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Imprint: HarperTeen (November 5, 2019)
On Sale: 11/05/2019
List Price: 17.99 USD Age: 13+
ISBN 10: 0062693166
Praise for THE HOW & THE WHY
“The novel’s great strength is the emotional depth of its characters 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)
A poignant exploration of family and the ties that bind, perfect for fans of Far 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 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.
“To me, you’re still sort of intangible. I know you’re in there, but you’re not obvious yet. You’re tight pants. You’re heartburn. You’re the space alien slowly taking over my body. You’re X.”
Going into this book, I thought it was going to be an easy read. Oh, I was so wrong. It was deeply emotional and beautiful. I found my eyes filling with tears as I read Cassandra’s story. Family stories are a definite must-read and I never wanted this to end.
Cassandra is adopted and she never knew her biological parents. She just turned eighteen and has questions about who she is and who her biological parents are. Cass starts filling out forms to request all the information she can get and even turns to adoption websites for answers.
She finds out that her biological mother wrote her letters during her pregnancy. They may hold clues on who her biological parents are and lead her in the right direction to discovering herself.
This all happens during the most important part of a persons life, senior year of high school. Cassandra and her friends should be worrying about graduating, choosing the perfect school, and having all of your firsts. Cassandra and her best friend, Nyla have more on their plate.
Will Cassandra find the answers she’s looking for? Or will all of this come to a dead end?
Cassandra’s story is something that I didn’t know much about. I didn’t know how the adoption process works and I was glad to learn something. You’ll fall in love with Cassandra, her family, and her friends. Even though you don’t get to see Cassandra’s biological Mom much, you’ll realize that she was one of the strongest characters here. I really would love to read more about her.
The How & The Why is such a moving book, it actually brought me to tears numerous times. This book made me feel more human than I have ever felt. I hesitated with this book and I shouldn’t have. It opened my eyes and I know it’ll open yours.
Just remember to be the best you.
– 3 Winners will receive a Copy of THE HOW & THE WHY by Cynthia Hand.
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 (Fall 2019). 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 a husband who’s addicted to typewriters, two kids, two cats, one crazy dog, and an entourage of imaginary friends.
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