Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson Review

Hello my little munchkins. How are you all doing? I am doing pretty well. I am already half-way through with this week which means I am just one day closer to being done with this school year and then becoming a senior in high school. I already took a final yesterday and today I plan on reading some books in my spare time so I can send them off to some #ownvoice reviewers.

Anyways, why don’t we get into this review?


Author: Lana Wood Johnson

Pages: 374

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Publishing Date: June 25th, 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Description according to Goodreads, 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 and unusual obsessions, and Martin feels like Haley is the first person to really see who he is. Haley and Martin might be too awkward to hang out in real life, but over text, they’re becoming addicted to each other.

There’s just one problem: Haley doesn’t know who Martin is. And Martin doesn’t know that Haley doesn’t know. But they better figure it out fast before their meet-cute becomes an epic meet-disaster . . .”


This book was definitely a fast yet enjoyable read due to the way that the text was formatted into actual text messages. Once you get through the first couple of pages you understand who is talking to who but it would always be good to check to make sure.

What Both Families Were Like

The two main characters are Haley and Martin Nathaniel Munroe II. Haley is the daughter of two parents who are just as geeky and adorable as she is. Martin comes from a family that is built on wealth and knowledge. Haley and Martin are both incredibly smart and that is the cause of why they started talking to each other. 

There is a slow-burn romance within this book. Yet, it was done in a way that wants to make you finish it even faster than the fast pace of the book provided. The romance is really a friendship turned romance. Martin is bi-sexual and Haley is demi-sexual. This is brought up in the book towards the second half. It is still seen throughout the first half of the book but isn’t fully said until then.


Pacing in this book is faster than average just due to the text message format that goes through the entire book. Due to the fast pacing the book didn’t have as much time to develop the characters in the standard way. The character development happened through almost a series of questions. Really, just remember 21 questions and that is a way that the character development is shown in the book. While, this is different than the standard type of book it is greatly

Technically, You Started it by Lana Wood Johnson may be a different type of format of a book that you read, but the basis of it is set up for a cute and fast read that will leave you with a smile on your face.

4/5 stars

Where to Buy This Book:


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Book Depository 





According to Goodreads, “Lana Wood Johnson was born and raised in Iowa in the time before the internet but has spent the rest of her life making up for that. After years working in wireless communication for companies of all sizes, she now works doing the same for a local youth shelter. Lana lives in Minnesota with her husband and their English bulldog.”

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