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Pretending (Hardback)
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Pretending (Hardback)

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Hardback 448 Pages / Published: 02/04/2020
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Holly Bourne, the author of the bestselling How Do You Like Me Now? returns with a new pulsating story about love amidst the pressures and duplicity of online culture. April assumes the identity of Gretel, a ‘perfect woman’ and a figment of her imagination – to spice up her online-dating experience. But when the imaginary woman develops real feelings, things get complicated. Equally painful and funny, Pretending is an untputdownable story full of heart.

Why be yourself when you can be perfect?

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?

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781473668133
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 46 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Perceptive. Hilarious. Reassuring. Brilliant.' - Laura Jane Williams

'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

Holly Bourne - Pretending

Holly Bourne - Pretending

York
Monday 30th March 19:00

We are thrilled to announce that Holly Bourne will be joining us to talk about her new book Pretending. Pretending is already shaping up to be one of the major titles for this year, and this is the perfect chance to meet the superstar author of The Places I have Cried in Public.

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An Evening with Holly Bourne...

An Evening with Holly Bourne...

Leeds
Tuesday 31st March 19:00

Join us in welcoming bestselling author Holly Bourne to Waterstones Leeds to celebrate the launch of her new book 'Pretending.'

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Pretending: Holly Bourne in conversation

Pretending: Holly Bourne in conversation

London - Piccadilly
Thursday 2nd April 19:00

We are delighted to welcome bestselling author Holly Bourne to celebrate her highly-anticipated novel, Pretending.

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“Raw, Powerful, and Scarily Relatable”

Holy wow. Where to even start. I am a huge Holly Bourne fan and I was lucky enough to get a proof of Pretending so I dove into it straight away! TRIGGER WARNING. This book does not shy away from themes of sexual... More

Hardback edition
3 similar books recommended
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“Trigger Warning”

Fantastic! I couldn't put this down. I felt so much empathy for April and Megan, it's tough being single in this day and age. I think most of us have a truth that we feel we have to keep hidden.
There were... More

Hardback edition
1 similar book recommended
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“Holly Bourne Magic”

TW: rape

Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley for a copy of the arc for Pretending.

Holly Bourne never ever fails to write a book that is everything that you could want from a book. I have a feeling... More

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