Title: …And a Happy New Year? (The Spinster Club #3.5)
Author: Holly Bourne
Publication Date: November 1st, 2016
Format: Paperback (ARC provided by the Publisher)
Genres & Themes: Young-adult, Feminism, Friendship, Contemporary.
Evie, Amber and Lottie are having a new year party to remember.
For the first time since leaving college, all three girls are back together. It’s time for fun and flirting, snogs and shots.
(And not tears or tantrums or terrible secrets)
Because everything’s going great for these girls – Spinster Club for ever! Right?
Thanks to Usborne for sending me the physical copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I honestly have no idea how to write the review of this book. I finished it a month ago and I’m still struggling with words.
This book takes place a few months after the end of What’s a Girl Gotta Do? and we learn at the start of the book that the Spinster Club girls have, somehow, kind of fallen apart. All of them are now keeping secrets and are not honest with each other. This has created, somewhat, a drift among the three of them.
The book is told from POV of the three spinster club girls. It starts with Amber as she and Kyle (Yup, they’re still together!) prepares for the New Years Eve’s party they’re are throwing at Amber’s house. Amber is hiding something from her friends which Kyle wants her to tell them.
Then we read about Evie and Olie – from Evie’s POV – as Evie tries to convince Oli to let her go to the party. Olie can’t go with her because of “something” and there’s a secret about him that she’s keeping from her friends.
Then we have Lottie who is acting all weird and crazy – confusing her friends by not inviting them to her University – but there’s something about her new life that she’s not sharing with the Spinster girls. She’s also confused about her relationship with Will (that jerk…) who is avoiding her continuously. And because of her weird attitude, Amber and Evie are irritated and frustrated by her. Honestly, if Lottie was my friend, I would be frustrated too. Almost all the time, she’s comparing her hometown with London and how bad it is and blah blah blah.
This book takes a realistic approach to what happens after School/College ends. Something that almost all of us have experienced. Most of the friendships fall apart due to miscommunication, misunderstanding, and secrets. You don’t ever find time to talk to your friends and it doesn’t matter how hard you try, it isn’t the same anymore.
But, …And A Happy New Year tells you that it doesn’t matter how busy you are or whatever, you can always find time to be best friends with you best friend.
It was a pleasant and refreshing read. Holly Bourne is an honest writer. This one, like all of her other books, conveys a great and powerful message about friendship to teenagers. And not just teenagers but everyone. I was glad to be back in The Spinster Club world. I can’t recommend this series enough. This series literally has everything; friendship, family, love, feminism, mental illness and the list goes on. I’m so glad that I was introduced to their world. ❤
About the Author:
Holly Bourne writes YA novels and blogs about feminist issues. Her favorite 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.