Thu, October 31, 2013

How to Love by Katie Cotguno Review

How to Love book cover

How to Love book cover

How to Love
By Katie Cotguno
Publication date: Oct. 1, 2013
Balzer + Bray, 389 pages
Source: Publisher

Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists…until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.

After: Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn’t want anything to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said Sawyer’s being back wasn’t stirring something in her. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice.

— description

How to Love is definitely a book that grew on me.

I started out this book with a major case of Old Lady Syndrome. I wanted to swoop in and help Reena and Sawyer sort out their oh-so-messy lives. But there was no one to swoop and a little mess turned into a big mess and then an even bigger mess and…you see why it was maybe a little frustrating at first. They kept making poor decision after poor decision.

But the flashbacks between “before” and “after” were so fluidly and compellingly written that a little frustration didn’t eclipse that fact that this is a freaking juicy, drama-filled, awesome story.

And, by the end, I actually felt like there was a lot I could learn from Reena and Sawyer, especially in terms of forgiveness. I see what you did there, Katie Cotugno, and I love it!

How to Love pulled me in so deep I had a hard time putting it down for work and ended up reading it in 24 hours. Definitely check this one out — even if you’re not into books about teen pregnancy. It’s about so much more than that. Trust me!

Oh, and bonus factor: Shelby. If you’re into books with best friends who are amazing, beautiful support systems instead of backstabbing biotchs, you’d going to love her so. I know I did!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: death, family, katie cotguno, pregnancy, romance


  1. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    I need to read this one soon. So many books, so little time!


    Posted on: Thu, October 31, 2013

  2. We Heart YA said:

    Yes! Shelby is the greatest.

    HOW TO LOVE wasn’t a perfect book, but we did enjoy it, and we really expect that Katie Cotugno will continue to grow and flourish. She renders characters very believably, in the sense that they feel like real people. Her prose is simple but evocative.

    Also, yeah, this wasn’t really about teen pregnancy at all. Sure hope it’s no being marketed as such!


    Posted on: Thu, October 31, 2013

  3. Alexa Y. said:

    I absolutely adored this book! I felt unsure about it initially, but like you, the story and the characters completely grew on me. I thought that Katie managed to write a compelling, true story.


    Posted on: Thu, October 31, 2013

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