How to Speak Boy by Tiana Smith – Review

I am super excited to be partnering with Xpresso Book Tours today to share How to Speak Boy by Tiana Smith. This YA contemporary was so fun and sweet, and I super enjoyed it! Keep reading for my FULL REVIEW and a GIVEAWAY!


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How to Speak Boy
Tiana Smith
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 7th 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Two sworn enemies start to fall in love through anonymous notes in How to Speak Boy, a fun and charming YA novel from Tiana Smith.

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 one 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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Tiana Smith is a copywriter turned novelist who grew up in the Rocky Mountains. When she isn’t writing, she’s chasing after her ninja boy, reading, or binging the Disney Channel. She’d love to be fluent in sign language, but for now she gets by with awkward hand gestures and even more awkward French. She has double degrees in Honors and English from Westminster College but wants to go back to school to be a lion tamer.

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This was such a fun read! Quinn was a great MC and I loved following her. She’s a little neurotic and school does not come easy to her, but she tries so hard to overcome that. Greyson is a cinnamon roll and I shipped he and Quinn from the start! I loved their banter and how they challenged one another. It was pretty obvious that he was smitten with her, even as she didn’t see it.

I am a huge fan of the “secret pen pal” trope, and this did a great job. If you loved Simon Vs and P.S. I Like You, you will definitely want to check this one out! It was so fun to see them get to know each other and, even though we as the reader knew Quinn’s penpal was Greyson, see how the letters changed their relationship in real life.

All in all, this was a delightful book and I would definitely check out more from this author!


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