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THIS IS MY FAVORITE ROMANCE BOOK EVER. E V E R.

How To End A Love Story feels like a first kiss-- the anticipatory tingle, the butterflies going buckwild in your stomach, the electricity surging just beneath the skin. It’s all forbidden touches, desperate yearning, stolen moments. It is spiraling, spiraling, spiraling.

Basically, Helen Zhang, first-born daughter of immigrant parents and sister to a girl who killed herself by running out in front of a car, is now in Los Angeles developing her wildly successful YA series into a TV show. Despite her success, she finds herself isolated, wracked with imposter syndrome and a mountain of self-doubt. And the cherry on top: Grant Shephard is also in that writer’s room. Grant Shephard, driver of the car that killed her sister 13 years ago. Grant Shephard, most affable guy in the room who now suffers from panic attacks and imposter syndrome. Bound by shared trauma and forced proximity, Helen and Grant try their hardest to coexist. And maybe comingle. They are two people who aren’t meant to have a love story. Is this connection an accident? Or could it be fate?

This is a love story, but it is also the story of two broken people in an impossible situation, careening toward heartbreak. This is the story of two people who believe themselves to be insufficient, two people who delude themselves into finding comfort in their loneliness. Helen and Grant long for more, for something neither feel like they deserve. And How To End A Love Story beautifully shows how one can begin to emerge from under the burden of unrealistic expectations, of living for others, and perhaps just daring to live for yourself.

I mean it when I say And How To End A Love Story is the BEST romance book I have ever read. It is also one of my new favorite books. It gives “This Is Me Trying” combined with the most tender spice. I swear, all of you need to read this book. I have wanted to reread it every single day since I finished it, and I cannot wait to get my hands on a physical copy in April.

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I was not emotionally prepared for a book with a child’s funeral as the opener. Stopped immediately.

Thank you to NetGalley and Avon and Harper Voyager for the ARC.

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I REALLY enjoyed How to End a Love Story! What I liked most about the story was the emotional depth of the main characters. I loved Grant's character and his vulnerability. Although Helen got on my nerves at the end, I was happy with her overall character arc. I thought the build-up between Grant and Helen was fantastic. Kuang did a great job of creating initial tension between the two. I liked the movie/writing plotline (reminded me of Romantic Comedy by Sittenfeld) and the secondary characters. This is a must read for fans of Emily Henry and Abby Jimenez. Thank you to Avon and Harper Voyager for the ARC.

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Emotional, spicy and full of great tropes. I am a sucker for enemies to lovers and mental health rep. This was jarring, funny and I loved every second of reading this. I will be adding Yulin to my auto buy list.

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I'm not entirely too sure how I feel about Yulin Kuang's HOW TO END A LOVE STORY. I enjoyed it but I didn't love it and I had some issues with it. Overall, I liked the idea of the story. I really enjoyed the fact that it was about writers (YA writers and TV writers) and you can definitely tell that Kuang has experience with working on productions.

My biggest issue with this book was that there was no chemistry between the two love interests/main characters. You know the overused phrase "show me, don't tell me"? This suffered from that so much. You never really got to experience why these characters fell in love, we were just told that they were, which doesn't make sense when you think of the plot of the story. You're constantly told that Grant was charming but we never really got to see him being charming? I think sex scenes were used to make up for that fact, somehow. I'm usually not fussing about seeing the characters fall in love but in this case it was such a huge part of the story and we're constantly being told that they were falling for each other but we never saw it.

Overall, it was an okay read.

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An emotional but also steamy and fun love story written by the screenwriter of Emily Henry’s PWMOV and director of the upcoming Beach Read film.

The story follows two people, bound together by tragedy, who end up in the same writers rooms after not seeing each other for 13 years. They aren’t supposed to fall for each other, but will their budding feelings help them make peace with the past.

While I found the beginning slow, I grew to really enjoy this book. I love when a hero is explicit about his feelings and falls first, and Grant does just that.

Read if you like:
-Enemies to lovers
-Screenwriting
-Heftier romances
-Shared trauma
-Open door

Thank you Avon for the ARC. Pub 4/2!

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This book is incredible. I loved it from the dedication to the acknowledgements. This was such a gorgeous story of love and grief and all the myriad, messy ways that we express them. I laughed, I cried, I pined, I cried again, I was so so satisfied.

I will be thrilled to bring HOW TO END A LOVE STORY into my store this spring. It will be such a joy to introduce our readers to Helen and Grant. I cannot wait to see what Yulin does next!

Thank you so much to Net Galley and Avon books for the pleasure of reading this advanced copy…and of course thank you to Yulin for writing it…please write more.

