Know Not Why: A Novel

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Howie gets a job at a hokey arts ‘n crafts store to meet girls. Instead, he meets Arthur.

Sure, Arthur is smart and charming and has distractingly magnificent eyelashes, but there’s no getting away from one troublesome fact: he’s a dude. And Howie, who’s spent the past twenty-two years being strictly unexceptional, isn’t about to shake up his whole (mediocre) existence now. ... Right? More

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About Hannah Johnson

Hannah Johnson is a former (though she prefers to think of it as 'once and future') English major who doesn't go outside nearly as often as an Alaska girl should, but likes to imagine she makes up for it by having boundless amounts of enthusiasm over things that are not, in the technical sense, real. Plus, this way there are fewer altercations with grizzly bears.


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Review by: Kate Wonder on Aug. 11, 2013 : star star star star star
This book makes me crazy happy and I am so glad to have found it. Sometimes you just need a good book that has a happy ending. Heartwarming as all get out.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: samantha rozyczko on March 22, 2013 : star star star star
Really cute story. Not a lot of drama which I need sometime.I really enjoyed reading this story
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Hutt Little on Sep. 09, 2012 : star star star star
This book came warmly recommended and I decided to give it a try, since I was looking for a light summer read. Turns out, Know Not Why will stay with me longer than your typical summer novel, and that's because it's not as light as it may seem. Just like its hero, Howie, it's got more depth and heart than it lets on at first.

The love story may be cliched at times, but it's never boring, and the author manages to add a little twist here and there that makes it real and genuine. But what took me by surprise was... all the rest. As the story unravels, we get to know an eclectic range of secondary characters that feel all but secondary. More than the love story itself, I fell for the friendships in this book. Each friendship has its own characteristics, its own life, and they all warmed my little heart.

Even better than the various relationships the characters share? Hannah Johnson's writing: her style is both casually smart and really, really funny. It's one of the most entertaining books I've read in a long time, and I laughed out loud all through the novel. Howie is plain hilarious!

I'm impressed by the quality of this little novel, and I can only recommend it. I give it 3 and a half stars, but since Smashwords won't allow this rating, I'm giving Know Not Why a full 4-stars rating to help share the love.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sydney Anderson on Aug. 10, 2012 : star star star star star
Really enjoyed this book! A hilarious, heart-warming read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Franny Mestrich on July 02, 2012 : star star star star star
Hilarious and full of great references. Loved it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: serrana on June 13, 2012 : star star star star star
A really sweet story about getting your act together. Recommended.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: whoo loove on May 08, 2012 : star star star star star
Wonderful story, I had to tear myself away to do real life things like sleep but even then I was back in 2 hours!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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