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Quinn and Grayson have been fierce speech and debate rivals for years. They can't stand one another, either in competition or in real life. But when their AP Government teacher returns their school assignments to the wrong cubbies, they begin exchanging anonymous notes without knowing who the other is. Despite their differences, the two come together through their letters Quinn and Grayson have been fierce speech and debate rivals for years. They can't stand one another, either in competition or in real life. But when their AP Government teacher returns their school assignments to the wrong cubbies, they begin exchanging anonymous notes without knowing who the other is. Despite their differences, the two come together through their letters and find themselves unknowingly falling for the competition. Before the state tournament, the two of them need to figure out what they want out of life, or risk their own future happiness. After all, what’s the point of speech and debate if you can't say what's in your heart?


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Quinn and Grayson have been fierce speech and debate rivals for years. They can't stand one another, either in competition or in real life. But when their AP Government teacher returns their school assignments to the wrong cubbies, they begin exchanging anonymous notes without knowing who the other is. Despite their differences, the two come together through their letters Quinn and Grayson have been fierce speech and debate rivals for years. They can't stand one another, either in competition or in real life. But when their AP Government teacher returns their school assignments to the wrong cubbies, they begin exchanging anonymous notes without knowing who the other is. Despite their differences, the two come together through their letters and find themselves unknowingly falling for the competition. Before the state tournament, the two of them need to figure out what they want out of life, or risk their own future happiness. After all, what’s the point of speech and debate if you can't say what's in your heart?

30 review for How to Speak Boy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    This book is an excellent read! Right away Im hooked on this story when I read on how competitive Quinn is and how her mouth twisted in distaste when she hears of her competitors name. Im the same way as Quinn on study and homework. I take a lot of time and its definitely unfair when others just seems to study very little but still get As. I love books with witty banter characters and this book has it. Grayson seems like a cool guy! This book is told in the first person point of view following This book is an excellent read! Right away I’m hooked on this story when I read on how competitive Quinn is and how her mouth “twisted in distaste” when she hears of her competitor’s name. I’m the same way as Quinn on study and homework. I take a lot of time and it’s definitely unfair when others just seems to study very little but still get A’s. I love books with witty banter characters and this book has it. Grayson seems like a cool guy! This book is told in the first person point of view following Quinn, 17 as she’s out buying pantyhose with her bff Naomi for her speech and debate tournament. Quinn is highly competitive but so is Grayson, the tall dark and handsome competitor. They either tie out or he wins. They compete on everything. She so badly wanted to win him out. Quinn dislike Grayson to the max, but unexpected thing happened and now the hate has other meanings. On the other hand, her life is not completely dislike because she’s falling for her mysterious pen pal! How to Speak Boy is well written and a fun read! I smile often especially when both want to have the last words. I can relate to Quinn because I don’t like phone calls and prefer emails so that I would have time to think. So it’s impressive when Grayson talks on the phone and relatable when it’s her turn. The love story is cute and I like that extension on the failed meet up. This story is centered around speech and debate and I guess it would have been great to read their speech, especially on the topic that they dared each other. Quinn’s mom is such a cool mom. Overall, this book is a great read and I recommend everyone to read it. Pro: fast paced, page turner, competitive, humor, friendship, love, witty banter Con: none I rate it 5 stars! ***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Fierce Reads for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest. xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for more details

  2. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    This unexpectedly sweet and delightful teen rom-com introduced me to apparently super competitive world of Speech and Debate Tournaments. I never realised how interesting this extra-curricular activity can be and how much preparation goes into being able to deliver one's arguments smoothly and effectively. Quinn and Grayson, the protagonists of the book, are both successful debaters and even become co-captains of their school team, so they have to work together to help the others improve their This unexpectedly sweet and delightful teen rom-com introduced me to apparently super competitive world of Speech and Debate Tournaments. I never realised how interesting this extra-curricular activity can be and how much preparation goes into being able to deliver one's arguments smoothly and effectively. Quinn and Grayson, the protagonists of the book, are both successful debaters and even become co-captains of their school team, so they have to work together to help the others improve their perfomances. The problem is they do not really get along. At least, this is what Quinn thinks. While she has to work extremely hard on every single aspect of her life (and that includes memorising her speeches), Grayson seems to win it all hands down. He is gorgeous, charming, smart, comes from a well-off family, and is a straight A student. Quinn, on the other hand, is about to fail her AP Government. One day the AP Government teacher puts a wrong assignment in her locker. Quinn leaves it in the right one and adds a note. Her notes gets a response and so begins a fascinating exchange, where both teens remain anonymous, but gradually open up to each other and speak about their everyday problems, worries as well as bigger dreams and aspirations. The story may be predictable (although the author throws in a few spanners in the works), but it is, nevertheless, very entertaining and easy to read. I loved the way neither Quinn, nor Grayson are perfect. Quinn is overthinking everything, but she is also feisty and witty. Grayson's charm grows on you as you continue reading and by the end of the book you will become his fan. He has his share of worries. Being a politician's son, he doesn't feel he is free to choose his career path because of his family expectations. I thought the anonymous note exchange part was fun, although it did make me think about our digital world where we form relationships and friendships with people we've never met in real life. Sometimes we open up and share our innermost thoughts and get great advice from people who are not blinded by their knowledge of what we look like or sound like, or all the cute and embarrassing things they remember us doing. There was a very strange love triangle /triangles in this story (the protagonists of the story and the anonymous note-writer) and before you say 'Oh no, not again!' I want to say that liking several people and having to work out your feelings is also a part of high school experience. Just be honest with them and yourself, and behave according to your beliefs. Lighthearted, clean, and entertaining. Recommended for all romantics looking for a quick and enjoyable read. Thank you to Edelweiss and Swoon Reads for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

