Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes, by Holly Bourne || Mental health, important messages, & mixed feelings + GIVEAWAY


Title: Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes
Author: Holly Bourne
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Copy: ARC
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Synopsis:

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?

Review:

I have only read two of Holly Bourne’s novels so far (the first one being It Only Happens in the Movies), and I love how she seamlessly incorporates her advocacies for social change into her works in a manner that doesn’t sideline them; rather, these ideas and messages are carefully placed front, center, and with just the right amount of in-your-face. Are We Lemmings & Snowflakes is not any different in that regard; at its heart, this contemporary novel thoughtfully and sensitively explores mental health.

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#Augvocacy2018: Ask the Augvocates (Day 4) + book giveaway!

In case this is the first time you’ve heard of the (admittedly made-up) term ‘Augvocacy’, let me provide some quick context before we continue with the rest of this post.

If it isn’t obvious enough, ‘Augvocacy’ is a silly play on the words ‘August’ and ‘advocacy’, which can already give you a somewhat clear idea of what this event aspires to do: to bring together like-minded individuals in actively forwarding a particular advocacy throughout the month of August, which will hopefully carry over in small, indirect ways for the rest of the year. Participants of said event are referred to as Augvocates (💖). You can learn more about the origin of Augvocacy 2018 (or #Augvocacy2018) by reading my event launch post.

For 2018, twenty-four* (24) Filipino readers, bloggers (like me!), and authors are dedicating this month towards emphasizing a single message, that is, the importance of fostering a culture of reading in the Philippines.

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#Augvocacy2018: Ask the Augvocates (Day 3) + book giveaway!

In case this is the first time you’ve heard of the (admittedly made-up) term ‘Augvocacy’, let me provide some quick context before we continue with the rest of this post.

If it isn’t obvious enough, ‘Augvocacy’ is a silly play on the words ‘August’ and ‘advocacy’, which can already give you a somewhat clear idea of what this event aspires to do: to bring together like-minded individuals in actively forwarding a particular advocacy throughout the month of August, which will hopefully carry over in small, indirect ways for the rest of the year. Participants of said event are referred to as Augvocates (💖). You can learn more about the origin of Augvocacy 2018 (or #Augvocacy2018) by reading my event launch post.

For 2018, twenty-four* (24) Filipino readers, bloggers (like me!), and authors are dedicating this month towards emphasizing a single message, that is, the importance of fostering a culture of reading in the Philippines.

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#Augvocacy2018: How reading helped me overcome my depression – a guest post

Hi, I’m Shaira and reading helped me overcome my depression.

First of all,
Disclaimer: I’m not a specialist or something. This may vary to everyone, what worked for me might not work for you. I just really wanna share what I did to my life, how reading helped me. These are my personal opinions and experience. You do you, but I’m just gonna do me.

2 years ago, I suffered from depression. I call it myself, “teenage depression”. I was 13 years old that time, a lot of things are changing, I guess 13 year old me can’t really handle it all back then. On my own more mature diagnosis, it was caused by academic stress and social stress.

There were nights, I cry myself to sleep but I’m proud to say that I never ever harmed myself, like ever. I hate physical pain. In addition, my mentality was, if I’ll harm myself, my scars would be visible. I don’t want people to know I was going through things and I don’t ever want anyone to know from my skin that a 13-year-old is breaking apart inside.

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#Augvocacy2018: Thirteen reasons why reading for fun is important to the world today – a guest post

First of all, I would like to thank and congratulate Shealea for organizing #Augvocacy2018! Thank you, too, for letting me guest-post here today. This event is an important one that everyone, whether a reader or not, must be aware of. In light of the recent issues that often rose up in the book community, as well as outside it, advocating and encouraging people to read for the sake of entertainment is the first step in balancing and counter-attacking every single thing that tries to bring us down.

To formally start this post, I’m sure that you can smell some reference on the title: THIRTEEN REASONS WHY READING FOR FUN IS IMPORTANT TO THE WORLD TODAY. It might sound ironic because the reference is one neither I nor any humane moral person would recommend to read for fun. But here’s a fact: everyone I know knows how bad that book is. They know the issues, the gross romanticizing of social issues, and the unbelievable decision of adapting it to TV. For me, reading is not all ups and higher ups, but there are downs and ninth-circle-of-hell down. All of it is important.

Reading for fun is, well, fun. But it is more than that:

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#Augvocacy2018: Ask the Augvocates (Day 2) + book giveaway!

In case this is the first time you’ve heard of the (admittedly made-up) term ‘Augvocacy’, let me provide some quick context before we continue with the rest of this post.

If it isn’t obvious enough, ‘Augvocacy’ is a silly play on the words ‘August’ and ‘advocacy’, which can already give you a somewhat clear idea of what this event aspires to do: to bring together like-minded individuals in actively forwarding a particular advocacy throughout the month of August, which will hopefully carry over in small, indirect ways for the rest of the year. Participants of said event are referred to as Augvocates (💖). You can learn more about the origin of Augvocacy 2018 (or #Augvocacy2018) by reading my event launch post.

For 2018, twenty-four* (24) Filipino readers, bloggers (like me!), and authors are dedicating this month towards emphasizing a single message, that is, the importance of fostering a culture of reading in the Philippines.

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#Augvocacy2018: Ask the Augvocates (Day 1) + book giveaway!

In case this is the first time you’ve heard of the (admittedly made-up) term ‘Augvocacy’, let me provide some quick context before we continue with the rest of this post.

If it isn’t obvious enough, ‘Augvocacy’ is a silly play on the words ‘August’ and ‘advocacy’, which can already give you a somewhat clear idea of what this event aspires to do: to bring together like-minded individuals in actively forwarding a particular advocacy throughout the month of August, which will hopefully carry over in small, indirect ways for the rest of the year. Participants of said event are referred to as Augvocates (💖). You can learn more about the origin of Augvocacy 2018 (or #Augvocacy2018) by reading my event launch post.

For 2018, twenty-four* (24) Filipino readers, bloggers (like me!), and authors are dedicating this month towards emphasizing a single message, that is, the importance of fostering a culture of reading in the Philippines.

READ THE ENTIRE POST