How to Speak Boy
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?

How to Speak Boy Details

TitleHow to Speak Boy
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 7th, 2020
PublisherSwoon Reads
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance

How to Speak Boy Review

  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    January 1, 1970
    This book is an excellent read! Right away I’m hooked on this story when I read on how competitive Quinn is and how her mouth “twisted in distaste” when she hears of her competitor’s name. I’m the same way as Quinn on study and homework. I take a lot of time and it’s definitely unfair when others just seems to study very little but still get A’s. I love books with witty banter characters and this book has it. Grayson seems like a cool guy!This book is told in the first person point of view This book is an excellent read! Right away I’m hooked on this story when I read on how competitive Quinn is and how her mouth “twisted in distaste” when she hears of her competitor’s name. I’m the same way as Quinn on study and homework. I take a lot of time and it’s definitely unfair when others just seems to study very little but still get A’s. I love books with witty banter characters and this book has it. Grayson seems like a cool guy!This book is told in the first person point of view following Quinn, 17 as she’s out buying pantyhose with her bff Naomi for her speech and debate tournament. Quinn is highly competitive but so is Grayson, the tall dark and handsome competitor. They either tie out or he wins. They compete on everything. She so badly wanted to win him out. Quinn dislike Grayson to the max, but unexpected thing happened and now the hate has other meanings. On the other hand, her life is not completely dislike because she’s falling for her mysterious pen pal!How to Speak Boy is well written and a fun read! I smile often especially when both want to have the last words. I can relate to Quinn because I don’t like phone calls and prefer emails so that I would have time to think. So it’s impressive when Grayson talks on the phone and relatable when it’s her turn. The love story is cute and I like that extension on the failed meet up. This story is centered around speech and debate and I guess it would have been great to read their speech, especially on the topic that they dared each other. Quinn’s mom is such a cool mom. Overall, this book is a great read and I recommend everyone to read it.Pro: fast paced, page turner, competitive, humor, friendship, love, witty banterCon: noneI rate it 5 stars!***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Fierce Reads for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.xoxo,Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for more details
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  • julianna ➹
    January 1, 1970
    don't u think it's pretty god level of me to finish 3 books in 3 days? idk i think it's pretty god level of mealso anonymous romance in ya? :) you know you love it
  • Elaine
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you net galley for the advance reader copy of this novel. This was a simply delightful YA contemporary romance. I enjoyed the relationship building between Quinn and Grayson. Their dialogue was real and witty. I appreciated that the author kept this book clean from sex and swearing. I will definitely recommend this book to others and can't wait to read more by this author!!!!
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  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsThis was a lot of fun and Quinn and Grayson has a great and flirty enemies to lovers situation which is always enjoyable. This was such a quick and engaging read - super addicting and pure fun. My main complaint is the big time jumps that happen within the story, it makes it a bit harder to buy some of the development between the characters. And I could have done without Quinn's friend Carter, but other than that this was an enjoyable read that had a quintessential romcom feel. I 3.5 StarsThis was a lot of fun and Quinn and Grayson has a great and flirty enemies to lovers situation which is always enjoyable. This was such a quick and engaging read - super addicting and pure fun. My main complaint is the big time jumps that happen within the story, it makes it a bit harder to buy some of the development between the characters. And I could have done without Quinn's friend Carter, but other than that this was an enjoyable read that had a quintessential romcom feel. I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Krysti
    January 1, 1970
    This was absolutely ADORABLE! Full review TK!
