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The Places I’ve Cried In Public by Holly Bourne

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.


This book was nothing like I expected going in, from the blurb you can’t tell very much about the story, but there was so, so much, it was so deep and so raw and emotional.

Holly Bourne wrote this story so well, it isn’t cute or fluffy YA romance at all, it’s real and can be very upsetting at times.

The story follows Amelie, a young girl with a passion for music who moves to a different city when her dad gets a new job, she leaves behind her friends, her boyfriend and her old life, but she spins starts a new life, falling for a boy at her new college, the ever so charming Reece who she is in music with, but all is not what it seems with Reece, the books starts at the beginning of their relationship, and the journey Amelie goes through is heartbreaking, retracing the steps of their romance and opening her eyes to who and what Reece really was.

I really liked Amelie, She was super endearing and I liked being with her for the entirety of her journey through this hard time in her life, it was so difficult watching her be so hard on herself all of the time about how things turned out, the way Reece effected her and got into her head was so sad.

I hated Reece with a passion, even right at the start I didn’t like him, before his true colours came out, but we weren’t supposed to like him.

The side characters that were in the mix were good too, most of the time I was internally screaming at Amelie to just listen to Hannah.

The story was all told from Amelie’s POV, but humped back and forth between the now and then, showing snippets of times between Reece and Amelie as she remembered them. I really liked that aspect, the writing was wonderful, Holly Bourne did a fantastic job, I was gripped the whole way through.

I’m still a little shocked at all that happened within this story, but it’s a really important one that I would highly recommend, it covers abuse in ways that we wouldn’t really see it, I think young girls could really benefit from this, I thoroughly enjoyed it, the hard hitting parts and all.

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