Technically, You Started It

Technically, You Started It

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...

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Title:Technically, You Started It
Author:Lana Wood Johnson
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Edition Language:English

Technically, You Started It Reviews

  • Kaitlyn

    Full disclosure, I read this book as a critique partner.

    I am a Lana Wood Johnson super fan. Technically, You Started It is an absolute gem. The characters are charming and quick-witted. There is something about the quiet way these characters knot themselves together through a series of text messages that will make you fall in love just as much as I did. Even many months later, I am still thinking about this book and its characters.

  • Kosoko Jackson

    Technically, You Started It is a magical, beautiful, fluffy tale that you're going to be heart eyes over and you need to pre-order as soon as you can. I'm not even joking.

  • may ❀

    i am disgustingly in love with this book ugh give me more fluff, im not nearly satisfied with the amount we got

  • Rue

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐4 stars

    I just love the trope where two people don't meet but start bonding through (letters/ texts/ mail). And develop friendship which later can turn into something else when they start to know each other. (I am not talking about sexting here) what I mean is the most platonic way two people start forming chemistry and if it's done well chances are I am going to rate it high.💓

    This book isn't for everyone. You'll feel more connected to the plot if you are teenager (Or you like the

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐4 stars

    I just love the trope where two people don't meet but start bonding through (letters/ texts/ mail). And develop friendship which later can turn into something else when they start to know each other. (I am not talking about sexting here) what I mean is the most platonic way two people start forming chemistry and if it's done well chances are I am going to rate it high.💓

    This book isn't for everyone. You'll feel more connected to the plot if you are teenager (Or you like the trope I mentioned) cause at times it can feel a bit childish. I think the mystery part was quite predictable, I don't know why it took so long for Haley to figure it out. I liked how this book also talks about sexuality, Haley's friends are kind off popular and are trying new things so she is confused as to why she isn't sexually attracted to any guy thinking that she might be asexual (Which later turns out to be demi-sexual). And Martin confesses to her via text that he could be bisexual. And the way it is handled is amazing. There's hardly anything flirtatious going on so that might be another red flag which can feel boring to read. Some nerdy terms were hard for me to understand. It also focuses on how we start judging people just because we have heard something bad about them from someone else (friends). So don't judge a book by it's cover 😂

    Mistaken identity ✔️

    Frenemies ✔️

    Misunderstanding ✔️

    Cute Friendship✔️

    If you liked "Technically, you started it" You might like the webcomic "Your letter"💓

    (It's super light hearted and it made me emotional)

    If you have any other recommendation for books that has this trop, mention it in the comments cause I would love to read more 😱🌸

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    So charming and so fun. I ate this up.

  • Vicky Who Reads

    okay, i was not expecting Johnson to get it right BUT

    she really knows. some teens text with all lowercase (jack) some text w/ lots of emojis (martin), some use perfect punctuation (our MC)

    the only qualms i had about the texting+voice were that

    1) it was unrealistic that there were THAT many periods on both sides. capitalizing i understand bc autocorrect but a lot of people just send texts off sans periods. they're so....formal

    2) needed more meme culture esp. given how our MC i

    okay, i was not expecting Johnson to get it right BUT

    she really knows. some teens text with all lowercase (jack) some text w/ lots of emojis (martin), some use perfect punctuation (our MC)

    the only qualms i had about the texting+voice were that

    1) it was unrealistic that there were THAT many periods on both sides. capitalizing i understand bc autocorrect but a lot of people just send texts off sans periods. they're so....formal

    2) needed more meme culture esp. given how our MC is a Nerd, i definitely thought some good ol' memes would have been a little more accurate

    but overall the voice was much more accurate than I expected and *fit* the characters. a very quick and fun read

  • Lola

    When I received this book, I opened it and I got so excited because it’s 100% made of text messages, no descriptive paragraphs or even letters addressed to people. No, just online conversations. Since I had never seen a book like this before, I immediately thought it would be unique and a page-turner.

    Page-turner? Not quite. If the conversations had been gripping I would have finished it in less than two hours but I couldn’t connect to what the two characters were discussing in the be

    When I received this book, I opened it and I got so excited because it’s 100% made of text messages, no descriptive paragraphs or even letters addressed to people. No, just online conversations. Since I had never seen a book like this before, I immediately thought it would be unique and a page-turner.

    Page-turner? Not quite. If the conversations had been gripping I would have finished it in less than two hours but I couldn’t connect to what the two characters were discussing in the beginning—it felt like I was intruding on them and their personal lives—but then later on when I finally managed to follow their thoughts I started to feel like Haley and Martin were performing for the reader.

    That’s not how teenagers message each other, it really isn’t, that or I was never a real teenager. This author should turn to Kasie West’s books to see what real banter between teenagers looks like. I did get a sense of Haley and Martin’s personalities and so they were real people to me but they still didn’t seem genuine young adults.

    It’s not awful, some conversations really are fun but kind of performative sadly. It’s a book that has a great premise and I’m glad the author gave this type of story made of text messages a try because it’s important to stand out in Young Adult literature (I sure don’t like reading the same thing over and over again) but in my opinion she failed to capture what conversations between teenagers really sound like.

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  • Whitney Atkinson

    This book is difficult to review because it had a lot of potential but it was just.... bad. First and foremost, I think this book would have been so much more enjoyable to an actual teenager, so I might have liked this better when I was in high school. But then again, I think even a teenager would find the writing style problematic and sort of unrealistic for how teenagers talk, so it's difficult to recommend.

    This book is told entirely through text messages. I think this could have been an inte

    This book is difficult to review because it had a lot of potential but it was just.... bad. First and foremost, I think this book would have been so much more enjoyable to an actual teenager, so I might have liked this better when I was in high school. But then again, I think even a teenager would find the writing style problematic and sort of unrealistic for how teenagers talk, so it's difficult to recommend.

    This book is told entirely through text messages. I think this could have been an interesting and fast-paced format, but it just flopped in multiple ways. The characters very quickly got on their high horse and bonded about how they nEvEr use emojis or gifs because the main character said something pretentious about communicating with words rather than pictures. This was the beginning of a string of personality traits the main character had that made me SO annoyed with her. She's the type of "nerdy" girl who has a bunch of niche knowledge and always inserts it into the convo just to flex on whoever she's talking to. It was so weird and awkward, and if it was me texting her, I would have ghosted her because she's so uncomfortable to hold a conversation with. And that's my lasting impression of this book is that texts should be fun and low stakes and easy to read, but this book was painful and almost... boring?

    Also, this book just deals with so much unnecessary drama. The main character's friend group is the WORST and every day she reports back what girl is mad at who and what girl is dating who and why she's annoyed at them and it just felt like such childish drama that was also SUPER confusing because we never actually get to see them outside what the main character explains. In general, I wish this book would have focused more on developing a relationship between the two characters rather than them just coming to rant to one another about their lives because it was written really confusing since we only had the POV of texts.

    I would love to read another book in this format, but this one was far too uncomfortable to read because of the awkward and unrealistic dialogue, the cringy and underexplained drama, and how predictable it was. There were definitely parts that made me crack a smile and I liked the discussion of the characters' sexualities (the mc is demi and the love interest is bi), but I don't think this author was the right person to write this type of story, unless she watches a lot more Tik Toks and does research on how teens actually talk and interact.

  • Kai

    Technically, my tbr shelf is laughing at my face but I WILL read this book so who's laughing NOW*

    *not me I'm crying

  • Dylan

    It has pretty great representation (main character is demisexual and love interest is bi), but the characters seemed pretty bland to me so I had a hard time connecting to them at all. womp.

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