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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus Children's Books (3 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1782060006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782060000
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Katie Cotugno lives in Boston. How to Love is her first novel.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 100 REVIEWER on 3 Oct. 2013
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Reena has been in love with Sawyer for as long as she can remember, and although they've known each other forever, he's never really looked at her...until one day. They fall in love and it is messy and unpredictable at the same time. But suddenly Sawyer disappears, leaving pregnant Reena behind. A few years later Reena is now mother to her beautiful daughter Hannah, then as quickly as he disappeared, Sawyer appears again. But where has been? And can Reena let herself love Sawyer again?

I liked How To Love for ways that is really hard to describe, it's very different from anything I've read before but that's a very good thing. How To Love is very new and fresh and I liked that I didn't know what way the story would go at any point in the book, as it continually made me want to read on to find out what would happen with Reena and Sawyer next.

The book switches between the past and the present day, or "Before" and "After", and Katie Cotugno really excelled with this as it created a quicker pace to the story and added a new depth to the novel. I particularly enjoyed being able to read about "Before", how Reena and Sawyer were like before they became a couple, then how their relationship was together. The "After" was very compelling, I really felt that I got to know Reena more as I read about her life as a mother to Hannah.

I loved that it was so real! These characters aren't perfect, they've both made mistakes, sometimes things aren't going right in their lives, and they have such real and raw emotions, and it was brilliant to read about. They were so accessible as characters, I felt as though I knew them on a personal level.

How To Love is an absorbing novel that explores not only love but a variety of issues in a realistic and gripping way. I'm looking forward to more from Katie Cotugno.
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By Kat on 6 Sept. 2014
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How to Love is a book that I wanted to love, even NEEDED to love, but ultimately although I didn’t particularly dislike anything, I also never had the feeling that I HAD to get back to reading it – and now I have to try and explain why…

The alternating chapters make sense in terms of the plot, but there is a huge chunk that isn’t covered in the two perspectives, and at times I actually found it difficult to determine if I was in the Before or After stages – I had to flick back to the chapter headings at least twice which was a little disappointing.

It’s not that I didn’t dislike any of the characters – I liked Reena, I could see the appeal in Sawyer, and I enjoyed the secondary characters. Reena is, for the most part, a strong, determined and smart girl. She has her whole life planned out and then she falls pregnant, but rather than becoming cynical and jaded, she gets on with caring for her daughter, trying to be a good friend and working a job that although she doesn’t love, means that she’s still got a purpose outside of her daughter.

Sawyer isn’t the most likable of male romantic leads – he makes stupid, selfish mistakes, but he also has his own issues. And although his treatment of Reena was unfair, it’s not that he’s a nasty piece of work, he’s messed up and lets silly things lead him down a dark path in life. Between the two of them I felt a fair amount of chemistry, but it definitely wasn’t the epic love story I’d hoped for.

What How to Love comes down to is more a study on relationships in varying forms – friendships, romantic relationships and family ties and how they are all intertwined, for better or worse.
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I buddy read this one with Brittany from This is the Story of My Reading Life. We'd originally planned to read it in March - but we couldn't fit it in - so we bumped it onto our April TBR's because we really wanted to read it. Glad we managed to fit it in in April because I really enjoyed it.

The main thing I loved was that this wasn't a perfect, straight-forward love story and that both characters had major flaws. Reena and Sawyer were together; Sawyer had major problems; Reena got sick of it; Sawyer left; Reena found out she was pregnant; Had her baby and then 3 years later... Sawyer returns.

The story was told in two different timelines: Before & After. Before: The story of how Reena & Sawyer's relationship started. After: 3 years after they got together and all the events after Sawyer's return.

Reen is a socially-awkward character who prefers her own company. She has a major weakness when it comes to Sawyer. She comes from a Catholic family and they looked down on her when she became pregnant. She's kind of a s***ty friend, but she has dealt with a lot of s*** so sometimes I could excuse her. But I did have a love/hate relationship with Reena.

I had a like/hate relationship with Sawyer. I hated before Sawyer. He was such a dick and I wanted to punch him in the face so many times. I did feel bad because he was going through his own s***, but I hate that he dragged Reena with him. He treated Reena like s*** before. After, he wasn't much better to start with. He waltzed back in like nothing had changed and was acting like the same jackass from before. But Sawyer grew a lot when he came back and by the end, I did like him.

Shelby is Reena's BFF. She tells it like it is and she's always trying to talk sense into Reena.
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