Title: How do you like me now?
Author: Holly Bourne
Price for Paperback: $19.99 / Kindle $11.99 / Audible $0
If this is your first time to The Organised Hustler Book Club you may want to see how the books are rated and why.
You can do this by clicking here
‘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 Tory 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.
Everyone around her is getting married and having babies- but Tori’s long-term boyfriend won’t even talk about getting engaged. And when her best-friend Dee – her plus one, the only person who understands the madness – falls in love, suddenly she’s in terrifying danger of being left behind.
When the world tells you to be one thing and turning thirty brings with it a loud ticking clock, it takes courage to walk your own path. Its time for Tori to practice what she’s preached, but the question is: will she be brave enough?
The debut adult novel by bestselling author Holly Bourne is a blisteringly funny, honest and moving exploration of love, friendship and navigating the emotional rollercoaster of your thirties.
Why I chose to purchase this book:
How do you like me now was handed to me by one of my good friends who could not stop raving about it. She lives with two other girls and all three of them were obsessed with it. To say I had high expectations before I started reading it would be a real understatement.
The front cover also has a quote from Carmel Harrington saying it’s this generation’s, Bridget Jones. I am a MASSIVE fan of the Bridget Jones books so this got me very excited.
Oddly enough, after all the rave reviews, it took me a little while to get into it. I read it over the month, most nights in bed. It wasn’t a book that I wanted to read on so badly that I end up finishing it in two days. However, I did enjoy it and looked forward to snuggling into bed and reading a few pages each night.
Tori is a very relatable main character. Well to me she is anyway. Like many of us, she got a little lost during her 20s. She did some soul searching, found the love of her life and wrote a best selling book. From the outside, her life comes across as amazing. Tori, like many people you see on social media, puts on the illusion of an amazing life. I liked this part of Tori’s character, where she expresses the real emotions going through her mind when she posts a photo on Instagram.
Tori is in a situation that soooo many women face. The pressure to settle down, get married, have children all because other people are doing it. I found How do you like me now? to be an honest depiction of how many females feel when they reach their thirties. Holly Bourne writes in a way that you can see Tori as either yourself or one of your friends. The book is a bit of an eye opener if you are feeling stuck in your relationships, friendships or careers.
Holly Bourne has given us a main character who is a total boss. She has written a best selling self-help book in her twenties, owns her home in London and has speaking engagements around the world. Yes she might be a little nuts, but aren’t we all?
It’s amazing to see a strong female character with not only a romance storyline but an inspiring career aspect to read about.
Should you read it?
Holly Bourne’s novel could be a life-changing read depending on where you are in your life. If you are in a relationship that doesn’t feel right, How do you like me now? could inadvertently help you see your life in a new light. The book isn’t a self-help book however it is a very common storyline that many women find themselves in.
I am a massive Bridget Jones fan so the comparison of the two books definitely intrigued me. Personally, Bridget Jones is much funnier and a more enjoyable read for me personally. In saying that, the Bridget Jones’s Diary trilogy are some of my all-time favourite books. I found How do you like me now? more serious which isn’t a bad thing.
I would love to hear what you thought of Holly Bourne’s How do you like me now? in the comments.
Happy reading hustlers! Don’t forget to drop me an email on hello@theorganisedhustler if you have any books you would like me to review.
If you missed last months book review, you can find out what I thought of Brave by Rose McGowan.