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Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“I just don’t get it Annie,” she says. “I don’t understand why you don’t miss me the way I miss you.”
Both girls had it hard in this story. Annie had to deal with a step-mother who wasn’t very nice to her, and Jessie had to deal with bullying and anxiety. I could see the situation from both sides though – Annie being upset that Jessie didn’t want to spend time with her and her other friends, and Jessie not wanting to subject herself to the bullying that she knew she’d get from Annie’s friends.
The storyline in this was about Jessie and Annie’s friendship, and the way it changed as Annie began to hang out with other girls, and Jessie continued to have anxiety problems that made her withdraw more and more. There was also a bit of a love triangle with Annie starting a relationship with the boy that Jessie had a crush on.
The ending to this was okay, and I was pleased that the girls ended the story reasonably happy.
6 out of 10