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Title: How to Say I Love You Out Loud
Author: Karole Cozzo
Publisher: Swoon Reads: an imprint of MacMillan
Publication Date: August 4, 2015
Summary (from Goodreads): 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?
How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo is a heartfelt story that will tug at your heart strings. This book fits perfectly into the contemporary realistic fictional genre, as it contains a touching story that really educates its readers. Through its themes, identifiable main character and beautiful plot, readers will be drawn into this book and be left full of inspiration.
Karole Cozzo has created a story that truly digs deep into the themes of disability and family. Jordyn’s brother, Phillip, in How to Say I Love You Out Loud, has autism and is sent to go to his sister’s school. Phillip is bullied due to his disability and called many names. As the book progresses, the theme of family becomes more significant as readers become aware that neither Phillip or his family are not about to let a disability define him.
Jordyn is a very identifiable main character for How to Say I Love You Out Loud. She is shy, not very confident, and afraid of getting close to anyone. However, Jordyn slowly gains more confidence and becomes more outgoing. Jordyn is also quite clever, yet flawed at the same time, making her easy to relate to. She knows not to mess with the captain of the girls hockey team, but she lacks a bit of common sense. She doesn’t tell anyone that the “weird kid in the hallway” is her brother, which is heartbreaking, but understandable in some way.
One aspect that really pulls this book together is Karole Cozzo’s writing style. This story is so well crafted that it makes reading a story that educates very enjoyable. The title might throw some people off, but romance is actually not at the heart of this novel. The relationship between the title and the plot will become more apparent as readers get to the heart of the story.
An inspirational novel that has the perfect combination of message, character development and plot. It leaves you with all sorts of feels. If you enjoy books that entertain and educate at the same time, this beautiful book will suit your needs.