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Kate L'argent, Independent Usborne Organiser

December Book Club Review - ...And A Happy New Year?

8th December 2017

Reunite with Amber, Evie and Lottie as the Spinster Club come together again for a New Year's Eve to remember.

Fans of Holly Bourne's Spinster Club series will be delighted to get back together again with the three protagonists, as their lives are once again joined together for New Year's Eve. But absence doesn't necessarily make the heart grow fonder, and each girl is hiding something that threatens to break-up even the strongest of friendships.

The novella takes you from 7 O'Clock to the New Year, and is told in a split perspective style, with each character having their own chapter in every hour. The time apart since finishing college has been challenging for the girls, and each one is struggling with their own doubts and insecurities about their lives and their friendship.

As the novella progresses, we see how leaving college and growing up has presented a new set of challenges for each girl to face, and it really seems to fill a narrative gap between the seeming end of childhood, and the transition into adulthood. The characters are incredibly relatable, and the New Year's setting provides a classic mood for reflection and questioning the direction of your life, and whether you are happy with your journey.

Despite being the fourth novel in a series, ...And A Happy New Year? is great as a seasonal stand alone read. Each character completely envelops you in their story, and you feel a real connection with them and their struggles, even if you've never met them before. For those who have read the other titles, the novella provides a sense of closure that you know where the girls' lives are taking them, and where you hope they will find themselves in the future.

As with any Holly Bourne novel, ...And A Happy New Year? is stark and honest, and really encapsulates what it means to be a young adult in today's world. She teaches us about the power of friendship and honesty, and how facing things together gives you a strength that facing things alone can't. Finally she teaches us that it's ok for life not to turn out the way we thought it would be, because there's always another opportunity around the corner.

Here's what our Organisers thought about it:

'It was a great way to catch up on characters we’d gotten to know so well in the Spinster Club series - like meeting old friends for coffee.' Carly Cavilla-Hunt

'It’s like the best friend every teenage girl never had and really needed! A superb wrap up to the Spinster Club series.' Claire Irwin

'It's lovely to catch up with the girls after they have all gone their separate ways after 6th form. But I am sure Holly is writing about my New Year's Eve's over the years, all rolled into one! New Year's Eve is totally overrated as Amber states (I could have written that word for word!) but Holly Bourne and The Spinster Series is the absolute opposite. Perhaps the next installment should be in four years time when they have all finished Uni/college.' Nicky Powell


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