Technically, You Started It

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. . .

Praise for Technically, You Started It

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.
Adib Khorram
author of Darius the Great Is Not Okay and Darius the Great Deserves Better
Told entirely through texts between the two main characters, Johnson takes a risk with her unconventional format-and it more than pays off.
Inventive.... 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.
The Austin American-Statesman
A quick and compulsive read.
Debut author Lana Wood Johnson serves up a summer sweet, emotionally fraught-slash-hilarious teen romcom plot line perfect for fans of Netflix movies like To All the Boys I've Loved Before.
Johnson's clever debut speaks to Generation Z's cyberculture by validating online friendships.
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