Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson

Posted June 17, 2019 by Sara | Novel Novice 0 Comments


A case of mistaken identity and a love story told through text messages make for a fast, adorable read in Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson.

When a guy named Martin Nathaniel Munroe II texts you, it should be obvious who you’re talking to. Except there’s two of them (it’s a long story), and Haley thinks she’s talking to the one she doesn’t hate.

A question about a class project rapidly evolves into an all-consuming conversation. Haley finds that Martin is actually willing to listen to her weird facts and unusual obsessions, and Martin feels like Haley is the first person to really see who he is. Haley and Martin might be too awkward to hang out in real life, but over text, they’re becoming addicted to each other.

There’s just one problem: Haley doesn’t know who Martin is. And Martin doesn’t know that Haley doesn’t know. But they better figure it out fast before their meet-cute becomes an epic meet-disaster . . .

This book was just a delight to read! Told through text messages, it’s a fast read — but it’s still wholly captivating. I loved the banter between Haley and Martin, and seeing their growing feelings develop just over these text messages felt pretty special.

It takes some skill to tell an entire love story using just text messages, but Johnson pulls it off beautifully. She still manages to capture the charm and personalty of these characters, and the sweetness of their digital interactions. I fell hard for this pair, and loved seeing the story unfold — especially as the truth is slowly revealed (or rather, realized).

Technically, You Started It is in stores June 25th.

Sara | Novel Novice
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