Tag: YA

Read the first chapter of Am I Normal Yet? online now at www.usborne.com/readAmINormalYet. What are you waiting for? 🙂

Win ‘Am I Normal Yet?’ – an amazingly Goodread.

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We’re celebrating Day 10 of #100DaysofNormal by giving you the chance to win one of 10 copies of Am I Normal Yet? with Goodreads. Head over to Goodreads to enter: http://bit.ly/1GrIrPm

And don’t forget to add Am I Normal Yet? to your Goodreads bookshelf!

Good luck everyone 🙂

Read the first chapter of ‘Am I Normal Yet?’

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“It started with a house party. This wasn’t just any house party. It was also My First Date. Like first EVER date. In my entire life. Because, finally, following all the crap that had gone down, I was ready for boys.
 His name was Ethan and he liked the Smashing Pumpkins (whatever that is) and he’d managed to grow real stubble already. And he liked me enough to ask me out after sociology. And he was funny. And he had really small, but cute, dark eyes, like a ferret or something. But a sexy ferret. And he played the drums and the violin. Both! Even though they’re, like, totally different instruments. And and…
…and – oh, Christ – what the HELL was I going to wear?

Okay, so I was stressing. And obsessing. “Obstressing” times a million. In an utterly deplorable way. But this was a big deal to me. I was doing something NORMAL for once. And I reckoned I could just about pull it off. And I did know what I was wearing. I’d run through every possible clothing combination in existence before opting for tight jeans, black top and a red necklace, i.e. what I reckoned to be the safest date outfit ever. I was going to be normal again. But I was going to step back into it safely...”

This is just a tiny taste of Am I Normal Yet?, which is out in the UK on 1st August 2015.

Read the ENTIRE first chapter now at:

                             www.usborne.com/readAmINormalYet

We’d love to hear your thoughts – let us know what you think of the first chapter by using the hashtag #100DaysofNormal.

Only 100 in the ENTIRE universe

Guys – I have the BEST news. My supersonic publisher Usborne have printed 100 LIMITED EDITION copies of Am I Normal Yet?. And THEY’RE THE MOST YELLOW THINGS YOUR EYEBALLS WILL EVER HAVE SEEN. There are just 100 in the entire universe. They’re so exclusive even *I’ve* only been given ONE – and it was my brain what wrote the book!

The best part? We’re going to be giving them away to YOU as part of #100DaysofNormal

Here I am at Usborne Towers signing ALL of the limited edition copies in all their neon glory! 

Each limited edition copy is numbered and signed by ME! (Obvs) I’ve even spelled my own name right in each one (which has been an issue in the past)!

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Don’t they look A-MAZ-ING? You need an eye-shield to protect you from it’s neon powers.

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“HOW DO I GET MY GRUBBY HANDS ON ONE?” I hear (hope) you ask. Just stay tuned to the #100DaysOfNormal hashtag for giveaways and exciting challenges. 

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Am I Normal Yet? is out on 1st August 2015.

Normality is overrated

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Amy and Hannah here from Usborne – hello! We’ve hijacked Holly’s Tumblr for Day 2 of #100DaysofNormal because we want to tell you a little bit more about her amazing new novel Am I Normal Yet?, which is out on 1st August. 

We asked the very lovely Holly to sum up the book for us in just 3 words:

                                 ‘NORMALITY. IS. OVERRATED

We completely agree! Holly’s main character, Evie, has OCD – she feels as if she is failing at being a teenager, let alone being ‘normal’.

Evie’s just come off her meds and is dipping her toe into the pool of man folk at college. But relationships can mess with anyone’s head – something Evie’s new friends Amber and Lottie know only too well (don’t we all!). The trouble is, if Evie won’t tell them her secrets, how can they stop her making a huge mistake?

OCD, feminism, bad boyfriends, and the importance of cheesy snacks – it’s all there in this wise, heartbreaking and funny novel.

And there’s more! If you didn’t already know, Am I Normal Yet? is the first in a trilogy – hooray! Yes – 3 books from Holly, so we asked her to give us a sneak peek at what to expect:

The trilogy centres around the friendship of three girls – Evie, Amber, and Lottie – and their grassroots feminism group. In book two, Amber spends the summer in an American summer camp to try and rebuild her estranged relationship with her mother. Expect road trips, prom kings with hidden depth, female chauvinist pigs (evil cheerleaders) and lots of tears. And, in the final book, Lottie takes on the ENTIRE PATRIARCHY in a one-girl campaign, calling out every instance of sexism she sees for an entire month. Imagine “Yes Man” for feminism, then add cheesy snacks and a totally inappropriate crush.  I cannot WAIT for you to fall in love with these girls as hard as I have.

We’re off to meet Holly now to do some top-secret #100DaysofNormal stuff. It’s VERY EXCITING but we couldn’t possibly tell you what it is until tomorrow!

Be sure to follow Holly on Twitter and be the first to hear the news.

#100DaysofNormal

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Hello, and welcome to my shiny new Tumblr! I am so happy you’re here. Sit down and have a cheesy snack.

What is #100DaysOfNormal?

In the lead-up to the publication of Am I Normal Yet? we’re going to spend 100 ROTATIONS OF THE EARTH chatting here about the book, the trilogy, and all the things that inspired it. Aforementioned cheesy snacks will be a big part of this. Mainly this is a big celebration of trying to be normal, realising you’re not-normal, and totally partying about that.

How will it work?

I’ll be posting something related to the book here EVERY DAY, along with Amy and Hannah from Usborne. There will also be chats and discussions over on Twitter and Facey B. You are so very welcome to come in and join the fun.

Will I learn anything?

You might! At least once a week I’ll be super-gluing some leather bits to my elbows and talking about some of the SERIOUS BITS in Am I Normal Yet? and why I chose to write them. I’ll also be talking a bit about my job as a journalist and relationship expert at youth charity TheSite.org, and how it shapes my books. Topics I’m going to chat about are:
Mental Health (my MC Evie is recovering from OCD)
F to the E to the M to the I to the N to the ISM! This trilogy of books follows a group of girls setting up their own grassroots feminist group, and I’ll be getting my rant on occasionally.
Friendship – because it’s the most important thing EVER
Relationships and love – I answer young people’s relationship questions over at TheSite. Something that has given me (limited) wisdom on all stuff love-related.

And how about FUN stuff?

There will be ample amounts of it. In fact, there is likely to be a 80:20 Fun:Important-stuff ratio. This is like the 5:2 diet of book campaigns. There’s going to be giveaways, quizzes, polls, events you can bring your actual human body to, and lots and lots of cheesy snacks.

So how do I get involved?

Follow my Tumblr to get all the #100DaysofNormal news straight into your newsfeed. And I want to hear from you – so be sure to like, comment on and share anything you love! Or if there’s something you want to hear about, let us know!

You can also follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

And be sure to come back tomorrow to hear more about Am I Normal Yet? and and I have a super special announcement on Wednesday that you won’t want to miss.

Holly x