Book Review, Books

How Hard Can Love Be? – Holly Bourne

Amber, Evie and Lottie: three girls facing down tough issues with the combined powers of friendship, feminism and cheesy snacks. Both hilarious and heart-rending, this is Amber’s story of how painful – and exhilarating – love can be, following on from Evie’s story in Am I Normal Yet?
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.

This is the 2nd novel in the Spinster series by Holly Bourne but this can be read as a standalone the first one is called Am I Normal Yet? and it’s really good! It also brings the topic of OCD anyway onto the actual review of How Hard Can Love Be? So this one follows Amber who for the summer goes to visit her mother who now lives in America and works at a camp with her boyfriend. At this camp, she meets a boy Kyle and begins to fall for him!

At first, I thought Amber was very whiny and at the beginning, she was getting on my nerves and was just being a very annoying teenager, thankfully that began to change and Amber became very likeable. It was about the end she became less whiny. Although I could understand why Amber was whiny, especially as Amber for the summer wanted to spend time with her mother who had left England to go to America and she hadn’t seen her mum for like 2 years I think it was. I completely understand Amber’s anger and annoyance when it came to her mum and her mum’s boyfriend.

Amber’s mum she was the worst, the way she treated her daughter and honestly how she put her recovery over her daughter was just even more shocking. I get that when you are an alcoholic that you should take your recovery seriously but that doesn’t mean you completely cut your daughter off. The fact that her partner basically helped cut Amber out of her life just made me even angrier. Every time Amber acted out I could totally understand why she did it. All she wanted was to spend time with her muEm and when that didn’t happen she looked elsewhere which her mum didn’t like.

Amber looks for attention with her friends she also meets Kyle and they become close when Amber’s mum lets her down and doesn’t take her to LA. So he takes her hiking and away for the weekend because the relief team is there and honestly that little weekend together it changed Amber’s perception of her summer so much just in terms of her mum. I really liked seeing Amber and Kyle together just the way he knew when she was being closed off or when she was upset and I really liked that with these two characters. These two honestly were such a cute couple and I loved it so much.

I loved Kyle it was nice to see a normal boy rather than one that is just the normal stereotypical American boy he was normal. We didn’t find as much as I wanted to about Kyle like family wise but obviously the book ends with them going to his family’s place and then we get a letter from Kyle other than that. I really did love all the characters in this book.

This was a nice read! I really enjoyed this book and it was a brilliant spin off from the Am I normal yet? I am glad that this one wasn’t so heavy on the OCD and it’s nice to see a different problem, although Amber didn’t have this problem and it was her mother and it was alcohol it was nice to see the impact of what can happen when a family is affected by alcohol.

What I did miss in this book is Lottie and Evie we had their presence on email and skype but it wasn’t the same as having them there in actual person but I can see why they weren’t involved as much in this book, but yeah I did miss them at times. Other than that I really loved this book and I am very excited to read the third book in the series!

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