The How and the Why by Cynthia Hand |e-arc Review |FFBC Blog Tour

Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog! How are you all today? I hope good!

Today is my stop in the “The How & the Why” Blog Tour and I have a review and some favourite quotes for you. Are you excited? I certainly am!

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

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Title – The How & the Why
Author – Cynthia Hand
Publisher – HarperTeen
Release date – November 5th, 2019
Genre – Contemporary/Young Adult

Trigger Warning – illness, adoption, mention of abortion, money problems
Version – Kindle*
Language – English
Pages – 450

What I liked

First of all, I have to say that this was such a beautiful and heartbreaking story. The How & the Why isn‘t a book I would usually pick as it is centered mostly on family issues, which isn‘t really my thing. This book managed however to make me change my opinion as it was so emotional!

The writing style was perfect! The readers could read from the perspective of our main character Cass and from the perspective of her biological mother S. And this thanks to the letters that she wrote to her while she was still an unborn baby.

I also liked the fact that there were small chapters in the book which means that you can‘t stop reading the book and even if you manage to do just that your fingers are aching to continue reading. It was also fast-paced so you won‘t encounter any problems to start reading it!

And last but not least, this book is perfection. READ IT!!!

What I didn‘t like

I didn‘t want it to end! Why did it have to end? WHY?!

Favourite Character


Overall, The How & the Why is an emotional read that shows both sides of an adoption. If you haven‘t read something like this before I highly recommend you to pick this book up!

Favourite Quotes:

I‘m trying not to be judgmental, but the girls around here, the ones who are keeping their babies and who look at me like I‘m some kind of monster because I‘m not keeping mine, they think it‘s going to be sharing clothes and braiding each other‘s hair. But that‘s not the real world.

“ „Don‘t be nervous.“ Nyla commands me sternly in a whisper. „If you‘re nervous, I‘ll be nervous.

„I‘m completely relaxed. See?“ I give her a terrified gritted-teeth type smile.“

Actually, I‘m kind of making it all up on the spot. My improv skills at their finest.“

„ „Me? I wasn‘t the one screaming about sex.

I‘m becoming more aware lately that I don‘t live in a dream. I‘m a resident of cold, hard reality.

We put the „fun“ in dysfunctional, if you know what I mean.

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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.


Please don‘t forget to follow the tour! Here is the link to the schedule.

If you want to read an excerpt of the book, you can read it here.

Prize: Win (1) of (2) copies of THE HOW AND THE WHY by Cynthia Hand (US Only)
Starts: 30th October 2019
Ends: 13th November 2019

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This was everything for this post. Are you going to read The How & the Why? Please let me know in the comments below!

*A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest reviews! All thoughts are my own. Thanks to the FFBC team for including me in this tour!

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