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Reviewed by Melissa Abrehamsen for Readers' Favorite
How To Be Cool by Annie Carr is an emotionally charged, thought provoking story of insecurities, first love and gut wrenching choices. Ethan’s not only crippled by his disability, but also by living in the arduous shadow of his twin brother, a 'has it all' kind of guy. Looks, grades, popularity, girls. Ethan would love to settle for one girl, let alone many. But no girl in his whole high school seems to want to fill his girlfriend gap. Until he accidentally captures Laura’s interest. She's a genuinely good hearted girl who knows exactly what’s it’s like living in the shadow of a sibling. But now tragedy has struck her older sister who is comatose in the hospital. Through the toughest and most trying time of her life, Laura feels an instant kinship with Ethan that slowly progresses into a beautifully woven relationship. Tensions rise as Ethan harbors a horrible secret from Laura that could potentially destroy them.
How To Be Cool is an incredible page turner that hits you in the heart with an emotional punch. Annie Carr’s well defined characters lift off the page and invite you on their sweet, but sometimes super awkward, journey through various relationship firsts and whoas. Ethan and Laura grow individually as well as together, discovering things about themselves along the way. A well written path of teenage uncertainty, hope, self-doubt and immense soul shattering pain make way for breathtaking scenes that either leave you laughing or crying. You’ll root for Ethan. You’ll root for Laura. You’ll root for a sequel. An amazing read.