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How Hard Can Love Be? Trigger warnings alcohol abuse, alcoholic parent, shitty parenting, vomit.9 2 2019Boy howdy, Amber is an angry character I mean, a lot of her anger is very justified But it s not the easiest reading experience, being inside her head for almost 500 pages That said, the feminism and the female friendships that flow through the story are fantastic 27 12 2016I didn t love this quiiiiiiiiiiiiiite as much as I loved Am I Normal Yet I found Amberdifficult to relate to she s so full of ang Trigger warnings alcohol abuse, alcoholic parent, shitty parenting, vomit.9 2 2019Boy howdy, Amber is an angry character I mean, a lot of her anger is very justified But it s not the easiest reading experience, being inside her head for almost 500 pages That said, the feminism and the female friendships that flow through the story are fantastic 27 12 2016I didn t love this quiiiiiiiiiiiiiite as much as I loved Am I Normal Yet I found Amberdifficult to relate to she s so full of anger and despite being great at using her words when she s with her friends, she s terrrrrrrrrrrrrible at using her words where her parents are concerned The friendships between the core trio are still wonderful, even from half a world away And the relationship that crops up in the course of the story is cute Despite it being nearly 500 pages long, I sped through it So on the whole, it was super cute and I really loved the way the story resolved itself My third Holly Bourne novel in two ish weeks and I still love her I do Her writing style is brilliant It s incredibly accessible and she writes the most fantastic female lead characters But I m beginning to see a formula to the writing style, too many patterns are emerging for my liking.So this is the second book in The Spinster Club series following on from Am I Normal Yet That book focused on Evie as the leading character whereas in this one one of Evie s best friends Amber takes the spot My third Holly Bourne novel in two ish weeks and I still love her I do Her writing style is brilliant It s incredibly accessible and she writes the most fantastic female lead characters But I m beginning to see a formula to the writing style, too many patterns are emerging for my liking.So this is the second book in The Spinster Club series following on from Am I Normal Yet That book focused on Evie as the leading character whereas in this one one of Evie s best friends Amber takes the spotlight and we follow her antics over the course of the summer Amber s home life is far from perfect She feels out of place in her father s house as she doesn t get on well with either her stepmother or stepbrother She feels isolated and lacking in emotional support The book opens with Amber boarding a plane to take her to America for the summer to see her mother who she has not seen in two years including not being invited to her mum s wedding But instead of this just being a family holiday Amber has to work for the summer as a guide in her stepdad s children s summer camp So about Amber as a leading character in this book versus her supporting role in book one I gotta say I liked her and I liked the transition she made to the spotlight I ve seen a lot of reviews say that she starts off as quite a whiny lead character but I honestly never felt that Instead I saw her as someone who was craving stability and affection She seemed very unsure of herself and had a lot of self hatred going on which sort of manifested itself as whiny insolence at times But I thought this made her feel incredibly human and very relatable And definitely the further I read on in this book all the reasons behind her insecurities very much came to light In Am I Normal Yet , book one of this series the three best friends Evie, Amber and Lottie felt so strongly about equal rights for all that they created a feminist group for themselves called The Spinster Club That first book was filled with wonderfully positive messages about the true meaning of feminism equality for all and was incredibly inspiring to read In this second book while we still have some fantastic messages about feminism the book feels a littlehollow on the friends angle This is in part due to the geographic location of Amber as she is away from Evie and Lottie and therefore they only appear for the odd Skype conversation and email However, there was also a distinct lack of character building for Amber s new American friends most especially Whinnie Like on the surface they were all great but I only finished this book last night and I m struggling to remember their names I only remembered Whinnie s because of the frequent mentions about Winnie the Pooh and how to Whinnie he wasthe living embodiment of TaoismHowever, one thing I very much liked was how this book dealt with the concept of body issues, girl hate and slut shaming As in book one the topic of sex is always dealt with in a very honest manner Amber is the least experienced of the three best friends She has never felt desirable Evie is somewhere in the middle And then there is Lottie who is the best character at completely dispelling any thoughts of slut shaming as she fully owns her sexual identity and desires This coming together of three characters frequently provides the perfect starting point for many frank and honest conversations between the girls about