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Review: How to Love by 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.


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.


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?

My Thoughts
How to love is a brilliant read which devoured in pretty much one sitting unable to put it down.

How to love is the story of Reena and Sawyer and their messy relationship. It is told flitting between past tense Reena who is in love with Sawyer from afar and present tense Reena who is faced with the return of Sawyer after he has been missing for the past two years while she struggled alone and pregnant with his child.

Quite honestly I'm not sure I have the words to do this book justice. What I loved about it was how messy and complicated the relationship between Sawyer and Reena was. It was full of baggage and didn't run smoothly once and stops and starts and is brilliant in how it portrays that first chaotic love which isn't as picture perfect as films and books would have you believe. The story packs an emotional punch on several occasions and doesn't do at all what you'd expect it to do.

Put simply I loved it and couldn't get enough of it!!

You'll Love this if you love books by
Sarah Dessen
Cat Clarke 


Hands down one of my favourite books this year! I absolutely loved the characters and the relationships and just everything!
Anya said…
Wow, the second glowing review I've read this morning! Really need to move this up my TBR :D