Published by Swoon Reads
Published: January 7, 2020
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Quinn and Grayson have been fierce speech and debate rivals for years. They can't stand one another, either in competition or in real life.
But when their AP Government teacher returns their school assignments to the wrong cubbies, they begin exchanging anonymous notes without knowing who the other is.
Despite their differences, the two come together through their letters and find themselves unknowingly falling for the competition. Before the state tournament, the two of them need to figure out what they want out of life, or risk their own future happiness. After all, what’s the point of speech and debate if you can't say what's in your heart?
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I was lucky enough to work with Tiana Smith when her debut novel, Match Me If You Can, came out in 2019. We had a lot of fun talking about OTP for celebrity couples. So I was very excited when I read about her sophomore novel, How to Speak Boy. Tiana has a style about her writing that suits me so I couldn’t wait to read what she did next. I am happy to say How to Speak Boy did not disappoint. Once again she nailed super cute characters with chemistry and a story to tell.
How to Speak Boy is the quintessential rivals to love story. It is the story of Quinn and Grayson, two speech and debate rivals that are determined to take the other down. Unfortunately they become more intertwined than ever when they are both selected as co-captains of the debate team. Now they are stuck working together. But when their history teachers makes a mistake and puts the wrong test in the wrong cubby, they unknowingly start exchanging notes with each other and find themselves falling for the one person they swore they would always be against. Soon the two of them find out that not all is fair in love and debate, especially when feelings are involved.
Quinn was so completely clueless for about 90% of this book. I swear she was so focused on taking Grayson down she didn’t even notice that he was more into flirting with her and riling her up than he was with winning. He thrived on getting a reaction out of her but not in a mean way. It was almost like he was trying to make her better. And in the long run that is what they did for each other. They made one another better and that is what I loved about them. Their chemistry was off the charts, but I really loved how they played off one each other. And honestly anytime you add letter writing to this dynamic I am hooked.
How to Speak Boy was a strong YA Rom-Com. It had a lot of heart and humor. The banter between Quinn and Grayson had me laughing at times and I think It would have you chucking too. I was entertained with every turn of the page. If you haven’t already picked this one up, do so now! I can’t wait to see what else Tiana Smith has in store for us.