This review is spoiler free.
“Failure is never getting hurt. Because that means you’ve not done anything you cared about.”
Series: The Spinster Club
Published: 2016, Usborne Publishing Ltd.
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Feminism, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
Contains: Strong Language, Sexual Content, Anger, Drugs/Alcohol
‘How Hard Can Love Be?’ continues the story of 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. 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 friend Evie and Lottie’s advice, there’s no escaping the fact: Love is hard.
This book was next on my list during my Holly Bourne binge, and I was so excited to read about Amber. She was one of my favourite characters in Am I Normal Yet? and I couldn’t wait to learn more about her in this instalment of The Spinster Club.
Amber is a wonderful protagonist, making occasional questionable decisions, but her emotions had the tendency to overwhelm her and that’s where her character shines through the pages. Questionable decisions aside, her agenda was clear: she simply wanted someone to show her affection, whether that be from Kyle or her Mum. She’s very headstrong, her bravery shining through the pages as she remains true to herself from beginning to the end. She takes care of herself and I found that incredibly admirable.
Kyle is another character who was wonderful to read about, it being a huge juxtaposition from the last instalment of the series where every guy was rude or cruel to women. He’s kind-hearted, intelligent, and an all-round nice guy, which made it an incredibly refreshing read.
However. my favourite character of the novel was Whinnie, who we didn’t get to see mentions of towards the end of the novel, but the rest of the book was wonderful to read her wisdom and Winnie The Pooh insights. She was a good friend to Amber, and continued to be from beginning to end of the story.
Holly Bourne’s writing was concise and to the point, it being simplistic but easy to read making it incredibly fast paced and an overall fun read. Bourne’s writing drives the story forward easily, the fast pace enjoyable and exhilarating, as you move through Amber’s story. Although, the ending of the novel seemed to be cut short, it didn’t hinder my enjoyment too much.
Overall, I loved this book, Bourne quickly becoming one of my favourite writers. Regardless of the abrupt ending, it was still an enjoyable read.