Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson | REVIEW

Hallo Leute!

So, how’s life? I haven’t seen you guys in a bit and I’m dying to talk to y’all. I haven’t read that much since school started back (like, at all) but I finally read a book and it’s time to talk about said book with you! So I read Technically, You Started It this month and it was a really fun read and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I was a very quick read, which was good considering all the work I have to do for school. So let’s get on with the review!


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 . . . – Goodreads

This book is written entirely in text messages, which I love reading because it makes books read really fast, especially when you get sucked into the story. I really liked the format, but after reading it I do wonder how the book would have been like had it been written in the traditional format. I think if it was written traditionally we could’ve gotten a story that was more fleshed out and more intricate (sort of like Eliza and Her Monsters).

I really liked Martin’s character in this book. He was funny, smart and caring, and I loved him so much. I know that he lied to Haley about his identity, but to be honest, I might have done the same thing if I was him. Haley though, that girl got on my nerves. There were some moments where she was so obsessed about herself that it was painful to read (thank goodness Martin was there). He would say that he’s been having a hard time, then she would agree and tell him all about her awful day and then leave, and Martin would have to ditch his whole issue for her. And she constantly said “I’m different from other girls” and “I’m really weird”, but then she said to Martin “if you say anything about how I’m not like other girls I’ll…”, EVEN THOUGH SHE HAD BEEN SAYING THAT ABOUT HERSELF ALL ALONG. But even though she annoyed me l, I still liked the characters. They were really sweet and caring, and their relationship was a GOOD one.

It was so annoying (in a good way) every time Martin semi revealed his identity and Haley didn’t even acknowledge it. I just wanted to scream at them to get the bloody hint. But, it was really interesting when she did finally find out, and the aftermath of the reveal.

As I said, since it was written in text messages, it was a really quick read. I was sucked in and couldn’t stop reading. Before school, DURING (at lunch break, don’t worry) and as soon as school ended. I was freaking obsessed. This book is like a slightly trashy tv show that you binge in a few days.

I went into this book expecting it not to be the best book in the world, so I was pleasantly surprised with what I read. It was cute, it was funny, and it was 4 stars.


So that’s my review for Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson. I’d recommend for you to try this book out because it’s an enjoyable read and if you don’t like it, its such a quick read that its not as if you’ve wasted years of your life on a book. I really hope you enjoyed this review and I’ll see you again very soon (hopefully XD). Have a great day and I’ll see you soon. Bye!!

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