  3. 5 out of 5

    julianna ➹

    don't u think it's pretty god level of me to finish 3 books in 3 days? idk i think it's pretty god level of me also anonymous romance in ya? :) you know you love it

  4. 5 out of 5

    Yna the Mood Reader

    "But if there was anything I knew about competition, it was that some things were worth fighting for." How To Speak Boy is an enticing YA contemporary read about rivals-turned-lovers! The trope itself is an exciting one that would raise everyones interests. Competing leads with witty banter, mixed in a Youve Got Mail type of set up. In fact, knowing that this was within students that are members of the speech and debate team reminded of me of Candy Jar, a movie that I watched on Netflix. I was "But if there was anything I knew about competition, it was that some things were worth fighting for." How To Speak Boy is an enticing YA contemporary read about rivals-turned-lovers! The trope itself is an exciting one that would raise everyone’s interests. Competing leads with witty banter, mixed in a You’ve Got Mail type of set up. In fact, knowing that this was within students that are members of the speech and debate team reminded of me of Candy Jar, a movie that I watched on Netflix. I was expecting lots of soft and fluff for this YA romance, and definitely, this is what I got. If you want something that is tooth-rotting adorable and sweet, try this one. How To Speak Boy is a read where you will know after the few pages that they already have feelings for each other and are in extremely deep denial. This might make you scream in frustration, but the cuteness is actually worth the wait. The interaction within the two leads are cute and fluffy, but there’s something about the personalities of all the characters in this book that does not really stuck to me as much as I wanted to. Some scenes are a little disconnected, too, and lots of the story is too predictable. The worst part, I realize, is that the blurb has already spoiled everything but the two characters are clueless. It would have been perfect to be as clueless as them throughout the story, for a little thrill, a la how the reveal was perfect during Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. But there’s no denying that this book is a quick read, I was able to read it for 3 to 4 hours. I recommend this read for people who love a quick read cheesy and clean romance and witty banter between two characters.

  5. 5 out of 5

    kav (xreadingsolacex)

