The How & The Why: A Review

Believe it or not I actually received this book by accident! A quite happy accident if I say so myself.

Now to tell you about Cynthia Hand’s newest work: The How & The Why. 

Praise for The How & Why: 

“The novel’s great strength is the emotional depth of its character and the complexity of their relationships. A heartfelt and hopeful story about coming of age as an adoptee.” – School Library Journal 

“Hand explores adoption’s multiple dimensions with great insight and sensitivity, inclusive, and illustrative: an engaging lesson in timeless family values.” – Kirkus Reviews   

“Cynthia Hand is the master of pulling at your heartstrings. The How & The Why tells both sides of an adoption story with love, compassion, and care. You’ll be reaching for your tissue box with this one–if you can stop turning pages long enough, that is.” –Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times Bestselling Author of Letters to the Lost

“Beautifully rendered and superbly shaped. Hand has crafted an absorbing novel that focuses on family, friendship, teen pregnancy, adoption, personal choices, and serious health issues. Give this exquisite novel to readers seeking an emotionally intricate story.” – Booklist (starred review)

The How & The Way


A poignant exploration of family and the ties that bind, perfect for fans of Fan 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 hold just 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. 

I did not want to put this one down! This book is such a beautiful heartwarming story that offers insight into a subject that so many can’t quite grasp. As someone who has not experienced via side of adoption, I appreciated how open she approached it. She did it in an open and honest manner. What I didn’t know about her, was she actually experienced what Cass experienced for herself. Except unless Cass, Cynthia never found her birth mother.

I learned a lot about the ups and downs of what life being adopted is like. I can’t imagine what it would be like not to know where you come from.

There are so many things that I want to say about this beautiful heartwarming story.

It’s heartwarming, inspiring and definitely keep a box of tissues handy.

I loved it.

Rating; 5 / 5 Stars 🙂

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 novel The How and The Why (this fall!). 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, Iado, with a husband who’s addicted to typewriters, two kids, two cats, one crazy dog, and  an entourage of imaginary friends. 

How to Check up with Cynthia:

Website   Twitter   Goodreads   Facebook  Instagram

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You’ve made it this far have you?

Well congrats! There is a giveaway below 🙂

Open Internationally, to those 13+

3 lucky winners will receive a copy of The How & The Why by Cynthia Hand.

Click here to enter!

Now don’t be discouraged if you’re not a lucky winner. This book hits shelves TOMORROW!

Happy Reading 🙂

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