Review: How To Love

Oct •  30 •  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.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: How To LoveHow To Love by Katie Cotugno
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Balzer + Bray on October 1st 2013
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary/Romance
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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Before: 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.

After: 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.

This story captures the best thing in life. Love. I don’t think I read such a story that captivates the reader with such conviction in forgiveness and love.

Plot: Life sucks. Sometimes bad things happen. This plot is real and down to earth. It captures the reader with the anger of what happen in the past. It pulls the reader past all the mistakes and towards a place where the characters find peace and love. I can’t even tell you how much I loved this book. It is written so beautifully with real emotions and situations that I believe anyone who reads it can relate to it.

Love: How can you love someone after all the mistakes are made? I think this questions answers itself. We love with love. No matter what mistakes are made, once that bond is forged you love them no matter what. I adored how well this story captured every part of love. It even captured the anger, the hurt, the unforgiviness and the bitterness it came along with it. Reena learned to love selflessly and let things go despite all what happen. Reena’s growth throughout the story gives the reader a full bloom of lost and love. It just amazing.

Ending/Forgiviness: There is a saying that says,” You can let your past mistakes make you better or bitter.” And with Reena, it made her better. She took what happen in the past and moved on. She learned to let go of all the anger that she held and learned to love again. Not only for her but for her daughter. She is selfless in every action and I adore her. That is one of strongest these you can do. Learning to love after being hurt.

If you love a true romance, one with mistakes and anger, read How To Love. This story captivates the essence of love and learning to move on. How To Love is an awe-inspiring story that is powerful and gripping. A bold story that is hugely rewarding, How To Love is amazing.

I give it 5 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Michelle
    Oct 30, 2013

    I really like your review style!! I’m planning on reading this book… but I don’t know if I could forgive someone who left me pregnant and didn’t show up for 3 years!!! Maybe this story will convince me it’s possible??

  2. Giselle
    Oct 30, 2013

    I’ve seen mixed reviews on this one which is making me actually more curious about it. I just got the audio of it so hopefully I can get to it soon it does sound really good! “You can let you past mistakes make you better or bitter.” love this quote! <3

  3. Candace
    Oct 30, 2013

    This is actually the first really positive review I’ve seen for this and I have to admit, I’m much more curious now!

  4. Kate @ Ex Libris
    Oct 30, 2013

    I loooove this book! It was so honest and didn’t try to make anyone a hero, which I appreciated. Great review!

  5. Jen @ YA Romantics
    Oct 31, 2013

    I hated the ending — clearly you are a nicer person than I — but I loved the writing and thought this was a refreshing change from the typical YA romance. Great review!

    Jen @ YA Romantics