Book Review: Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson

technically you started itTechnically, You Started It

Author: Lana Wood Johnson
Publisher: Scholastic Press (June 25, 2019)
Hardcover, 384 pages
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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 . . .


Rating: 5 stars

I adored this light, fluffy YA romance read. Then again, the whole mistaken identities trope is IT for me, so I was totally behind M saying he was the “good” Martin, and Haley thinking that’s the OTHER Martin. There are several times where you do really need to suspend disbelief, but hey – it’s a fun read.

My heart was also BREAKING for Martin at various points in this book once he realizes what’s happened. Like, it had me physically grabbing my chest trying to squish the pain out, or hold it in, I’m not sure. I am actually tearing up writing this review, and I finished reading this book a week ago. I am physically incapable of rating a book that touches me that deeply anything less than 5 stars, wacky and unbelievable hijinks aside. And he’s so adorable and just caught up in this teenage high school drama. Haley might have been a little unlikeable if she wasn’t such a giant introverted nerdball, and thus completely endeared herself to me for life.

Read this book if you love rom-coms and are willing to suspend disbelief in favor of a great story, and if you like to laugh, and maybe are a bit weird. 😉

One thought on “Book Review: Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson

  1. I also really liked this book! I listened to the audio, and when events happen that make Martin realize what has happened, the actor does an AMAZING job of putting feeling into to despite everything being over texts. I was so sad for him! I also enjoyed the discussion of sexuality that happened between the two of them. Also, the weekend after I finished it, I went to the convention Haley goes to at the end, so that got me as well.


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