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 that.
And 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.
After reading The Places I’ve Cried in Public I knew that I needed to get more Holly Bourne books in my life. I’ve had this one sat on my bookshelf for ages so it was time I cracked it open and man am I glad I did.
This is the second book in the Spinster Series but I haven’t read the first. It didn’t matter, there were things referred to that I assume happen in the first book but I can definitely go back and read it later.
There was a lot I loved about this book, the ease of seeing the characters in my head without really long descriptions, the language and how it flowed, the friendships made and the relationships built. Amber was the perfect protagonist and I loved seeing her experience everything in the story. There were moments when I did think “You’re only 17, be careful” but I completely understand why she did everything she did. She had her head screwed on in a way that I doubt most 17 year olds do though, so the momentary lapses in common sense were forgiven!
There was a lot of honesty in the book and I think its main message was about how you should show other people the honesty you show yourself. Amber bottled things up and came across as sullen a lot of the time because of it. If she had been honest with those around her then her life might have been a bit smoother sailing. I loved that the focus of the book wasn’t just a romantic story of love either. It was an honest portrayal of the things that anyone should think about before getting into a relationship. And the love between parents and children too.
I will definitely be grabbing a copy of Am I Normal Yet?, the first in the Spinster Club series, and Whats A Girl Gotta Do?, the 3rd. The main characters of the entire series are totally my kinda girls and I want to get to know them more! Holly Bourne has created a series of totally relatable feminists to help teen readers know feminists don’t fit into a single mould and I loved getting to know them in this book.
How Hard Can Love Be? was published in February 2016. My copy was included in a sellers bundle when I was an Usborne Bookseller. All views and opinions are my own.