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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,477 ratings  ·  280 reviews
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 Jord ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Swoon Reads
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*Warning: This is not a review. This is a rant.*

There are so many reasons why I disliked this book, and the main character, Jordyn, makes up 99% of them. Seriously, guys. She is infuriating.

I absolutely hated the way Jordyn treated her younger brother, Phillip, who is autistic. She treats him like crap, like he's the bane of her existence and the source of all her problems, which I just could not understand, and I had such a hard time forgiving her for it. She watches people (including her frie
Jaime Arkin
This is the book I’ve been waiting for from SwoonReads! While their other titles have been quirky and cute, none of them really made me swoon, so I went into this title with a bit of trepidation.

I’m so happy to say that I got everything I had hoped for while reading this lovely story.

Jodyn Michaelson has spent most of her life in the background when it comes to her life at home. As the older sister to her autistic brother, Phillip, most of her family’s choices have revolved around what is best
Aj the Ravenous Reader

I thought this was going to be another silly romance but it’s so much deeper than I expected it to be. I didn’t expect to tear up. The writing is fluid and relatable while the main plot and theme are so significant- how this girl tries to blend in and find some normalcy being a sister of someone with autism.

I love how it tackles the power of speech and how the author presented this subject in the light of a person with autism as compared to a normal person. It’s also very honest and the heroine
Kimberly Karalius
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Writing a review for HOW TO SAY I LOVE YOU OUT LOUD is going to be terribly hard for me. It's only been a half an hour since I finished reading the book, and I'm still wearing a silly, yes-that-was-a-great-ending grin on my face, while also wondering how my day could possibly be better. I've got a book handover real bad. Thank you, Karole.

In an effort to remain spoiler-free since HOW TO SAY doesn't come out until August, I'll be brief and gushy. Be prepared.

Jordyn was an excellent main charact
Jul 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
My full review-- http://southernbredsouthernread.blogs...

I received this ARC from Swoon Reads when I attended a panel that they hosted at BookCon in NYC earlier this year. I have loved all of the books published by Swoon Reads so far, so I was ecstatic to be lucky enough to get my hands on this ARC!

I want to be very up front and honest and say that I did not like this book. I did not like it at all. I realized that I didn't like it about 50 pages it and pretty much just hate-read through until t
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley and Swoon Reads for providing this ARC.

It’s difficult to write a review for a book so heavy with emotion, because everyone reacts differently to it. What I can tell you is that this book is beautiful. It’s honest, moving and powerful. I wasn’t really a hundred percent sold on it until the last 40 pages or so, but those pages brought tears in my eyes and left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling in my chest.
How To Say I Love You Out Loud is a stirring story about a girl and her brot
T.H. Hernandez
This story hooked me from the first chapter. Jordyn has a secret and I was dying to know what it was. Plus there’s a guy who’s both cute AND hot, which is a nearly irresistible combination, and she can’t be with him because of the secret? Yeah, my interest was piqued.

When I found out Jordyn’s big secret, my feelings about the book blossomed. This was no longer just a teen romance, but was now a deeper story dealing with very real, contemporary issues faced by very real people.

Nearly everyone kno
Beatrice Masaluñga
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, arc
Thank you NetGalley and Swoon Reads (Macmillan Children's Publishing Group) for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

It's hard to review thought-provoking books because I'm afraid I might offend anyone about my opinion. I have to think about it and try to understand the main character's situation and keep my mind open about it.

Jordyn Michaelson has an autistic brother. When his school shuts down, he has to go to her school for the meantime. She doesn't acknowledge him at school to a
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
This book was on the first page of my Kindle when I turned it on while waiting for my daughter's swim lesson to finish this morning. The title caught my eye so I began reading it not knowing what it was about and a few hours later I have finished it.

