Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne
Publication Date: August 9, 2018 by Usborne Publishing
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
[Special thanks to the publisher for the review copy! I joined the blog tour hosted by Ate Erika from The Nocturnal Fey to help promote the book!]
Bookish friends from the Philippines can buy a copy of this book at National Book Store! ❤
Welcome to Camp Reset, a summer camp with a difference. A place offering a shot at “normality” for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for the new friends she never expected to make – who each have their own reasons for being there. Luckily Olive has a plan to solve all their problems. But how do you fix the world when you can’t fix yourself?
If you’re following me on Instagram, you probably know that I’ve read this last July 1, but I haven’t processed my thoughts since then.
Ate Erika, thank you so much for letting me join this blog tour and for being so understanding with the delay of this review. I really appreciate your patience. ❤
Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? is my first Holly Bourne book, and it won’t be my last. In fact, I plan to collect all of her books because her writing speaks to me. Read more of what I can say below.
This book has one of the shortest, yet most powerful blurbs I’ve ever read.
What do we know based on the blurb?
- The main character is Olive.
- She is a girl on the edge.
- She’ll go to a summer camp called Camp Reset.
- She’ll meet friends there.
- She will want to fix the world – but first, she must fix herself.
That’s pretty much it. With emotionally charged scenes in between.
Why I love this book:
It’s about mental health. I believe that a lot of people don’t recognize how important mental health is. And I believe this book is one way to campaign for mental health awareness.
It features a seemingly unlikable heroine.
What do you expect when you get into the head of someone struggling?
You see struggle, of course.
I understand that some people might not like Olive for how she acts, but I get her. I get why she’s irritated by even the tiniest of noise. I get why all of her thoughts seem to clash.
Because I see parts of myself in her.
My goal of today is to just get through it.
You don’t know how many times I’ve set that as my goal.
You don’t know how many times I’ve written the words “New Me” and “New Life” on the journals that I never seem to finish writing on.
An endless loop of wanting to start over because of feeling messed up? I get it.
I know how it feels to want a reset.
This book reminded me of something I saw around Facebook a few years ago. I had it saved on my phone because I almost cried upon reading it for the first time.
It’s okay to save yourself first. This is the message of Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes.
Other things I love:
- The meaning of the title. (I’m not going to spoil it for you, don’t worry!)
- The #KindnessIsContagious campaign. That origami is the best!
Let me share Eira’s version, submitted as a giveaway entry on Twitter:
I was trying to find the right words to describe this book when I thought of raw and evocative.
I feel like I’ve seen the combination of those two words in a review I’ve read before, so please don’t quote me on that. I just feel that those two words closely describe my perception of the book. There were actual tears that fell upon reading certain words, and the book became special to me since then.
Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes is a book that would feel like a hug if you feel that you need one. Holly Bourne has crafted a powerful story of what it means to celebrate the little victories in life and be a little kinder, especially to yourself. ❤
Final Rating: ∞
About the Author:
Holly Bourne writes YA novels and blogs about feminist issues. Her favourite things to complain loudly about are: the stigma of mental health, women’s rights, and the under-appreciation of Keanu Reeves’ acting ability.
Holly’s first two books, Soulmates and The Manifesto on How to be Interesting, have been critically acclaimed and translated into six languages. The first book in the ‘Normal’ series, Am I Normal Yet?, has been chosen as a World Book Night book for 2016 and has inspired the formation of Spinster Clubs around the country.
Before becoming a full-time author, Holly was editor and relationship advisor for a charity website.