8th
The Nocturnal Fey  – Erika (Review)
Rurouni Jenni Reads  – Jennilyn (Review)
Tesairie’s Book Reads  – Desyerie (Promo post)

August 9th
Bibliophile Soprano  – Fay (Review)
eirareads  – Eira (Promo post)

August 10th
Merv Reads  – Mervilyn (Review)
Amidst the Pages  – Imogene (Review)
The Reading Fangeek  – Avy (Promo Post)

August 11th
That Bookshelf Bitch  – Shealea (Review)
Wanderer in Neverland  – Shaine (Review)
The Royal Polar Bear Reads  – Rafael (Review)

August 12th
Wander with Jon  – Jon (Review)
Diary of an Avid Reader  – Areli (Review)
Novel Thief  – Joefel (Promo post)

Have you read Holly’s newest release? Do you also believe that kindness is contagious?

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16 thoughts on “PH Blog Tour: Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes? (+ Giveaway)

  1. YES, I really think kindness IS contagious and it can really be passed on to other people 🙂

    So speaking of kindness, thank you very much for having this giveaway!! TBH, I haven’t read anything from Holly yet (IKR what is wrong with me) but I’ve heard so many GREAT things about her works so I’m starting to get my hands on them so I can start reading ASAP haha!

    *fingers crossed on this one* I’m really glad you enjoyed this one, B! Great write-up 🙂

    -A ❤

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      1. I’ve heard so many great things AHHH! But too bad I don’t have both of those yet *cries* What I do have though, are How Hard Can Love Be and Soulmates so might start with those!

        But looking forward to reading her other works soon!

        Hugs,
        A

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  2. When I saw the latest book of Holly Bourne, ‘Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes?’, I got really excited. We have the same “before reading” reaction. 😂 But I haven’t read this one yet though. But knowing Holly Bourne, I knew the first time I saw this I really was gonna love it. I’ve already read one of her books entitled ‘It Only Happens in the Movies’ and I absolutely enjoyed it! Hopefully, I’d get to read this work of hers soon!

    Yes, I do believe that kindness is contagious. Maybe that’s why kindness still does exist in today’s time despite of the numerous chaos going on from different parts of the world – because kindness is contagious.

    Thank you so much for this giveaway! 💖

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  3. This is such a lovely review, I’m so happy you enjoyed this book – you make it sound so good, real and hard-hitting and definitely important, too. I’ll have to give it a try – I only read one book by this author yet, but I loved it, I want to read ALL of her books now haha 🙂

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  4. I have never read any Holly Bourne. I should really do something about that! This sounds like such a great book – I love when authors can give you all the squishy friendship feels but aren’t afraid to go blunt when they need to pack a serious emotional punch.

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    1. Definitely Lydia! Asides from this one, I also loved The Manifesto on How To Be Interesting and It Only Happens In The Movies by her, actually. The friendship dynamic can also be seen in her other books as well, and you might like those too since she’s never afraid to pack an emotional punch.

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    1. Thank you, Jon 😊! If you loved Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes, you’ll definitely love her other books, too. I definitely recommend you to go for The Manifesto on How to be Interesting and It Only Happens in the Movies. Her Spinster series is also a good way to go, as I heard it is just lovely and the characters are interconnected. You can read it seperately though. 😉 (Either way, any book by Holly is amazing. Go read and be happy. 💕)

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