  • Mary H
    January 1, 1970
    THIS BOOK SOUNDS SO CUTE I COULD DIE
  • elisabeth
    January 1, 1970
    this book sounds like a blessing to my rivals to lovers shipping heart
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    January 1, 1970
    Enemies to Lovers with more in between. More like enemies to sort of friends, to sort of lovers, back to sort of enemies, then sort of friends, and then lovers. It took a long time to get there.This was a super cute book that I think a lot of teens will relate to. It's so focused on the feelings of falling in love for the first time, along with all the insecurities and worries that go along with it. I think it's perfect for young teens, but older teens will relate, too. First love is so Enemies to Lovers with more in between.   More like enemies to sort of friends, to sort of lovers, back to sort of enemies, then sort of friends, and then lovers.  It took a long time to get there.This was a super cute book that I think a lot of teens will relate to.  It's so focused on the feelings of falling in love for the first time, along with all the insecurities and worries that go along with it.  I think it's perfect for young teens, but older teens will relate, too.  First love is so different.  Even though it rarely lasts, it feels so special at the time.  And I can say with experience that once you find the right person, you'll feel that way again.  But even stronger.  While the debate story was a lot of fun, I really focused in on the characters.  They drove the story and even though I knew who wrote the letters, I kept getting excited and impatient to find out what happened.Quinn was pretty easy for me to relate to.  She was in her head.  A lot.  She put a lot of pressure on herself and thought so much about the future.  Falling for a boy (or maybe two) wasn't one of her plans.  While this made her excited, she was also terrified by all the things that could go wrong.  She needed to focus and get into the college she wanted.  And to hopefully win state.Quinn had two best friends.  Naomi was pretty much the perfect BFF.  They supported each other no matter what.  If there were boys, they didn't get jealous and still talked.  Then there was Carter.  I wasn't a big fan of his early on, but he had been almost an anchor for Quinn.  She was introverted and he helped her socialize more.  However, Carter had feelings for Quinn and she didn't feel the same way.  Sadly, he didn't take the hints and was pushy.  I was pretty spot on with my feelings about him.Grayson was so easy to like.  At first, he came off as super arrogant, but you could tell he was really a nice guy.  He had a lot of patience with Quinn and didn't push her.  Even though they were competing against each other, he always told her how great she did.  They loved to argue and compete over everything, but it didn't feel bad.  I loved watching this friendship and relationship grow. One more quick mention.  Quinn's mom.  OMG, I loved her so much.  She was funny and supportive.  Being a single mom is tough, but she didn't give up on her dreams and was good with whatever Quinn wanted for her future.  She was adorable with the scenes with Grayson.  I love good moms in books.This was fun and it's a really quick read.  I gave the book 4 stars.  Thank you to Swoon Reads/Macmillan for my review copy.
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  • diana
    January 1, 1970
    I don't not like it. But to tell you honestly, this wasn't very memorable. The romance was okay. I have a love-hate relationship with Quinn. And Grayson was... well, I was expecting more.I received an e-arc from the pubisher via Edelweiss+ to read and review.
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    Quinn has been competing with Grayson in Speech and Debate the entire time they've been in high school. They loathe each other. But this is senior year. Quinn is determined to not only be their team captain, but to also crush Grayson like a bug in their competition. But Quinn gets a bit distracted when she ends up with an anonymous pen pal due to a misfiled test. And she's flunking AP Gov. And one of her best friends just won't take her gentle, but obvious, hints that she's just not into him. I Quinn has been competing with Grayson in Speech and Debate the entire time they've been in high school. They loathe each other. But this is senior year. Quinn is determined to not only be their team captain, but to also crush Grayson like a bug in their competition. But Quinn gets a bit distracted when she ends up with an anonymous pen pal due to a misfiled test. And she's flunking AP Gov. And one of her best friends just won't take her gentle, but obvious, hints that she's just not into him. I especially loved the dialogue in How to Speak Boy between Quinn and Grayson, as well as between Quinn and her penpal. The relationship building here was fantastic and this was just a joy to read.
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  • Samantha Hastings
    January 1, 1970
    A charming YA rewrite of You’ve Got Mail that had me at Speech and Debate. Quinn is a determined heroine who isn’t perfect, doesn’t know everything, and isn’t a super model. She is refreshingly normal with plenty of spunk. Quinn makes her fair share of mistakes as she navigates her college applications, the state speech tournament, friendship, and her love life. But you can’t help but cheer her on. This is a witty and wonderful romcom that will appeal to both teens and adults. And #Netflix ... A charming YA rewrite of You’ve Got Mail that had me at Speech and Debate. Quinn is a determined heroine who isn’t perfect, doesn’t know everything, and isn’t a super model. She is refreshingly normal with plenty of spunk. Quinn makes her fair share of mistakes as she navigates her college applications, the state speech tournament, friendship, and her love life. But you can’t help but cheer her on. This is a witty and wonderful romcom that will appeal to both teens and adults. And #Netflix ... this would make a great movie!
