Title: Hannah Both Ways
Author: Rosie Greenway ♥ @Rosie_Greenway
Published: November 17, 2015
Publisher: Rebelight Publishing Inc.
Genre: Young Adult ♥ Contemporary ♥ Romance
Summary from Goodreads: A devastating Twitter prank yanks Hannah out of the popular crowd and turns her into the high school’s best bad joke. Determined to finish the year and graduate, Hannah must keep the humiliating details from her impulsive mother—who just might pack up their belongings and move. Again.
Hannah hovers below the radar by submersing herself in a new routine. Post-it notes, Dewey Decimal numbers and carefully planned trips to the library are her refuge. That is, until a persistent new student invades her space. Lucas has complete disregard for Hannah’s cynicism and snark, and he seems to know the bullies who targeted her. Can Hannah trust him, or is he part of another ploy to torment her?
Average Goodreads Rating (as of 12/01/2015): 4.00
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- Ana and Christina thought this title was really good. To find out why…
**SPECIAL NOTE:** An ARC of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for our honest review during this blog tour. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.
♥ Quick Thoughts and Rating:
~ Ana: 4 Stars!! Despite, or maybe because of, their quirks I fell in love with both Hannah an Lucas early on in the book and continue to root for them until the very end!
~ Christina: 4 stars! With realistic teen voices, a girl wrapped in fiery spunk and a boy with a penchant for swoons and pushing people’s buttons, it was easy to fall for Hannah Both Ways and the romance it contained. Greenway did a stellar job of catching today’s youth and some struggles that many go through in a really believable, authentic way.
♥ Ana’s Review: I have to share with you a very unusual thing that happened to me while reading this book. It’s never happened before and I imagine that it might never happen again. The very first sentence in the second chapter grabbed me and, from that point on, the characters and the story did not let go. I know you’re thinking “that’s not very strange”…but it is. You see, I fell in love with the characters in chapter 2 after not connecting with them in the first chapter. Strange, huh?! I thought so too. Normally, if I don’t connect right away I can’t overcome that. But, thankfully, that was not the case here. This book is a great read.
Hannah was a wonderful character. Someone who’d experienced heartache and had built a wall around herself filled with structure and consistency in order to survive. Her last few months of high school were destined to be solitary ones and she was OK with that. She wanted to fly under the radar and had set a plan in motion that guaranteed it would happen. But, you know what they say about best laid plans…they often go awry! And, in this case, it’s Lucas who shakes things up. I loved Lucas right from the beginning. He was tenacious, smart and intriguing. His desire to get to know Hannah broke down my barriers much faster than it did hers because I knew immediately that this was going to be good. Their banter was wonderful and their inner monologues were both heartfelt and, at time, humorous. These characters and their situations felt real. They felt like kids I might have known back in school and it made me take a step back to wonder how we might have treated them. Their relationship was both romantic and sweet, a slow burn that was so worth the wait! And, even though this is ultimately as romance, this book dealt with other issues such as bullying and learning disabilities in a very respectful and realistic way.
♥ Christina’s Review: If you’re one that prefers not to wade through two reviews back-to-back, I can say that my thoughts easily aligned with Ana’s opinions–minus her not being pulled in by the first chapter, I was intrigued from the beginning–and you can call it a day. If you’re looking for a little more of a push, I can easily tell you why I liked this novel. For me, I like when characters are the heart of a story and an author can deliver their voice so clearly, and Hannah came across the page so effortlessly. I felt like I knew her, related to her and her story, without really having to read chapters upon chapters before I made that connection. It was almost instantaneous and that’s not something that happens too often for me. I feel like for some readers, she’ll definitely rub them the wrong way because she doesn’t care that she’s snark and spitfire, that she’d rather frown and spew venom immediately rather than give them an opportunity to prove her wrong about screwing her over first. However, I guess that was something that I appreciated about her character. Given her situation and past experiences, I think it was believable that she’d build walls and keep people at arm’s reach. Furthermore, I like when she was pushed to make changes about herself, she was pliable about things and firm on others. In all, she didn’t let love or a new relationship change who she was at her most center. In fact, she outright said that this is who she was, and she wasn’t planning on changing any time soon. Being that stubborn but also self-aware doesn’t happen that much in YA. Then there’s sweet, adorable, persistent Lucas. I really enjoyed his character, too. He was very much a doer, a person active in his own life and others, and that was a rare quality to find in YA and something I hope to see more of in the future. I loved how he pushed Hannah (and his cousin, Nancy) out of her comfort zone and how he didn’t give up on her when she didn’t immediately give in. Throughout the book, he made my heart swell more times than not. He also had dyslexia, and I liked how the distinction about learning abilities not equating to intelligence level was so thoroughly discussed throughout the book.
