Lana Wood Johnson was born and raised in Iowa in the time before the internet but has spent the rest of her life making up for that. After years working in wireless communication for companies of all sizes, she now works doing the same for a local youth shelter. Lana lives in Minnesota with her husband and their English bulldog. TECHNICALLY, YOU STARTED IT (Scholastic, 2019) is her first novel.
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. . .
Girl meets boy.
Girl has crush on boy.
Girl gets friend to help win boy.
Boy has crush on friend . . .
Skylar’s got ambitious #goals. And if she wants to make them come true, she has to get to work now. (At least she thinks so . . .) Step one in her epic plan is showing everyone that her latest app is brilliant. To do that, she’s going to use it win State at the Scholastic Exposition, the nerdiest of academic competitions around.
First, she’ll need a team, and Skylar’s not always so good with people. But she’ll do whatever it takes to put one together . . . even if it means playing Cupid to set up her teammates Joey and Zane, at Joey’s request. When things get off to an awkward start for them, Skylar finds herself stepping in to help Joey. Anything to keep her on the team. Only Skylar seems to be making everything more complicated. Especially when she realize she might be falling for Zane, which was not a #goal. Can Skylar figure out her feelings, prove to the world her app’s potential, and win State without losing her friends-or is her path to greatness over before it begins?