Technically You Started It Review

Title: Technically You Started It
Lana Wood Johnson
Release Date:
June 25th, 2019
Age Range:
Young Adult

Synopsis: 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 . . .

Review: I honestly didn’t know how I was going to feel about this book. Usually I can tell right off the bat if a book is for me or not, but this one took me about half way through to become invested. But once I was, I really enjoyed it.

I was iffy on the idea that Martin was pretending to be his cousin, but actually really like how it was written. It was just them being open with each other and talking and it wasn’t harmful stuff. That and the fact that Martin is bisexual and Haley is demisexual made me really happy.

The formatting of the book was definitely something new that I haven’t seen before. I thought there would be small snippets of text messages through out the story but was pleasantly surprised that the whole story was told through text. It was done really well and actually managed to hold my interest.

The story wasn’t something that was a favorite but it wasn’t horrible either. I think what really got me was the relationship between the two characters AND THAT TWIST AT THE END, OH MY GOSH. But Martin was super relatable to me (in form of divorced parents.) I was actually super happy that I finally read a book where a character had joint custody and had to go back and forth between parents like I did growing up. I think those three reasons alone would persuade me to reread the book within the next year or so.

I wouldn’t give it a three star, I think that’s average. But I also wouldn’t give it a 4 because it’s not a favorite with some iffy stuff. I’d probably give it a 3.7 but I’ll round up for Goodreads!