Book Review: The Places I’ve Cried In Public by Holly Bourne

The Places I’ve Cried In Public by Holly Bourne: SYNOPSIS

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.

The Places I’ve Cried In Public by Holly Bourne: FIRST SENTENCE

Can you see the girl crying? She’s not always easy to spot.

The Places I’ve Cried In Public by Holly Bourne: MY OPINION

First up, this book is so important. As I was warming up with the characters, getting used to the writing style, I saw that The Places I’ve Cried In Public is such an important read, especially for young girls since it deals with a topic a lot of other YA books don’t talk about.

Amelie tells the story about her relationship with her ex-boyfriend Reese who she met at school shortly after she and her parents moved to another part of England. The story is told from two different points in time, so she is basically telling the story of how she met Reese, fell in love and missed all the red flags until it was too late while reflecting on them, retracing and understanding what and why everything went wrong.

At first, I didn’t really warm up with Amelie. I didn’t like how hard she was on herself, how naive she sometimes behaved. Especially because Reese was so unlikable from the beginning on. He was very possessive, mean and just had an overall bad personality. I mean it’s obvious that the author wanted us to hate him but I just don’t understand how Amelie was able to like him in the beginning. I mean there must have been something about him that she saw but we, as readers, didn’t and I wish that the author would have made these character traits more visible, more understandable.

Because of that, it took me a bit to get into the story. Nevertheless, I definitely wanted to finish it and over the course of the book, the story started to get better, especially the last part of it. I definitely got emotionally connected to Amelie, understood how she felt and was very proud as she started to understand that all of what happened wasn’t her fault. The way Reese treated her started to make me feel angry and I just wished I could tell her to run away from him.

The fact that Amelie agreed to see a therapist also made me very happy. It’s so important that young girls and boys know that it’s okay to get help. I was also very proud when she finally started to talk about Reese and opened up about this incredibly toxic relationship. Just the thought of there being young girls (and boys) who going through something similar in real life makes me feel sick.

The Places I’ve Cried In Public by Holly Bourne: SUMMARY

The reason why I am giving The Places I’ve Cried In Public just 3.5 stars is because it took me so long to get into the story. I wish the story would have been more captivating from the beginning on, the characters written a little more realistic. But overall I would say that The Places I’ve Cried In Public is a very important read and I would definitely recommend picking it up!

The Places I’ve Cried In Public by Holly Bourne RATING: 3.5/5 ★

Find all details about The Places I’ve Cried In Public on Goodreads and Amazon.

Picture Cover: Amazon ; Synopsis: Goodreads

*Thank you, Usborne Publishing for sending me a copy.



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  1. March 21, 2020 / 4:20 PM

    This sounds like a very important read as you’ve said. I find many people end up in similar relationships to Amelie, and there’s almost a general societal view now that red flags shouldn’t be ignored. Fingers crossed people can read this book and understand the fallout of these relationships!

    Jodie |

    • Franziska
      March 23, 2020 / 8:41 AM

      Totally agree with you! I hope this book will open some eyes 🙂
      Have a good week!

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