Are We All Lemming & Snowflakes?
Author: Holly Bourne
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Synopsis from goodreads:
“Welcome to Camp Reset, a summer camp with a difference. A place offering a shot at “normality” for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for the new friends she never expected to make – who each have their own reasons for being there. Luckily Olive has a plan to solve all their problems. But how do you fix the world when you can’t fix yourself?”
Will Holly Bourne ever write a book I don’t like? I don’t think so! Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes? is a book about a teenage girl with a beautiful message that sticks with you long after finishing that last page. I laughed, I loved and I raced through in under a day because I could not stop – this book is something very special indeed.
Olive is a sixteen year old girl that’s just finished her GCSEs, but she is struggling with her mental health. Welcome to Camp Reset! A state-of-the-art modern programme that brings in teenagers with mental illness to a purpose-built accommodation where for one month, they will receive one-to-one sessions, group therapy and CBT as well as lots of other therapies to help figure themselves out. It’s in the pilot stage, meaning it’s in its last testing phase before it’s rolled out to people that can afford such a thing. Olive is lucky to be there, or so she has been told.
Olive is such a likeable character but she’s not perfect. In fact, she rather hates herself. But maybe she’s not the problem? Maybe it’s the WORLD that’s the problem? Maybe we all need to stop focusing so much on treating mental illness, but rather preventing it? Stopping the triggers that means people get it in the first place?
If only it were that easy.
Olive takes this idea and runs away with it (literally, this girl never stops running) but life soon catches up with her. She makes decisions she’ll regret and mistakes she wishes she could undo. But that’s life! Nobody is perfect. We need to stop being so damn hard on ourselves and just step back a bit, sort ourselves out before trying to sort out anything bigger. As one of the doctors in the book says, sort out your own oxygen mask first before helping others.
IT’S SO TRUE! You can’t go round helping others until you’ve helped yourself. You know what you can do though? Be kind. Just be kind to others, and hopefully that will spread and they will be kind to others, then they will be kind…
Kindness as a virus. Kindness is contagious. That’s the message to spread long after finishing that final page.
AND I LOVE IT! I love this book and its message of simply being kind. I read it in under a day – it’s so page-turning that I couldn’t stop! Of course I love the message. I only wished we got a little epilogue to round things off, but maybe the last page with that little spark in the darkness is just what kindness can be to people.
So to spread some kindness of my own, I’m doing a preorder giveaway of a copy of this book! For a chance to win a copy of Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne, simply check out the latest post on my instagram @joareads (link here).
“I think real kindness, real compassion, is having the strength to stop and try and see where another person is coming from. To try and work out why they’re being the way they’re being. It takes time and patience. It’s not easy, but that’s real kindness.”
-Holly Bourne, Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes?