Tag: Holly Bourne

The ridiculousness of period shame

My favourite scene in Am I Normal Yet? is when the girls have a Spinster Club meeting about the ridiculousness of period shame, blue blood in adverts, and paying tax on tampons. So I was very excited when I came across these two videos. A Taylor Swift spoof, and emmablackery rollerskating in blood-splattered cream trousers? I LOVE THE INTERNET!

Holly x

YA Blogger series with Jess Hearts Books

Today, we hear from the FAB Jess of Jess Hearts Books fame on ‘normal’, feminism and cheesy snacks:

What is ‘normal’?

I used to think that being ‘normal’ meant having it together, being like everybody else. But everybody has their own struggles that you don’t get to see behind the scenes and so now I think that ‘normal’ means being completely messed up but being brave enough to carry on anyway.

What message did you take away from Am I Normal Yet?

For me it drove home just how tough being a teenage girl is in a society that sends you mixed messages and impossible standards to live up to. It’s a treacherous road to navigate. I’m so happy that there is a book out there that points this out and stands up for girls providing them with feminist main characters that I hope inspire them to speak out against these messages that society sends them.

What does feminism mean to you?

Feminism to me means absolute equality between the sexes. It means busting harmful gender stereotypes that hurt both men and women. It means a movement that benefits everyone.

What other YA novels about mental health would you recommend?

Another incredible YA book I read this year about mental health was All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. If you’re interested in reading another informative YA book about OCD in particular I’d recommend Amy and Matthew by Cammie McGovern.

And finally, what’s your go-to cheesy snack?

Wotsits. It really doesn’t get any better than Wotsits.

Thanks so much Jess for taking part in the #100DaysofNormal YA Blogger series. Read Jess’s review of Am I Normal Yet? over on her blog, Jess Hearts Books, as well as lots of other brilliant reviews and features! Enjoy!

#squadgoals, Taylor Swift and loving YOU


‘Calvin Harris can smoulder and bulge in his pants as much as he
wants to. He’s not the part of Taylor’s life I’m most jealous of.

…It’s her squad.

I want to be at her pool parties. I want to be backstage posing
for pics. I want HER TO BE MY BEST FRIEND EVER…but more than anything…I
really want to nab all of her friends….’

Read Holly’s feature on squads, trophy boyfriends and loving yourself over at Maximum Pop!

We heart Emerald Street

Unfortunately, most of us didn’t go to a Cornish castle-like school on the cliffs with a courtyard and actual turrets! Despite desperately dreaming of going to Malory Towers, most of us attended very unexciting comprehensives sans a sea-water
swimming pool. So that’s why we love Emerald Street’s round-up of ‘Four Comprehensive Schools in Novels’. We love it even more because it features Am I Normal Yet? – hooray!

Read the feature in full over on the Emerald Street website.

EXCLUSIVE extract of Am I Normal Yet?

This week we’ve teamed up with maximumpop! (THE destination for the latest news on music, celebs, books and more) for a series of exciting #100DaysofNormal EXCLUSIVES and giveaways!

First up, is a NEVER-SEEN-BEFORE-ON-THE-WEB extract from Am I Normal Yet? Head over to Maximum Pop! right NOW, what are you waiting for?

Emma Gannon interviews Holly

We’re big fans of GIRLLOSTINTHECITY.COM, a blog written by journalist
and social media editor Emma Gannon. It covers just about anything from
London life to books and culture.

So we were VERY excited when Emma interviewed Holly as part of her new author series (the first author to be featured was none other than Rainbow Rowell!)

Read Emma’s interview with Holly over at GIRLLOSTINTHECITY.COM. Enjoy!

YA Blogger series with Once Upon a Bookcase


We’re very excited to have the brilliant Jo from Once a Upon of Bookcase join us for the second YA bloggers series feature:

What is ‘normal’?
To me, there is no ‘normal’ in the sense of being ‘just like everyone else’. There are no two people who are exactly the same – not in how they look, or in who they are. Trying to fit in by being someone you’re not isn’t ‘normal’. The only way to be truly normal is to be true to yourself, to who you are – to be your own normal.

What message did you take away from Am I Normal Yet?
Being honest about who you are, and not hiding away is the only way to go. Because, as Dr Seuss said, “Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”

Also, you don’t need to be a brain box to understand feminist ideas, and to fight for equality.

What does feminism mean to you?
Equality. There are a lot of people who seem to think feminists are man-hating women who just want power for women. This isn’t the case; it’s all about equality, men and women being on an equal footing, without the sexism and double standards. It’s about women being valued just as much as men – not valued more highly than men.

What other YA novels about mental health would you recommend?
There have been so many great ones I’ve read, but these are the ones that stick out.

  • Panther by David Owen – about living with a sister who suffers from Depression.
  • Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone – about a girl who has Purely Obsessional OCD, and how she finds solace in friendship and poetry.
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – about Finch and Violet, who meet at the top of the school tower as they both contemplate suicide.
  • I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells – about a sociopath who tries to hunt down a serial killer.  

And finally, what’s your go-to cheesy snack?
I’m sorry to say I don’t like cheesy snacks!

Thanks so much for taking part in our YA Blogger series, Jo (and we forgive you for not liking cheesy snacks too :)).

Read Jo’s review of Am I Normal Yet? over on her FAB blog Once Upon a Bookcase – and don’t forget to have a browse through her other brilliant features and reviews too.

TheSite takeover Q&A


As part of TheSite takeover, we asked you to submit your questions for Holly. Thank you to everyone who send one in!

TheSite have chosen some of their favourites and Holly has answered them, plus 3 lucky people will win a limited edition copy of Am I Normal Yet?

Head over to the TheSite to see the Q&A in full! Winners will be announced shortly.

Have a great weekend everyone!