Slow-Burn Romance Through Text Messages || Review: Technically, You Started It

Days apart, I got two stellar recommendations for Technically, You Started It from my IG buddy Indigo Wood and author Caitlin Sangster. Before that, I’d heard nothing about this book, but the fact that it was told completely in text messages intrigued me. I immediately put this book on hold, not even reading the synopsis. What. A. Ride.

Title: Technically, You Started It
Author: Lana Wood Johnson
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genres: YA Contemporary Romance

Official 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 . . .

Quick Thoughts

  • -Y’all, I have no quick thoughts about this book! Except… maybe expect to gobble down this book in a single sitting—it’s highly addicting.

Lasting Impressions

I’ll start with the structure of the novel—it’s completely written in text messages between Haley and Martin. Which means character voice has to be incredibly strong and compelling. AND IT IS. Haley and Martin have, in text messages alone, the funniest quirks. Their personalities shine through the page, and I immediately fell in love with them both.

The romance is a satisfying slooooow burn, and I reveled in it. Gosh, it was just so perfect. I’m not even sure how to describe it…since you never experience our two characters in person, there’s a different kind of chemistry, but an alluring attraction that is fascinating to read about. They talk about important things, they talk about nothing…they have arguments. It feels so perfectly ordinary, yet special.

Overall Feelings

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book was a wonderful, surprising, impressive read! It’s such a fun contemporary romance—I’m definitely looking forward to what the author comes up with next!

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