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. . .
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Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Hardcover: 384 pages
Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
Weight: 1 pounds
Audiobook Publisher: Scholastic Audio
Length: 5 hours and 9 minutes
Language: English, English
The dialogue between Haley and Martin – entirely in text messages – is witty, often awkward, sometimes snarky, and beautifully captures all the complexities of moving past friendship to something more.
Hand this to readers who like different formats and their romances more on the cerebral side. Good fun.
Poignant and hilarious, nerdy and joyful, TECHNICALLY, YOU STARTED IT reminds us that true connection transcends any medium, even in—especially in—the digital age.
The all-text format could be a gimmick in less talented hands, but here the dialogue sparkles as it lets readers inside these teens’ heads. It’s a surprisingly powerful way to illustrate the true value of connection.