AUTHOR: Holly Bourne
PUBLISHER: Usbourne Publishing Ltd
AGE GROUP: 13+
Every so often, two people are born who are the perfect match for each other. Soulmates. But what if meeting your soulmate is earth-shattering – literally? After a chance meeting at a local band night, Poppy and Noah find themselves swept up in a whirlwind romance unlike anything they’ve ever experienced before. But with a secret international agency preparing to separate them and a trail of destruction rumbling in their wake, they are left with an impossible choice between the end of the world, or a life without love…
After thoroughly enjoying, ‘The Manifesto On How To be Interesting,’ I had to pick up ‘Soulmates,’ as Holly Bourne is very high on my top authors list.
Poppy Lawson is a very cynical teenager: her outlook on love is very harsh and realistic, as she desperately tries not to get sucked in by any sort of fairytale endings that could happen in her life. Only in some areas of the novel, I found Poppy’s remarks quite cutting, and I was quite surprised that her friends were quite lenient to this; normally, there would be cat fights commencing! When Poppy goes to band night with her friends; she comes across Noah- the lead guitarist in the band. But she can’t figure out why every time she sees Noah, she ends up having terrible panic attacks. There is something that is drawing her to Noah: that she can’t snap out of. Who knew- that meeting your Soulmate, could trigger disastrous situations to others on the planet?
When I was approaching the end of the book, I could easily compare Holly Bourne’s writing to an extravagant fireworks show. What was most brilliant was that there were little fireworks going off throughout the whole middle and ending: then gearing up the the finale- when you least expect it. The ending was very unpredictable, and very extreme; so it obviously shocked me quite a lot; making Bourne’s writing style consistent until the very end: it never lagged.
Poppy isn’t one of my favourite YA characters, as she despises any sort of clichés, trying to avoid them at all costs: while actually slowly turning into one- I still can’t tell if I disliked this, or it was actually quite witty and interesting. At first, you see that Noah is a typical love interest: a rich, troubled teenage guitarist: but there was a difference in him that I really warmed to.
‘Soulmates,’ is a really nice read to immerse yourself into; as it is very easy to get twisted up into the plot. I rate this book 4/5 hoots- as it is still a great book that Holly Bourne has written, despite a few minor dislikes for me. It really captures young love; but then releasing it as a storm, to cause a large amount of destruction…