Speak for Yourself (Hardcover)

By Lana Wood Johnson

Scholastic Press, 9781338660401, 352pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2021

List Price: 18.99*
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Description

Girl meets boy. Girl likes boy.
Girl gets friend to help win boy.
Friend ends up with crush on boy...


Skylar's got ambitious #goals. And if she wants them to 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 to win State at the Scholastic Exposition, the nerdiest academic competition 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 for 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 realizes she might be falling for Zane, which was not a #goal. Can Skylar figure out her feelings, prove her app's potential to the world, and win State without losing her friends--or is her path to greatness over before it begins?


About the Author

Lana Wood Johnson is the author of Technically, You Started It. She 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.


Praise For Speak for Yourself

Praise for Technically, You Started It

"Poignant and hilarious, nerdy and joyful, Technically, You Started It reminds us that true connection transcends any medium, evenin-especially in-the digital age." -Adib Khorram, author of Darius the Great Is Not Okay

"A quick and compulsive read." --Washington Post

"Johnson's clever debut speaks to Generation Z's cyberculture by validating online friendships." --Kirkus Reviews

"Debut author Lana Wood Johnson serves up a summer sweet, emotionally fraught-slash-hilarious teen romcom plot line perfect for fans of Netflix movies like To All the Boys I've Loved Before." --BookRiot.com

"Inventive. . . . The all-text format could be a gimmick in less talented hands, but here the dialogue sparkles as it lets readers inside these teens' heads. It's a surprisingly powerful way to illustrate the true value of connection." --Austin American-Statesman

"Told entirely through texts between the two main characters, Johnson takes a risk with her unconventional format-and it more than pays off." --Columbus Dispatch

"An accessible format for reluctant readers." --Booklist