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"Cynthia Hand is the master of pulling at your heartstrings. The How & the Why tells both sides of an adoption story with love, compassion, and care." (Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times best-selling author of Letters to the Lost)

A poignant exploration of family and the ties that bind, from New York Times best-selling author Cynthia Hand.

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 - but she has questions, too. 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 18 years ago, someone wrote Cass a series of letters. And they may just hold the answers Cass has been searching for.

Alternating between Cass' search for answers and letters from the pregnant teen who placed her for adoption, this emotionally resonant narrative is the perfect listen for fans of Nina LaCour and Jandy Nelson.

©2019 Cynthia Hand (P)2019 HarperAudio

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  • EM
  • 06-04-21

Awesome for Young and Old

The book has soul; it left me feeling pensive. The two female narrators are Yin and Yang- the syrupy sweet voice of the adopted teen is perfectly balanced with the raspy, cool, and sometimes wistful voice of the mom who gave her up for adoption. The book left me wanting to start writing again, even if it is just for myself. I related to the parents in this novel and it reminded me of the Elizabeth Stone quote, "Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." Parenthood can be a rollercoaster with more lows than highs, more tears than smiles, and it requires enormous sacrifice. There are vastly different ways parents sacrifice for their children, but The How and the Why teaches us the greater the love, the greater the sacrifices you are willing to make. It also highlights how much we are strengthened and often transformed when we are on the receiving end of someone else's love and sacrifice.

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  • Daphne Rodriguez
  • 18-11-20

meh

it wasn't what I thought. kinda confused me the first couple chapters not gonna lie