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  • Posted November 1, 2008

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    Reviewed by Tasha for TeensReadToo.com

    Harper's life is falling apart. Her father and step-mother, whom she considers a mother, are getting a divorce, and her step-sister/best friend, Tess, won't talk to her. Then there's Gabriel. He's been Harper's best friend since they were twelve, but now he just uses her as his girl when he can't get anyone else. <BR/><BR/>Harper finally realizes that she needs to escape. When she finds out about Homes for the Heart Summer Program for Teens, she knows she's found her escape route. At the beginning of the summer she heads off to Bailey, Tennessee, where there was a major tornado that devastated almost the entire city. Here she will join a group of teens and help build a family a house. <BR/><BR/>Little does she know that she will not only rebuild one family's life, but may actually start rebuilding her own. She immediately starts making friends with the other volunteers and loves the aspect of helping other people. Then there's Teddy, the son of the family for whom the house is being built. Teddy chooses Harper. He shows her how to trust and love and turns her summer into an unforgettable moment. <BR/><BR/>First, I have to say this surpassed and exceeded every expectation I had of this book. Not only was it an amazing and heartfelt love story, but also an extremely real story of finding oneself. At the beginning of the story Harper is lost, struggling like many of today's teens with the divorce of her parents. She grows so much as a person that it inspires the reader to really look at their life and see if they can make themselves a better person, too. Harper's character is beautifully created and hard to forget. She is very honest and so real that she's hard not to love. <BR/><BR/>And then there is Teddy. Whew! He sounds like the ultimate boyfriend. There's everything to love about him and it drives me crazy that he's not real. I mean, who wouldn't want a guy who wants to make your life better and really wants to know everything about you? <BR/><BR/>Besides the characters, Dana Reinhardt's writing style was one-of-a-kind. I really enjoyed how the story kept flipping from Harper's current life in Tennessee and then back to what her home life was like. Overall, this was a stunning novel that I highly recommend. I completely loved it and will definitely read it over and over again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2009

    A Great Book

    An overall amazing book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2008

    This book is great!

    This book has the true voice of a teen. I loved it from the very first paragraph. It was a book that you couldn't put down, once you were into it, you had to finish it. I would recomend this book to anyone. It was a great story, told by a great writer that really captured the reality of the situation that the main character was going through. I would recomend that everybody who likes to read, read this incredible book!

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

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    Dana Reinhardt does a great job of expressing sadness, emotion,

    Dana Reinhardt does a great job of expressing sadness, emotion, and surprising events. It draws you and keeps you reading through the whole thing. It's also humorous at times and shows a great deal of things we need to look out for in life.

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  • Posted July 12, 2010

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    Hiddens meaning in a House.

    Harper decides to spend her summer building a house for a family in Tennesse, who was hit by a tornado. Really, she is running away from her problems at home. Her dad's divorce with Jane, her best friend turned sex partner, and her step sister Tess, who now avoids her. Little does she know, while she is there, her home problems start to play out, and she realizes what matters in life. Love, family and happiness. HOW TO BUILD A HOUSE, is a story of one girl's way of finding her way home.

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