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The How and The Why Blog Tour: Excerpt, Favorite Quotes, Review, Giveaway

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.

The How & the Why
by Cynthia Hand
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: November 5th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary



Favorite Quotes:

The universe unfolds as it should.

It's completely possible to be surrounded by people and still totally alone.

You're really classy zebras.

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

I'm under the same sun as you, the same moon, walking the same Earth, and I'll be thing about you every day, every step. I'll be hoping for the best. I'll be loving you.

That's the future, baby star. That's what I know to be true, because I'll be there too, even if you don't know me, even if you can't see the ties that bind us.

There will be a story behind those makes. Our story. Yours and mine.

They took a chance on me. They picked me. They loved me.

Screw you universe, I think. But I also kind of think, please help?

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


The How and The Why by Cynthia Hand is an incredible tale of a girl trying to find her birth mother. This story is so beautiful and heartbreaking but I also loved that it had hope. I think Hand did an incredible job with this book. It is such a powerful story and I really enjoyed it.

Cass is such a great character. I love how she is so honest yet so unsure of herself. I could relate to her struggles. Cass was trying to really figure things out now that she is 18 and I really enjoyed that. I felt like this was a heartfelt story. Cass grows so much in this story. I was able to really appreciate her growth.

I really enjoyed the birth mother's perspective through her letters. I thought it brought a really unique story together. I don't think people realize how important adoption is. Hand is such a great novelist so I am glad she decided to write a book about adoption. I think adoption is very important and impacts a lot of people. I try to keep a lot of my families life off of here. I wanted to make a mention that I have a sibling that is adopted. It was one of the best decisions I think my parents ever made. Adoption affects more than just the parents, the birth parents, and the individual. It affects everyone involved. I like that someone is highlighting it in a book.

About the Author:

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.



Prize: Win (1) of (2) copies of THE HOW AND THE WHY by Cynthia Hand (US Only)

Stars: 30th October 2019
Ends: 13th November 2019

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Tour Schedule:

October 30th

October 31st

Lost in Storyland - Interview
Andi’s ABCs - Review
Phannie the ginger bookworm  - Review + Favourite Quotes
Snark & Squee - Review

November 1st

Wishful Endings - Interview
Magical Reads - Review + Playlist
Musings of a (Book) Girl - Review + Favourite Quotes
Devourbookswithdana - Review + Favourite Quotes

November 2nd

Books of Amber - Review + Playlist
Kait Plus Books  - Review + Favourite Quotes
_bookishaestha_  - Review + Favourite Quotes

November 3rd

Here's to Happy Endings  - Review + Favourite Quotes
The YA Obsessed - Review
Sometimes Leelynn Reads - Review + Dream Cast + Playlist

November 4th

A Book Addict's Bookshelves - Guest Post
Moonligh Rendezvous - Review + Favourite Quotes
Hauntedbybooks - Review + Favourite Quotes
The Clever Reader - Review + Favourite Quotes

November 5th

BookCrushin - Guest Post
Emily The Book Nerd - Review + Dream Cast + Playlist
Dazzled by Books - Review + Favourite Quotes
Maddie.TV - Review

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