ARC Review: How It Ends by Catherine Lo

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I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: How It Ends
Author: Catherine Lo
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Stars: 3/5

Summary (from Goodreads): 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.

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How It Ends is such a touching story about friendship. This book has a realistic representation of two friends who slowly drift apart and is very relatable. What I especially enjoyed was the main character and the believable way that her anxiety was shown.

How It Ends is the story of a friendship, from beginning to end. Two girls quickly become best friends, but their friendship slowly falls apart over the course of a year. I loved how this book focuses on friendship, as I prefer a strong group of friends to a couple any day. I definitely enjoyed reading about Jessie and Annie’s adventures together.

What I most enjoyed about How It Ends is that it is relatable and realistic. Jessie and Annie’s friendship isn’t perfect and their pasts get in the way of their bond. One of my least favourite things in books is the perfect friendship where nothing every goes wrong. I’m sure that many people will be able to relate to the characters in the book and the struggle of having to choose between your friends.

I really enjoyed the main character in How It Ends, Jessie. She is such a complex character with plenty of flaws. Jessie has anxiety, which makes her friendship pretty tough. I absolutely loved the way Jessie’s anxiety was portrayed in the book. It is serious and not romanticized. I find a lot of the time in books, anxiety is used to make female characters seem like they need rescuing, or just thrown in to make them seem more complex. I really appreciated how strong Jessie is, even with her anxiety, and the fact that her anxiety was shown realistically.

How It Ends is a great friendship story that is very relatable. The main character has anxiety, which I found to be portrayed very believably. The only part of the book that I didn’t enjoy was the ending, but I still liked the book overall.

7 thoughts on “ARC Review: How It Ends by Catherine Lo

  1. Jamie @ Books and Ladders says:

    I have heard a lot of mixed things about this one so I’m kinda iffy about if I still want to pick it up. I have a pre-order but IDK. I am glad the anxiety is portrayed in a good way but the rest sounds like it has a bit of weirdness to it. Thanks for a great review!

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  2. Elle says:

    I love how the story revolves around an imperfect friendship. This sounds like such an interesting read. I’m not normally a fan of characters with anxiety issues so I’m not sure if I’ll be picking this one up. Thanks for the fantastic review!

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  3. Luxe @ Mind of Luxe says:

    This is one of the books I’m really looking forward to although I was not quite sure about it at first because I don’t know how the issue would be handled. Luckily, I heard a lot of great things about it. Thanks for this lovely review!

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