How It Ends

How It Ends

Catherine Lo / Dec 06, 2019

How It Ends 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 con

  • Title: How It Ends
  • Author: Catherine Lo
  • ISBN: 9780544540064
  • Page: 217
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 pointsThere 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 sopho 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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    1. Annie and Jessie are best friends.Until they aren’t anymore. Until secrets are spilled and hearts are broken. They thought they could trust each other; they thought they were as close as soul mates are.But high school has its way of ruining someone’s relationships - social reputation.So this is not the most original book there is in the world, or the best written one, but it has its charm.It has characters the readers can connect with. Plus it depicts situations most of us have gone through [...]


    2. (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss.)“I just don’t get it Annie,” she says. “I don’t understand why you don’t miss me the way I miss you.”Both girls had it hard in this story. Annie had to deal with a step-mother who wasn’t very nice to her, and Jessie had to deal with bullying and anxiety. I could see the situation from both sides though – Annie being upset that Jessie didn’t wa [...]


    3. We read books for a lot of reasons. Sometimes we read them for a light, fluffy time. Sometimes we read them to escape. And sometimes we read them for the sort of emotional gutpunch that leaves us gasping on the floor. This book is in the latter category. It's as harrowing and realistic a look at the life cycle of a young friendship as I've ever seen. It's by turns funny, warm, soulful, and heartwrenching. Apparently, the author has worked with teens, and this experience shines through in her raz [...]


    4. Confession: I was totally awkward in high school. I never felt comfortable in my own skin. I focused on track practice and schoolwork and most of all, friendships. As a teen girl, my friendships were everything to me. But since my best friend went to a different high school, I was kind of a loner. And as someone who felt painfully uncool basically a hundred per cent of the time, I still remember the heady feeling when someone I thought was way out of my popularity league talked to me. So when I [...]


    5. Wow. This book was crazy. I'm so blown away by how complex this story and it's characters were.How It Ends tackles a lot of meaningful subjects and Catherine Lo wrote this book so perfectly. I'm really at a loss for words because I'm still trying grasp how incredible this book is.


    6. Is there anything more complex than sixteen year old best girlfriends? I don't think so. Jealousy and love and competitiveness get all jumbled up, especially when one girl "rises in the social strata" of that hell called high school. Debut novelist Catherine Lo's brutally honest depiction of the end of a friendship tore at things inside me that I thought I'd long forgotten. No one 'feels' like high school girls. And boys-shmoys.Nothing hurts more than losing your best friend. This is an incredib [...]


    7. Such a real, messy, brutal, and hopeful story about friendship, the hazards of simply being in high school, and figuring your shit out. Loved this book and can't wait for the world to meet these girls!


    8. Man, this is such an under-read but super relevant read. How many of us can relate to a friendship breakup in part due to one's social anxiety? And how infrequently do we get to see that very real divide as a source for a relationship falling apart? It was kind of like watching my Twitter feed come to life, seeing how the inability to discuss anxiety in particular crumbled things between them, how literally being unable to voice her thoughts and feelings held Jessie back in such a real way. It's [...]


    9. I was so lucky to receive an ARC of this debut novel and I loved every page. Lo is an amazing talent who has brought vivid and real characters to life in this story about friendship and trust and how much teen girls are willing to love themselves and each other. For a novel that deals with the very serious topic of bullying and self-acceptance in high school, Lo still managed to make me laugh out loud. A. Lot. Her characters are so real and loveable and raw you can’t help but root for them to [...]


    10. Which is worse, breaking up with your boyfriend or losing your best friend?How it Ends by Catherine Lo is a coming of age story about two sophomores whose lives intertwine and then rip apart. If you’ve ever had bff drama then this book will speak to your heart.How it Ends doesn’t hit shelves until June 7, 2016 but I got an early peek since Catherine is one of my Sixteen To Read friends.I’ll save my full review for next year, but in the meantime, let me just say that How it Ends is not a su [...]


    11. I stayed up until 2am to finish this book. It is absolutely fantastic. The characters are so multi-dimensional, the teen angst is spot on. The voices of Jess and Annie are authentic. There are so many times in this story my heart strings tugged for both of these girls. There is one scene where Annie shares a memory that was so overwhelmingly heartbreaking it brought tears to my eyes. This book is so real on so many levels. Best friends becoming enemies. The boys that get in the way. The bitches [...]


    12. 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 o [...]


    13. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Any female can tell you that friendships - especially best friendships - during adolescence can be as full of drama as any romantic relationship. And it can hurt a lot more when they implode, too. Very rarely are the nuances of female friendship so well explored as they are in HOW IT ENDS, where we see the alternating points of view of Jessie and Annie as they meet, connect, become best friends, and fall apart. I went in expecting, [...]


    14. I read this arc in return for a fair review.I knew going into this book I'd be in for some drama.Jessie is a teen who has no friends and just wants to keep her head down until she makes it out of high school. Annie is a new girl, and sets out to befriend Jessie right away.Through alternating POV chapters, we see how their friendship starts, how it grows complicated, and what it takes to end a friendship.Ugh. This book. I felt so bad for the characters. I wanted to jump right into the story and m [...]


