Blurb: Bree is a loser, a wannabe author who hides behind words. But when she’s told she needs to start living a life worth writing about, The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting is born. Six steps on how to be interesting. Six steps that will see her infiltrate the popular set, fall in love with someone forbidden and make the biggest mistake of her life.
The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne has a, well, interesting title, so I thought I’d give it a try. It’s a transformation or coming-of-age story with a difference, and it deals with some difficult issues.
The book starts with Bree having her latest novel rejected by the final agent/publisher she can think to send it to. And then someone advises her to make her life more interesting, and to write about that. Which she does, blogging as she goes. Her life certainly becomes more interesting, although some of the transformation I found a little far-fetched. This is definitely not a book short on tension, and often there is the feel of a car crash about to happen. As a reader you want to tell Bree ‘no, no, don’t do that’ – but you can’t stop reading.
I didn’t love this book but I did like and admire it. Bree, the main character, is well-drawn and believable and as a reader I really cared about her. Some of the other characters are not so well drawn, but the anti-hero Hugo is definitely all too credible.
This isn’t a book to pick up if you’re just looking for a fun read. It’s an ‘issues’ book. If you like those, you’ll love it.