Review – How To Love

Title : How To Love
Author : Katie Cotugno
Publisher :  Quercus Publishing
Published : October 2013
Page : 390 pages
My Rating : 3/5

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?

Thought on this book :

Thank you Kak Lia for recommending this book to me ^^.

First of all, I was surprised when I found that this book was not a typical teen romance novel. It has rather heavy and dark theme, pregnancy in teen. Which is a good start for me, the main topic was promising.

The story switching from past to present time throughout the entire book, and narrated by Reena, our protagonist. She’s 16 when got pregnant by her boyfriend who then left for no good. and now she’s 18 and she has her baby and (she thinks) doing just fine. Until Sawyer, her past boyfriend, suddenly came back to her life. And therefore the conflicts began to accumulated in her life once again.

Katie’s writing is very good for my taste. She able to deliver each sentences well and wrapped the storyline neatly. I have no complaint for this, and it’s her debut novel. Good job, Katie! I’ll look forward for your next novel!

What turned me down so much (and I saw many others have the same problem with me) is Sawyer character. God, I dislike him so much, foremost the Before Sawyer. He’s such a jerk I can’t even stand him. After Sawyer is slightly better. At least he’s done for his shit.

At first I feel like can related Reena’s character. She’s the type of character that I could easily love. Smart and logical, that type of girl. But then when she’s being so blind about Sawyer I started to dislike her as well. I mean, c’mon, having boyfriend like Before Sawyer who’s keep breaking the girlfriend, for a smart girl like Reena is just big no! Reena’s not being smart here, and I hated her for that.

And then when she’s about to give up for Sawyer it’s turned out that she’s pregnant with his baby and he left her devastated and ruined. Everything was already late, she had to throw up her dream her ambition her family in a mess. Duh, pity you girl. Told ya Sawyer is not worth you, ha!

After Reena was likable. But she kept me so frustrated about her feeling for Sawyer. Girl I don’t get you somehow. Just give it a shot and you’re done. (Yeah I know she’s confused she didn’t want to get on the same fatal track but she loved Sawyer but fgs just made it clear you just don’t have sex with him when you pretty sure you don’t want to fail again). Aside form that, After Reena’s is pretty mature, being a mother to her baby, catching up with college and job and all. I admired her for it.

I totally love Shelby. You rock, girl friend! She’s definitely a friend that I would like to have. It’s such nice to have a very caring and understanding friend who will knock your sense in (not Reena, maybe). And Soledad, I’m in love with her instantly. Dad is… a very real character. I could understand his anger and disappointment, his conflicted feelings.

At the end, I liked the topic and the writing style enough to give it 4 stars but sigh I still can’t do it with two frustrating characters in this book. I feel so conflicted about this book. Emm, maybe, 3 stars is enough


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