As the mother of special needs child I could relate to many of the feeling that both the mother and sister experienced in this story. While there is a typical teen romance within the pages of this book it is backed by a deeper story line that those
Find the original review here at This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

What did I just read? Guys, this book is sooooooooo good. I was expecting a cutesy romance, but oh no, How to Say I Love You Out Loud is so much more. It's a book about acceptance, bravery and love. And I loved every single page of it(let's tally how many times I say love). Swoon Reads has delivered some cute and cheesy reads thus far. I've definitely liked what I've read so far. But still colour me surprised upon finishing
Lisa (lifeinlit)
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arc, 2015
Jordyn has recently joined a new school, where she’s making new friends and creating a new life for herself. Her worst fears come true when her autistic brother’s special school closes and he is therefore forced to join her school until a new school location is obtained for him. Jordyn loves her brother, but the thought of anyone finding out that her brother is autistic is beyond her imagination. She has kept this fact hidden for the entire summer and into the school year, and she fears having i ...more
Jasmine Pearl Reads
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, read-in-2015
Book: How To Say I Love You Out Loud
Author: Karole Cozzo
Finished Reading: May 29, 2015 (Friday)

Favorite Quote/s and Line/s:
- "But how can you miss someone you never really had. What right do you have to miss when you were the person who walked away from them." page 10
- "It's just hard hearing people make a joke out of your life. Some things aren't really that funny and sometimes people just have no idea." page 70
- "My life might not be perfect but I'm really glad it's mine" page 214


*I wou
♛ may
Oct 11, 2016 rated it liked it

So after reading (and loving) How to Keep Rolling After a Fall, a little over a week ago, I made it my mission to get ahold of this book, and might I say, I was not disappointed.

How to Say I Love You Out Loud is about the life of Jordyn Michelson, a junior who is ready to tackle the new school year. But circumstances fall into place and the one thing Jordyn dreaded the most is now a reality: Phillip, her autistic brother is now transferred to her school. Jordyn desperately tries to escape an
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
A HUGE thank you to Lynne from Words of Mystery for giving me her copy <3

The second I heard about this book I knew it would be good!! Karole Cozzo did NOT disappointed! I'm already impatiently waiting until 2016 to get my hands on How to Keep Rolling After a Fall. I need to get my hands on a finished soon as Chapters actually gets some in stock -_-

Full review to come.

The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
Full Review on The Candid Cover

4.5 Stars

How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo is a heartfelt story that will tug at your heart strings. This book fits perfectly into the contemporary realistic fictional genre, as it contains a touching story that really educates its readers. Through its themes, identifiable main character and beautiful plot, readers will be drawn into this book and be left full of inspiration.

Karole Cozzo has created a story that truly digs deep into the themes of disa
Laurence R.
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once again, this is a book I added to my "currently reading" shelf after having finished it because it only took me an evening to read it. It was sooooo worth it, though, because this might be one of my favourite YA novels I read this year. ...more
Rebecca (Unbound Pages)
This review and more can be found on my blog, The Library Canary.

***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.***

The synopsis of this book really doesn’t do it justice. It makes it sound like this is all about the romance between Jordyn and Alex when really this story is about so much more. It’s not a cutesy, fluffy love story. I mean it is. But it has
Sally White
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story was a joy to read. The main character, Jordyn, goes through a lot of challenges living with an autistic brother, but she learns a great lesson about life from him. Jordyn is afraid to let people get close to her because she’s been hurt in the past, but she overcomes her fears and grows from the experience.

The boy she falls for, Alex, is attractive not only for his good looks, but also for his kind heart. It’s tough watching Jordyn shut him out to protect herself from potential heartbr
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Saying I loved this book does not do it justice! I read it on my plane ride back home, and when it moved me to tears, I just sat there and cried. I could not stop reading. The story is so beautiful and realistically portrays teenagers and their desire to fit in. In a way, it reminded me of the ever famous "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio- as someone who has been labeled as "different" navigates through the teenage saga of being exactly like everyone around you. HTSILYOL brings real emotions to the compl ...more
Feb 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
3.5 stars

It was easy to dislike Jordyn, yet it was even easier to recognize her feelings and thoughts as valid. I don't know anyone who is autistic, but I imagine the struggle she has with Phillip is fairly accurate. Reading Jordyn's journey as she finds her own way kept me turning the pages.