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  • Thamy
    January 1, 1970
    A not so typical story about rivals who fall in love and need to deal with this change.3.5, but not enough to round up. Quinn and Grayson compete in the debate club, and Quinn knows Grayson has once made a girl fall for him only to break her heart and win in the school's election, so this won't be a story of hate becoming love. Or will it? While she exchanges messages with an anonymous boy getting the tips she needs to improve in AP Government and in her speeches, her feelings toward Grayson A not so typical story about rivals who fall in love and need to deal with this change.3.5, but not enough to round up. Quinn and Grayson compete in the debate club, and Quinn knows Grayson has once made a girl fall for him only to break her heart and win in the school's election, so this won't be a story of hate becoming love. Or will it? While she exchanges messages with an anonymous boy getting the tips she needs to improve in AP Government and in her speeches, her feelings toward Grayson start to change.This was a lovely YA romance that kept me entertained and swooning. Along with the rivals trope, we also get the letter exchanges. I'll be honest and say I wasn't sure of who'd be the boy writing to her though we always tend to imagine it is her love interest.What I liked about the use of this trope here was we didn't have to go through all those steps all books seem to feel a need to—among which, my most hated "I'm sure it's this dreamy guy, even though of course there's no logical reason except the ones the writer inserted because he wanted".I also liked the conclusion, there were some twists before that me wonder if it would please me in the end it actually wrapped pretty well, I was a little impressed. However, the second half of the book wasn't that good, in my opinion. It felt a little aimless, perhaps? The characters seemed to move at random, trying to find the best path, and it made the book lose pace and the romance, its impact. I could see they were a good couple, but the swoon it gave me in the first half became lukewarm during the last.It's still above average and I recommend of fans of this trope, but it lacked that shine when it felt so close, so apt to reach perfect.Honest review based on an ARC provided by Edelweiss. Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity.
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  • Christine Manzari
    January 1, 1970
    This was a quick, cute read that was like a retelling is You’ve Got Mail.
  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 4.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
  • Paige
    January 1, 1970
    This is a quick, easy read that would be perfect for high school girls. It follows the typical formula of a romance novel. The reader figures out the catch long before the characters do, and the rest of the book is filled with that great frustration of yelling at characters who are so willingly ignoring the obvious.
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    This book was received as an ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group - Swoon Reads in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.Now this is what I call a teen romance novel. How to Speak Boy was brilliantly written in reflecting today's society and how two unlikely people and in this case enemies can forge friendships even they could not expect just from a AP Government class and exchanging notes without even knowing who each other This book was received as an ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group - Swoon Reads in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.Now this is what I call a teen romance novel. How to Speak Boy was brilliantly written in reflecting today's society and how two unlikely people and in this case enemies can forge friendships even they could not expect just from a AP Government class and exchanging notes without even knowing who each other are. Because of the unique approach Tiana Smith took and that it was brilliantly executed, our teen book club will be ecstatic to read this and I can't wait to share this title with them and tell the rest of the community about it too.We will consider adding this title to our YFiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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  • Michelle (Love, Stars and Books)
    January 1, 1970
    (I received an eARC from Xpresso Book tours and NetGalley for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)Book review: How to speak boy by Tiana Smith (5 stars)How to speak boy by Tiana Smith Genre: YA, Contemporary, RomanceRating: 5/5 stars(Review)(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)This book made me literally roll in my bed in frustration because it was clear to me that certain characters had feelings for each other, and I meant that in a good way. I (I received an eARC from Xpresso Book tours and NetGalley for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)Book review: How to speak boy by Tiana Smith (5 stars)How to speak boy by Tiana Smith Genre: YA, Contemporary, RomanceRating: 5/5 stars (Review)(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)This book made me literally roll in my bed in frustration because it was clear to me that certain characters had feelings for each other, and I meant that in a good way. I really enjoyed the conflict and set up of this story as it made it interesting to read.The interaction between Grayson and Quinn was really interesting and fun to watch. I love that Quinn was feisty and a risk taker, but I totally related to her when she was talking on the phone, and I mean relate on a spiritual level. Grayson and Quinn stole my heart in this book.This novel was really addictive and I couldn’t put the book down. There is a love triangle and I did find a few scenes choppy, but I wasn’t affected much as I really enjoyed the story. It was a cheesy romance story, but I found it to be done well and my heart died at the last letter. I did find the story predictable, but at the same time, I was really anticipating the events and this book stole my heart.I finished this book in one sitting (1-3am) and totally loved it! I loved the conflict and characters, the great message and concept of this book and would totally recommend it to fans of contemporary romance.