    How to Speak Boy by Tiana Smith is a YA rom-com about Quinn, who is dedicated to winning speech and debate this year, but whose plans just might get a little difficult when her rival Grayson turns out to be a new crush. To make matters even worse, Quinn may also be crushing on her anonymous pen pal in AP Government. This was such definitely a cute read. I found myself truly shipping the romance between Quinn and Grayson - enemies-to-friends-to-lovers??? the suspense of an anonymous pen pal??? we How to Speak Boy by Tiana Smith is a YA rom-com about Quinn, who is dedicated to winning speech and debate this year, but whose plans just might get a little difficult when her rival Grayson turns out to be a new crush. To make matters even worse, Quinn may also be crushing on her anonymous pen pal in AP Government. This was such definitely a cute read. I found myself truly shipping the romance between Quinn and Grayson - enemies-to-friends-to-lovers??? the suspense of an anonymous pen pal??? we love to see it!!! I found Quinn to be the perfect YA main character (although I personally feel that this book is geared more towards younger YA readers - which is not a bad thing by any means, that's just the audience I'd feel this book is more suited for). I loved Quinn's dedication to speech and debate, and her hard work in getting good grades. Something I particularly loved about her character was that she is someone who truly has to work for everything she has. School doesn't come easily to her, so Quinn really has to pour her all into her schoolwork. While that was more of a minor part of the story, it was something I really personally loved. I also loved Quinn's relationship with her best Naomi and with her mom. I felt that they were great side characters, and they really enhanced Quinn's narrative in a great way. The story was a bit cliche at times, and it took me a while to get into it, but I think it was an adorable rom-com with two really great main characters. disclaimer: i received an arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. this in no way impacted my opinions.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    How to Speak Boy is a fun YA romance that reads like a retelling of You've Got Mail, except involving rivals on a high school speech and debate (forensics) team. Having done speech and debate myself back in the day, I really enjoyed that element of it. Also, it's hard to bomb the You've Got Mail setup with rivals falling for each other, while not realizing they are also writing anonymous letters to each other. It's generally a good time. In this case, I did feel like the later part of the book How to Speak Boy is a fun YA romance that reads like a retelling of You've Got Mail, except involving rivals on a high school speech and debate (forensics) team. Having done speech and debate myself back in the day, I really enjoyed that element of it. Also, it's hard to bomb the You've Got Mail setup with rivals falling for each other, while not realizing they are also writing anonymous letters to each other. It's generally a good time. In this case, I did feel like the later part of the book dragged a bit and this would have benefited from including the boy's perspective, at least some of the time. I suspect the idea was to make it a mystery whether he was really the one writing the letters, but anyone who knows the plot to You've Got Mail will figure it out very quickly and I just wanted something more from this emotionally. If you want this You've Got Mail style rivals to lovers plot in a YA book but very funny and excellently executed, I would recommend checking out Tweet Cute by Emma Lord. That said, it was a good time and I loved all of the debate related things. Worth picking up if you enjoy the trope! I received an advance copy of this book for review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    Thank you net galley for the advance reader copy of this novel. This was a simply delightful YA contemporary romance. I enjoyed the relationship building between Quinn and Grayson. Their dialogue was real and witty. I appreciated that the author kept this book clean from sex and swearing. I will definitely recommend this book to others and can't wait to read more by this author!!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jessica | Booked J

    (4.5 stars!) Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review can also be found here at Booked J. As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. How to Speak Boy was such a wonderfully sweet surprise. The kind of surprise that I didn't know I needed in my reading life. The kind of surprise that will keep you up all night, smiling. The kind of book that sets you down a path of warm and fuzzies. The kind of (4.5 stars!) Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review can also be found here at Booked J. As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. How to Speak Boy was such a wonderfully sweet surprise. The kind of surprise that I didn't know I needed in my reading life. The kind of surprise that will keep you up all night, smiling. The kind of book that sets you down a path of warm and fuzzies. The kind of book that gives you all the feels and reminds you why you read to begin with. The first thing you should know is, Tiana Smith had me at the synopsis. No, really, the entire blurb may as well have read in bold print, "This book was written for Jessica over at Booked J. Shout out to Jessica. You go, Jessica." (To be fair, if it had started that way... none of us would be reading it, BUT, like, c'mon. It's perfect.) I mean, the simple fact alone that this centers around two speech/debate RIVALS and anonymous note passing, should give you enough of an energy boost to pick this one up, right? Go on, pick up your phone and order yourself a copy. I was wondering what contemporary would fit into the Well Met shaped whole in my heart and here we have it: How to Speak Boy. Give me all the banter and anonymity and coming of age angst. Give me all the bubbling feelings of youthful love and annoyance. Inject it into my veins. Or, ah, at the very least, get a screen projector and project it on my ceiling or something. There's such charm in How to Speak Boy but I think this is because I find determination, competitiveness and all that jazz to be charming in and of itself. There's a reason I love love-to-hate based relationships so much and that's because of the amount of growth it takes to get to that place of understanding sometimes life is more than just one upping each other. (I say this from experience and also sappiness. And maybe a little exhaustion because your girl just doesn't sleep enough, apparently.) All I know is that Tiana Smith pens a charming coming of age story. It is well-written, fast paced, smiling inducing fun. You won't want to put this one down because it's virtually impossible to do so without longing to pick it back up. Curling up in the chill of winter, surrounded by lights and a warm blanket, is always a good idea, but spending it with characters like Quinn and Grayson make it even better. How to Speak Boy is purely sweet and entertaining. Side Note: I read this little gem of a novel so quickly. I'm pretty sure my dogs loved it too because it meant I wasn't moving for hours. And they love it when I sit still. And I don't sit still for just anything.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kris (frantic4romantic)

