When I visited the newly updated Foyles on Charing Cross Road I came across dozens of titles that I would have never discovered on amazon.co.uk alone. (Yes, I am shamelessly pitching for bookstores to remain open). Since I live in Germany, the opportunity to come across new young-adult and middle-grade titles is limited to what amazon posts as trending, or other websites and twitter. However, when I was able to feel and thumb through the pages of this book, it immediately captured my interest.
I highly recommend this book to anyone 14+ (yes, even adults) because it follows the life of Bree, who unfortunately in some blurbs is labeled as a “loser”. I’ll leave that up to you, but I disagree. She is a free-thinking, lonely young-woman who takes on a writing challenge in order to improve her prose, and her life. Her desire for change is fueled, at first, by her longing for her writing work to become something more than suicidal drivel.
The strength of Bourne’s prose, Bree’s voice and the various adventures that Bree encounters rival that of similarly themed films such as “Mean Girls” and “Easy A”. Instead of being a morality tale, I felt a kinship with Bree’s life (though fictional) and the true-lives of the adolescents I teach.
Though there are some mature themes and actions, The Manifesto will not fail to uplift and enlighten you. I look forward to reading more of Bourne’s books, once I’ve finished with the rest of the lovely titles I acquired whilst being in London. Please post your comments about The Manifesto and how you feel it depicts modern teenage life.