How to Love

Katie Cotugno

How to Love
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How to Love

Katie Cotugno

This is a love story. But it’s not what you think. This is not a first kiss, or a first date. This is not love at first sight. This is a boy and a girl falling in messy, unpredictable, thrilling love. This is the complicated route to happiness that follows. This is real. This is life. This is how to love.

Before: Reena has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember. But he’s never noticed her, until one day … he does. They fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town, leaving a devastated - and pregnant - Reena behind.

After: Three years later and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter Hannah. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer again?

Review

What happens when the boy you’ve been in love with your whole life finally notices you? You kiss him, of course, followed by romantic dates, sneaky make-out sessions and a life full of love and happiness … well, that’s what Reena had always hoped for but when her one true love, Sawyer LeGrande, finally notices her, life doesn’t go the way she had planned. The moment Sawyer and Reena kiss, their lives change forever. Their whirlwind romance comes crashing down when one day Sawyer leaves without a word and a devastated Reena finds herself pregnant and alone.

Skip forward almost three years and Reena has her life somewhat sorted out. She has her beautiful daughter, a supportive boyfriend and plans to get the hell out of her town as soon as possible. But once again her life is interrupted when Sawyer returns just as quietly as he left, wanting Reena and his daughter to be a part of his life.

I abso-freakin’-lutely loved this book. The characters are flawed and realistic, tackling a hard situation most teens will never experience. But on top of the pregnancy is a fun, captivating love story, which hooked me in and had me pushing the book into my friends’ hands once I had finished. Ages 14 up.


Katherine Dretzke is a bookseller at Readings Hawthorn.

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