    Cute. Cute. Cute. Enemies to lovers stories always draw me in. I love the highs and lows of it. I love the uncertainty of it all when both parties realize the new and different feelings theyve been feeling. Its a romance trope that just doesnt disappoint. Quinn and Grayson are your typical intellectual nemeses. They butt heads and are constantly in competition with one another. What this story did different, is the added factor of mystery that made it so much sweeter. I did kind of feel like the Cute. Cute. Cute. Enemies to lovers stories always draw me in. I love the highs and lows of it. I love the uncertainty of it all when both parties realize the new and different feelings they’ve been feeling. It’s a romance trope that just doesn’t disappoint. Quinn and Grayson are your typical intellectual nemeses. They butt heads and are constantly in competition with one another. What this story did different, is the added factor of mystery that made it so much sweeter. I did kind of feel like the ending was a bit rushed. I also would have liked a little more mention of Carter and a his relationship with Quinn throughout the book. He was such a large part of the climax of the story, but I kind of felt like I didn’t know him much at all. Regardless of that, I really did enjoy this book. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a sweet YA romance read!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    3.5 Stars This was a lot of fun and Quinn and Grayson has a great and flirty enemies to lovers situation which is always enjoyable. This was such a quick and engaging read - super addicting and pure fun. My main complaint is the big time jumps that happen within the story, it makes it a bit harder to buy some of the development between the characters. And I could have done without Quinn's friend Carter, but other than that this was an enjoyable read that had a quintessential romcom feel. I 3.5 Stars This was a lot of fun and Quinn and Grayson has a great and flirty enemies to lovers situation which is always enjoyable. This was such a quick and engaging read - super addicting and pure fun. My main complaint is the big time jumps that happen within the story, it makes it a bit harder to buy some of the development between the characters. And I could have done without Quinn's friend Carter, but other than that this was an enjoyable read that had a quintessential romcom feel. I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Krysti

    This was absolutely ADORABLE! Full review TK!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mary H

    THIS BOOK SOUNDS SO CUTE I COULD DIE

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    Received an arc from raincoast book. Full review to come but this one was a MESS. Not to mention the synopsis is a huge spoiler.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    Thank you so much to Swoon Reads for providing an earc of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 out of 5 Stars "...strange, how easy it was to talk to a perfect stranger. Like, by not knowing who he was, I could tell him anything...Anonymity made me bold." Set in Boise, Idaho, How To Speak Boy , is a YA romance centered around a pair of feuding speech competitors throughout their senior year of high school.  Seventeen year old Quinn Edwards wants nothing more than to beat Thank you so much to Swoon Reads for providing an earc of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 out of 5 Stars "...strange, how easy it was to talk to a perfect stranger. Like, by not knowing who he was, I could tell him anything...Anonymity made me bold." Set in Boise, Idaho, How To Speak Boy , is a YA romance centered around a pair of feuding speech competitors throughout their senior year of high school.  Seventeen year old Quinn Edwards wants nothing more than to beat Grayson Hawks at his own game. Scratch that. She wants to beat him at every game. Whether it's the coveted captain position on their speech and debate team, or coming in first at all of their tournaments, Quinn wants it all. Especially if it's at Grayson's expense. Grayson, however, seems to take it (it being Quinn's animosity) in stride: "I'm on your bad side simply for being good at what I do. You take it personally. But it's not personal, I promise." This uneven enemies-to-lovers balance is the first thing that made this contemporary feel a little bit off. It's hard to root for Quinn when she's consistently at Grayson's throat for no apparent reason. A job that becomes increasingly challenging given how charismatic Smith made Grayson's character. I mean his personality and swagger practically drip off the page. You'll be helpless to his charms, dear readers. Fortunately, this imbalance is quickly rectified by the introduction of the letters between the mysterious 15511 and 15211.  You see, after a graded school assignment is accidently put in Quinn's cubbie (15511) she has to return it to its proper owner, whom she only knows as the school ID number listed on the page (15211). Returning the misplaced assignment to its proper cubbie, Quinn leaves a note asking for her own assignment back from this unknown peer. This incident sparks a chain of back-and-forth banter that really elevates the book's game.  The mystery element is -- at times -- odd given that the "reveal" is provided in the synopsis of the novel. I mean obviously the characters don't know so it works, but I feel like this is probably a detail that should have been cut or edited differently in the summary so that we can experience this right along with the MCs. Minor issues aside this was still a light and fun read. The scenes at the tournaments flashed me right back to my own days as a teenager on the high school debate team. And while adult me wanted to cringe at the misunderstandings and misread signals that take place throughout this novel, young me understood it because I lived it. We all did. It's this relatability and connection that always keep me coming back to books like this one.  While it wasn't without its flaws (and a major douche side character), I quite enjoyed watching Quinn learn How To Speak Boy.    All quotes were taken from an advanced copy of this novel and may not match the final release. ORIGINAL THOUGHTS: 3.5 out of 5 Stars And just like that my first read of 2020 is complete! *Jumps in the air in freeze frame* Jokes aside, this was a quick read that came hard for my former high school debate team heart. Although the plot is fairly obvious given the synopsis, this was still a cute and enjoyable read. I'll elaborate via full review next week closer to this contemporary's release date!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Monzon

