“In order to think you’re crazy, I’d have to understand what sanity actually meant.”
Holly Bourne’s books are these brilliant, feel good books, that manage to make a point and drive it home, all while being accepting and understanding. It finds the fine line between entertainment and real; it really explains and breaks barriers when it comes to mental health, and even though
I’m currently at the end of my teens, her books are one I’ll probably reading for years to come.
I didn’t know what to expect, going into Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes. I loved her previous YA book that dealt with mental health, Am I Normal Yet? And I HOPED that this one would be as good with all my heart.
MY THOUGHTS ABOUT ARE WE ALL LEMMINGS AND SNOWFLAKES?:
1. I REALLY LOVED THE ACCEPTANCE AND THE INCLUSION THAT THIS BOOK MADE ABUNDANTLY CLEAR. I love that everybody with different mental health illnesses accepted each other, and were all working towards getting better. I loved Camp Reset and the fact that there were alpacas present. I also loved that Holly Bourne put to like different kinds of mental health illnesses that people have, and showed us that each individual person learns to accept it and get better differently. IT’S HONESTLY SO HARD TO DESCRIBE, BUT IT WAS ALL VERY WELL DONE.
2. Holly Bourne’s writing was stunning, and easy to read. She is telling a story but makes it, and her characters, feel so lifelike. I was so invested in the story that I found it very hard to put the book down and read the 400+ page monster in two days.
3. Lewis, another Camp Reset resident, was AN ABSOLUTE SNOWFLAKE (All reference to the title intended) and I fell in love with him. I loved his enthusiasm, naivety, genuineness, but most of all, his adorable belief that Math could save the world. I was obsessed a few years ago with a show called Numbers that used algorithms and other complicated math to solve crimes and I LOVED THIS SO MUCH.
4. If I had to pick my favourite thing about the book, it’s would be how the story led up to the #KindnessIsContagious revelation and ALSO, the implication and implementation of it all. I think it’s SO IMPORTANT to be kind, and it’s very easy to just skip past that in the hectic nature of our everyday lives. This book made me want to challenge myself to do at least one kind act a day and well, it honestly became a must-read for me.
5. I don’t know how I feel about Olive, till date. I liked her and I also didn’t like her. She was the one confusing part of this book, but I suppose she was meant to be. I did like that she didn’t let labels define her at all, but other than that, she’s very confusing to me.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK? Definitely. Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? is a BRILLIANT READ, that makes you sit down and think about WHAT WE CAN DO to help people in general and it was such a satisfying book to read. 4 stars.