Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?
Holly Bourne

Usborne Publishing Ltd

ISBN 9781474933612

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? A raw and compelling exploration of mental health, friendship and the power of compassion from the acclaimed Holly Bourne.

Librarian's Book choice

Any new novel by Holly Bourne is a cause for celebration and a stampede to the bookshop. Time and again, Holly has proved herself to be the queen of teen/YA books and has consistently delivered novels that allow readers of all ages to connect with and see themselves reflected in. Are we all Lemmings and Snowflakes is no different!

Olive is on the edge - the edge of GCSE results, life, love and friendship. We meet our protagonist as she emerges from her duvet den under a desk, in which she has taken refuge since she suffered a depressive relapse. Concerned for her mental and physical wellbeing, her doctor offers her the opportunity of a life time - a residential clinic named Camp Reset, where for a month she will have the chance to learn how to manage her (as yet undiagnosed) condition whilst living with other teenagers with similar troubles.

Olive sets off with a heart full of optimism and a determined attitude - she will become 'normal'! We join her and the various residents of the camp (who become biblio-friends to us very quickly) as they slowly start to learn more about themselves, and each other and that actually, we all just need a bit more kindness in our lives.

This is a wonderful book and I knew before I opened it that I would love it - I mean it is a Holly Bourne book...but this is something special. Her writing is clear and engaging and the pace matched Olives' mental state perfectly. When Olive was going through a manic period, I genuinely could feel that mania through the speed of the words - so very clever. There is no one character that I did not love and recognise either in myself or in someone I know. This is sure to be a well-deserved hit!

400 pages / Ages 14/15+ (Sexual content, themes that some may find hard to read - abuse, harm etc) / Reviewed by Jodie Brooks, school librarian.