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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
 

Awards
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
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London Belongs to Us (2016)
Sarra Manning
"A galloping, giddy romp of a book...Loved it."
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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."
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Fierce Fragile Hearts (2019)
(Beautiful Broken Things, book 2)
Sara Barnard
"This book is exquisite."
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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."
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All About Us (2020)
Tom Ellen
"An insightful, nuanced look at modern relationships, I LOVED it. A Christmas Carol meets Love Actually."
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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."
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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."
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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."
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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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