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How It Ends

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 a wildly fast but deeply moving read about a friendship in crisis. Set against a tumultuous sophomore year of bullying, boys and backstabbing, the novel shows what can happen when friends choose assumptions and fear over each other. 

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."
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