There were also many more things about this novel that I really enjoyed. First up is the excellent dialogue exchanges and effortless banter. It made the characters jump off the page. Secondly, I liked how the author tackled bullying, both face-to-face and cyber bullying, and how the authority figures took it so seriously and held the proper parties responsible. Regardless of the decade, I think this is something that all teens have faced, both directly and indirectly, and it doesn’t hurt to have that reminder about how it affects the victims. I also appreciated the realistic approach to teen sexuality, and how it was discussed in a manner that brought safety and being smart about it to the forefront without coming across as a lecture. Lastly, I liked the closer look and bit of a spotlight that was shown on various disabilities, like those in Spec Ed with varying levels of autism and the like, and how it tackled common misconceptions about them. Lucas’s cousin, Nancy, was a real gem and I liked getting to see the side of her Aspergers that people don’t usually notice.
Finally, I’d like to talk about my few little issues with the book that had me deducting a star. My biggest “complaint” (which really isn’t much at all) is that I really wish we would have gotten a little more growth from certain characters, but especially Hannah and her mother. I was missing that big transition, but the small changes were enough to leave me satisfied. I also really wanted some of the secondary characters to have been more fleshed out. Aside from their “pinhead”ed-ness and small brains, I would have loved to have witnessed them being more rounded out and have them be more than just the mean girls and asshole boyfriends, especially considering the short length of the book. Lastly, I felt like their were a few conflicts left dangling, and I would have appreciated more expansion or closure on some of those things, particularly the situation with Lucas’s uncle and the whole Dallyn aspect- his home life, the drug dealing, and why he was so caught up in Hannah. However, I was very content with where the story ended and these things weren’t really enough to effect my overall enjoyment of the book.
♥ Rec It?
~ Ana: So, what’s my bottom line? Go read this book! The writing is wonderful…the characters are charming…the story is great! You can’t ask for anything else!! Except maybe for more books by Ms. Greenway!!
~ Christina: Yes, I would! This author delivered a solid story, believable characters, and a romance I could easily get behind. Sometimes it’s as simple as that. If you’re looking for a quick read that sticks it to the feels hard and often, definitely give this one a go.
Giveaway Information: Contest ends December 25, 2015
♦ Two (2) winners will received a physical copy of Hannah Both Ways by Rosie Greenway (US/Canada)
♦ Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Hannah Both Ways by Rosie Greenway (INT)
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♥ Author Bio:
Rosie Greenway grew up on the outskirts of Toronto, and continues to live and work in the GTA with her husband and family. After spending her formative years public-school hopping, Rosie attended the University of Toronto, specializing in English literature. A former English teacher, Rosie now finds herself putting into practice the many lessons she used to impart to the students in her class room. While she has often turned to writing as a way to relax and unwind, Hannah Both Ways is her first foray into the world of Young Adult publishing.
When she isn’t writing, Rosie is an avid traveler, armchair film critic, enthusiastic foodie and voracious reader. She is a passionate literacy advocate and one of her greatest achievements is instilling in her daughter the joy of reading.
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♥ A very special thanks to our tour host, Chapter by Chapter, the author, Rosie Greenway, and Rebelight Publishing Inc. for allowing us to participate in this tour. If you’d like to check out the other stops on this tour, you can find the master list here.