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  • kglibrarian
    January 1, 1970
    This is an adorable, quick YA read about a budding teenage romance.Quinn lives alone with her mother, who works as a waitress while building up her photography business on the side. Living in a small town in Idaho, Quinn faces the typical high school drama--social insecurity, academic overload, and relationship woes. She has her two close friends,Naomi and Carter, whom she confides in but recent events have caused some distance between them. Her main focus is the Speech and Debate team, for This is an adorable, quick YA read about a budding teenage romance.Quinn lives alone with her mother, who works as a waitress while building up her photography business on the side. Living in a small town in Idaho, Quinn faces the typical high school drama--social insecurity, academic overload, and relationship woes. She has her two close friends,Naomi and Carter, whom she confides in but recent events have caused some distance between them. Her main focus is the Speech and Debate team, for which she has recently been elected as co-president with her competitor, Grayson. As the two leaders attend meets together and oversee the running of the club, they enter into flirtatious banter, which alternates between friendly and accusatory tones. When Quinn starts an anonymous correspondence with a mystery student in her AP Government class, she wonders if the writer could be someone she knows. As she begins to feel a close connection to this person, she makes questionable decisions that lead to uncertainty. As she struggles to figure out her future, Quinn is forced to face the issues that are right in front of her.Smith's writing is straightforward and uncomplicated, and gets to the heart of the teenage experience. Although she occasionally falls into formulaic writing, she makes it work by imbuing her characters with depth and realistic traits. How to Speak Boy is a fun, enjoyable story that explores the world of high school seniors.
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  • Seanean
    January 1, 1970
    Quinn is competitive. She's not just a little competitive; she is ultra competitive. She will do almost anything to win, except cheat. She's definitely not a cheater.However, it looks like her biggest competition IS a cheater. Grayson seems to win at everything he does without even trying and rumor has it that he's cheated a few times to do it. Now Quinn and Grayson have become the co-captains of the speech and debate club so they have to work together. Quinn could finally learn the truth about Quinn is competitive. She's not just a little competitive; she is ultra competitive. She will do almost anything to win, except cheat. She's definitely not a cheater.However, it looks like her biggest competition IS a cheater. Grayson seems to win at everything he does without even trying and rumor has it that he's cheated a few times to do it. Now Quinn and Grayson have become the co-captains of the speech and debate club so they have to work together. Quinn could finally learn the truth about Grayson and his winning ways. But she gets a little distracted when her AP Government teacher accidentally mixes up Quinn's essay with someone else's. With that simple mistake, Quinn now has an anonymous suitor who lifts her up and makes her stronger, even as Grayson seems to be trying to beat her at every turn.Who is the letter writer who keeps leaving notes with perfectly timed messages in her box? And who is Grayson, really? Final thoughts: Cotton candy all the way and totally fun to read. This book is the YA version of The Shop Around the Corner and You've Got Mail. Everything is pretty predictable but it's still an enjoyable few hours spent.Rating: 4/5Thanks to NetGalley and MacMillan Children's Publishing Group for the ARC.
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  • bjneary
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and Swoon Reads for the advance reader copy How to Speak Boy by Tiana Smith, in exchange for an honest review. What I really liked about this novel is Quinn’s passion for debate and speech; she was one of the best; she knew it and worked tirelessly to be the best and become captain senior year. Only problem was Grayson; he is always her competition and the way Quinn sees it; Grayson gets things way too easily and she has been told Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and Swoon Reads for the advance reader copy How to Speak Boy by Tiana Smith, in exchange for an honest review. What I really liked about this novel is Quinn’s passion for debate and speech; she was one of the best; she knew it and worked tirelessly to be the best and become captain senior year. Only problem was Grayson; he is always her competition and the way Quinn sees it; Grayson gets things way too easily and she has been told countless times that he will do anything to win. Could it be his good looks (even Quinn notices) or the fact that his mother is in politics that make everything Grayson does look effortless? I really enjoyed the assignment mix-up in the wrong cubbies! Quinn was a dominating presence so the reader did not really get to know Grayson, except through others’ eyes and here say. I really wanted to see more of his character and personality. I liked Quinn’s drive but wished she was able to transfer this to her interactions with boys (friend, Carter and also Grayson); being insecure when it comes to boys she did not listen to her friends and family when they saw and realized things and Quinn did not. Readers will enjoy the surprises at the end of this fun rom com. I loved the resolution of this fun, enjoyable romance.
