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How It Ends by Laura Wiess Book Blog Tour

August 21st, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Thanks to Pocket Books for the chance to review this book!

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Description:  All Hanna’s wanted since sophomore year is Seth. She’s gone out with other guys, even gained a rep for being a flirt, all the while hoping cool, guitar-playing Seth will choose her. Then she gets him — but their relationship is hurtful, stormy and critical, not at all what Hanna thinks a perfect love should be. Bewildered by Seth’s treatment of her and in need of understanding, Hanna decides to fulfill her school’s community service requirement by spending time with Helen, her terminally ill neighbor, who she’s turned to for comfort and wisdom throughout her life. But illness has changed Helen into someone Hanna hardly knows, and her home is not the refuge it once was. Feeling more alone than ever, Hanna gets drawn into an audiobook the older woman is listening to, a fierce, unsettling love story of passion, sacrifice, and devotion. Hanna’s fascinated by the idea that such all-encompassing love can truly exist, and without her even realizing it, the story begins to change her.

Until the day when the story becomes all too real…and Hanna’s world is spun off its axis by its shattering, irrevocable conclusion.

I will admit I debated whether or not to participate in this book tour but I am so glad I did!  This book was great and I could not put it down until I was done.  I did have my doubts reading the first few chapters as I really did not like Hanna and thought she was a total ditz.  However, as you read the book you get to start to see the softer side of her personality as you learn about the start of her relationship with Grandma Helen.  The chapters alternate between Hanna’s point of view and Helen’s point of view.  Helen also intrigues the reader as she keeps referring to some dark secret she has kept from Hanna and how she needs to know the truth before Helen dies.  It isn’t until about half way through that you begin to find out what this secret is and how it is going to be revealed to Hanna.

Watching Hanna’s relationship with Seth made me cringe and wonder how she could she keep being such a glutton for punishment and yet it is so real.  I remember crushing over guys and trying to justify some of their jerkiness (is that even a word?) because you have put them up on this pedestal.   The story keeps you wondering how much will she put up with and will Seth ever change?

While sad because you know Helen is terminally ill this book was still uplifting in it’s own way as you see the touching relationship between Hanna and Helen and the love story of how Helen and her husband met.

Laura’s Other Books:

  • Such A Pretty Girl
  • Leftovers

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Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

2 Responses

  1. Julie J

    I love your review! This book was a bit of a shocker for me but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I wasn’t a fan of Seth’s throughout the book either! He reminds me of too many guys in today’s society!

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