How to Love by Katie Cotugno

published on October 1st 2013 by Balzer + Bray
young adult | contemporary | romance

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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?



***Warning, this rant will contain spoilers for How to Love and some angry GIFs. A very incoherent rant will be coming your way.

This was me when I finally got to buy this book since there was a sale at our local bookstore:

But then, I realized something as the book went on. The title of this book–yeah, it doesn’t work. At all. Instead of How to Love, I strongly believe this boos should be entitled How to Cheat and Be a Whiny Little Girl.

See, in both the “before” and “after” timelines, Reena ends up cheating with Sawyer.

Cheating is a pretty timely issue that good books should be able to deal with, but I completely hate it when it nobody tries to fix what they did wrong! You people are technically adults (in the “after” timeline) and you have a kid. At least try to be decent people!

Reena. Dammit, this girl CANNOT do anything for herself. She was a ditzy, flat, passive heroine and I wanted to shove her off a cliff. Let’s take this aspect for example: Reena says she won’t forgive Sawyer for leaving her, and LO AND BEHOLD, a few dinner invites later, they’re kissing (and cheating on Reena’s boyfriend)!

Reena was also a useless friend. She lied to the people she called her “best friends” so often that you might even question your relationships with your friends afterwards. I hated how horribly the aspect of friendship was played out here. It was also unbelievable how easily her best friend forgave her for what she did. I mean, just imagine YOUR best friend cheating on YOUR big brother!

And let’s talk Sawyer. See, this guy is an ass. None of his reasons for doing his stupid shit made any sense. His character and his character’s motives were in no way realistic. The swoon-worthy, gentle hero I was hoping for was nowhere to be seen in this book.

Just in case you were wondering, this is what I did right after reading the book:


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11 thoughts on “Mini Review and Rant: How to Love by Katie Cotugno

  1. Hope your next read is much better, Aimee! I have this on my Goodreads TBR but, to be honest, I have absolute no interest in reading it anymore. I think I added it because I wanted to get into more NA, but didn’t want to read shitty story’s? I don’t even know. I remember it was around booktube a bit when it first came out, but now that I know there’s cheating in this novel twice, I’m definitely giving it a miss. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Aimee. :)


  2. This sounds very similar to my reaction to Anna and the French Kiss! I don’t like cheating at the best of times, but when it’s dealt with badly in a book it really mades me mad!


  3. I read another review a long time ago about how the reviewer didn’t like something in this book. I’m glad you wrote this rant though, I can’t STAND cheating and I HATE when people forgive people easily. It’s just not, ugh, not okay. It’s messed up. I was going to buy this book next time it was in stock on BookOutlet, since it was only 4.99 then, but now I’m not reading it ever.


  4. Aw I’m sorry this didn’t work well for you, Aimee!! I know how it feels. And I’ve read a bunch of books that have the same problem as this one – whiny characters, horrible plot, sad (sad sad sad) character development. Reena and Sawyer are so screwed up (sorry for the term). But yeah. I hope you read another great book. Better than this!! :)))

    Jillian @ Jillian’s Books


  5. Oh dear, it’s such a shame that this one went south for you! I haven’t read this one yet but I really want to because I want to see where I stand with this book since there’s so many differing opinions on it.

    Loved the review, girl! <33


  6. Oh no! Well at least it was on sale :) But yikes, these characters sound horrible. Especially Reena. 3 years later does NOT make you an adult except legally maybe. The romance sounds ridiculous and cheating is never okay. I’ll never understand why it comes up so often in books. Don’t glorify it! Don’t make it okay! Because it’s NOT. Lovely review, Aimee. I know to say away from this book now 0_0


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