Book Review: How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo

Published August 23, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog


Title- How to Say I Love You Out Loud

Author- Karole Cozzo

Publisher- Swoon Reads



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?


A lot of the YA books I have been reading had completely pulled at my heartstrings, and this book was no different. I got completely lost in the book, and it takes a lot to do that while I read.

I will begin by talk about the characters, Jordyn in struggling with keeping her family life secret from the rest of her classmates. She has been hurt before by classmates and doesn’t want that to happen again. Jordyn is also struggling with loving Phillip but also the attention he gets taken away from her. I can see how that would be something hard to cope with, we see a glimpse of it early on when she goes to dinner with Phillip and her mom. Then there’s Alex, he was your stereotypical popular boy, he was caring and such a sweetheart. I mean what high schooler opens a park for disabled children. It completely makes me want to do something productive like that. I was rooting for Alex and Jordyn to get together the whole book their friendship was sweet. Then there was Phillip! How could you not adore him and his ability to quote SpongeBob at any given moment.

I felt as though Ms. Cozzo did a great job writing a story about a family dealing with one of their members having a disability like Phillip’s. It was also interesting reading the story from their perspective and not the perspective of the child who id suffering. It was interesting to see the feelings both Jordyn and her mom (through conversations with Jordyn) felt toward Phillip. I mean Jordyn’s one speech brought tears to my eyes.

Now that I know if I write anymore, I will give away the whole story, I will leave you with this. I think this story was written in a very tasteful way and I would recommend this to both young readers and adults to read.



Karole lives outside of Philadelphia, PA with her loving husband, exuberant little girl, and smiley little boy. She adores YA Romance, because it would be awesome if life in general had a requisite feel-good happy ending rule. Vices include obscene Haribo gummy consumption, addiction to Starbucks NF vanilla lattes, and tendency to hoard Bath and Body Works 3-wick candles.

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