BOOK REVIEW: How to Love by Katie Cotugno

How to Love Book Cover How to Love
Katie Cotugno
Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Balzer + Bray
October 1, 2013
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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.


How to Love made me feel two things: it made me swoon and also annoyed.

First, let me tell you the things I really liked in this book:

  1. The cover! It’s simple but it’s in my second favorite color sooo <3 The font is very lovely, too.
  2. The writing is beautiful. It made me feel all the feels. I love how Katie Cotugno told the sexy scenes. I think it’s very beautiful and artful.
  3. Reena is sometimes an annoying character but I kinda get where she’s coming from. What I liked though is how strong and brave she is for raising a child and still attend college.
  4. Shelby, Reena’s best friend is fabulous. I wish I have a friend like her!
  5. The pacing. This book made me want to read and read and read and just finish it! I’m always so curious of how things happened.
  6. It’s sooo high school! This book made me remember all my high school adventures and of course, the guys I liked then and yup, even loved.

I would probably give this book 4 stars if it weren’t for these things:

  1. First up, Sawyer. What a dick. I don’t get why he cheated on Allie just so he can be with Reena. He told Reena he noticed her even before they got together but I just didn’t see it. If he did then why did he still stick with Allie? I just don’t get it. He’s just a dick boyfriend in general.
  2. The ignorance of Reena’s pregnancy. So Sawyer and Reena kinda grew up together because their parents are friends and business partners (right???) So they have this Sunday dinner thingy. When Sawyer got Reena pregnant the parents went on with their usual business and never cared about Reena. They still went on with their dinners and what Reena did is she didn’t attend those dinners anymore just so she won’t be able to be in one place as Sawyer’s parents. If their families are really good friends then why didn’t they discuss Reena’s pregnancy? They obviously know Sawyer is the guy who got her pregnant. Poor Reena.
  3. Reena. I liked her but can she please stop treating her life like a teen movie? She’s supposed to be an adult and I know Sawyer is so damn attractive and he’s her first and great love but really, after a few talks they had when Sawyer got back she cheated on her boyfriend just to be with him??
  4. Cheating. Cheating was done twice in this book. Puh-lease.
  5. Once again, it’s sooo high school! Reena acted like she was still a junior in high school when she obviously should be an adult. I just expected that there would be a huge character development because of what she’s been through.

What I want more:

  1. I wish there are more mommy and daughter moments from Reena and Hannah. It would be just so adorable reading how she loves her daughter.
  2. I was also curious how Aaron and Reena’s relationship really were. I felt like I never really got a real glimpse of their relationship.

How do you feel about cheating in books?


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