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  • Cassie
    January 1, 1970
    Overall an entertaining read, but I wanted to see more first hand letters rather than being told about them after the fact. I grew up in the late 90s-early 2000s when instant messaging was our main mode of communication, so I'm a sucker for written communication in YA books. I want to experience the relationship development with the characters instead of hearing about it after the fact. I kept bouncing all over the place with who was on the other end of Quinn's letters, which was nice. The way Overall an entertaining read, but I wanted to see more first hand letters rather than being told about them after the fact. I grew up in the late 90s-early 2000s when instant messaging was our main mode of communication, so I'm a sucker for written communication in YA books. I want to experience the relationship development with the characters instead of hearing about it after the fact. I kept bouncing all over the place with who was on the other end of Quinn's letters, which was nice. The way details were revealed kept the mystery alive and kept me wondering if I had it right or not.
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  • Bonnie Grover
    January 1, 1970
    So much fun, I read it in a day! “Some things are worth fighting for. The stronger the competition, the stronger you become as a result.” I liked the dynamics of a secret friendship that goes to the next level. The problem being neither party knows who the other person is. How do you compete in a speech and debate competition knowing you could be giving strategic info to your enemy? Who is the mysterious note writer? What’s the point of speech and debate if you can’t say what’s in your heart? I So much fun, I read it in a day! “Some things are worth fighting for. The stronger the competition, the stronger you become as a result.” I liked the dynamics of a secret friendship that goes to the next level. The problem being neither party knows who the other person is. How do you compete in a speech and debate competition knowing you could be giving strategic info to your enemy? Who is the mysterious note writer? What’s the point of speech and debate if you can’t say what’s in your heart? I think middle grade readers and young adults are going to like this one.
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  • caitlin
    January 1, 1970
    Review copy courtesy of Edelweiss.As soon as I read this premise, I was sold on this book. But through reading, I was slightly - not entirely - disappointed. I think, as a newbie to the debate scene, I could have used more exposition on their club. The romance just didn’t unfurl as much as I dreamed. The book was still satisfying but not as full marks as I had hoped.
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  • Christina Marie Reads
    January 1, 1970
    This book was absolutely adorable! Grayson and Quinn are fierce competitors in all things, especially debate club! Quinn can't stand Grayson but slowly falls in love with him while exchanging anonymous letters with him. Through it all, she learns who her friends truly are.
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  • Alexis
    January 1, 1970
    Aww, this book was so freaking adorable!! It was fluffy, fast, and it was exactly the fun type of book I needed right now.Full review to come!(Thank you to the publisher, Swoon Reads, for sending an ARC my way!)
  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    cute contemp YA romance. enjoyed it and would recommend to those who enjoy that kind of thing.thanks to the publisher for an ARC, this is my honest review.
  • Micaela Muldoon
    January 1, 1970
    This sounds like YA You've Got Mail but with even more heated arguments and opinions and banter and basically I need it.
  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    I throughly enjoyed this book. It was a quick read for me. I loved the characters because they were relatable, fun, and genuine. I found it refreshing that while Quinn was great at debate, she still struggled in other areas of school and wasn't a genius. It made her seem more normal and down to earth. As for Grayson, he is fairly good at most things, but that's due to family pressures and studying from what we can tell since it's told from Quinn's perspective. I wish we got more insight to his I throughly enjoyed this book. It was a quick read for me. I loved the characters because they were relatable, fun, and genuine. I found it refreshing that while Quinn was great at debate, she still struggled in other areas of school and wasn't a genius. It made her seem more normal and down to earth. As for Grayson, he is fairly good at most things, but that's due to family pressures and studying from what we can tell since it's told from Quinn's perspective. I wish we got more insight to his life and saw how he interacted with friends. It seemed as if he had none.I liked Quinn's best friend Naomi and thought their interactions were fun and supportive of each other. There was one scene in the book that was a bit heart-wrenching, but otherwise the book is lighthearted, fun, witty, and smart. If you like enemies/rivals to more, You've got Mail, and/or competitive MC's, this book is for you.
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  • Andi (Andi's ABCs)
    January 1, 1970
    That was super cute! I loved the chemistry between Grayson and Quinn. Review to come.
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