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Book review: Soulmates

I feel I should start this post with a couple of disclaimers:

1. I won this book in a competition from Wordery. Previously, I hadn’t heard of this book and probably wouldn’t have read it if I hadn’t have received a free copy

2. I do not, never have and never will believe in soulmates.

I like to consider myself as quite a romantic person. I believe in an all-consuming love where you can’t imagine your life without the other person but I don’t believe in soulmates, fate or destiny. The idea that there is one other person on the planet who is meant to complete you? Complete and utter bollocks! So the fact that I got completely and utterly taken in by this book was a big surprise.

soulmates by holly bourne

Poppy and Noah are a couple of seventeen-year-olds living in a small town. After a chance meeting at a gig, there is instant chemistry. Like, literally explosive. But Poppy can’t bring herself to act on this attraction to a complete stranger – plus he’s in a band and has a terrible reputation. Not a good combination. However, after a few weeks, Noah’s cocky charm wins Poppy over and they quickly fall madly in love. At the same time, a top-secret international organisation is tracking electrical readings and a series of weather phenomena occur in Poppy’s small hometown. Could this blossoming relationship be responsible for blizzards, floods and earthquakes? Could something that feels that amazing and that right be that destructive?

When the book arrived and I checked out the blurb, I was sceptical. Every so often, two people are born who are the perfect match for each other. Soulmates. But what if meeting your soulmate is earth-shattering – literally? I’m not a lover of fantasy/sci-fi when it comes to literature. I can suspend my disbelief when watching a film but in order to really lose myself in the narrative of a novel, I need something I can genuinely believe in. But I quickly warmed to the characters and kind of put the ‘secret organisation’ aspect to one side. Poppy’s first-person narrative is completely engaging, even, for this reader, at the ripe old age of 26. Soulmates is a young adult novel but romance is so universal that there’s no reason why an older reader can’t enjoy it. Yet it’s not entirely a romance novel. It’s also about coming of age – something we can all relate to.

Forget Bella and Edward; Poppy and Noah are this generation’s Romeo and Juliet. Star-crossed lovers destined for heartbreak. In fact, Soulmates’ pop culture references and its heroine’s initial disregard for anything romantic or cliched is part of what makes it so endearing. It’s as if it’s author, Holly Bourne, knows the reader is cynical when it comes to relationships, particularly young love, and tackles their disbelief as well as her characters’.

Soulmates is a literary cross between The Adjustment Bureau, Hancock and A Life Less Ordinary. If Poppy and Noah act on their impulses, the world will end and there is a team of professionals working to make sure that this doesn’t happen. Even though I don’t believe in soulmates, come the final couple of chapters I was welling up at the thought of these two people being forced to live a life apart from each other for the sake of the planet. In fact, the ending was so powerful that I found myself re-reading the final chapter twice after. Whether or not you believe in soulmates, if you are, or have ever been, in love, you’ll find that this book has a lot to offer – besides steamy sexual tension!

Holly Bourne will be back with a new release in September 2014 – count me in! Right now, I’m off to re-watch The Adjustment Bureau.

Buy Soulmates now from Amazon.

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