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Pretending

Pretending

WHY BE YOURSELF WHEN YOU CAN BE PERFECT?



Perceptive. Hilarious. Reassuring. Brilliant.’ Laura Jane Williams



The highly-anticipated new novel from Holly Bourne, bestselling author of HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW?
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He said he was looking for a ‘partner in crime’ which everyone knows is shorthand for ‘a woman who isn’t real’.

April is kind, pretty, and relatively normal – yet she can’t seem to get past date five. Every time she thinks she’s found someone to trust, they reveal themselves to be awful, leaving her heartbroken. And angry.

If only April could be more like Gretel.

Gretel is exactly what men want – she’s a Regular Everyday Manic Pixie Dream Girl Next Door With No Problems.

The problem is, Gretel isn’t real. And April is now claiming to be her.

As soon as April starts ‘being’ Gretel, dating becomes much more fun – especially once she reels in the unsuspecting Joshua.

Finally, April is the one in control, but can she control her own feelings? And as she and Joshua grow closer, how long will she be able to keep pretending?
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PRAISE FOR HOLLY BOURNE:


‘So honest about being a woman and all the things that are expected of us’ Marian Keyes

‘Honest and unflinching’ Stylist

Funny, touching and painfully true’ Grazia

‘Relatable for any woman navigating emotional time bombs’ Red

‘Bourne incinerates the lies we’re all capable of telling ourselves’ Emerald Street

‘Funny, real and heartbreaking’ Lucy Vine

‘Funny, sad, honest, insightful, up-to-the-minute’ Roisin Meaney

‘Smart, witty and perceptive. Razor-sharp on friendship, self-image and self-deception’ Lucy Diamond
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 2nd April 2020

Price: £14.99

ISBN-13: 9781473668157

Reviews

Pretending is the most freeing, reassuring book on dating after #MeToo I've ever read. Perceptive. Hilarious. Reassuring. Brilliant.
Laura Jane Williams
Injected with such reality it can't help but be hilarious
Times
It is so good! It is so honest about being a woman and all the things that are expected of us ... I enjoyed it very much.
Marian Keyes
Mordantly funny, flinchingly well-observed . . . A smart, zeitgeisty, and caustically funny read, it has characters you root for. More than that, however, Bourne holds a mirror up to contemporary aspiration, deftly probing the dissonant dualism between the shinier selves projected online and people's offline reality
Sunday Times
Praise for How Do You Like Me Now:
Relatable for any woman navigating emotional time bombs
Red
The most perceptive book I have ever read about the female interior
Dolly Alderton
There's a duality in reading things that are super relatable - it feels great to be heard, but also a little exposing. There's a little bit of that in Holly Bourne's latest novel, but nothing will stop you getting to the end . . .This novel is funny, touching and searingly honest
Grazia
Truly a f***ing good novel
Evening Standard
A brilliant takedown of the rules and expectations of the dating game, with a spot-on analysis of the falseness and contradictions within. Insightful, relatable and excruciatingly honest, with a serious heart.
Caroline Hulse, author of The Adults
So relatable, powerful and thought-provoking. April is a rare and wonderful protagonist, I fell for her instantly, I loved her rage and vulnerability and I constantly rooted for her even when I knew she was doing the wrong thing. This is a vivid, contemporary exploration of the darkest side of relationships, anger and powerlessness, but it's filled with joy too. If we've all been suffering from Gone Girl Cool Girl syndrome, Holly has written the antidote.
Daisy Buchanan
I love this book! It made me cry and laugh and rage and fall completely in love with the characters and you MUST READ IT! It's beautifully written and completely engrossing but also a really important, timely book. Sheer brilliance
Lucy Foley
I inhaled this in two greedy sittings because WOW. What a read - perceptive, unflinching, funny and raw, this story and its characters just leapt from the page.
Holly Miller