Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists…until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.
After: Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn’t want anything to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said Sawyer’s being back wasn’t stirring something in her. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?
Long before its release, I’ve heard AMAZING things about this book. There’d be this period of time when How to Love was on everyone’s Waiting on Wednesday post, it was crazily hyped! I found it enjoyable, but more overwhelmingly, it was frustrating for me.
I REALLY HATED THE MAIN CHARACTER!! Okay. I don’t hate her, okay. I’m really frustrated with her. So many of Reena’s problems could have been solved easily by speaking. She could have just talked to Allie. She could have just talked to her dad. She could have been honest about her feelings. There were so many easy things she could have explained IN 3 SECONDS, BUT SHE DIDN’T.
I understand some of her insecurities because um, teen pregnancy? That’s an ordeal. Reena is brave in her ways, putting up with the judgement of her neighbours and giving up her dreams for her child. I just wished she didn’t turn into a pile of mess the moment Sawyer LeGrande came back into the picture!!! SPEAK UP FOR YOURSELF REENA. HE’S SOME STUPID JERK. MAD. MAD. MAD.
Don’t even talk to me about Sawyer LeGrande. That kid. I WANT TO STAB HIM SO BAD!!!!! Check Goodreads and you’ll see that for a lot of people, Sawyer LeGrande was the “make it or break it” factor. I don’t see how it’s attractive for a guy to convince you to skip class, to take drugs, to leave town the moment he got you pregnant. I don’t see how she had a reason to love him in the first place! He was never sweet to her, never kind to her, and he just kept pressurizing Reena to do things that she didn’t want. Don’t you see, Sawyer? She’s feeling miserable. GET OUT OF YOUR DICKHEAD and think for her, to love her because you want her to be happy, not to make yourself happy.
To be honest, I’m not comfortable with the subject of teenage pregnancy. Unwed and pregnant at 16 just… feels… wrong?! I thought I wasn’t going to like the characters at all, I mean, why would you do that? I still don’t like the characters very much, but at least on the issue of pregnancy, I can sympathize with Reena’s struggles in the aftermath. She’s so clueless as a teenage mom, and there was this scene when she cussed loudly in front of her baby and felt bad immediately. LOL
I’m sorry this became more of a book ramble. I was too frustrated with most of the characters in this book. I get that there are couples out there who behave like Reena and Sawyer, but I don’t believe this is how to love. =( I liked some parts, didn’t like so much of others. It was overall realistic, fun to read, well-timed Before and After chapters… I JUST DIDN’T AGREE WITH THE IDEA OF LOVE HERE!!!!!
I’m conflicted… what are your thoughts on this book? What do you think of Sawyer?