Read: July 25th - 27th, 2015.
(Source: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)
From Goodreads: 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?
Jordyn doesn't like being the center of attention, and she is happy living under the radar at her new school. Unfortunately, her brother, Phillip, has to start attending her school after his is shut down, and she is not thrilled about it. Phillip has autism, and she is afraid he'll cause a scene and every one will find out he's her brother. When she was in 3rd grade, her best friend turned against her after finding out about him, and Jordyn worries the same thing will happen again - only it would be worse this time, since it's high school.
She doesn't tell anyone - not Alex, the boy she's in love with, or Erin, her best friend. Alex has made it clear on several different occasions that he would like a relationship with her, but she's scared to let anyone get too close. Unfortunately, by keeping them at a distance, she may lose them completely.
How to Say I Love You Out Loud is a story of acceptance, and throughout the book Jordyn slowly grows and begins to accept Phillip for who he is. Although I never felt much attachment to any of the characters, I was happy with the character development, especially Jordyn's growth. I had issues with how she treated her brother at the beginning, but she definitely improves by the end. Another major theme in the book is the power of speech, and I enjoyed how it was implemented.
Though it felt rushed at the end, everything is resolved neatly. This is a sweet, YA romance, and a quick, well-written read.
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