Bestselling adult and YA author Holly Bourne’s stunning YA novel about a toxic teenage relationship, The Places I’ve Cried in Public, has been shortlisted for the prestigious YA Book Prize 2020.

This distinguished award is presented each year over the summer, and “celebrates great books for teenagers and young adults and aims to get more teens reading and buying books.”

Published in October 2019 by Usborne, this hugely important, hard-hitting novel has gone from strength to strength. In October, Holly made an appearance on BBCR1’s LifeHacks podcast, talking about abuse in teenage relationships and The Places I’ve Cried In Public, hit the Amazon bestseller list at an incredible 23 and appeared on the BBC Radio 2 Book Club to discuss the novel with host, Jo Whiley.

Holly also wrote a brilliant piece in the Irish Times which talked about relationship red flags, and toxic teenage relationships.

To date, Holly has sold over 300,000 copies of her YA books, has won and been nominated for 14 awards, and has been translated into 16 languages. She was Author of the Day at the London Book Fair 2019.

The Places I’ve Cried In Public also won the critical acclaim of well-known authors and the press…

“A powerful, vital gut-punch” Laura Bates

“Holly Bourne is something special, she’s got it.” Patrick Ness

“Smart, funny, honest” The Independent

The Book every young woman needs on her bookshelf” Red Magazine

Bourne is intensely readable and writes with compassion, insight and humour” The Observer

Huge congratulations, Holly!