being proud to be themselves and to be happy to be themselves and no one else So in book two there was one girl at the camp named Melody and she appeared to be everything that Amber felt she was not She was hot, sexy, confident, provocative, had the attention of guys in particular one that Amber liked and to top it all off was basically your stereotypical cheerleader Easy to hate her right Well let me quote this discussion the best friends have about the topic of raunch culture and see what you think Lottie opens things up and starts to talk about a book she has been readingOkay, so there was the female sexual revolution right The pill got invented and women could boff anyone they wanted without getting pregnant It was all free love and sharey sharey sex, and AIDs hadn t happened yet And finally, women weren t forced to only have crappy boring missionary sex with the guy they married when they were seventeen We started doing it and it was a feminist triumph Whoop de doo for girls finally being allowed to have sex And oh my God, we might even ENJOY it too.Anyway, now after this revolution this book argues that things have gone a bit too far Women, like, HAVE to be sexual now To the point where our sexiness is making us into, like, a sexiness product I mean, look at any advert where a woman washes her hair and gets an orgasm from her shampoo Or how in adverts for anything, women s bodies aren t shown as a whole we re just disjointed legs, or cleavages, or hands just our sexual bits cut off and shoved onto a page to sell a watch or something Women are supposed to be sexy now otherwise we re prudes, or one of those hairy feminists nobody wants to sleep with You see how we re judged all the time How awful it is to be described as no one wanting to shag you We have to be hot now, otherwise we ve failed at life And if we achieve stuff and we re not hot it s the first thing people lob at us to undermine everything we ve achieved So something that was supposed to liberate us has essentially become a way of controlling us again I asked Well, this is the thing I ve been learning about We used to be able to blame men for everything They were the baddies, they were the ones telling us what to do, they were the ones keeping us down, and they were the ones responsible But in this raunch culture, the sticking point is that it s GIRLS TOO who are contributing to this bullshit They re complicit in their own oppression So now girls are all in on this big quest to be The Hottest One Whether that s by pushing our boobs together whenever we take a photo, or talking loudly about our orgasms so everyone can hear how sexualized and hot we are It s all a big competition Who s the hottest Who s the sexiest Who s winning the most against other women Me me me me me This is the problem They think they re being all liberated, but actually they re competing against other women to see who can be sexier to men.Instead of girls burning their bras and fighting to be paid equally, we re all worried we re not sexy enough and are competing with all the women we should be fighting alongside not against over who has the nicest tits.We ve become both the victim of raunch culture, and the perpetrators of it So we can hate Melody then NO, Amber Remember, hating other girls is never the answer I pouted But she s a cheerleader No hating she repeated She s still a victim A very annoying victim, granted, but still a victim of the patriarchyI mean there s just so much good in these discussions that the characters are having So much to think about regarding our views of other women and how we all get on with each other And what s great is that this isn t a book that says that sex or being sexy is bad or anything It s quite the opposite It s about being confident to be whoever you are Owning your own mind, owning your own body and owning your own sexual identity So major props to Holly Bourne for again inspiring healthy debate and discussion And that brings me to the boy In this book the love interest for Amber is a boy named Kyle and thankfully HE IS NOT A DOUCHEBAG Okay My friend Gabby and I were discussing Holly Bourne and how it s fantastic that she writes such feminist YA but we have a slight problem with her in that she frequently seems to write her male characters as utter tossers Guys that treat girls badly and basically set the equality of the sexes movement back a bazillion years And that s not right really Because we need balance All men aren t horrible All men won t treat you like crap There are good guys as well as bad And I thought her books needed a littlepositive male representation And thankfully when it came to the love interest here Kyle wasn t a complete knob Like he s not perfect either Which is great because who among us is So yay for nice guy Kyle And props to him for this passageYou know what Kyle said I ve always thought there s a reverse sexism thing going on with films like that Essentially, you can only get away with doing romantic but totally freaky stalkery gestures for a girl if you re considered conventionally good looking It s like girls only let you be abusive and strange if you have a six pack and really good bone structure I mean, like, I can obviously be as creepy as I like, because I m so darn good looking I pulled a face at him You are Oh Sorry I totally hadn t noticed Kyle laughed You know what I mean But, say