The Compulsive Reader: How to Love by Katie Cotugno

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

How to Love by Katie Cotugno

Serena dreamed of two things: leaving her small Florida town and becoming a travel writer. Her plans were derailed when Sawyer Legrande left her, sixteen years old and pregnant. Now eighteen and working at her family's restaurant, Serena's life is changed once more when Sawyer comes back to town and wants to be a part of their daughter's life, and Serena's--if she can let him in.

How to Love is a vivid and smart book full of love, heartache, hope, and regret. The novel is written in alternating chapters and tenses, dividing the narrative by “Before” Sawyer leaves town and “After” he returns. The two storylines are independently developed but complement each other nicely to show Serena’s growth and character development as a whole. Cotugno develops the tensions between Serena and her family very well, motivating change in everyone's actions by asking heavy questions about life, following your dreams, and second chances. The characterizations are precisely written, and the emotional journeys memorable in this stand-out first novel.

Cover Comments: I really like the simplicity of this novel. The blue is a great shade, and I like the texture of the font.

How to Love will be available October 1st, 2013.

Digital galley provided by publsisher.


LinWash said...

I assume this is new adult. The premise sounds very compelling.

The Compulsive Reader said...

It's published as YA by Balzer + Bray, but it does have the elements of new adult. I'd say older YA.