on August 4, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Words are strong. Love is stronger.
When Jordyn Michaelson’s autistic brother joins her at her elite school, she’s determined not to let anyone know they’re related. Even if that means closing herself off to all her closest friends, including charming football stud Alex Colby. But despite her best intentions, she just can’t shake the memory of kissing Alex last summer, and the desire to do it again.
Can Jordyn find the courage to tell Alex how she really feels—and the truth about her family—before he slips away forever?
It’s been so long since I read a book that kept me up late. How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo was one of those books. I loved so many things about it. The somewhat unlikeable main character, the sweet romance, but especially the personal journey Jordyn embarks on.
I’ll admit that when I started How to Say I Love You Out Loud I was unsure about ever seeing the end. Jordyn isn’t the most noble of characters. She shows that right away too. It was hard to look past but I’m so happy I was able to and that the rest of the story kept me so captivated. Jordyn has always had to take a backseat to her autistic brother’s needs. She’s come to terms with that, but she still has a long way to go in accepting her brother and the life the whole family must lead. She definitely redeems herself in the end.
I don’t think I’ve ever read a YA with an autistic character/family member. I loved that while this family was vastly different than mine it was so easy to see some of myself in there. Jordyn struggles so much with what people will think of her. It was beautiful to see her overcome that.
Of course, there’s also some spectacular romance. Alex was such a good guy. It would be impossible not to fall for him. There’s some really great chemistry and tension between Jordyn and Alex and I adored watching it all unfold.
How to Say I Love You Out Loud was a supremely original YA contemporary. It’s about family at its heart. I had a difficult time putting it down and the ending was so rewarding. I hope you read it and love it as much as I did.