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...And a Happy New Year?

(The Spinster Club #3.5)

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Evie, Amber and Lottie are having a new year party to remember.

For the first time since leaving college, all three girls are back together. It's time for fun and flirting, snogs and shots.

(And not tears or tantrums or terrible secrets)

Because everything's going great for these girls - Spinster Club for ever! Right?
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Usborne Publishing Ltd
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anxiety, 2016, favourites
1.) Am I Normal Yet ★★★★★
2.) How Hard Can Love Be? ★★★★★
3.) What's A Girl Gotta Do? ★★★★★
*.) ...And A Happy New Year? ★★★★.5

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*CRYING BECAUSE I LOVE THESE GIRLS SO MUCH AND IT'S ALL COME TO AN END AFTER SUCH AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY*
Aditi
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”

----Elbert Hubbard


Holly Bourne, an English bestselling author, pens yet another exciting, soul-touching and enlightening contemporary tale, ...And a Happy New Year? which is the final book from Bourne's bestselling young adult series, The Spinster Club. Lottie, Evie and Amber is back again after leaving for their respective colleges for Amber's house New Year's Party. This novella is a complete joy ride filled with laughter, go
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Emma
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

This book felt a little bit odd to me, it felt like I was reading about other characters and I didn't really recognize my favourite girls from the Spinster Club. The ending was the only part in true Spinster Club style and I was so happy to read that everything was going to be okay. Even though I didn’t feel the need for this short story I’m happy to have read it and to now know what the girls are up to.
Warda
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
[4.5] I WANT MORE. I NEED MORE. WHY DOES THIS HAVE TO END?! :-(

If you're looking for a book that portrays female friendships in the most honest and real way, the Spinster Club books are the one.
Julia Sapphire
I LOVED the previous books in this series but this lacked for me. I felt a lot of it was pointless drama and characters getting drunk and talking about sex. It just didn't own up to the rest of the series in my opinion. The POV switches were also not my favorite, Evie was my favorite character so changing POVs bothered me. The portrayal of friendship I really enjoyed. Just to show that friends do split apart and that growing apart is sad- it will be alright. That you may reconnect in the future, ...more
Gabby
Buddy read with Emer.

This isn't my first rodeo with a Holly Bourne book, and I've previously expressed with the likes of Am I Normal Yet?, What's a Girl Gotta Do? and It Only Happens in the Movies how much I love Holly Bourne's stance on feminism, friendship and mental health. However, after having read so many of her novels (including this, and her adult debut How Do You Like Me Now?) you begin to pick up on things: on flaws, repetition.

And all these flaws and repeated plot lines / character qu
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Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
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RATED 4.5/5 STARS

WHYYYYYYY?!?

Curse and bless you, Holly Bourne, for bringing this series into existence. Though let’s lean much more towards the “blessing” side of that, because c’mon. This series is everything.

Within 200 pages this book broke me. It made me swell with happiness, and yet cry six times. It infuriated me. It made me want to hug Evie so hard and become best friends with her (I have a particular soft spot for her. Part of the Evie Def
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bookellenic
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
5 stars for the nostalgia, because I bloody loved everything about this book! I'm also constantly on a Christmas mood, which is why I picked this up in the first place, and that never happens to me!

I adore Evie, Amber and Lottie and revisiting their characters was exactly what I needed. I am so grateful the author did not attempt to sugarcoat their lives, friendship and romantic relationships and rather gave us characters we already cherish, but are flawed. I mean, the girls were a mess! But the
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Bec (Two Book Thieves)
A great ending to such a perfect series! It was so nice to see what happened to Evie, Amber and Lottie after the end of What's a Girl Gotta Do? (and to finally find out where Lottie went to university). I just really wish this book had been longer - I knew before buying it that it was a novella, but I do think it could have benefited from being longer than it was.

Full review (and some cosy, wintry photos) on the blog!
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Maddie
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ukya
A bit like Pretty Little Liars: 5 Years Forward in the way it had built everyone up to their happy ending, only to wreck things for the sake of drama, but by the end I was pleased that the girls got to live their lives happily, even if it meant losing and rediscovering their friendship.
Kate (infinitelynovel)
I totally missed the opportunity to read this just before NY last year, and I wasn't letting that happen again. I loved ...And a Happy New Year?! It was a pleasure to reacquaint myself with the Spinster girls, and this novella was such a great end to an already wonderful trilogy.

For me, every year from now on is going to be the Year of the Spinster.
Holly Sparks
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Be still my beating loins."

Ahh! I cannot believe this series has actually come to an end. These girls are my life and soul. These girls have helped me decide who I am, who I want to be and where I want to go. These girls have influenced me and have made me cry. These girls have made me giggle during dark days and these girls have introduced a whole new chapter in my life that has yet to be written.

Breathe. In. Out. Breathe. In. Out.

This was the perfect ending to the Spinster Series. The magnif
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Ella
Jan 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star, read-2017
So this was the first book I read in 2017! I stayed up till midnight to read this because I thought it would be fun to ring in the new year in my world at the same time as the girls in here rung in there new year. After the amazingness that the other three books held I was sooooo excited to read this installment. I thought I'd love it, that it would make me happy, and it would be the perfect end and finish to what is (was now?) one of my favourite series of all time. WELL HAHAHAHA GUESS HOW WRON ...more
Cora Tea Party Princess
Dec 29, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: owned-tbr
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NAT.orious reads ☽
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This may be biased, but I am deeply in love with Holly and the spinsters. The way these girls grab a hold of me everytime I pick up one of their books is unimaginable. I understand the world so much better ever since I was introduced to them and I have grown as a person, as a woman and as a feminist.

