How It Ends (Hardcover)

By Catherine Lo

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780544540064, 304pp.

Publication Date: June 7, 2016

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (6/13/2017)

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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 the story of a friendship from first meeting to breakup, set against a tumultuous sophomore year of bullying, boys, and backstabbing.
     Catherine Lo makes her debut with an honest, nuanced tale about the intricacies of female friendship.

About the Author

Inspired by 12 years working with at-risk teenagers as a teacher in a behavior support program, Catherine Lo is the author of  How It Ends. She lives in Ontario with her family.

Praise For How It Ends

"...How It Ends feels, at points, both painfully tragic and true. Lo’s lucid
treatment of mental illness and risky behavior is refreshing, hard, and necessary."

"Lo skillfully shows how the girls’ very different past experiences affect their perspectives; anger and jealousy... complicate matters, and both girls spiral downward before they can learn to trust again. Despite dark moments, Lo’s novel is an inspiring read, revealing the power of courage and compassion."
—Publishers Weekly

"A thoughtful depiction of teen friendship and the competing costs of concealing—and revealing—the truth."

"As harrowing and realistic a look at the life cycle of a young friendship as I've ever seen. It's by turns funny, warm, soulful, and heart wrenching. The author's work with teens shines through in her razor sharp dialogue."
—Jeff Zentner, author of The Serpent King

"How It Ends is a realistic story about the beautiful complexities of friendship, from the first meeting to the first betrayal, and all the secrets and self-discovery in-between. Totally compelling."
—Alexis Bass, author of Love & Other Theories