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this book was cute! i liked it and enjoyed my time. it was fun and i think i would get it for my collection

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Thirteen years after her younger sister’s death, Helen Zhang is doing alright. Better than alright, if you don’t look too closely. She’s the bestselling author of a young adult series that’s being adapted into a TV show, and she’s scored a coveted spot in the writers' room. Never mind that she’s used to storytelling in solitude and is convinced she’ll be revealed as an imposter any minute. Or that she only jumped at the opportunity to move to LA to avoid her writer’s block. Helen has a few months to figure things out, in a fresh-start city where she knows exactly no one. No one, except…

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How to End a Love Story... I didn't want this love story to end. Propulsive, sexy, and possessing a depth I was unprepared for, "How to End a Love Story" is all at once a love story, a workplace romance, a story about grief and family and the experience of being the first generation daughter of immigrants -- and Yulin Kuang writes it beautifully. The characters are compelling and achingly real, with great chemistry, and the setting in a TV writers' room is fun and done well.

I LOVED this book. "How to End a Love Story" is a fantastic novel -- and truly a fresh, phenomenal debut. Fans of Emily Henry will devour this one. I can't wait to read whatever Yulin Kuang writes next!

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.

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Immersive and utterly entertaining. A recommended purchase for collections where contemporary romance is popular.

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With a set of fascinating lead characters, and a tender, but incredibly sensual love story between them, this book took my breath away with the way it wrought my emotions whichever way it pleased, and it left me feeling high from the kind of euphoric glee that only a great book fills me with.

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How to End a Love Story is a truly special novel. It is beautifully written and has a true depth of feeling. The story is excellently plotted, with Grant and Helen's relationship developing realistically through the challenges they face as individuals and as a couple.

Helen and Grant have great chemistry and their banter is fun and engaging. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance novels that are steamy, full of heart, and incredibly well-written.

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It's been a long time since a book touched the core of my soul and How To End A Love Story did just that. The writing captivated my heart in a way that hasn't happened since I was a teenager reading my favourite book at the time. 

This writing is powerful, gorgeous and very profound. The characters are complex multilayered and feel like real people in a messy situation. Everything is black and white until it's not. It's like Yulin saw into soul and read my innermost private thoughts and turned them into Helen's character and her thoughts on page.

The chemistry (and banter) between Helen and Grant is one for the books! (pun intended) Their love story is real and yet she sprinkles the perfect amount of Hollywood dreaminess into it. After all it is a story mostly set in a writers room on a backlot in a film studio in LA, can it get any better than that.

This book simply put wrecked me.

Yulin Kuang is a new force in the Literary Romance world. Fans of Emily Henry will rejoice. Mark my words: HTEALS will blow up, go viral and will catapult Yulin in the same mega stardom and loyal fanbase as Emily Henry.

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Thanks to the Netgalley and the publisher for providing this read. All opinions are my own.
I loved this story. From a reader's perspective, we see a glimpse at the full ending of the relationship instead of the culminating incident that either breaks a couple apart or brings them closer together. I enjoy story that takes you to all the way to the end! I enjoyed seeing into a world that I don't know much about; the Hollywood writers' room. The author gives what I hope is a realistic idea of the behind the scenes experiences of the humans who create our favorite on-screen entertainment. Mostly, I hope all of them are experiencing romantic trysts inside their offices. Wouldn't that make for better TV writers? The main character is a Chinese American, grappling with the expectations of culture and the identity of being the sole surviving child after her sister committed suicide. I appreciated how the story didn't flinch away from the complexity and grief surrounding this. At first, the decision to make the main characters connected by this tragedy seemed strange to me. However, I thought it was well used to explain the motivations of both of them in seeking and rejecting their partnership (on so many levels). Finally, if for no other reason, please pick this book up to experience the most smoldering, sexy, and well described smut I've encountered in a while. It was the highest level, for the female gaze, smut.

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This book is a delight of romanic, emotional, and propulsive writing. Thanks to Yulin sharing the ins and outs of developing and filming her projects over the years, I felt like such a fangirl when I understood the tv show-related jargon.

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I’m normally the kind of reader who doesn’t put things down. I’m a speed reader and a skimmer - not really out of effort but just because that’s how my brain works. But this book was the rare one that got me to slow down in my reading, needing breaks built in so my emotions didn’t bubble over, and that I didn’t want to end so I could keep savoring it.

I was surprised at first how sad and emotional this book is - falling in love with your sister’s accidental killer is a lot to reveal/premise in the first chapter and I started off a tiny bit skeptical if I could get past it.

The main characters in this book feel so well rounded and complex in a way many romance characters can be one-note. There was so much love and complexity and EMOTIONS!! in the book and I loved all of them.

Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC

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