How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne

How Do You Like Me Now?

'Turning thirty is like playing musical chairs. The music stops, and everyone just marries whoever they happen to be sitting on.' Who the f*ck is Tori Bailey?There's no doubt that Tori is winning the game of life. A straight-talking, bestselling author, she's inspired millions of women around the world with her self-help memoir. And she has the perfect relationship to boot.But Tori Bailey has been living a lie.Her long-term boyfriend won't even t...

Details How Do You Like Me Now?

TitleHow Do You Like Me Now?
Release DateJun 14th, 2018
PublisherHodder & Stoughton
GenreContemporary, Fiction, Adult

Reviews How Do You Like Me Now?

  • Stacey (prettybooks)
    "Turning thirty is like playing musical chairs. The music stops, and everyone just marries whoever they happen to be sitting on." Holly Bourne is known for writing relatable teenagers (such as the Spinster Club girls), but, as a 28-year-old, How Do You Like Me Now? is her most relatable novel (for me) so far. I keep telling friends – all in their mid-to-late 20s – to read it as soon as it's out, messaging screenshots of paragraphs eerily si...
  • Trish at Between My Lines
    I can't wait till this book is published, so I can scream from the rooftops about how great it is.Full review nearer to publication date.
  • Gabby
    Thanks Netgalley for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!08/03/18 - so I've been thinking about this one a lot and I'm going to have to give it a reread because I'm disagreeing a lot with what I've said-----I've liked every single one of Holly Bournes novels that I have read. Am I Normal Yet?, What's a Girl Gotta Do? and most recently, It Only Happens in the Movies. All of these novels have held something special for me: whether ...
  • Liz Barnsley
    This book made me laugh SO MUCH and made me cry a bit too - clever, insightful, you'll find yourself nodding along to so much in this especially if you are in or have been in your 30's - that in between time when you are supposed to have thrown away childish things but are still not a fully formed adult (I actually believe very few people morph into full on adulthood I think we all remain kids at heart for the majority of our lives) Holly Bourne ...
  • Kat
    Though I can see I'm in the minority (welcome to my life), I found this book almost intolerable. I disliked it pretty fast but optimistically kept reading hoping I'd like it further on. I ended up only finishing it coz I knew I'd be done within hours.Having said that, I'm clearly not the target market. Where Tori just wished she wasn't mainstream and only kept up the pretense because her writing career pushed her that direction, I guess you could...
  • Catherine Doyle
    LOVED this
  • Kirsty Stanley
    HDYLMN was not a completely enjoyable read for me (it kept hitting a nerve) but it was a very important one. It has been proposed that often books might come along when we need them. This was Authentic, Raw and Validating. It's also very contemporary and real. I have definitely had variations of the discussions in this book with friends and family. Holly has an ability to tap into the collective consciousness of women and girls. During reading th...
  • Sharon
    Tori Bailey has it all - because she has figured out that you don't need it all. She has written a successful book about how to navigate your twenties in your own way, and people have lapped it up. She has a worldwide fan base, hoardes of fans on social media, and a wonderful boyfriend, Tom. But in reality, Tori doesn't know what she's doing. All her friends are moving on and doing "proper grown up" things, her own social media streams are full o...
  • Nkisha
    I received an advance copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for a review, cheers Netgalley I’m so grateful!! I loved this book so much such that I ended up reading it in two days, when I suppose to be working on my university assignments. When I first requested this, I was little bit apprehensive because I’m such a huge fan of Holly Bourne’s YA books I didn’t want to be let down by this and thankfully I wasn’t. The story is about Tori...
  • Daphne (Illumicrate)
    This book is fantastically brilliant. It's a witty, unflinchingly honest, funny/sad mirror into adulting. It's that shock you get when you hit your 30s and you inevitably ask yourself, 'What the f*ck now?', in book form. Honestly, whatever age you are, this book will speak to you. Whatever you're worried about in your life at the moment, this book will speak to you. Whatever you don't like about yourself, this book will speak to you. It will spea...
  • Alison
    Wow..this book!!! There is just so much about it that is just so real and so relevant. There were so many times I found myself thinking "YES!!!!" and I think I've highlighted half the book as it just spoke to me.This is my first book from Holly Bourne (and the first adult book she's written) but it won't be the last. From the blurb I was expecting the standard chick lit or romcom type book that is all too common but this has so much more depth an...
  • booksofallkinds
