Are we all lemmings & snowflakes – Holly Bourne

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?

Are we all Lemmings and Snowflakes – Holly Bourne

I’ve never read or even heard of Holly Bourne before this book but I really enjoyed it, and it turns out she’s actually pretty famous for writing about the more “taboo” issues such as feminism and mental health. 

I’m seriously pleased with the way she managed to portray Olive’s issues. While she doesn’t actually specify Olive’s diagnosis until quite far in you should be able to recognise it really quickly. There are a lot of people out there who don’t want to put a label on themselves and having Olive have those feelings just made me want to hug her, it’s realistic.

“There’s a certain type – who use their diagnosis like a human shield. They think it’s a reason to find offence in anything. Accuse everyone of triggering them. Act like the world should wrap them up in cotton wool and lie coats over puddles for them just because they’re on antidepressants or whatever.” 

Are we all Lemmings and Snowflakes – Holly Bourne

I’ve read books with characters who have bipolar before and while they tend to be well-ish written they don’t all take the cake but Holly manages to portray it so well that I wonder if she actually has it (I couldn’t find anything on google so please don’t go around telling people that she does). The way it’s written with the one word on a line, the squirrel and shiny object like thought processes that goes from one thought to another in a second; it’s a great representation of the manic episodes of bipolar. The same with the depressive episodes.

If you aren’t someone with a mental illness I don’t know if you’ll enjoy the book though, simply because you’ll most likely feel that it’s too intense and all over the place, but that, that is the reality for those living with mental illness – intense and all over the place.

“Because trying to use logic to explain anxiety is like using a banana to open a locked safe.”

Are we all Lemmings and Snowflakes – Holly Bourne

Olive does occasionally come off as a bit of a bitch due to some of her actions during either a manic or depressive state, as a manic state can make you feel like there is nothing that can touch you and that you are better than everyone but then the flip side there are the defence mechanisms in an attempt to protect yourself from others when you come down from it. BP is a very confusing state of emotions and Olive is, as most are, quite vulnerable and she struggles to comprehend a lot of her emotions, hating on herself a lot and blaming herself for everything that goes wrong. Even if she’s not the one to blame at all.

“I think real kindness, real compassion, is having the strength to stop and try and see where another person is coming from. To try and work out why they’re being the way they’re being. It takes time and patience. It’s not easy, but that’s real kindness.” 

Are we all Lemmings and Snowflakes – Holly Bourne

I want to say so much more but I’m not going to. Instead I’m going to say you need to go buy yourself a copy because if I could make anyone who is ignorant about mental health read this book I would.

You can also have a look at the 11 days of kindness Challenge that “comes with” the book

Please note that there may be slightly shocking/triggering happenings for some readers as it covers a very sensitive subject only a few chapters in.

It’s been a while since we’ve had a giveaway and I just so happen to have a copy of “Are we all lemmings and snowflakes” for you. And another 7 of her books ;)

What the winner will get:

• Are we all lemmings and snowflakes
• Soulmates
• It only happens in the movies
• How hard can love be
• The manifesto on how to be interesting
• … And a happy new year?
• A #kindnessiscontagious pin

• And a surprise little package from myself with things that I find useful and grounding during rough episodes.

How to enter:

Leave a comment telling me how you self-soothe. How do you deal with life when everything is just too much?

Because you don’t need to have a mental illness to feel this way sometimes, the world is busy and it’s natural for us to feel overwhelmed with everything that’s thrown at us all the time.


The winner will be emailed directly on the 23rd of May 2019. If you do not receive an email you were unfortunately not the receiver of the gift. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours the package a new winner will be drawn.

Spammers and private message / email beggars will be disqualified simply because I do not have the time or mental capacity to deal.

4 comments on “Are we all lemmings & snowflakes – Holly Bourne”

  1. I enjoyed reading this…My initial belief that I would find “one answer” to my anxiety, obsessions and fears was a myth. Very relatable!! I’ve tried crossfit, yoga, walking, pedicures, shopping (bad idea), long bubble baths, and reading. I am always looking for new ways to self soothe…. I keep searching for what works NOW! Just as my needs change as I get older, my techniques for self management need to evolve too!!!!

  2. But on shoes and go run! I’ve also found that audio books help. It is something else to think about for a bit.

  3. Reading has always provided an escape for me, it helps if one does it with Niknaks and chocolate. But if even that does not work, I find that gym and good music does (better for my body too!).

  4. I either curl up and read Harry Potter, or put on the movies, or grab my earphones and listen to the audiobooks or podcasts about it. Harry Potter has always managed to calm me. If I’m somewhere where I can’t do that, I list character names in my head

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