Technically, You Started It

When a guy named Martin Nathaniel Munroe II texts you, it should be obvious who you’re talking to. Except there’s two of them (it’s a long story), and Haley thinks she’s talking to the one she doesn’t hate.

A question about a class project rapidly evolves into an all-consuming conversation. Haley finds that Martin is actually willing to listen to her weird facts and unusual obsessions, and Martin feels like Haley is the first person to really see who he is. Haley and Martin might be too awkward to hang out in real life, but over text, they’re becoming addicted to each other.

There’s just one problem: Haley doesn’t know who Martin is. And Martin doesn’t know that Haley doesn’t know. But they better figure it out fast before their meet-cute becomes an epic meet-disaster . . .


“This quick and compulsive read relies on an elaborate case of mistaken identity and a phone-based relationship that affords Martin and Haley the chance to get to know each other outside of the strictures of high school hierarchies and teenage insecurities. The story unfolds entirely in text messages, which run the gamut of goofy inside jokes, self-aware angst and a slow burn of building feelings.”

The Washington Post

"Johnson’s clever debut speaks to Generation Z’s cyberculture by validating online friendships."

Kirkus Review

"Hand this to readers who like different formats and their romances more on the cerebral side. Good fun.”

School Library Journal

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