Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on June 7th 2016
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.
Hey guys! I’m so sorry for not posting in a while. I’ve been really busy with life and, to be honest, I haven’t wanted to write anything. I’m gonna get back into the swing of things this spring until I go on hiatus in July! Anyways, I’m gonna do a DNF review for How It Ends by Catherine Lo. If you’ve never seen a DNF review before, I talk about why I DNFd the book as opposed to likes and dislikes. On with the review!
WHY I DNF’D
This book started out really great! I enjoyed the relationship and related to both Jessie and Annie. Unfortunately, as their relationship deteriorated, mine with the book did as well.
The characters started to drive me CRAZY. I thought I was gonna relate to and like Jessie because of her anxiety, similar to mine, but it was the opposite. The way the author portrayed her anxiety…it felt like a caricature. I’m not offended by the way she wrote the character’s anxiety, just annoyed. It felt very inaccurate to me and made the book pretty much impossible to read. Anxiety aside, she was just plain annoying. She was extremely whiny and was essentially a privileged brat. She didn’t seem to actually care about Annie and refused to let her be her own person.
That said, Annie wasn’t an angel either. Again, I liked her in the beginning. I thought she was quirky and “cool.” Well, she turned out to be a huge bitch. She knew all of Jessie’s problems and STILL ditched her to hang out with the popular girls. She made my blood boil. I think we as readers can all relate to the dorky, bookish girl and seeing her hurt like that because of her interests and nature made me furious. Annie did so much horrible shit to Jessie all while complaining about Jessie. Something doesn’t add up here!
I DNFd How It Ends because of the characters. They were both horrible and impossible to read. Catherine Lo’s portrayal of Jessie’s anxiety was angering and inaccurate.
This book had so much potential! I love strong friendships and non-romantic stories, but this book just did not deliver. 🙁
That’s it! It’s good to be back. Thanks for reading!