    So you know when you are told that this book is amazing, that it will completely knock your socks off and blow your mind, and you open it up with excitement and a little trepidation because what if it doesn't do any of those things? Well, my friends, that is how I felt when I turned the cover for HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW by Holly Bourne and I can now say this: THIS BOOK IS A GAME CHANGER!!Insightful, witty, clever, and so damn relatable for so many...
  • Fabulous Book Fiend
    This book was just so great. It was everything I look for in a book; it has a character who is the same age as me, it has positive feminist messages by the bucket load and it made me laugh a lot whilst also making me think and making me cry just a little bit, what more could you want? Also: how this the first Holly Bourne novel I've read? I own all her others!So obviously this book has had a lot of hype surrounding it for the best part of a year ...
  • Hannah-lynette Hunter
    First thoughtsI fucking love this book. It’s raw, unapologetically honest and brutally real when it comes to life as a 30 something woman in the age of social media.While I knew I would love Holly’s book; her work is always incredible I was not expecting to finish it and feel so understood.CharactersTori will be a character that divides readers; and it makes me love her all the more. She hasn’t been created to tick boxes and please everyone...
  • gem
    Review to come.
  • Nicola
    I really enjoyed this - full review to come!
  • Kristel
    ‘You can be difficult, and yet someone will find it so easy to love you.’ARC given to me by NetGalleyI requested this ARC because I love Holly Bourne and how she writes. She usually strikes a nerve with every single book I read and this wasn’t the exception. I am 32 years old like Tori and I don’t know exactly what it is that I want to do with my life. And I’m afraid, just like her, that it may be too late and that I have to settle with...
  • Grace J Reviewerlady
    I find myself quite unmoved by this novel - not like me, but you can't win 'em all.Tori wrote a bestseller about how to live your life for yourself in your twenties, flaunting convention. Along with her best friend Dee she privately pokes fun at the brides and new mothers who are complying with what society expects of them. Her time is spent whipping her fans into a frenzy on social media whilst she whizzes around the globe giving talks and signi...
  • Cassie
    I could not relate with the main character in this book at all. I never sat there panicking that I was going to end up single and thinking that I would need to "settle". I adored Tori's best friend Dee and when reading about some of their escapades really reminded me of nights out with my oldest friend too. I enjoyed the feminism aspect of the book. and how Tori wasn't afraid of calling people out on their behaviour. Also, the way that social net...
  • Alice
    4.5 STARSI am a big fan of Holly Bourne. Although I am 29, I have read all of her YA books so I was keen to read her debut adult novel. It didn’t disappoint. As someone who reads a lot of ‘self help’ books, the premise grabbed me from the start. I really liked Tori, the main character. I also really liked the way this book examined the gaping chasm between how we present ourselves on social media versus the reality of life. One thing that b...
  • Niamh
    I've never read a Holly Bourne before, and I think I connected a lot better with her adult fiction than with her young adult work. Especially since I spend most of my days recently asking myself, 'who the fuck am I?' This novel is like a more intelligent Sophie Kinsella, where you feel a lot more invested in what's going on. Yes, it's all about relationships and individuals thinking the world revolves around them- and you will want to punch Tori ...
  • Ellen Brickley
    This is just brilliant.
  • Annalise
    Please tell me there’s going to be a sequel.
  • Cathy Geagan
    4.5 rounded up to 5. Really enjoyed this - read in one sitting as I couldn’t put it down!! Full review closer to publication date
  • Aoife
    An amazing read. Articulated so many things about female friendships and performing social norms that I hadn’t even realised I was thinking about. Five stars.
  • Holly Davies
    This book affected me in a way that a book has never affected me before. I’m still a little teary and I finished it 36 hours ago. Send help. Asap.
  • Kayleigh {K-Books}
    How Do You Like Me Now Review on K-Books "Turning thirty is like playing musical chairs. The music stops, and everyone just marries whoever they happen to be sitting on." There are no words to explain just how excited I was when I heard about this book. I am already a huge fan of Holly Bourne's, having read every single one of her YA novels and I love them. Although I mainly read YA, I have a major soft spot for adult contemporary books. I adore ...
  • Marie Andrews
    How Do You Like Me Now? is Holly Bourne's debut adult novel and follows the story of best-selling author Tori, and her seemingly perfect and successful life. Having written a self-help book about her twenties, the now 31 year old Tori, is struggling to decide what to do in terms of her career and relationships, especially when all of her friends around her have hit the 'baby and marriage' age. Does she follow in the footsteps of her friends, desp...