There were some sweet swoons and a pretty awesome ending. All in all, it was a compelling story and a quick read.

**Huge thanks to Swoon Reads for sending me the arc**
Haley Nguyen

As one of the most difficult books to rate in my opinion, How to Say I Love You Out Loud sure did evoke a truckload of emotions in me. For that, I decided to give it an actual review, which I'm not sure whether I'm doing its justice or turning people against it by writing.


To be honest, before How to Say I Love You Out Loud, I'd never encountered a book whose last 25% managed to engage me so fervently that tears just kept pouring out of my eyes, exhausting m
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
After reading and loving How to Keep Rolling After a Fall I knew I had to pick up Karole Cozzo's first book. I got exactly what I thought I would - an adorable book with a flawed but relatable main lady who grows and learns some life lessons all while there is a swoon-worthy boy that has her attention. I mean what is not to love???

Jordyn has kept her autistic brother's existence a secret from the kids at her newish school but that all changes when he unexpectedly has to attend there for
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2015
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

How to Say I Love You Out Loud is Karole's debut novel and it did not disappoint. It was a really short read but it left me wanting so much more. I didn't want it to end -- even if I was crying my eyes out. Let's start with the writing! It was simple and beautiful. It was easy to read and easy to get into the groove. I was able to pick it up right away and I couldn't put it down after. I really like
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book a lot and it made my eyes teary. haha.
Jordyn is definitely not a main character you'd love at first. The way she treated her autistic brother just because of some incident when she was on 3rd grade and how the same incident made her closed herself from so many opportunities.. However, it is understandable and some people are so easy to get traumatic or so difficult to forgive and forget just like Jordyn. So yeah, it makes sense.
What makes me give 5 stars for this book
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Here is the link to the review on my blog ->

How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo

I received this book for NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am absolutely apalled at how the main character treated her autistic brother. I myself am related to several people with autism and I would never act the way Jordyn does towards Philip. I stopped reading this book at 19% and read the end because I could not stand how she treated her brother. I woul
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Book Review: 5 Stars

I’ve been wanting to read this book forever!! I gotta admit, it was love at first sight. The cover is beautiful and colorful <3 And then I read the synopsis and I knew I had to read it. But sadly it took me a while to make the time to actually read it. But... The Ultimate Reading Challenge ’s March read: New-To-You Author was the perfect opportunity to finally read it. 

How To Say I Love You Out Loud brings the story of Jordyn, a teenager girl who has to accept her
Mavis Ros
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it

"I just really didn't want people to see me differently."

Regarding her flashback of her shared moments back at her camp, it felt itself brought out of the ordinary. I mean, maybe that's why I felt I didn't get to connect this book a lot since Chapter One.

Jordyn's intake of presenting her own "Power of Speech" might be the most moving thing I've ever read in quite a short book. Phillip might make her life a humiliating one but that doesn't stop her from reaching out to speak her own words of

4 stars

By the time I picked up How to Say I Love You Out Loud, I was a little hesitant. I've been tempted by so many Swoon Reads titles because of their absolutely gorgeous covers, but they've failed for me more often than not. But wow. I'm so glad I read this one anyway. How to Say I Love You Out Loud is powerful and emotional, and it brings autism to light in a way I had never considered it before.

Jordyn's little brother has autism. This is something that has shaped her whole family and her wh
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on Daydreaming Books.

I read this back in January and absolutely fell in love with the story! It was so unique an refreshing. This book definitely makes it to my favourite list this year!

Jordyn loves her little brother who's autistic but she's not too thrilled when he joins the same school as hers. She even pushed away Alex, her crush because she didn't want to share this secret. But life has other plans, because after a while the news spreads like wildfire that she is Phillip's
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book has been sitting on my TBR shelves for quite a while and I decided that the catchy title would be my curl up read for the night.

What started off as a few lines of words quickly turned into a 3am read. I just couldn't put it down. It's hard to put my thoughts into words because I had a love/hate relationship with this book - on one hand, I hated Jordyn for her attitude towards her autistic brother; On the other, on some twisted level I was able to understand where she was coming from.
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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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