Know Not Why: A Novel

Rated 4.71/5 based on 7 reviews
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 lives in Alaska, where she likes to watch lots of Netflix and write essays about how Jane Eyre and Bertha Mason should be best friends. Her books and stories usually involve inordinate amounts of whimsy, at least a little magic (or yarn), and lots of dorky heartfelt conversations. She has a master’s degree in English and a fairly eclectic sock collection. Sometimes those socks have old fashioned bicycles on them, or pigs, or pink ghosts. She is exceedingly awkward at writing about herself in third person.

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Review by: Kate Wonder on Aug. 11, 2013 :
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 :
Really cute story. Not a lot of drama which I need sometime.I really enjoyed reading this story
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Review by: Hutt Little on Sep. 9, 2012 :
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 47 days after purchase)
Review by: Sydney Anderson on Aug. 10, 2012 :
Really enjoyed this book! A hilarious, heart-warming read.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Franny Mestrich on July 2, 2012 :
Hilarious and full of great references. Loved it!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: serrana on June 13, 2012 :
A really sweet story about getting your act together. Recommended.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Review by: whoo loove on May 8, 2012 :
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 4 days after purchase)
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