The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting
by Holly Bourne
Author: Holly Bourne
In this particular book by Holly Bourne, we follow Bree through high school, as she goes on a journey to become interesting. Throughout the journey, we learn what it truly means to be "popular", and Holly essentially debunks the cliches of the popular gangs at school. We read as Holly Bourne writes of how Bree lost her closest friend Holdo, as she began to change on her quest for popularity. Eventually, Bree finds herself walking to school and spending an uncomfortable amount of time with Jassmine, one of the most popular girls at school.
Meegan Spencer (14)
Bree's life-long dream, however, is not to become interesting on the whole, but instead, she wants to be an interesting writer, and the person who seems to continuously ignite the fire burning passion in her stomach is her English teacher, Mr. Fellows. After an extensive conversation about Bree's novels, and the numerous rejection letters above her bookshelf, Bree decides that maybe, she'll try and fit in with the popular gang at school. She also decides that maybe she'll set up a blog, and log in every single one of her and her new groups shenanigans, not expecting the blog to eventually become known around school.
When Bree's blog is discovered, she is humiliated in front of the whole school, as one of the articles is about a particular night she spent with Jassmine's boyfriend. Instead of a scared Bree, we see her strength as she calls out most of Jassmine's group on their undeniable urge to be liked. She tells of all the nights she spent with the girls, in which they'd smile until their cheeks hurt, trying to make out as though they were having a great night, when in actual fact, perhaps they were drunker than teenage girls probably should be, and they weren't really having a good time - their jaws hurt from smiling too much. Towards the end of the book, Bree gives up her fake disguise and finally, her old best friend, Holdo understands why she'd do such a thing, and he holds her in high regards once more.
Holly Bourne refuses to sugar coat the high school experience in her book, hence why I believe many teenagers should feel obliged to read it. It includes an involving look into the cliques of many high schools, and actually debunks a lot of their activities. However, I still feel it's important for each and every person who's ever been through high school to read this book as it sets the scene that everything is not always as it seems.