book reviews

Book Review: The Places I’ve Cried in Public

Book Details:

  • Published Date: October 17, 2019
  • Author: Holly Bourne
  • Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Mental Health
  • Format: Paperback
  • Length: 368 pages
Amelie loved Reese. And she thought he loved her. But she’s starting to realise love isn’t supposed to hurt like this. So now she’s retracing their story and untangling what happened by revisiting all the places he made her cry. Because if she works out what went wrong, perhaps she can finally learn to get over him.

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Trigger Warning: Emotional abuse, sexual assault, gaslighting, manipulation

Wow. This book was…a lot. There was so much to take in, that I actually took a break from reading it.

This book is about Amelie. In this book you will go through a journey with her reliving the moments she had with Reese. Reese is a boy she met at school and initially thought he would be the love of her life. The way felt around him led her to believe that this was it. She was so deep into this relationship, that she fell for him way too soon and immediately missed all the red flags that were right in front of her.

This reminded me of being in high school and seeing your friends in relationships with guys who constantly treat them wrong or cheat on them. Then watching your friends take them back every time ignoring the fact that it would happen again as always. However, Amelie’s relationship was worst.

I was rooting for Amelie, I really was. Mostly because I can sympathize with her character. Her story was a story that many young girls need to read, the message is the most important part of the book. Towards the end, I loved seeing Amelie actually begin to stop blaming herself for everything that went wrong.

My only issue with the book was the writing and that honestly took away from the book. Personal preference, but it did have an effect on me enjoying the book to the fullest extent.

I plan to read another Holly Bourne book soon, so I’m hoping that I enjoy that book as well.

My Rating:

3 star

Have you read any Holly Bourne books? What are your suggestions.


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