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How to End a Love Story by Yulin Kuang

How to End a Love Story

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by Yulin Kuang

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Two writers with plenty of shared history end up staffed on the same TV show... Can they write themselves a new ending?

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Why I love it

Anne Healy
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I find it difficult to sum up How To End a Love Story. When the premise was first described to me, I thought, there’s no way this is going to work. I’ve never been more happy to be so wrong.

Our story begins with Helen Zhang, a successful author who goes to LA to work in the writers’ room adapting her book for TV. It’s been over a decade since the tragic loss of her sister, and she hopes that this can mark a new chapter of her life. That is until she runs into Grant Shepard—the one who was driving the car that killed her sister 13 years ago—in the writers’ room. Today, he’s struggling with debilitating anxiety and panic attacks, but he’s still the affable and charming guy Helen knew back in high school.

Helen and Grant get off to a rocky start. Working together with such a tragic bond creates friction that seems insurmountable. Over time, though, breaking the ice becomes baring their souls, and a clear chemistry emerges between them. After new secrets from the accident come to light, Helen and Grant must learn to navigate their past and blossoming relationship.

This book delivers in every way: it’s an emotional (and humorous) journey that resonates on every page. Reading Yulin Kuang is seeing a master at work. As she takes you through gut-wrenching emotional lows and highs, she also provides a perfect amount of levity. I feel lucky to have gone on this journey with these characters, who I grew to love as they loved each other. I know you will too.

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Helen Zhang hasn’t seen Grant Shepard once in the thirteen years since the tragic accident that bound their lives together forever.

Now a bestselling author, Helen pours everything into her career. She’s even scored a coveted spot in the writers’ room of the TV adaptation of her popular young adult novels, and if she can hide her imposter syndrome and overcome her writer’s block, surely the rest of her life will fall into place too. LA is the fresh start she needs. After all, no one knows her there. Except…

Grant has done everything in his power to move on from the past, including building a life across the country. And while the panic attacks have never quite gone away, he’s well liked around town as a screenwriter. He knows he shouldn’t have taken the job on Helen’s show, but it will open doors to developing his own projects that he just can’t pass up.

Grant’s exactly as Helen remembers him—charming, funny, popular, and lovable in ways that she’s never been. And Helen’s exactly as Grant remembers too—brilliant, beautiful, closed off. But working together is messy, and electrifying, and Helen’s parents, who have never forgiven Grant, have no idea he’s in the picture at all.

When secrets come to light, they must reckon with the fact that theirs was never meant to be any kind of love story. And yet…the key to making peace with their past—and themselves—might just lie in holding on to each other in the present.

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Get an early look from the first pages of How to End a Love Story.

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  • Yours Truly
  • Butcher & Blackbird
  • Happily Never After
  • The Paradise Problem
  • Ready or Not
  • Just for the Summer
  • How to End a Love Story
  • The Second Chance Year
  • A Winter in New York
  • This Spells Love
  • The Gentleman’s Gambit
  • Red, White & Royal Blue
  • You, Again
  • Love, Theoretically
  • People We Meet on Vacation
  • Hello Stranger
  • Stars in Your Eyes
  • Part of Your World
  • Love & Other Disasters
  • Georgie, All Along
  • It Ends with Us
  • The Heart Principle
  • The True Love Experiment
  • A Rogue of One's Own
  • The Holiday Swap
  • The Bodyguard
  • The Love Hypothesis
  • One Last Stop
  • The Bride Test
  • Love on the Brain
  • Head Over Heels
  • The Reunion
  • This Time Next Year
  • The Kiss Quotient
  • One Day in December
  • Things You Save in a Fire
  • Lunar Love
  • Bringing Down the Duke
  • Ana María and the Fox
  • Beach Read
  • Before I Let Go
  • The Boyfriend Project
  • How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days
  • The Heiress Gets a Duke
  • The Rewind
  • In a Holidaze
  • The Kiss Curse
  • Kiss Her Once for Me