How To Love by Katie Cotugno

how to love

Title: How To Love
Author: Katie Cotugno
Publication Date: October 1st 2013 by Balzer + Bray
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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.

Uhhh, I’m knocking off a star because of how much I hated Sawyer and Reena (I can’t believe I finished a book where I absolutely didn’t like the leads). Another star lost because I did not like what they did to Aaron.

Three stars for the good writing, the good pace of the story. Giving one star for all the emotions (even though it’s mostly irritation, annoyance, pity, disappointment, and hate) this book incited out of me.

Let’s review the leads:

Sawyer is a shitty person, and it’s like because everything comes easy to him he takes it for granted. The whole time they were together in “Before” chapters, he does what he wants (smoke, do drugs, party, urge Reena to skip classes), stringing along Reena in the process. He uses her when he needs somebody’s affection (and for kissing and sex mostly). Thus, I can’t bring myself to believe that he was in love with Reena even before dating Allie. To me it’s just a very convenient excuse to move from Allie to Reena. I don’t really understand why he had to do drugs every time he went out with Reena. What? because you think you’re the reason your old gf died, you had to be wasted all the time, possibly being a pain in the ass to your next gf. It’s not helping that his new gf was at his beck and call? On top of all that, he’s a liar. He always said that he would change, but he just doesn’t.

In the “After” chapters, even though he was gone for two years, he was to smug, too sure, that Reena will come back to him, like he expects it and he gets upset when Reena is being cold and offensive (which I believe he totally deserved). I’m really sorry but I really didn’t like him. He is one of those characters who are un-redeemable, like even if he did good for thousands of years, he still will not have redemption points.

I pity her. She was supposed to have a great life ahead, she had the biggest dreams (for a time, I could see her totally fulfilling them because I saw her determination and passion). She was also graduating a year early, plus, she was already accepted to Northwestern. Her future was practically handed to her. Until it was gone… because of her obsession to Sawyer.

When it comes to Sawyer, she’s the ultimate pushover, like where did her brains go?

I actually would side with her friends and parents when they tell her that Sawyer was bad news(even before and after), but she was just so hard headed.

I can’t believe he let go of Aaron, for Sawyer. Aaron, “…this good person, this soul who brought me flowers and made me smile on my ugliest of days. There’s no excuse in the world…”, who only wanted to make her happy. Sawyer destroyed her and destroys her again and again, he also stole her future from her, cross that out though, I think they both stole her future.

Does love make you that dumb?
If that’s how love is gonna be, then fk it, I don’t want to love.

To say I was disappointed with the ending is an understatement. She just cannot resist Sawyer, she wanted him so much, it’s like she will die if she made him wait or said anything bad to him, and until the end she had to get him.

I absolutely would have given it 5 stars if in the end, she fulfilled her dreams to travel the world (and she didn’t bring Sawyer with her), and while traveling she realized that she had been a very big fool for falling for Sawyer and when she gets back home, she talks to him and finally breaks it off, and then she would beg for Aaron’s forgiveness and then they will live happily ever after. Hahahahaha sorry for that, a girl can dream. :))

I didn’t hate the book, I cannot hate the book because it was a new, and interesting experience for me to read and finish a book while hating the main characters so much. I was so pissed off half the time with Reena and Sawyer that I am cursing them both again and again.

“I think of how it felt to lose him, slow and painful and confusing, and how it felt to wonder if I’d ever really had him at all.”

When I think about it, it was really funny to react that dramatically (complete with ughs and curses) to a book. :)) And look how much I have to say about it hahahaha this is my longest review yet.


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Hi! My name is Jeremae Manalaysay, but everybody calls me Jem. I love to read and fangirl, then read and fangirl some more.

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