    A YA adaptation of Youve Got Mail? Whats not to like!?!! A YA adaptation of You’ve Got Mail? What’s not to like!?!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nadja

    Hmmm I find it quite difficult to rate this. I liked it in the beginning but wished in the end that a. the whole speech and debate thing would have played a bigger role b. the story wasn't as similar to our beloved 'You've Got Mail' inspiration (why can't for once the girl find out the secret first?) c. the whole Carter situation would have been dealt differently! The resulation seemed lazy and an easy cop-out. Overall yes it's a cute and fluffy young adult contemporary but the heart is missing.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Hastings

    A charming YA rewrite of Youve Got Mail that had me at Speech and Debate. Quinn is a determined heroine who isnt perfect, doesnt know everything, and isnt a super model. She is refreshingly normal with plenty of spunk. Quinn makes her fair share of mistakes as she navigates her college applications, the state speech tournament, friendship, and her love life. But you cant help but cheer her on. This is a witty and wonderful romcom that will appeal to both teens and adults. And #Netflix ... this A charming YA rewrite of You’ve Got Mail that had me at Speech and Debate. Quinn is a determined heroine who isn’t perfect, doesn’t know everything, and isn’t a super model. She is refreshingly normal with plenty of spunk. Quinn makes her fair share of mistakes as she navigates her college applications, the state speech tournament, friendship, and her love life. But you can’t help but cheer her on. This is a witty and wonderful romcom that will appeal to both teens and adults. And #Netflix ... this would make a great movie!

  18. 4 out of 5

    elisabeth

    this book sounds like a blessing to my rivals to lovers shipping heart

  19. 4 out of 5

    T.H. Hernandez

    Quinn is serious, hardworking, and in desperate need of a little fun, but shes vying for President of the Speech and Debate Club against her arch nemesis, the utterly swoon-worthy Grayson, so fun isnt on the agenda. Shes as competitive as she is smart, but unfortunately, nothing comes easy to Quinn. She has to work twice as hard as Grayson to be successful, or so she believes. That makes it hard for her to let her guard down around him. Even though hes adorably perfect. Quinns two closest Quinn is serious, hardworking, and in desperate need of a little fun, but she’s vying for President of the Speech and Debate Club against her arch nemesis, the utterly swoon-worthy Grayson, so fun isn’t on the agenda. She’s as competitive as she is smart, but unfortunately, nothing comes easy to Quinn. She has to work twice as hard as Grayson to be successful, or so she believes. That makes it hard for her to let her guard down around him. Even though he’s adorably perfect. Quinn’s two closest friends, Naomi and Carter, have their own ideas about Grayson. Naomi is pro-romance and Carter is dead-set against it. Apparently Grayson has a reputation of sorts and wants to protect Quinn. But the more time that passes, the more it becomes clear that Carter has an ulterior motive in keeping Quinn and Grayson apart. Underlying it all is a mysterious student who Quinn corresponds with the old fashioned way — pen to paper. With three boys vying for her interests, she’s not sure where to turn or who she can really trust. Plot The main plot is the romance between Quinn and Grayson, but there are a number of subplots that involve Quinn’s college future, the mysterious letter writer, her speech performance at the state finals, and her relationship with Carter. All expertly weave into the main plot to drive conflict and up the stakes. Although the reader knows who the letter writer is, well, if they read the synopsis, it’s fun watching Quinn try to figure it out. But it also adds an element of wanting to see if they’re just going to tell each other, that made turning the page to see what would happen compelling. While it did take me a good few chapters to really get into this story, because I’ll admit, speech and debate didn’t interest me in the least, once I was invested int he characters, I was all in to the story. So don’t let this aspect of the plot detract you from picking up this really awesome book. Characters The characters are what I loved most about the book. Quinn is so relatable as an awkward teen who strives to do her best in everything, but keeps coming up short. Her growth comes across as authentic and organic. Her BFF, Naomi is the everything Quinn’s not but wishes she was, making her the perfect sidekick. Carter was a little annoying, but necessary. Not every character needs to be likable, and who doesn’t know at least on Carter? Grayson was adorable as the self-assured son of the the Governor who seems to have everything he’s ever wanted, but underlying it all is a vulnerability that only adds to his attractiveness. What I Enjoyed About HOW TO SPEAK BOY 1. Quinn. She’s adorkably awkward and utterly endearing. I couldn’t help rooting for her. 2. Grayson. He’s sweet, smart, and hot. The perfect BBF. 3. Quinn’s Mom. I love their relationship. She’s the proper blend of confidant and authoritarian, just what Quinn needs, when she needs her to be. 4. Letter Writing. In a digital world, it was a refreshing throwback to my own high school days. 5. Speech and Debate. Okay, so I’m still not sure I’d ever join this club or find going to these events interesting, but the way the author wrote about these moments, definitely piqued my interest. What Didn’t Quite Work for Me The story and characters were amazing and I loved the speech angle. But the ending fell flat for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a HFN ending, but I didn’t have quite the bang I was hoping for, what I felt it was building up to. That said, the author wraps everything up in a satisfying conclusion. Bottom Line A cute contemporary romance with adorable characters you can’t help pulling for. Disclaimer I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Paschal

