Title: How I Lost You
Author: Janet Gurtler
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: 4.23.2013
Source: eARC from publisher
Summary (from Goodreads):
There are a few things Grace Anderson knows for sure. One is that nothing will ever come between her and her best friend, Kya Kessler. They have a pact. Buds Before Studs. Sisters Before Misters. But in the summer before senior year, life throws out challenges they never expected. And suddenly the person who's always been there starts to need the favor returned. Grace and Kya are forced to question how much a best friend can forgive. And the answer is not what they expected.
Reading How I Lost You by Janet Gurtler was like that eerie feeling you get when someone crawled into your head and put your own memories to paper. Like Grace, I had my own best friend growing up that I gradually grew estranged from until I could barely see what remained of our friendship in the distance. I learned the hard lesson that sometimes you can do everything right and it still just isn’t enough. Like the journey Grace embarks on in this novel.
Grace is a fantastically bright, vibrant character that I quickly grew to love. She has this energy that is infectious and she’s one of the few YA characters that acted her age without making me furious. She was occasionally whiny and melodramatic, but nothing I wouldn’t expect from a typical teenager. All these flaws made her a stronger, more realistic character.
Kya, on the other hand, grated my nerves almost from the jump. When I understood a bit more of her backstory, I was sympathetic. But there was a point when my sympathy ran out and I just wanted her to accept responsibility for the disasters she had created. Maybe because I lived this life before, I wanted desperately to see the outcome I never got.
The friend I mentioned earlier and I never reconciled. Our relationship simply couldn’t survive the strains it underwent and as a teenager I didn’t know how to fix what was broken. I won’t say how things turn out for Grace and Kya—you’ll have to discover that for yourself. What I can say is that How I Lost You was my first Gurtler book, but I can assure you it won’t be my last. Gurtler has a beautiful way of telling a story that breaks your heart and pieces it back together again. It’s easy to see why Gurtler is a darling on the YA world. She’s certainly made a fan out of me.