The How & the Why Blog Tour Review

Are you looking for a feel good YA Contemporary that follows a young girl on her journey to self-discovery? If so than you should definitely pick up The How and the Why!

Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club for letting me participate in the tour for The How and the Why by Cynthia Hand! Check out FFBC’s website to sign up to be a tour host!

About the Book

H&W CoverTitle: The How & the Why

Author:  Cynthia Hand
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: November 5th 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
A poignant exploration of family and the ties that bind, perfect for fans of Far From the Tree, from New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand.
Today Melly had us writing letters to our babies…
Cassandra McMurtrey has the best parents a girl could ask for. They’ve given Cass a life she wouldn’t trade for the world. She has everything she needs—except maybe the one thing she wants. Like, to know who she is. Where she came from. Questions her adoptive parents can’t answer, no matter how much they love her.
But eighteen years ago, someone wrote Cass a series of letters. And they may just hold the answers Cass has been searching for.
Alternating between Cass’s search for answers and letters from the pregnant teen who gave her up for adoption, this voice-driven narrative is the perfect read for fans of Nina LaCour and Jandy Nelson.
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5 Stars

I am so glad I’ve come to love YA Contemporary novels because I got to review this one! The How and the Why is an adoption story about a young girl who has always known she was adopted but never felt the need to find her birth mother until she turned 18 and it became a possibility.

Cass loves theater, has the best bestie ever, and has two loving parents. Now that she’s older and about to leave for college a part of her wants to know more about where she comes from. When her parents provide her with documents from her birth mother she starts to discover a little piece of her. After further research she finds out that her birth mother may have written her a letter but when her request is full-filled she finds that she didn’t just write her one letter but 17. Follow Cass as she struggles with wanting to find her birth mother while not wanting to hurt her adoptive parents. The friendships and family dynamics were really well done and positive. I enjoyed reading about Cass and her journey to discovering whether or not she truly wants to know where she comes from.

S is in a girls home for expecting mothers. She’s only 16 years old and knows she’s going to have a girl. She’s decided from the beginning that the best thing to do is to give her baby up for adoption. When she’s encouraged to write a letter to her baby that she’ll be able to request when she’s 18 S doesn’t take it seriously. Why would she want to do that? But after some coaxing she ends up writing her 17. Through these unique letters you get to learn who S is, where she comes from, and why she chose adoption for her baby. It was a fun way to format another POV.

I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and if you love a good YA Contemporary than you should definitely pick this one up! The pacing was perfect for a contemporary, the story compelling, and the character development was well done.

About the Author

Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for teens, including the UNEARTHLY trilogy, THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE, MY LADY JANE and MY PLAIN JANE (with fellow authors Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows), THE AFTERLIFE OF HOLLY CHASE, and the upcoming novels THE HOW AND THE WHY and MY CALAMITY JANE (also with Ashton and Meadows). Before turning to writing for young adults, she studied literary fiction and earned both an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. in fiction writing. She currently resides in Boise, Idaho, with her husband, two cats, one crazy dog, two kids, and mountain of books.
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Prize: Win (1) of (2) copies of THE HOW & THE WHY by Cynthia Hand (US Only)

Ends: November 13, 2019

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November 2nd

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November 4th

A Book Addict’s Bookshelves – Guest Post
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BookCrushin – Guest Post
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