    **Review can be found at https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/ Quinn has goals that she plans to meet this year, starting with being named Team Captain of her debate team. But when she is named co-captain with her arch enemy, it seems like everything starts to unravel. When her History assignment gets returned to the wrong person, she ends up getting into a note exchanging relationship with a stranger that keeps her going. But the question is, does she really want to learn the identity of her **Review can be found at https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/ Quinn has goals that she plans to meet this year, starting with being named Team Captain of her debate team. But when she is named co-captain with her arch enemy, it seems like everything starts to unravel. When her History assignment gets returned to the wrong person, she ends up getting into a note exchanging relationship with a stranger that keeps her going. But the question is, does she really want to learn the identity of her mystery pen pal? I was lucky enough to meet this author last year when she came to talk to my book club about her debut novel Match Me If You Can (which was so cute and adorable!) when she mentioned her next book was a YA version of the movie You've Got Mail where the enemies converse anonymously mixed with the drama of speech and debate, I knew I was going to read it. I am happy to report that the story lived up to mt expectations and it was such a fun story to get lost in. While this was most certainly a romance, my favorite parts of the book had to do with the relationships between the main character and her mom and the main character and her best friend. She had such great relationships with both of them, so positive and supportive the way they should always be! I also really enjoyed how independent and straightforward Quinn was, she knew herself and her goals and was not going to stop just because she had feelings for a boy or was potentially made fun of. But of course there was a romance aspect to the story as well (which we all love!), and I was always a fan of her love interest with his charm and snark. There was so much going on in the plot but all pieces fit together so well for a cohesive story. Tiana was able to create a sophomore book that was just as fun and cute as her debut story which shows me that she is going to be one of my go-to YA contemporary romance authors. I highly recommend this story for anyone who likes enemies to lovers, slow burn, high school drama, and great strong characters.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    Enemies to Lovers with more in between.   More like enemies to sort of friends, to sort of lovers, back to sort of enemies, then sort of friends, and then lovers.  It took a long time to get there. This was a super cute book that I think a lot of teens will relate to.  It's so focused on the feelings of falling in love for the first time, along with all the insecurities and worries that go along with it.  I think it's perfect for young teens, but older teens will relate, too.  First love is so Enemies to Lovers with more in between.   More like enemies to sort of friends, to sort of lovers, back to sort of enemies, then sort of friends, and then lovers.  It took a long time to get there. This was a super cute book that I think a lot of teens will relate to.  It's so focused on the feelings of falling in love for the first time, along with all the insecurities and worries that go along with it.  I think it's perfect for young teens, but older teens will relate, too.  First love is so different.  Even though it rarely lasts, it feels so special at the time.  And I can say with experience that once you find the right person, you'll feel that way again.  But even stronger.   While the debate story was a lot of fun, I really focused in on the characters.  They drove the story and even though I knew who wrote the letters, I kept getting excited and impatient to find out what happened. Quinn was pretty easy for me to relate to.  She was in her head.  A lot.  She put a lot of pressure on herself and thought so much about the future.  Falling for a boy (or maybe two) wasn't one of her plans.  While this made her excited, she was also terrified by all the things that could go wrong.  She needed to focus and get into the college she wanted.  And to hopefully win state. Quinn had two best friends.  Naomi was pretty much the perfect BFF.  They supported each other no matter what.  If there were boys, they didn't get jealous and still talked.  Then there was Carter.  I wasn't a big fan of his early on, but he had been almost an anchor for Quinn.  She was introverted and he helped her socialize more.  However, Carter had feelings for Quinn and she didn't feel the same way.  Sadly, he didn't take the hints and was pushy.  I was pretty spot on with my feelings about him. Grayson was so easy to like.  At first, he came off as super arrogant, but you could tell he was really a nice guy.  He had a lot of patience with Quinn and didn't push her.  Even though they were competing against each other, he always told her how great she did.  They loved to argue and compete over everything, but it didn't feel bad.  I loved watching this friendship and relationship grow.  One more quick mention.  Quinn's mom.  OMG, I loved her so much.  She was funny and supportive.  Being a single mom is tough, but she didn't give up on her dreams and was good with whatever Quinn wanted for her future.  She was adorable with the scenes with Grayson.  I love good moms in books. This was fun and it's a really quick read.  I gave the book 4 stars.  Thank you to Swoon Reads/Macmillan for my review copy.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I don't enjoy writing a review that isn't praising a book. But I also think it's not fair to give a low star rating without justification. This was an ARC I got free from a local bookstore. This book is not ready to be published though I think it has a good concept. On paper, this book has everything I want in a book. Unfortunately, it got bogged down by metaphors and similes, as well too much tell, not enough show. Don't tell me that a character is blunt and honest without regard but then never I don't enjoy writing a review that isn't praising a book. But I also think it's not fair to give a low star rating without justification. This was an ARC I got free from a local bookstore. This book is not ready to be published though I think it has a good concept. On paper, this book has everything I want in a book. Unfortunately, it got bogged down by metaphors and similes, as well too much tell, not enough show. Don't tell me that a character is blunt and honest without regard but then never show that happening. I guess it just boils down to false advertisement. It was a hate to love story because neither of them hated each other. It was barely a version of You've Got Mail because we don't even see most of the letters where they're supposedly falling in love. I just think it could've been improved and after a lot of changes are made, hopefully it can be edited because the amount of metaphorical language was clunkier than platform shoes that are a size too big.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    I should have known to pass on this one based on its silly title which does nothing to sell the story. This book promises a love/hate type romance, set against the backdrop of speech and debate. However, its super clear really early on that despite the minor setbacks and trappings that occur, the two main characters will wind up together. Thats not spoiling anything, its just plain fact. I should have known to pass on this one based on it’s silly title which does nothing to sell the story. This book promises a love/hate type romance, set against the backdrop of speech and debate. However, it’s super clear really early on that despite the minor setbacks and trappings that occur, the two main characters will wind up together. That’s not spoiling anything, it’s just plain fact.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carol Riggs

