Title: Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes
Author: Holly Bourne
Pages: 384 Pages
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.
Wow. Holly Bourne has really raised the bar with her young adult novel Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?
This is Olive’s story. Olive is a girl who is watching her mental health fall apart and feels the sheer isolation and horror over what is happening. She knows things have happened that have lead to her episodes but she can’t even begin to contemplate what they were. She just wants to get better.
When she is offered the chance to go to a summer camp that promises to help her get better she makes the brave decision to go. As she is expected to delve more and more into what her problems are we begin to realise that Olive is her own worst enemy and the saddest part is that she has no control over it.
Olive’s story really broke my heart. Bourne has tapped into the contentious topic of mental health and has given a realistic and shocking account of what mental health is and how it can impact on a person’s life. Furthermore, she has highlighted the growing concern over mental health among teenagers and how society needs to help those most at risk.
Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne is available now.
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