Bella Swan moved to wherever the hell it is she moved to, and there s this dude with long greasy hair, acne, glasses and a penchant for wearing those shitty T shirts with logos on them, you know Well, imagine he rocked up in her bedroom and started watching her sleep, or staring at her insanely like a maniac during the science lessons She would call the cops He d be considered a scary freak But, oh no, as long as you re R Patz, it s okay As long as you have green eyes and a crooked grin you can be as creepy as you like Girls are totally double standardy You get all het up if we dare to judge you on appearances But then you do exactly the same to us However boo for crappy dads and stepdads I don t know I mean I get the crappy dad aspect of the storyline but Amber s new stepdad was set up to be too much of a villain of the piece for my tastes I mean okay, her stepmum was also pretty horrendous so there s equality in that but it felt like there were almost too many parental issues Like it s great that in Holly Bourne s books we have a lot of reference to parent child relationships because frequently those relationships are not explored at all but in this book I felt it was let s throw too many problems at Amber because the real hot topic of this book was Amber s relationship with her recovering alcoholic mother And that was where this book let me down so badly because it had been going so well Amber clearly was struggling with having seen her mother as an alcoholic throughout her childhood She had deep rooted issues because of it She had terribly frightening memories She had long held resentment of how her father handled it She had abandonment issues of how her mother just upped and left her seemingly for a new man and a new life away from Amber She was clearly messed up and it was great You knew this book was building up to a massive blowout And there was a climax But then there was an almost resolution in like two pages and suddenly BOOM book ended and I felt so let down This storyline deservedThis is another thing that Gabby and I were discussing about Holly Bourne and how her endings on her books are sometimes too neat and tidy They have a hurried feeling to them Look don t get me wrong I love Holly Bourne Her writing is fantastic Her stories are great and there is so much that is brilliant about her books But because I love how she writes so much I am judging it that bitharshly I can t help it I just know that she is capable of brilliance and I want it every time I read one of her novels I still 100% recommend this book to anyone who likes contemporary YA I would recommend that you read the first book in the series before this one Like yes, you could read these as standalones but the story just flowsevenly if you follow the typical reading order in my opinion A great read, one I was highly entertained by and thoroughly enjoyed but only three stars due to the issues I had with it Oh this was going so well So so well And then we had the tidiest resolution to a family drama in one teeny tiny chapter that has just made me sigh A LOT Oh when you can see the patterns an author frequently falls into Review to come after I sleep on it All Amber wants is a little bit of love Her mum has never been the caring type, even before she moved to California, got remarried and had a personality transplant But Amber s hoping that spending the summer with her can change all thatAnd then there s prom king Kyle, the guy all the girls want Can he really be interested in anti cheerleader Amber Even with best friends Evie and Lottie s advice, there s no escaping the fact love is hard [EPUB] ✼ The End (The 30-Day Collective Book 1) ✿ Ellen A. Easton – 9facts.co.uk even before she moved to California ➽ [Download] ✤ The Light Over London By Julia Kelly ➲ – 9facts.co.uk got remarried and had a personality transplant But Amber s hoping that spending the summer with her can change all thatAnd then there s prom king Kyle [Ebook] ➣ Cell By Robin Cook – 9facts.co.uk the guy all the girls want Can he really be interested in anti cheerleader Amber Even with best friends Evie and Lottie s advice ❰Download❯ ➺ Braving the Wilderness Author BrenĂ© Brown – 9facts.co.uk there s no escaping the fact love is hard Holly Bourne writes incredibly realistic, cute, funny and educating YA, all at the same time Highly recommend her books to anyone Is there anything better than feminist YA I don t think so Ooh this was so lovely It was adorable, funny, heartwarming breaking, had a wonderful cast of character and delved into topics not always discussed in YA AND it was set in a US summer camp Whatcould you want I absolutely love the way Holly Bourne writes Her writing style is so easy and comfortable to read I always find myself flying through her books and How Hard Can Love Be was no exception to that I loved all of the characters I kinda hate myself for essentially going against e Ooh this was so lovely It was adorable, funny, heartwarming breaking, had a wonderful cast of character and delved into topics not always discussed in YA AND it was set in a US summer camp Whatcould you want I absolutely love the way Holly Bourne writes Her writing style is so easy and comfortable to read I always find myself flying through her books and How Hard Can Love Be was no exception to that I loved all of the characters I kinda hate myself for essentially