… And a Happy New Year? by Holly Bourne || Book Review

I picked this book because I was looking for a book with a new year’s feel and this was the only one that pretty much screamed the theme at me.

I didn’t realise it was a novella from a book series I’ve never picked up a book from and I was a little worried that there would be absolutely no context to who the characters are as well as some basic background information. In just a few pages though it was pretty easy to figure the characters out and know exactly which I would like and which wouldn’t be favourites.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Originally published: 2016
Read: January 2023

Series: The Spinster Club (Book 3.5)

Source: Digital Library
Format: E-book

Pages: 137

Plot from GoodReads:

Same bench. Same view. Same girls. And yet totally different girls. Evie, Amber and Lottie are having a New Year party to remember! For the first time since leaving college, all three girls are back together. It’s time for fun and flirting, snogs and shots. (And not tears and tantrums and horrible secrets.) Because everything’s going right for these girls – Spinster Club for ever! Right?


This novella focuses on three friends – Amber, Lottie and Evie – and the events leading up to New Year’s Eve and the morning after.

All three of them are very different characters with lovable qualities and a couple of no-so-lovable ones. I felt most drawn and sympathetic to Evie. She had the most real-life shit to deal with, her own as well as her partners. She was carrying the weight of it on her own, which is relatable in reality because we tend to keep our problems to ourselves, ‘deal‘ with them and eventually crumble up the pressure of keeping up an appearance.

Lottie came across as the fake friend in the group, overly dramatic and making it all about her. She blames everyone but herself for her problems, including the cause she is so behind but doesn’t seem to do anything to actually move it along. Her feminism ranting got old really quickly and I ended up not really caring much about her outcome at the end of the night.

Amber is the middle friend that tries to keep the group together but pretty much fails at that job. There wasn’t anything that really made her stand out from the other two, and if she didn’t have some pretty not-so-big secrets to hide from the group, she would’ve been one if these characters in a story that just faded away into the shadows.

At the end of the day, the main theme was about life moving on, in different directions, and new beginnings, and there isn’t much you can do about. Whether you like it or not, things change and some people move forward, while others stay stuck.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.80 on GoodReads. I gave it a 4.

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