Brought to You by OBS reviewer Valerie


Reena and Sawyer fall hopelessly in love. One day he leaves her, pregnant and confused, and doesn’t return for the next three years. Come the third year, Sawyer returns, and Reena must decide her true feelings about Sawyer.

How to Love is a great book to write a playlist about. I had a fun time with this book.

About How to Love:

Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists…until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.

After: Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn’t want anything to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said Sawyer’s being back wasn’t stirring something in her. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice. (Goodreads)


  • The Lonely by Christina Perri

Reena feels so helplessly alone in the time of her pregnancy. She feels sad, heartbroken, everything that’s negative and dark. The Lonely is one of those songs.


  • Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri

Yes, this is a break-up song. It’s also a song full of anger and self-assertion. Reena feels such an anger especially towards Sawyer. Of course, she’s entitled to every single feeling of anger.


  • Begin Again by Taylor Swift

Reena’s trying to begin again with a different boy. This all stops when she realizes she possibly wants to begin again with Sawyer.


  • Red by Taylor Swift

Reena and Sawyer’s love was red. Passionate. Fiery. Full of sex…

Red makes you think of all that.


  • Isn’t She Lovely by Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan is a master. Although I first heard this particular song from Harry Style’s X Factor audition, I admit it’s amazing. I think Reena would be listening to this song at her daughter’s birth.

  • Wish You Were Here by Avril Lavigne

Reena wished Sawyer had been there when he left. She’s confused about him, but in the end, she’s still completly in love with him.


  • Turning Tables by Adele

“Next time I’ll be braver. I’ll be my own savior.” Reena tells herself this and tries to emulate the song.