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Holly Bourne

Holly Bourne writes for young adults for a living. She is a journalist and relationships expert for www.TheSite.org, an advice and information website for 16-25 year-olds which has over 100,000 users each month.

Before this, she spent two years working as a local news reporter on the Surrey Mirror and was nominated as Print Journalist of the Year 2010. She also has a first class degree in Journalism Studies and has won awards for her writing.

She has been shortlisted for a national writing award, the Brook Sexual Health Awards 2012, and she's in the final for the Rosemary Goodchild award for excellence in sexual health journalism.

Genres: Young Adult Fiction, General Fiction

YA Book Prize Best Young Adult nominee (2016) : Am I Normal Yet?
YA Book Prize Best Young Adult nominee (2018) : It Only Happens in the Movies
YA Book Prize Best Young Adult nominee (2020) : The Places I've Cried in Public

Holly Bourne recommends
London Belongs to Us (2016)
Sarra Manning
"A galloping, giddy romp of a book...Loved it."
The Burning (2019)
Laura Bates
"The Burning lights a fire in you - one that makes you want to fight for change and ignite sparks in others so the fire spreads and spreads."
Fierce Fragile Hearts (2019)
(Beautiful Broken Things, book 2)
Sara Barnard
"This book is exquisite."
Olive (2020)
Emma Gannon
"It's warm and charming and yet VERY brave in its honesty about having children and how that impacts female friendships. I suspect a lot of women will feel relieved and seen when they read it."
All About Us (2020)
Tom Ellen
"An insightful, nuanced look at modern relationships, I LOVED it. A Christmas Carol meets Love Actually."
Malibu Rising (2021)
Taylor Jenkins Reid
"Completely slick and compelling, but also has such warmth and psychological insight. The characters were so real I almost found myself checking out their Wikipedia pages afterwards! It's the perfect, literal, beach read, with the emotional depth of the ocean. I was such a fan of Daisy Jones & The Six and this certainly didn't disappoint."
The House of Serendipity (2021)
(House of Serendipity, book 1)
Lucy Ivison
"This book is such a total GEM. A hilarious, giddy and warm book about two young fashion designers in debutante season, with themes of class, friendship, and girls finding agency within strict social structures. It's like a fashion Chocolat meets Bridgerton for kids."
Baby Love (2022)
Jacqueline Wilson
"Jacqueline Wilson understands the complex interpersonal relationships of teenagers so well and writes with an unparalleled realness and rawness. I loved this book. It was heartbreaking but warm, unflinching yet somehow cosy. Nobody writes like Jacqueline Wilson. Long may she reign! I couldn't get the characters out of my head."
Idol (2022)
Louise O'Neill
"IDOL is utterly compelling and totally fearless. I literally had to ban myself from reading it after 8pm as I couldn't sleep otherwise. Louise isn't afraid to grasp nettles and IDOL is a confronting exploration of toxic female friendships, consent, and the gross hypocrisy of influencer culture. Destined to be rightly huge. It will take a long time to get these characters out of my head."

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