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How to Say I Love You Out Loud Karole Cozzo

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Words are strong. Love is stronger.

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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?

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It all happened so fast.

Even though we couldn't find anything else in the darkness, we had no trouble finding each other. His hands fell to my hips, like they belonged there. I felt myself being pressed against the rickety wooden shelves, the firm, warm heat of his bare chest against my damp skin.

I gave into everything and dropped my hands to his waist. When I did, Alex finally lowered his head to kiss me. His lips crashed against mine without hesitation, on the most natural course in the world. They were soft and full and he caught mine between his teeth before softening the kiss and entering my mouth.

My tongue met his, and a ragged noise escaped Alex's mouth and echoed in the darkness.

For about two minutes… my walls were down. I twisted my legs around his calves. I pulled him into me at the same time he pulled me into him, and I gave up the idea of holding anything back. It was so easy in the dark and for the first time I allowed myself to have something, without considering what would have to be sacrificed or what it meant in the context of my life. For about two minutes, I was honest. I told Alex everything.

But I'd spent sixteen and a half years constructing walls, or allowing walls to be constructed around me.

A single kiss, even the best kiss in the history of kisses, was not enough to bring them down.

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Paperback: $9.99
ISBN 9781250063595

E-book: $7.12
ISBN 9781250063625

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A 2016 Carolyn W. Field Honor Book

"A budding romance with family drama and a feel-good ending.” —School Library Journal

"A book of acceptance, bravery, and most of all, love. It’s a book that will touch everyone’s hearts.” —Bibliophile Soprano

"Powerful and emotional, and it brings autism to light in a way I had never considered it before . . . It’s an impactful story about love, compassion, and the power of your voice.” —Snuggly Oranges

"You know a story captures your attention when you need to get the tissue box to continue reading through your tears." —Mindy Gebert, Swoon Reader

"What a wonderfully written and poignant story! This story hit me from two angles—one as the sibling of a person with a disability and the other as a high school guidance counselor. A beautiful story woven with just enough romance and drama to keep you on your toes." —Casey, Swoon Reader

"This was an excellent book! The details and plot were realistic, relatable and highly recommended to anyone looking for a phenomenal story to read. So glad my teacher showed me this!" —Sophia, Swoon Reader

"The story is really one-of-a-kind. It blends together style, plot, and humor perfectly, with a bit of tragedy and well-deserved tears. Many aspects of this book I found relatable to my own life. My own brother is mildly autistic, so I can connect to Phillip's oddities and Jordyn's occasional frustration but ongoing love. All of it is realistic and believable." —KC Feldman, Swoon Reader

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63 comments on "How to Say I Love You Out Loud"

Laura Est. on Aug. 22, 2017, 11:23 a.m. said:

Laura Est.


I really liked this book. It's not some novel like Slammed or On The Fence, it's more like a 'light' novel, if I can put it that way. You know when you read books and books sometimes you feel you need to take a break and enjoy a quick read, well this is the perfect book for it. Besides its lovely love story between Jordyn and Alex, you can actually learn something from this story. The value of family, of not being afraid of speaking out loud, of stop caring what others must think about you and follow whatever dream you have. 4/5 stars♡

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Tydah on April 3, 2017, 4:22 a.m. said:

Tydah


I loved this book so much! It I couldn't stop reading, I wish more books were more like this. It's definitely a must-read.

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Rosa Bermejo on Dec. 18, 2015, 11:36 a.m. said:

Rosa Bermejo


lets just say... this book "How to say I Love You Out Loud is one of my favorite now!!!! such an amazing book!

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Kahlo Song on Oct. 2, 2015, 6:41 a.m. said:

Kahlo Song


I finished your book in less than a day and I loved it! I'm definitely going to recommend this book to my friends. Can't wait to read your next book. Keep up the good work! I'm wishing you the best!

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Yasmine.MJY13 on Oct. 1, 2015, 10:26 p.m. said:

Yasmine.MJY13


I only read a few pages and im already hooked ill stop here tho cuz i cant buy the book where i live im really sad bout that but if i ever go to the u.s which is most likely soon insahallah i will buy it for sure!!

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Ada Wiam on Sept. 18, 2015, 6:11 a.m. said:

Ada Wiam


Interesting excerpt. Sad I missed reading it... Love the cover.

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Ada Wiam on Sept. 18, 2015, 6:09 a.m. said:

Ada Wiam


Nice cover. Want to read this book...

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Rose Knight on Sept. 15, 2015, 2:23 p.m. said:

Rose Knight


Really loved this book! Such a unique storyline, and it was written beautifully! The author is amazing!

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Laura P. Bryant on Aug. 10, 2015, 11:01 a.m. said:

Laura P. Bryant


Can't wait to read this one. <3

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Hameedah Smith on Aug. 10, 2015, 11:59 a.m. said:

Hameedah Smith


This cover is so beautiful, i cannot wait to read it!

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