How to Love

How to Love by Katie Cotugno

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“It occurs to me, not for the first time, that things change whether you’re around to notice them or not.” 

Goodreads’ Book Description

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?


Do you mean How Not to Love? I hated Sawyer. I did not find him charming at all and because of that I wasn’t able to get emotionally invested in the story. He was clearly battling a lot of inner demons and seemed determined to drag Renna down with him. Their relationship made me so mad.

Renna frustrated me as well, she refused to let people into her life and was content ruining friendships due to her inability to apologize. She allowed this childish crush on a boy, who she didn’t really know impact her entire life. I found myself screaming at her in my head throughout the whole story to stop wasting her time on this dumb boy.

The book was well written and I can understand if you were to find Sawyer charming, how you would connect with and enjoy this book but I just couldn’t. 1.5 out of 5 stars.


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