going against everything the spinster club stands for he was utterly adorable and perfectly imperfect, which was so annoying, that it wasn t even annoying this sentence makes sense to me, okay I adored Amber s character, she was feisty, vulnerable, insecure and confident all at the same time She was a well rounded, imperfect human being and although she was a little irritating at times, I almost liked her evenfor it The topics discussed alcoholism, family break ups, first love etc were really great to read about and I thought Holly approached them in a very accessible way I loved the relationships portrayed, not just between Kyle and Amber but also Amber s friendships both old and new although I m really hoping that Whinnie isn t totally forgotten by Amber, I loved her and her wonderful philosophies My only issue with this book was the occasional comment from characters or descriptions I wasn t the biggest fan of For example, there were a few occasions of ableist language and discussion of race but from what I can remember, it wasn t an overwhelming amount but I was so caught up on the story I m 100% aware I may have not picked up on everything Am I Normal Yet was one of my favourites when I first read it, for so many reasons and I d been putting this off because I was worried that it would disappoint me in comparison but it didn t, at all In fact, I loved it for so many totally different reasons It wasn t so difficult or heavy for me to read and it combined so many things I love in a book give me all the US road trip and summer camp narratives please If you re looking for a highly adorable, funny, contemporary with depth and discussion, How Hard Can Love Be is definitely one I d recommend 4.5 stars When I want to read a book and be guaranteed zero disappointment, I go for I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher This in no way impacted on my view.After reading Am I Normal Yet , I was so happy to have a copy of book 2 to read asap Unfortunately life and exams got in my way, and I couldn t read as much as I wanted to It was a nice way to reward myself once I got some of my exam results back 2 1 s Get in and I m simply in awe of Bourne s books.In How Hard Can Love Be , we follow Amber s story this time, as she jets off to California to spend the I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher This in no way impacted on my view.After reading Am I Normal Yet , I was so happy to have a copy of book 2 to read asap Unfortunately life and exams got in my way, and I couldn t read as much as I wanted to It was a nice way to reward myself once I got some of my exam results back 2 1 s Get in and I m simply in awe of Bourne s books.In How Hard Can Love Be , we follow Amber s story this time, as she jets off to California to spend the summer with her mam, whom she hasn t seen in over two years All she wants is to reconnect with her mam, and get some sort of an apology for being abandoned to live with her dad, and evil step mother and brother Instead, her mam has organised for her to spend her summer as a camp counselor in the camp she and her new partner own, and basically spends as much time as she can apart As Amber struggles to come to terms with her mam avoiding her, she gets close to fellow counselor, Kyle, who embodies all the old American cliches, and he was Prom King to boot Amber never thought a lad would ever fancy her, but she finds herself falling hard, even though she ll be flying back to England in a few short weeks, and will never see him again.I really liked Amber, but not on the same scale as I had loved Evie She was a bitbrash, but that made it all therealistic The book was dark at times, and dealt with the real issue of having an alcoholic parent who isn t there for you We got to see flashbacks to what Amber s life had been like when her mam was living with them, and how much the alcoholism effected the whole family No matter how well Amber had coped over the years, she still felt the loss of her mam fiercely, and just wanted a relationship with her is that so much to ask for The answer is, simply, yes I m probably going to annoy someone here, but I hated Amber s mam I understand how hard alcoholism can be, for the person suffering, and their loved ones, but I felt like Amber s mam always had an excuse, or would blame someone else The main reason she didn t want to see Amber for so long was because it could push her over the edge, and she treated Amber like crap when she was in California She knew how much Amber hated her step family, but she was content to let her suffer as long as it didn t effect her Not the best example of parenting The only time I really liked her was at the very end, and even then it wasn t much.I adore the whole feminist aspect in this series It s completely retaking the word, and the word spinster for that, and that s what this generation of teenagers need Feminism is such a dirty word, which is ridiculous when it means equality I can t recommend these books enough for today s teenagers, with the hope that, someday, being a feminist will not be something so controversial.I enjoyed the romance aspect, and did like Kyle I felt like he and Amber clicked well, and suited each other She needed someone who wouldn t push her, and understood her insecurities, and her beliefs like the feminism Their whole relationship, from the very beginning, made