I know it’s being a while since my last review, so here i am, bringing you another one, i recieved an arc of this book a while ago […] from NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.
This was also my 100th book read this year, so yay me!
How To Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Rating: 4 stars
Summary: 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?
(summary taken from Goodreads)
My Opinion On The Book:
The story is pretty simple, Jordyn has been shadowed by her brother’s affliction since she was very little, and this made her hide the truth (and herself) from everyone. Then the moment she got the oportunity, when she moved and started in a new school.. The pain and fear of what could happen if people knew about her brother made her distant even from the people she sees as her friends.
I think Jordyn is portraited very truthful, specially taking about a young teenage girl in USA, where popularity is everything when you are in high school. The way she feels ashamed about her brother the anger toward her parents, it may sound outraging and I was annoyed by her everytime she mistreated any of them because of the situation their lives are in, but it felt believable and in character. Let’s be honest, a child that had to put their sibling first all the life is more than likely to see it as unfair and be angry and tired of the situation.
Although her character was a little annoying when understanding the circunstances, i found to be well constructed. Which made me feel a little surprised by the fact that many of the rest of the characters were slightly more than a stereotype; The popular mean girl (despite the fact that this may be true, there are people like her out there…), the boy she likes which is a little Gary Stu, the perfect looking guy, who is also really nice and is in love with his secretive best friend, the there but not really best friend.
I felt as if her friends weren’t developed at all i wanted to see Erin, Jordyn’s best friend development from the moment she started talkinga about maybe not being over her ex, and the other friend she had but we never really got to see much of…
The thing i liked the most was the way Phillip was presented in the book, at first all we saw was his autism, but he started to take shape as a more human person the moment Jordyn started to appreciate this fact herself.
Over all Jordyn made a huge change on her way of seeing the world, she learnt a lot, and this was well developed, not an epiphany but a process from denying the existence of Phillip to fully accepting him as he is and recognizing he is struggling with his affliction too.
More than anything i loved the speech Jordyn made towards the end of the book, because it showed not only her growth and acceptance but ultimately reminded us that it’s not only the family and the ones taking care of a disabled person have it hard, they themselves are struggling, even more.
Over all i recommend this book, because its heartwarming and leaves you with a happy feeling after reading it. It has a little of romance, but not much [in a way]. I hope you enjoy it if you give it a chance!
Til Next Time 😉