Publication Date: August 4, 2015 by Swoon Reads
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
[Special thanks to the publisher for the review copy!]
Words are strong. Love is stronger.
When Jordyn Michaelson’s autistic brother joins her at her elite school, she’s determined not to let anyone know they’re related. Even if that means closing herself off to all her closest friends, including charming football stud Alex Colby. But despite her best intentions, she just can’t shake the memory of kissing Alex last summer, and the desire to do it again.
Can Jordyn find the courage to tell Alex how she really feels—and the truth about her family—before he slips away forever?
I am so honored to be a part of the official blog tour for Karole Cozzo’s How to Say I Love You Out Loud–I’m really excited for the book and I hope you’re excited, too–because I love this one.
How to Say I Love You Out Loud is the kind of book my mom would read. Mom loves stories about families, the kind where you learn a lot. And because this book features Jordyn’s autistic brother, Phillip, I can say that this book promotes diversity, making it a part of my blog event, and my favorite read this month.
Personally, I think this book is more Jordyn x Phillip than Jordyn x Alex. I felt that the romance is just a side story, because even the title, although also applicable for Alex, is meant for Phillip. I had similar feels with Cynthia Hand’s The Last Time We Say Goodbye. My heart broke when I read the part where Jordyn says that her brother doesn’t recognize her at school, because the Jordyn that Phillip knows is at home.
The story gave me a glimpse of what it’s like to live with autistic people. The challenges are not easy to overcome, but once you see a little achievement, no matter how small it is to other people, your heart is filled with joy, because you feel that your efforts did not go to waste.
I love how Jordyn and Alex met. They were volunteering for a cause. Isn’t it the most amazing thing when you meet the love of your life while doing what you love? ❤
There were swoonworthy scenes that gave me FEELS. And the part when Alex and Jordyn shared how they felt since they first met? SO MUCH LOVE! ❤ ❤ ❤
Karole was able to tell two stories and weave them to meet at a common point: love.
But what I love the most about this book is the experience that Karole shared. She is a school psychologist, and the stories from her encounters inspired this book. That is very heartwarming.
How to Say I Love You Out Loud is a book of acceptance, bravery, and most of all, love. It’s a book that will touch everyone’s hearts. No more computations for the rating. I’ll give this book 5 stars. ❤
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Jasmine Pearl Reads
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Books and Iced Coffee
Friday, July 31
Confessions of a Bookaholic
Monday, August 3
Tuesday, August 4
Happy Book Lovers
Wednesday, August 5
Gone with the Words
Thursday, August 6
Friday, August 7
Her Book Thoughts
Saturday, August 8
Such a Novel Idea
Sunday, August 9
Monday, August 10
A Leisure Moment
Tuesday, August 11
Once Upon a Twilight
Wednesday, August 12
Thursday, August 13
Friday, August 14
Me, My Shelf and I
Quote love! ❤
But how can you miss someone you never really had?
Ouch. Straight to the heart.
Fair doesn’t mean equal. Fair means everyone gets what they need.
Teenage guys are not supposed to be concerned like this. They are supposed to tell fart jokes…and not really pay attention when something is bothering a friend. It’s really, really difficult when they convince you they can be something else entirely–a human being, one who truly cares, especially when they’re less yours and more someone else’s.
This is Jordyn being a bit judgmental, but I don’t think that’s really her point. Her point is that she found someone like no other but she can’t have him because he’s taken. Thoughts?
I decided if I was interested in falling in love, I would like to be in love with someone like Alex Colby.
See? This is what I’m talking about. 😉
There is a lens in which we view every single person in this world. With every piece of information we gain about them, the lens is adjusted, ever so slightly, blurring..coloring…changing how we see them.
I can totally relate to this because I think like this. But I always try to accept the truth about the people I love.
I can hardly let the fear of my expectations falling short, the idea of people letting me down, dictate how we live around here.
Words of wisdom to keep in mind. 🙂
It’s no fun watching someone hurting, even if she’s not the nicest person in the world.
This is why I usually cry when a character cries in a movie. Because I feel their pain.
Sometimes I don’t really get you, you know that? Most people try to make themselves look better on the outside than they really are on the inside. People like Leighton. Then there’s you. It’s like the other way around, like you don’t want people to notice what’s special about you. You pull away every time they try to.
This made Jordyn speechless. So Alex kept talking.
You remember getting noticed in the wrong way more than you remember getting noticed in the right way, you start just wanting to blend in. You start not wanting to be noticed at all.
Jordyn still speechless. Alex kept talking.
I noticed how our hands fit together the one time you let me touvh you. I noticed that you seemed lonely, really, really lonely, even though I didn’t know why. Which is the most ridiculous thing in the world, considering how badly someone wants to spend time with you. Every single day.
There. My heart melted right there. That’s how you melt a girl’s heart. ‘Love you, Alex. ❤
Why does loving someone always have to hurt?
The risk just seems bigger than the reward.
I don’t have to be lectured about this because I already know, a long time ago, that love always comes with pain. But one day, the tears will all be worth it.
I’m not here to win, I’m here to speak.
Remembering why you’re doing something is really important. Because when you forget your purpose, you mess things up.
It’s really hard to say the words I love you when you know you’ll likely never hear them back.
THIS. ‘Nuff said.
SUPER RELATABLE. ALL THE FEELS.
Final Rating: 5/5
Be brave enough to speak up. You never know who’s listening.
A LITTLE NOTE: BLOG TOUR PARTICIPANTS HAVE THE CHANCE TO GIVE AWAY A FINISHED COPY TO US RESIDENTS. I REQUESTED AN EXTRA ARC FOR A PH ONLY GIVEAWAY – SO I DON’T HAVE A US GIVEAWAY FOR THIS ONE ANYMORE. NO WORRIES, US PEEPS! YOU HAVE LOTS OF CHANCES ON THE NEXT TOUR STOPS! AND YAY FOR PH RESIDENTS – YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN AN ARC! ❤