How To Love by Katie Cotugno
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Balzer And Bray
Age Group: Young Adult
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.
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?
In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice.
My Thoughts: This was a really quick read for me! We are introduced to Reena who was a typical teenager. She did good in school, had an okay family, and a good life. But, she ends up pregnant. Her dreams of college are out of reach now.
Sawyer was a friend of the family so Reena always had a thing for him. She knew him most of her life. She ends up pregnant and alone because Sawyer leaves.
And, then a few years later Sawyer comes home. He wants to fix his mistakes and pick up the pieces he left behind.
I really liked the then and now chapters. I liked seeing what happened in the past and I liked seeing how things ended up. I really liked the majority of this book. I didn’t like that the guy Reena was seeing kind of got the shaft though. That upset me quite a bit.
How To Love was an interesting read and I liked the plot. I liked Sawyer enough but I never really fell for him like I always hope I do with book boyfriends.
Overall: I think I may have liked the author’s other book better, 99 Days. But this was a good read too. If you like contemps, try it out! I think one is more of a 3.5 cupcake rating!
Cover: Like it but not so much the color green. Green is my least favorite color.
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