Soulmates had me spiraling down into sadness and soaring up into happiness all the time. Happy for them, but sad because this is a book, and relationships like these are rare planets found in the furthest reaches of the universe. I don’t know if you believe in soulmates, but I like to think that they do exist, but that comes with a fear. Say you do get a relationship, but it’s not the one. What if your soulmate is still out there searching for their own? Do you break off to search again, or stay in a great relationship? Great isn’t perfect, but it’s still a damn fine place to be. It reminds me of a picture I saw on Tumblr. Two people have blue skin, but they wear masks out of shame. They’re looking for someone with blue skin, but walk right by each other without a clue they passed their soulmate. Soulmates explores these questions, and it makes me scared shitless that soulmates do exist. Many of us have had those great relationships, but something gets in the way. And you can only do one of two things: break away to start again, or carry on and hope for the best.
Holly Bourne is an incredible writer, someone who has amazing ideas and a great sense of humour that made me smile so many times. When reading Soulmates and The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting, it didn’t feel like I was reading anyone else’s book but Holly Bourne. Just like when I read a Stephen King story, I read a Holly Bourne tale and think, yes, this is a Holly Bourne book. I implore you to read Soulmates, and yes, it’s worth the heartache, unpleasant memories and sad nostalgia. And at the end of it all, Soulmates teaches you a lesson quoted by someone I can’t remember, but it goes a little something like this: ‘don’t be said it’s over, be happy it happened.’ And that’s a goddamn good quote for life. Be happy the good shit happened.
Songs of the Week:
- 'Strong' by London Grammar
- 'Nightcall' by London Grammar
- 'Hey Now' by London Grammar
- 'Maybe' by London Grammer
- 'Darling, Are You Gonna Leave Me?' London Grammar
- 'Awakening' by Halo 4 Soundtrack
- 'Never Forget (Midnight Version)' by Halo 4 Soundtrack
- 'Arrival' by Halo 4 Soundtrack
- '117' by Halo 4 Soundtrack