How To Love

How to Love
Title : How to Love
Author : Katie Cotugno
Rating : 4 Stars!!!
Paperback, International Edition, 400 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
ISBN: 0062295950 (ISBN13: 9780062295958)
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? 
Source : Goodreads 

"There is no reason in the world for me to want to say yes as much as I do." 
- Reena
Before I share my thoughts for this splendid story, I would like to thank HarperCollins for giving me the finished copy of this. They are always generous to their readers to share their love for a booklover like me. Words cannot explain how much I duly appreciate your patience on me to keep on requesting books, it means a lot to me more than you could ever imagine. 
From the start of How to Love, I can almost feel the affection of Reena towards Sawyer. The wonders of to be young and in love with a rebel/badass guy. Everything felt so wonderful even just seeing him from afar.

From what I could gather upon the deep part of my heart, I totally feel that Reena and I are the same. Not just because we have the same religion, beliefs and goals in life, it is the sudden pull of gravity to be with someone she loves that makes me feel close enough with her character. Though she thinks that Sawyer wont feel the same way about her, there was a tiny flame that brings fire on her heart that she clings on that somehow, Sawyer will look at her direction.

Reena's thoughts from the start feels like a fairy tale story that one day, her prince will come at her and free her from her loneliness and share their lives together. God, I also wish love is just simple as that. That's the thing that I dearly admire from that start, it displays a simple yet enchanting words of a teenager of what it feels like to fall on someone so hard and how hurt it was to fall so hopelessly. Even the tragical moment of her life when her bestfriend died, I achingly felt all of it.

Then comes, Sawyer (hmmmmm...) God , he could be the most confusing guy the I've ever read. I never seem to understand the mood swings of this guy.. One day he becomes the most sweetest guy and then when I flip the next chapter, he becomes an asshole. Not that I hated him. Sawyer just confuses me in such a way Reena feel about him. But...BUT as I go along with this novel, I feel the same way about being lost in the world, just like him. It seems like he's not even sure what to do in his life or whatever goal he needs to achieve. All he knows is that he wanted to be with Reena.

Both of them given me such new and clear insights of falling in love and having full responsibility of it. Reading How to Love makes me feel that I am still innocent and oblivious of what is the true nature of love. I felt that its more than just a feeling itself. And all of it feels good.

How to Love is beyond perfection. I'm telling you, the hurtful ways of reality are always there and it will knock your heart out. You'll have one of these questions in your heart and mind, "Is he worth it?". The story plots with such a  responsibility to be an independent lady inspite of all the hardships that will grow upon us. If there is a book that you wanted to choose to able to see the insights of falling in and out of love, you better get a hold of this. IMMEDIATELY.

I did love him, is the awfulness of it 
- Reena