Review: How I Lost You

Sep •  8 •  2013

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: How I Lost YouHow I Lost You by Janet Gurtler
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on April 23rd 2013
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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There are a few things Grace Anderson knows for sure. One is that nothing will ever come between her and her best friend, Kya Kessler. They have a pact. Buds Before Studs. Sisters Before Misters. But in the summer before senior year, life throws out challenges they never expected. And suddenly the person who's always been there starts to need the favor returned. Grace and Kya are forced to question how much a best friend can forgive. And the answer is not what they expected.

Being in the front row sit watching your friendship of years crash and burn before your eyes sucks. I know, cause I’ve been there before. It was horrible and its something I don’t ever want o go through again. This is why I related to the book so much. It kept me in a constant state of  obsession, just wanting to continue reading till the very last page.

Plot: Two friends, who have known each other forever. All it takes is one little change and BOOM! There it all goes. I enjoyed the way the author created such a solid life long relationship only to have it unravel piece by piece in front of the reader. The best part, I couldn’t stop it. As I watch each girl move away from each other, accuse each other, and turn there backs on each other, it kept me in my seat. This plot gives the reader a rare and probing plot that you fall into quickly.

Friendship/Boys: Both characters, Grace and Kya are two different girls.  They are so different that I kept wondering what was holding their friendship together. Grace mostly followed Kya. Kya was in a league of her own. A strong, independent girl who is tough and kind be somewhat dangerous. Grace is a good girl who wants to go places. Kya gives her that push but she also holds Grace back. These  girls also face drama with boys.  Let’s just say in the end, I really dislike Kya.

Letting Go: Sometimes when you held on to something for so long, you’ve got to let it go. No matter what you do to go back to the old days, the hurt, the betrayal, the anger is all still there. Moving on is for the best. And so, watching this friendship end is hurtful. I hoped that they make up but in reality something has got to change.

How I Lost You is a precise portrait of how some friendships in. They become toxic and hurtful. What was once something these friends felt relaxed in, became something they didn’t even recognize.  The detailed examination of how these girls lost each other hugely impacts the readers emotions. Thoroughly entertaining, How I Lost You is fabulous.

I give it 4 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Jen @ YA Romantics
    Sep 8, 2013

    This book sounds great. It is SO sad and weird when you think you’ll be friends with someone forever and then something happens to change that….

  2. Candace
    Sep 8, 2013

    Oh Kya made me SO angry! I had a friend like her and while we were never short on adventures, she really did pull me down with her and got me in lots of trouble. So I understood Grace and her emotions. It was so frustrating though, I wanted to smack Kya!

  3. This sounds fantastic. Kayla sounds like a character that would bother me, but the story sounds really great. Fab review hon!!

  4. Oh this sounds a bit different than the usual fare. I do like the idea that it focuses on the friendship even if it was toxic.

  5. Wow, this sounds like a book that would hit so close to home. I’ve had my own friendships before that slowly unravel and there is nothing that you can do about it. It’s so sad but I guess it’s life. I’ll need to read this book sometime soon. It sounds great, despite all the sad things that happen. Great review!