    It took me awhile to read this, but through no fault of the book. Just a busy schedule. I enjoyed the humor throughout, the characters, and how the plot played out even though I knew what was going on with the letters. I really liked the courthouse scene when they were to meet up in real life. Nice twist at the end, and a sweet (albeit a bit mushy-romantic to me) resolution.

  25. 4 out of 5

    diana

    I don't not like it. But to tell you honestly, this wasn't very memorable. The romance was okay. I have a love-hate relationship with Quinn. And Grayson was... well, I was expecting more. I received an e-arc from the pubisher via Edelweiss+ to read and review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ana ☾

    3.5 stars This was so cute and wonderful. Haters and rivals-to-lovers who flirt but can't stand each other, with a geek touch on the side? Yes, please!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Hutmacher

    This book starts out a little slow, Im not going to lie! However after the tenth or so chapter, I couldnt put it down! I got so invested in the characters, and I found myself wanting to see what was going to happen, the entire time! Highly recommend picking it up! This book starts out a little slow, I’m not going to lie! However after the tenth or so chapter, I couldn’t put it down! I got so invested in the characters, and I found myself wanting to see what was going to happen, the entire time! Highly recommend picking it up!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Thamy

    A not so typical story about rivals who fall in love and need to deal with this change. 3.5, but not enough to round up. Quinn and Grayson compete in the debate club, and Quinn knows Grayson has once made a girl fall for him only to break her heart and win in the school's election, so this won't be a story of hate becoming love. Or will it? While she exchanges messages with an anonymous boy getting the tips she needs to improve in AP Government and in her speeches, her feelings toward Grayson A not so typical story about rivals who fall in love and need to deal with this change. 3.5, but not enough to round up. Quinn and Grayson compete in the debate club, and Quinn knows Grayson has once made a girl fall for him only to break her heart and win in the school's election, so this won't be a story of hate becoming love. Or will it? While she exchanges messages with an anonymous boy getting the tips she needs to improve in AP Government and in her speeches, her feelings toward Grayson start to change. This was a lovely YA romance that kept me entertained and swooning. Along with the rivals trope, we also get the letter exchanges. I'll be honest and say I wasn't sure of who'd be the boy writing to her though we always tend to imagine it is her love interest.What I liked about the use of this trope here was we didn't have to go through all those steps all books seem to feel a need to—among which, my most hated "I'm sure it's this dreamy guy, even though of course there's no logical reason except the ones the writer inserted because he wanted". I also liked the conclusion, there were some twists before that me wonder if it would please me in the end it actually wrapped pretty well, I was a little impressed. However, the second half of the book wasn't that good, in my opinion. It felt a little aimless, perhaps? The characters seemed to move at random, trying to find the best path, and it made the book lose pace and the romance, its impact. I could see they were a good couple, but the swoon it gave me in the first half became lukewarm during the last. It's still above average and I recommend of fans of this trope, but it lacked that shine when it felt so close, so apt to reach perfect. Honest review based on an ARC provided by Edelweiss. Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)

