The Manifesto on How to be Interesting Review

I haven’t read a book like this in a long time. A book that could make you feel something so profound, something that can only be described by this quote from The History Boys by Alan Bennett (which is also used in the book): “The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.”

Bourne has cleverly written this book about finding yourself in secondary school, dealing with being a social outcast and wanting to matter, all issues that are incredibly relevant but also very personal to me.

It is a story about breaking the school hierarchy, exposing it for what it really is, forbidden love (which seems to be essential in YA), public humiliation and lastly, discovering who you truly are and realising that putting on a fake personality will never work.

It made me laugh, cry and then laugh again. If TMOHTB was a person, they’d be the one that would understand everything you’re going through, give great advice and have you cracking up at all their jokes. (Cheesy but true.)

Bourne also gets brownie points for explaining what shipping is. Quote: ‘We read books about people who don’t exist, who are only a collection of character strokes on a page, and actively YEARN for them to be together’.

Words cannot describe how much I loved this book, and what I felt while reading it, and the impact it has had on me. So I’ve tried to put it into words but the best way to understand is to simply read it.

Rating: 5 stars

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