Holly Bourne


SOULMATES is a contemporary YA love story / thriller about a cynical 17-year-old called Poppy who falls in love with a guitarist, Noah. Every so often two people are born who are the perfect matches for each other.  Soulmates. But the repercussions of soulmates getting together are huge and, unbeknown to Poppy and Noah, they are being watched by a secret international agency responsible for separating them.


Poppy and Noah will soon have to decide whether to stay together and potentially end the world, or live without love for the rest of their lives.


SOULMATES was chosen for iBooks Best of 2013 Teen Fiction.


A book that pulls the reader in from the outset and keeps us guessing all the way to the incredible, heart-wrenching conclusion. I want more from Holly Bourne please.'

Janet Smythe, Children and Education Programme Director at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Janet Smythe , Children and Education Programme Director at Edinburgh International Book Festival

'A fantastic contemporary YA romance with a dark edge – I read it in one sitting!'

Melissa Cox
Melissa Cox

'SOULMATES is a book about first love.  It's about how it feels to have an instantaneous, irresistible connection with someone.  When it feels as if the earth is shifting, and the feelings you have for one another are strong enough to move time and space.  But SOULMATES is also a book about what happens when first love does shift the earth.  And cause lightning storms.  And hair frizz and wardrobe malfunctions.  And freak blizzards.  And heartbreaking disaster.  This is first, crazy, real love.  With a world-ending twist.'

Usborne Publicity Team
Usborne Publicity Team

'With its winning humour, strong characters and considered plot, this is a book that really does reinvigorate the star-crossed lovers of YA.'

Choose YA
Choose YA

'As British as Bridget Jones and laugh out loud funny in parts…Soulmates is an impressive debut novel and a wonderfully original story.

Lynsey, Narratively Speaking
Lynsey , Narratively Speaking


Young Adult

UK Publication

Usborne Publishing, September 2013

US Publication

On offer

Rights Sales

UK & Commonwealth: Usborne (lead title 2013)
Dutch: Veltman
German: DTV Junior (lead title 2013)
Polish: Wilga
Portuguese (Brazil): Novo Conceito
Russian: Clever Media Group
Spanish: Ediciones B
Turkish: Kilavus