    *ARC Kindly provided by Macmillan Children's Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review* How To Speak Boy is one of the titles Im excited for this month. The blurb and the first few pages honestly remind me of Candy Jar a movie on Netflix which also features teens in a debate competition. The teenage speech and debate rivalry and secret admirer teasers really got me hooked with this book. While I did get to read a fluffy contemporary story, it was more of a MEH read for me. I know, Im in *ARC Kindly provided by Macmillan Children's Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review* How To Speak Boy is one of the titles I’m excited for this month. The blurb and the first few pages honestly remind me of Candy Jar a movie on Netflix which also features teens in a debate competition. The teenage speech and debate rivalry and secret admirer teasers really got me hooked with this book. While I did get to read a fluffy contemporary story, it was more of a “MEH” read for me. I know, I’m in the minority because a lot of people seem to really love it, but the whole story just felt short. The characters are flat. I really did not bond well with Quinn. Grayson is cute but I need more than cuteness. I’m looking for more substance. I also do not get Quinn’s deep hatred for Grayson. Well, given that they have been rivals for years now, but the context of Quinn’s hate for him made me think Grayson have done something unforgiveable to her or to any close friends of hers. But nah, Quinn just took their rivalry a little too personal and she chose to listen to the gossip mill than to give the person the benefit of the doubt. The plot had its potential, but that said potential was not maximized. The secret admirer thing and the surprise twist aka not really a twist because I did see that one coming felt dry. Overall, just an okay read. A little something fluffy and fast thing to read. *For more reviews, please feel free to visit Reads and  Thoughts*

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kait

    Apparently I am THAT GUY because lots of other people seemed to like this one, but for me, the characters were dry, the pacing was off, and it used popular tropes in all the wrong ways. Let's dive in: - I picked up this book at YALLfest because it was described as enemies-to-lovers, a trope I will die for. It's really not, though. Grayson is smitten with Quinn from the beginning. She finds him a little pompous and sees him as her competition, but they never truly dislike each other. In fact, Apparently I am THAT GUY because lots of other people seemed to like this one, but for me, the characters were dry, the pacing was off, and it used popular tropes in all the wrong ways. Let's dive in: - I picked up this book at YALLfest because it was described as enemies-to-lovers, a trope I will die for. It's really not, though. Grayson is smitten with Quinn from the beginning. She finds him a little pompous and sees him as her competition, but they never truly dislike each other. In fact, their mutual attraction is established very early on. - There's also a secret admirer angle. The reader knows Quinn and Grayson are writing to each other, they think they're writing to other people. But even their letters aren't particularly flirtatious or endearing. I wanted to get swept up in them, but I didn't feel the chemistry. - Characters repeatedly do things for the sake of plot rather than the sake of sense. For instance, Quinn repeatedly lies to one specific friend about her not-at-all-controversial college of choice for NO PARTICULAR REASON other than for it to become a point of contention later. Grayson lets someone spread an ugly rumor about him and never speaks in his own defense because "It's just not worth the trouble." Yeah, ooookay. - Quinn and Grayson are hardcore speech and debate club kids, yet we never see a single speech nor debate, even in their personal lives. But fear not! There's plenty about ordering food for an event and coordinating volunteer judges-- ya know, the fun stuff readers really care about. As far as school activities go, speech and debate is a tame option, but there's a chance to use it for storytelling flair that's completely squandered. - Overall, what it comes down to is I just didn't feel a connection to the characters and the plot dragged on. Nothing endeared me. Nothing surprised me. No one has a struggle of any significant value. Everything in this one is just super cut and dry.

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