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