THIS WEEK: Modern life is rubbish… or is it? Holly Bourne explores love, friendship and lies in her debut novel for an adult audience
How Do You Like Me Now? Holly Bourne (£ 12.99, HODDER & STOUGHTON)
There’s a duality in reading things that are super-relatable – it feels great to be heard, but also a little exposing. There’s a bit of that in Holly Bourne’s latest novel, but nothing will stop you getting to the end. You may not be a memoirist who’s inspired a generation, like Tori Bailey, but you’ll have experienced some of her emotions. Like, what is going on with her and her ‘happy ever after man’? What are these difficult feelings she’s having now her best (reliably fun and single) friend has found love? And is she all she appears to be online? Following Tori as she tries to navigate modern, 30-something living, this novel is funny, touching and searingly honest.