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Review: How to Love by Katie Cotugno

Reena and Sawyer have known each other for a long time. Their parents have owned a restaurant together since they were kids, but it's not until they're older that they get to know each other and...

I didn't know what to expect from this book going in. With the blue cover and the hearts and the casual script... I figured it was pretty much going to be like all the other romance novels. And in some ways it was, and it a lot of ways it wasn't.

I think what I liked most about it was it wasn't coy. Lately I feel like the books I've been reading don't want to reveal anything to me within the first couple of chapters. But this one let me know almost right off the bat that Sawyer and Reena had a long past, that there was a story there, and most importantly that they were uncomfortable around each other because of whatever happened.

And then you find out, almost immediately, that what "happened" was that Reena got pregnant and Sawyer left.

How to Love is a romance novel, but it's also the story of what happens when your life doesn't go in the direction you expect it to.

Told in alternating chapters, one chapter from "before" and then the next one from "after," it's easy to get pulled into the plot. And even easier to want the best for the characters, particularly Reena. Recommended for anyone in high school.

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