Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
Two sworn enemies start to fall in love through anonymous notes in How to Speak Boy, a fun and charming YA novel from Tiana Smith.
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 one 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?
About: How to Speak Boy is a young adult contemporary written by Tiana Smith. It will be published on 1/7/2020 by Swoon Reads, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, 256 pages. The genres are young adult, contemporary, romance, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 13 to 18, grades 8 and up. According to the publisher’s website, “Swoon Reads publishes the latest and greatest in YA fiction with the help of readers and writers like you. We’re dedicated to the undiscovered, and we seek out the very best in bright, new bookish talent. From heroic epics, to alien adventures, to all-the-feels romance—if you’re loving it, we’ll publish it.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading How to Speak Boy on 10/31/2019 and finished it on 11/4/2019. 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
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Tiana Smith is a copywriter turned novelist who grew up in Montana. When she isn’t writing, she’s chasing after her son, reading, or binging the Disney Channel. She has double degrees in Honors and English from Westminster College but wants to go back to school to be a lion tamer. Match Me If You Can is her debut novel. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Fierce Reads for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.