How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo
Published: August 4, 2015 by Swoon Reads
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
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?
Overall, I enjoyed How to Say I Love You Out Loud, but there wasn’t anything that really stood out for me. I’ve found that as I get older it’s becoming harder to read young adult books. That being said, I thought Karole Cozzo was an excellent writer and her story was well paced and developed.
I really liked Alex as a hero and he’s pretty much perfect. Granted, he’s a bit mature compared to most teenage boys but I had no problems with that. Alex is so compassionate and dedicated and I loved his playground project. He’s also an amazing friend to Jordyn, especially considering that he originally wanted Jordan as a girlfriend. Talk about your friend zone! Jordyn was a little hard to sympathize with but the story is focused on her growth emotionally so it’s to be expected. I can’t imagine what it’s like to grow up with someone who is so severely autistic and to feel like you’ve been left behind on the priority list. I don’t know that I’d make the choices Jordyn did, but I’m not in her place, so it’s hard to know. Though I struggled with Jordyn, I compliment Cozzo on creating such a well developed character that brought out a strong emotion.
3 stars – it was good