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.
I was utterly ecstatic to read this book! I read the synopsis and knew this was a book I could instantly devour. The idea of BFF’s to strangers to enemies is an absolutely universal rite of passage whilst growing up. It is something we have all endured in some stage of our life.
Jessie and Annie came to life from the pages and I instantly felt an emotional connection to both. Catherine Lo is a fantastic writer and certainly knows how to hit her readers right in the feels!
The alternating view points is really what sold this story to me. Often we read stories about relationships falling apart and they are told from one perspective, so as a reader we never really know the full truth. Whilst reading, I kept thinking, ‘wow this could be a great movie.’
A perfect summer read, check it out! You won’t be disappointed!
Participating in this fantastic blog tour to introduce readers to this book also gave me the privilege of asking the author a question. I knew instantly what I would ask!
Q: If ‘How It Ends’ is adapted to film, what actors/actresses would you love to see fill the roles?
Catherine: What a fantastic question! I hadn’t really thought about this before, and I can’t
tell you how fun it’s been to come up with an answer to your question. In fact, I may
have just lost an hour to browsing imdb.com for inspiration.
For Jessie, I’d love to see Shailene Woodley in the role. She has such a fantastic mix
of vulnerability and strength, which is very much how I see Jessie. Though Jessie has
been hurt and she perceives herself as a victim for much of the novel, she is actually
much stronger than she gives herself credit for. I think Shailene Woodley would capture
As far as Annie goes, I think Chloe Grace Moretz would be stunning in the role. She seems
to have the mix of innocence and edge that defines Annie. Annie comes across as very
tough and capable, but she’s hiding an inner vulnerability and hurt that she doesn’t
want anyone else to see.