Review: How to Love by Katie Cotugno

How to loveHow to Love by Katie Cotugno
Published: October 1, 2013
389 pages
Source/Edition: Bought at Book Outlet, Hardcover
Summary Provided by Goodreads:

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?

Review:

5stars

fangirlingWHERE HAS THIS BOOK BEEN MY ENTIRE LIFE?!? Funny story. There was a sale at BookOutlet and I had a coupon. It’s something I can’t pass up. This book stood out because that cover. I love it. Everything about it. I mean it’s my favorite color. So I bought it. I bought a book because it was my favorite color. You don’t understand how happy I am that I bought this book. I want to buy more copies and throw it at everyone so that they can read it. It was so amazing. I couldn’t put this book down — that is, until work made me.

The writing was beautiful. I love that the chapters change between the past and the present. It’s like telling two stories in one and then connecting the entire picture in the end. I loved that it was written this way because it sort of created an air of mystery. How did Sawyer and Reena fall in love? What was their relationship like? Why did Sawyer leave? What happened in the aftermath of his disappearance? I also liked this style of writing because it emphasized the dynamic change that the characters go through, especially Sawyer and Reena. Insignificant side note: I love that it was set in Broward, Florida!

I loved the plot and the concept. It was really entertaining. Teenage pregnancy is also another serious topic that has been on the rise. I really liked how Katie Cotugno handled it and how it was a little different from the rest. It was a fun read but it delved into serious topics: pregnancy, loneliness, guilt, death, betrayal, first love, drugs, alcohol, and religion. I liked how Reena’s family was very religious — so you can imagine how it was when they found out that she was pregnant. I loved the characters. I especially loved Reena. She was someone who I could relate to and I connected with her. I feel like we’re one in the same. I mean, I didn’t get pregnant when I was a teenager but I felt what she felt about Sawyer for someone else. I really enjoyed reading her journey and watching her grow in maturity and love. Sawyer, however, I don’t hate him. I do like him very much. Let’s put it like this: I was frustrated during his bad days but I still liked him. I loved him on his good days.

My favorite thing about this book is the message! It was perfect. It pulled on my heart-strings and played it like a violin. It’s because of the message that I cried my eyes out through a lot of the book. I don’t believe in religion but I do believe in Jesus and that God is love. Maybe you think I’m naive or innocent or whatever but I do believe that love encompasses everything and can overcome a lot of things. I really liked that this book shows that. I love how it depicts real love with substance. It’s not just they met and fell in love and butterflies in the stomach and electricity coursing through the body with every touch. No, there was the good, the bad, the ugly. There were sweet moments with devastating events. It will make you laugh. It will make you cry. You’ll get frustrated. It will get you thinking.

If you love books by Jenny Han and similar authors, do yourself a favor. Pick up a copy. You can read it in one sitting!

xoxo

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