me swoon, and I only wish the book hadn t ended so abruptly Maybe we ll hearabout them in Lottie s book, out in August.Speaking of Lottie s book, I m dying to get my hands on that I feel like she is my favourite of the Spinsters, even though I haven t read her PoV yet Out of them all, Amber has been my least favourite so far, but I still adored her Bourne just can t help writing amazing characters All in all, How Hard Can Love Be was a wonderful companion sequel to Am I Normal Yet If you enjoyed that one, I think you d like this, maybe eventhan I did Even so, this is a series I think should be read by everyone, and should even be on school curriculum s, in order to try and get rid of the prejudice against feminism and all it entails Holly Bourne is quickly becoming a new favourite of mine, and I think you ll feel the same 3.5 starsLike the first book in this series, this installment wasn t exactly what I d expected Again, I wanted British humor and dating disasters What I got is was a cute romance with a sensitive Prom King, a road trip across America, and a heartbreaking relationship between a teen girl and her recovering addict mom.I keep enjoying conversations about feminism among the girls in this Spinster Club as well So muchentertaining and deeper reaching than in Moxie I d just recently read. I ve been in a slump since last week basically, and I decided to start my only owned contemporary book as an attempt to get out of this slump I think it worked However, the book was just what I needed at the time Like book 1 Am I Normal Yet , How Hard Can Love Be had the good balance between cute and serious This is Amber s book, and when I read Am I Normal Yet , I was wondering what her story would be about because we were barely given any clue about Amber s life, except how shaky her I ve been in a slump since last week basically, and I decided to start my only owned contemporary book as an attempt to get out of this slump I think it worked However, the book was just what I needed at the time Like book 1 Am I Normal Yet , How Hard Can Love Be had the good balance between cute and serious This is Amber s book, and when I read Am I Normal Yet , I was wondering what her story would be about because we were barely given any clue about Amber s life, except how shaky her family is, so I was curious to delve deeper into that and that s exactly what I got It dealt with pretty deep subjects alcoholism and abandonment Also, just like in Am I Normal Yet , the book discussed feminism, but in my opinion, it wasdiscussed in Am I Normal Yet and I honestly love Holly Bourne s take on feminismFailure is never getting hurt Because that means you ve not done anything you cared about I actually really liked the book, although at times it really dragged it s almost 500 pages for a contemporary, that s too much for me Amber was fairly good MC, yet she felt younger than she really is She s 17 years old but at times I felt she acted like a 14 or 15 year old I was sometimes able to connect and relate to their thoughts and sometimes I couldn t However, that s what I like about Holly s characters they re flawed They re real They re not cardboard cutouts They make mistakes, they feel jealousy, they make bad decisions, they re not 100% good or 100% evil You could see the effects Amber s mum s abandonment on Amber Her internal struggle of what she should do say and what she actually wanted to do say and what she actually did said It was very well done ALSO, she s a huge Harry Potter fan, and the book was loaded with Harry Potter references I was LIVING.Amber s relationship with Kyle is absolutely adorable Kyle is a great male MC, and I m glad because he s GOOD He s not a bad guy turned good, he s not a jerk He s genuinely nice He s a walking cliche though, but he s aware of that Kyle has depth He does things he s expected to do and he doesn t know who he really is I liked how he and Amber had discussed that over the course of the book In addition to that, they discussed feminism They discussed deep issues It wasn t a shallow relationshipMaybe there in a set amount of crying your body needs to deal with any trauma There s a certain water level of tears you need to shed until you can find acceptance or move on or whatever And, if you don t cry them out, they just catch up with you Amber s relationship with her mum was one of the big points of this book It s strained throughout the entirety of the book and is kinda resolved by the end of the book However, I like how things were left off A relationship like that isn t solved in one heart to heart I liked how deep the talk on alcoholism and selfishness was and it made me think of things a little differently.Of course, Lottie and Evie make an appearance, but it was all via emails or video chats, because Amber was in the USA and they were in the UK I love how supportive they are of each other and how caring they are for each other I loved the feminist issues they brought up and I quite found myself learningand it opened my eyes to new things.I originally gave this book a 3.5 star rating, but after writing the review, I realized it should be a full solid 4 stars, so here we are I definitely enjoyed Am I Normal Yet , but this was really good too Can t wait to get to Lottie s book 1 Am I Normal Yet 2 How Hard Can Love Be 3 What s A Girl Gotta DoAnd A Happy New Year.5 WELL THAT WAS ADORABLE.