About Karole Cozzo
KAROLE COZZO is a school psychologist by day, a wife and mother of two by night, and a writer of YA romance in the wee hours of the morning. She loves camping out at Starbucks, breakfast cereal at all hours, and watching every movie made from her favorite YA books. How to Say I Love You Out Loud is her debut novel.
Favorite Books
The Secret Society Girl Series, the Twilight Saga, White Oleander, The Book Thief, The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, Hopeless, The Fault in Our Stars
Favorite Quote
"Sometimes those who are the hardest to love are the one who need it the most."

Reach me at k.a.cozzo.9810@gmail.com
Favorite Genre
Contemporary

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August 23, 2014

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I’ve had the privilege of reading various versions of this story, and Jen, you know I’ve championed this one of yours since the first go-round. I remain very jealous of your ability to write dialogue that is natural, funny, and real. I continue to believe there is a place for light-hearted teen romance on the shelves, right next to the…

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May 17, 2014

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Hey Aston – thanks for reading and leaving feedback! I definitely felt like I was walking a fine line between leaving room for personal growth for Jordyn and her attitude/behavior being a turn-off to readers. If you happen to circle back this way and see this, I’d love to hear if at any point at the beginning Jordyn’s character made…

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May 13, 2014

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KC – thank you not only for reading but taking the time to leave such a thoughtful response. One of my most important goals in writing this story was to create something that would resonate with readers with somewhat similar family dynamics/challenges and I’m glad to hear this was the case for you. I’m also happy to hear that the…

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May 11, 2014

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Jonathan – many thanks for reading. I love that Phillip was your favorite character – very cool that you were able to see the person behind the disability! I would love to hear your thoughts in terms of what makes a YA romance appeal more to guys and in particular, aspects of my story you think could be revised to…

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May 09, 2014

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David – I’m going to go ahead and assume you’re a guy, to which I say – “Cool!” – very excited to have a male reader check out my story! Extremely happy to receive a positive review from the male perspective and also that you found meaning in the story. Thank you so much for taking the time to read…

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April 30, 2014

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Mindy – thank you for not only taking the time to read my story but also for the thoughtful feedback you offered. I am so appreciative of your response as a teacher/counselor as well as a sibling. Your comments brought a big smile, as “Brave” was the soundtrack playing in my head when I tried to write the final scene….

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April 30, 2014

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Abby – many thanks for the honest feedback! Writing the “nice guy” is new for me and I hear what you’re saying about this – I would hate for his words to come across as cookie cutter or “trying too hard” for the “awww” moment. So I’ll think about this – dialing some things down or reworking it a bit….

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April 14, 2014

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Well, I sneak in a little reading time when I’m up during the night, which unfortunately, still happens quite often. :/ I am about midway through TSOT on here, but I will add Damage to my to-read list for when I finish that. Happy to do so! My next story I’m outlining also has several back stories, and it definitely…

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April 13, 2014

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Hi Kate – Thank you for the kind feedback. :) I’ve gone back and forth with where to include Jordyn & Alex’s backstory, so thank you for weighing in on its current placement in the book. And yes, Jordyn and Alex are both juniors, so they’d be in the 17-18 range. Many thanks for reading and taking a moment to…

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April 02, 2014

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Charlotte – Thank you so much for taking the time out of what I’m sure is a busy family schedule to not only read my story but provide such thoughtful feedback. I definitely understand what you’re saying about the development of some of the parent/family relationships/issues in the book – however, as this was written as a YA romance story,…

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March 30, 2014

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Candace, thank you so much – I’m so happy my story found its way to you and appreciative of your feedback regarding my handling of the subject matter in the book. If your son has any additional thoughts, Please feel free to comment again – it would mean a lot to me to hear what someone his age thinks, especially…

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March 25, 2014

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Casey – thank you so much for the positive feedback. I’m glad to hear the story resonated with you both in a professional and personal sense. I feel so very strongly about respecting the real life challenges/blessings of families dealing with disability on a daily basis, so it means a lot to hear that I did an okay job handling…

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March 23, 2014

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Off the top, let me commend you on an awesome accomplishment – definitely deserving of a five-heart review! I’m a strong believer in the merits of “writing what you know,” and this story is an example of how this concept makes a story work. The authenticity definitely put you in the world of competitive figure skating and just brought your…

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March 20, 2014

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Sally – thank you so much for taking the time to read – I truly appreciate it! I was really, really hoping to find a reader that could relate in some capacity to this story, so thank you for sharing your experience. As always, authenticity is important, and I’m so glad to hear that my portrayal was at least in…

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