Book Review: How It Ends by Catherine Lo


How It Ends
Author: Catherine Lo
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Released: June 7, 2016
Review Source: HMH Books for Young Readers

There are two sides to every story.

It’s friends-at-first-sight for Jessie and Annie, proving the old adage that opposites attract. Shy, anxious Jessie would give anything to have Annie’s beauty and confidence. And Annie thinks Jessie has the perfect life, with her close-knit family and killer grades. They're BFFs…until suddenly they're not.

Told through alternating points of view, How It Ends is a wildly fast but deeply moving read about a friendship in crisis. Set against a tumultuous sophomore year of bullying, boys and backstabbing, the novel shows what can happen when friends choose assumptions and fear over each other.

A book that brings to life the realistic ebbs and flows of friendship. Most friends go through tough times, and obviously through happy times, and this book brings that to life. A debut novel that showcases two friends' sophomore year in high school and what happens when they go against their friendship.

Jessie and Annie are two friends, and as everyone in friendships - assume it will last forever. When things start turning south Jessie and Annie start to turn away from one another. This book makes you feel all the emotions that these two characters go through.

Having gone through the ups and downs of friendship myself I felt a real connection to this book. It was heartfelt and endearing. This book puts you in the shoes of the two friends, gives you each side of the story, and lets you feel all the feelings that is wrapped up in this book.


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