How It Ends Book Review
“How It Ends” by Catherine Lo is a compelling and realistic portrayal of the complexities of teenage friendship, anxiety, and the challenges of high school life. The story revolves around the friendship of two sophomores, Jessie and Annie, and the tumultuous journey they undergo as their friendship faces various trials and tribulations.
- The alternating points of view between Jessie and Annie provide a deep insight into their individual perspectives, making the characters more relatable and authentic.
- The book effectively addresses relevant teen issues such as bullying, anxiety, and the complexities of high school dynamics, resonating with young readers.
- The portrayal of friendship and the emotional impact of losing a friend is poignant and thought-provoking, offering valuable life lessons.
- Some aspects of the storyline felt rushed or unresolved, particularly in relation to Jessie’s anxiety medication and certain plot developments.
- At times, the portrayal of high school scenes and mean girls may come across as slightly cliché, lacking a balance in the depiction of the friendship dynamics.
Overall, “How It Ends” is a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant read that delves into the complexities of teenage friendships, anxiety, and the challenges of adolescence. The book’s honest portrayal of the ups and downs of high school life, combined with the relatable characters, makes it a compelling and engaging read for young adults.