Book Review – The How & The Why by Cynthia Hand @CynthiaHand @The_FFBC #BookReview #BlogTour #contemporary

Many thanks to Patricia and FFBC Tours for my spot on this Blog Tour.

A beautiful poignant story which brought a lump to my throat at times when the emotions rose like a tidal wave.

This book was about family, a young 16 year old girl S who gave up her baby for adoption and Cassandra the baby who was adopted and was now eighteen and wanted to find her birth mother. The story also dealt with the relationships with her parents, grandmother, best friend Nyla and Bastian. Her ambition and future education were well weaved into the story. Her mother was on the waiting list for a heart transplant, Cassandra had to deal with the reality of that situation too.

My first book by author Cynthia Hand, and it was just so beautiful. Written in simple words, the story touched my heart with its honest emotions. The author’s thoughts, via her characters, came across crystal clear. The bond in that family, the love they shared, made me want to bask in its gentle rays like a sunflower in the morning sun.

The book spoke about reality coated with hope. It spoke about problems covered in strength. It spoke about fear encompassed in love. Every single chapter was real, Cassandra stole my heart away, and it was S’s story which stopped my heart at the magnitude of her love and sacrifice.

Read the story, cry with this family, laugh with them. Enjoy their love, see how they deal with their pain and hurt. Don’t just read the words, feel the words. Every single one would touch you deep in your soul. It might be a Young Adult genre, but it spoke the long known language of love and family.

I received a free ARC from Edelweiss and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

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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.

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.

Publication Date: 5th November 2019

Publisher: Harper Teen