Review: Know Not Why: A Novel

Know Not Why: A Novel

Title: Know Not Why: A Novel
Author: Hannah Johnson
Published: April 23rd 2012
Purchase: SmashwordsAmazon
Received From: Martha at Martha’s Bookshelf

Howie gets a job at Artie Kraft’s Arts ‘N Crafts hoping to score with his lady coworkers. After all, girls love a sensitive guy, and what’s more sensitive than dedicating your life to selling yarn and…stuff? (Okay, so maybe it’d be a good idea to actually learn what one sells at an arts ‘n crafts store.) But things don’t go exactly according to plan. Coworker #1 is Cora: tiny, much-pierced, and way too fierce to screw with in any sense. Coworker #2 is Kristy: blonde, bubbly, unattainable perfection. And Coworker #3 is, well, Arthur. It goes without saying that he’s not an option. Right?

… Right?

Yeah, Howie’s life just got straight up confusing.

Pun intended.

My Review:
Know Not Why by Hannah Johnson was the first self published book I ever received and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved and enjoyed this book. Howie is unlike any character I’ve ever seen, he can and will get on your nerves with his tangents and rambling but soon enough I found him endearing and spitting up my coffee, laugh out loud funny. Warning: you may experience stomach cramping from all the laughter.

While reading the sample on smashwords this book did funny little things to my heart. You know that painful twitch or pang your heart get sometimes, it doesn’t feel all that good but you love it anyway? That’s what I feel for all the thoughts that Howie has about Artie and everytime they interact, it’s anticipation with a slight mix of fangirl. When my sample read was over I was desperate and obsessed with obtaining a copy. It was one of the happiness days of my reading life when I got to finish the story of Howie and his adventures in Artie Kraft’s Arts ‘N Crafts.

Howie is just a regular guy with loads of inner dialogue who suddenly begins to have confusing feelings and his friends are there to help him along. The story revolves around the characters at Artie Kraft’s Arts ‘N Crafts, Howie’s life and his friends. It’s a slice of life read with a great set of characters, there isn’t a grand plot or crazy conflict. It’s about Howie and his feelings, how he handles it and his development. It’s about friendship, both old and new and all the characters bring something special to this book. I got to know each of them and I loved them.

Howie and Artie were wonderful, I adored them and while I would have preferred some more heat between them, their interactions gave me enough silly smiles and happy feelings. They’re definitely one of my favourite couples. I was only disappointed by the end, I thought it dragged a bit and it could have been shorter. However, I was also sad to say goodbye to Howie and Artie, I would love to see more of them and this brilliant cast of characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves contemporary, awesome references and enjoys a good M/M romance.

4 Stars

5 thoughts on “Review: Know Not Why: A Novel”

  1. seeitorreadit

    Awesome review. I have not heard of this one before but it sounds interesting. The characters seems super engaging and I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the novel. Thanks for sharing.


  2. Sam @ Realm of Fiction

    This is my first time hearing about this book, but I am definitely interested! I’m glad you were pleasantly surprised by this. The characters sound fantastic and I like that there is an emphasis on friendship. Brilliant review! :)

  3. Vivian @ Vivaciously, Vivian

    Awwww, this sounds SO sweet! I’ve only read one other M/M romance, but this one sounds really great. Happy to hear that you enjoyed it, and it sounds like this book has so many epic funny moments! LOL at spitting out coffee XD Howie sounds absolutely wonderful!! Too bad the ending dragged somewhat, but I think the most important thing is that you loved your time with these characters <3 Fantastic review, Isa!!

  4. Leanne@The Reclusive Reader

    The two main characters and M/M romance sounds wonderful and very well-realized! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed this book, Isa. :) Nicely reviewed! The cover is quite lovely as well. :)

  5. Cayce

    Fantastic review! :)

    Howie and Artie is one of my all time favorite couples too! :)
    Howie’s inner dialogue had me laughing out loud so hard. Oh, the things he thought/said…
    And Artie is such a sweetheart deep down XD
    Know Not Why is one amazing book.

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