Holly Bourne


Holly started her writing career as a news journalist, where she was nominated for Best Print Journalist of the Year. She then spent six years working as an editor, a relationship advisor, and general ‘agony aunt’ for a youth charity – helping young people with their relationships and mental health. Inspired by what she saw, she started writing teen fiction, including the best-selling, award-winning ‘Spinster Club’ series which helps educate teenagers about feminism. When she turned thirty, Holly wrote her first adult novel, examining the intensified pressures on women once they hit that landmark.


Alongside her writing, Holly has a keen interest in women’s rights and is an advocate for reducing the stigma of mental health problems. She’s helped create online apps that teach young people about sexual consent, works with Women’s Aid to spread awareness of abusive relationships, and runs Rethink’s mental health book club.




Unflinchingly honest and empathetic, this intense novel demonstrates the primary importance of kindness and compassion, that it’s never a persons fault that they’re unwell, and just how essential self-care is. Ladies and Gents, I give you one of the year’s most important YA novels - an engaging and thought-provoking book with tremendous value. Holly Bourne has done it again.


Bourne is intensely readable and writes with compassion, insight and humour.

The Observer

Holly Bourne tackles a serious subject with humour and sensitivity.

The Sunday Express

Mordantly funny, flinchingly well-observed… A smart, zeitgeisty, and caustically funny read, it has characters you root for. More than that, however, Bourne holds a mirror up to contemporary aspiration, deftly probing the dissonant dualism between the shinier selves projected online and people’s offline reality.

The Sunday Times

A very funny novel that lives up to its hype

The Daily Mail

A Bridget Jones for millennials… injected with such reality it can’t help but be hilarious…If you want to know what it feels like to be a woman in your thirties, read this. Tori is so like my friends she could walk off the page and into the pub with us…Bourne skewers us smoothly and succinctly

The Times

Bourne has written a truly sparkling portrayal of a best friendship here…[she] has a native eye for millennial angst…truly a f***ing good novel.

Evening Standard

This book is so good, and so honest about being a woman.

Marian Keyes

Authentic, funny and utterly relatable; this book gave me all of the feelings. This generation's Bridget Jones!

Carmel Harrington
author of The Woman at 72 Derry Lane

I haven’t been this obsessed with a book in years. It’s painfully funny, real, but also heartbreaking. Holly Bourne’s writing sees into my soul and I want her to be my best friend. Get this book now or be the loser who can’t join in when everyone else is talking about it.

Lucy Vine
author of Hot Mess and What Fresh Hell

A smart, witty and perceptive novel; Bourne is razor-sharp on friendship, self-image and self-deception

Lucy Diamond

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

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

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

'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

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

Narratively Speaking

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