It is New Year's but whether the coming 365 days will turn out to be happy remains to be seen because, sadly, the girls have grown apart a bit over the minor distance that uni - life has put between
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Ruzaika
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another version of this review can be found here

Received in exchange for an honest review from Usborne Publishing.

It's the Year of the Spinster!

The Spinster Club series follows the journey of Evie, Amber and Lottie in what's undoubtedly one of the most trying periods of their respective lives. We meet each of them in the three books as they deal with whatever life throws at them, while also being fiery advocates of feminism. In this novella, we meet these three girls as they get together for
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Annalise
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I’ll hopefully write up about YA Shot in another post, but something really cool happened yesterday which was (kinda) unrelated…

I got my hands on a copy of …And A Happy New Year?, the Spinster Club novella by Holly Bourne. And I’m quoted in the back! And I got it signed!

Any of you loyal readers/twitter followers will probably know I’m a huge fan of these books. The Spinster Club Trilogy follows three girls (Evie, Amber and Lottie) on their separate journeys and experiences with feminism, mental
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Stacey (prettybooks)
What better way to end 2016 than by reading . . . And a Happy New Year? I adore the Spinster Club girls – Amber, Lottie and Evie – and I read all three books in the series last year, so it just seemed right. In this festive novella, we hear from each of the girls as they struggle with the events of the past year: broken friendships, new university lives and old boyfriends (that is, except Kyle, because Kyle is American and adorable and perfect). It's Amber's new year's party and the first time t ...more
Trish at Between My Lines
My favourite Spinster Club girls are back. But, everything is all wrong. Each girl is in bother, but time and distance has separated the gang, and they are not sharing their woes. I got frustrated, but it's a very real stage after school. The best of friendships are tested.

This book is different to the others in the series as it has alternate points of view for each girl. Which worked really well, as the jumping around added another note of discord. As did the countdown to midnight. We are count
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Emer (A Little Haze)
Buddy read rant with Gabby

Well guess we can't blame the patriarchy for this debacle.

If I cared enough I'd write a proper review. But I'm cranky. And this was annoying. And I've ranted a crap tonne to Gabby. So I'd like to forget about the Spinster Club series now. I still can't believe how good this series was in the beginning, how much I loved it... And now it's a big old hot mess of irritating characters and ridiculous cliches...

And I'm done.

one star, two stars.... I don't know. Either way
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Amy
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it
TW: vomiting, discussions of OCD and agoraphobia

After absolutely loving the last installment of this series I quickly bought this novella to round out the series. I honestly sort of wish she hadn't written this one; it's not awful, it just doesn't feel like the same series. I'm not sure if it's because it's so short that everything feels rushed or that we jump a year (quite a significant year by the sounds of things) and don't get to experience any of the changes with the girls, just the fall o
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K.
Trigger warnings: mental health, alcohol abuse, vomit.

3.5 stars.

This was a hard one for me because I love the Spinster Club trilogy and these girls so so much. This is set like a year after the final book and it's the girls reuniting now that they've gone their separate ways. Which in some ways was great, but it was also difficult to see them reunited but spending the vast majority of their time arguing.

I also found Lottie to be almost utterly intolerable in this book. I mean, she's clearly ha
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Fanny
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I cant't believe it was the last one. I will deeply miss these girls.
Christa
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy these books so much.
Tilly
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars
It was the perfect little novella to carry on the story of Evie, Amber and Lottie.
Vaiomo ♡
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-my-shelf
I love Holly's writing style, it's so easy ti read through. I'm planning on reading all her other books too. Which should be soon c:

5 stars :D
Jessikah Hope
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2018
I've missed the Spinster club girls and this was a great (anti) festive read!
Vee
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Oh my, I've missed these girls.
zainab
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Usborne for sending me the physical copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I honestly have no idea how to write the review of this book. I finished it a month ago and I'm still struggling with words.

This book takes place a few months after the end of What's a Girl Gotta Do? and we learn at the start of the book that the Spinster Club girls have, somehow, kind of fallen apart. All of them are now keeping secrets and are not honest with each other. This has created, somewhat,
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Lauren James
Oct 24, 2016 added it
Shelves: ukya
A really lovely goodbye to the characters of the trilogy. I love seeing where protagonists go in the future, and this is a great look at the rest of the lives of Lottie, Amber and Evie. Lottie is and always will be my fave, and her arc was definitely my favourite here too. I love that the romances of books don't always have happily ever afters in the way we sometimes imagine.

It was also quite satisfying to get the emotional arcs of characters condensed into a novella instead of a full novel. So
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Holly started her writing career as a news journalist, where she was nominated for Best Print Journalist of the Year. She then spent six years working as an editor, a relationship advisor, and general ‘agony aunt’ for a youth charity – helping young people with their relationships and mental health.

Inspired by what she saw, she started writing teen fiction, including the best-selling, award-winni
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