    15. Where do I even begin? I loved every part of this book so much. The feelings were real and spoke to today's teenager and all that they go through/worry about. I can't wait to recommend this one to my friends and my students!


    16. Books rarely have left me speechless as he did How it Ends. I really do not know where to begin to explain all the feelings that caused me and how fascinating, refreshing and adorable that reading was.At first glance, we might think it's just another story about two friends who for some reason or another have problems or typical teen drama. But the story itself has too much meaning, or at least for me it did.Anxiety, heartbreak, betrayal, distrust and the list of topics covered in this book can [...]


    17. This book is so awesome! It's so complex! That's where the real joy of the book lies. All of the characters have multiple facets to them. Every single one. And you're never quite sure what to think about them. The book uses its multiple viewpoints to amazing effect. For instance, you see Jessie's mom flip out on Jessie, and then you see her being extremely kind to Annie, and you realize, this is the same person. These two behaviors spring from the same place. And it makes you realize how complex [...]


    18. This was such an emotional read that after I finished the last page, I could not bring myself to get up and throw away all the tissues that Catherine Lo had just made me go through; I just had to sit and recover for a few minutes instead. Lo's portrayal of these two teen girls, their friendship, and all the complex emotions, insecurities, and rationalizations that lead to its breakdown, was utterly convincing and utterly compelling. I felt like I understood the choices that each girl was making, [...]


    19. HOW IT ENDS was a page turner with a fast paced and engaging plot, told from alternating points of view. The voices of best friends Jessie and Annie were so real, the dynamics of their relationship portrayed with such authenticity it brought me right back to high school. I loved watching their friendship evolve over the course of the book as each character went through her own ups and downs. While issues like anxiety disorder and pregnancy were addressed--and dealt with in such an insightful, se [...]


    20. I received an ARC of HOW IT ENDS, and I'm so glad that I did. This book is a gorgeous exploration of young female friendships—those complicated, painful, passionate and beautiful things. It made me feel sixteen in the best and worst ways, which is exactly what I ask of YA literature. Prepare to fall hard for Annie and Jessie.



    21. You know how some characters read like people you've met in real life? People who immediately come to mind when hearing an internal voice, and you're like, "OMG, that's XX!"That is how I felt reading Catherine Lo's remarkable debut book, HOW IT ENDS.This is a story about how two teenage girls with plenty of personal drama end up as fast friends. In many scenes, the novel felt like a window into the lives of today's teen. The girls do what so many of us can relate to--they become completely stars [...]


    22. Brutal and honest, Catherine Lo’s portrayal of friendship, family and love in HOW IT ENDS is about as real as it gets. I wish I’d had this book to read when I was navigating my own high-school friendships. It impressively deals with the fear of letting your friends find out who you really are alongside all the other challenges that high school throws at you. A very powerful story – I had a lump in my throat throughout.


    23. Told in dual POV, Lo's debut is an honest and real portrayal of the ugly dynamics of female friendships in high school. Gut-wrenching and painful with characters you will recognize. We've all known an Annie or a Jessie, or been one ourselves. This one should have wide appeal to teens who find themselves in the pages.


    24. An honest and gripping picture of anxiety that's so prevalent among teens today. This story about how friendship is affected by secrets and past emotional trauma, including bullying, is a brave debut for author Catherine Lo.


    25. to sum up this review, how it ends is an outgoing, heartbreaking, meaningful story of friendship that will leave you wanting more of jessie and annie's story. i give it a 4/5 stars! you won't want to miss this one, so pick it up when it hits shelves june 7th!when i first received this book, i hadn't heard much about it. the only thing i had read about it was the mini description on the back (which is different than the one above), but it was enough to intrigue me. i picked up this book not knowi [...]


    26. Everyone can relate to the ups and downs of friendship. High school friendships are even more of a roller coaster, and in many ways, more important than any other in how they form a person, help them grow, and guide them in their decisions. HOW IT ENDS is an incredibly realistic portrayal of the life cycle of a friendship. Told from the perspective of two high-school sophomores, Annie and Jessie, this book takes readers on the highs and lows of a friendship, each moment in each main character's [...]


    27. I really thought the friendship story here, about the kind of relationship that sizzles at the start, then reaches an explosion, then leaves you wondering how it'll end, is well done, relatable, and the kind of thing we can always use more of in YA. Annie and Jessie are average girls dealing with average challenges that sophomore year of high school brings. Their voices are distinct, and since we get the dual POV, we see insights into each girl in ways we otherwise would not. Jessie's struggle w [...]


    28. Sometimes you can feel yourself getting hooked on a book, and for me, with HOW IT ENDS, it was page 7 (!). Friendship is everything when you're a teen, and this book is a readable, authentic, and beautiful portrayal of two teen girls and their struggles to be themselves, be loyal to friends, rebound from bad decisions, and decide whether to follow the pack or their own instincts. Lo captures the whole mess so astutely that the story is often painful to read but always compelling and real. I look [...]


    29. Wow! This is a brave, honest, complex tale of a BFF relationship on the rocks. A must-read for anyone who loves a good friendship story, this book transported me right back to high school. I couldn't put it down, and devoured it in one long, glorious sitting!Highly recommended!


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