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Speak for Yourself



by
Lana Wood Johnson

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Scholastic
Imprint
Scholastic Press
ISBN
9781338660401
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
None
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JLG Category

PG High Plus

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?

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

352

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Sep 2021

Book Genres

Romance, Realistic Fiction

Topics

Academic achievement. Competition (psychology). Application software. Mobile apps. High school students. Dating (social customs). Interpersonal relations. Friendship. High schools. Contests. Romance.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up–High school junior Skylar has been making apps and staying in her lane for as long as she can remember. Her best friend Mads handles the graphic design but is in a new relationship with Kaden, which means the friends are spending less time together. They’re all in Scholastic Exposition together, though, and this year Skylar, the captain, has big plans for the team to win ScholEx Nationals. But she has friction with teammate Zane, who recruits his debate partner, Joey, to the team. Ensue love triangle: Because Joey likes Zane, Skylar makes a matchmaking app called Requite so they can connect, but readers know that Zane is really interested in Skylar, who is clueless. Skylar’s well-crafted plans for ScholEx get muddied when Requite takes off, things with Zane and Joey fizzle out, and Skylar can’t take a hint that Zane actually likes her. Group chats, goal lists, press releases, and emails replete with coding and app-creating language give this charming romance a modern feel. Readers will enjoy the authenticity of the friendships and the crush drama as they read between the lines. A thread of Skylar’s serious migraine headaches gives some depth to her character but doesn’t meaningfully impact the plot. All the characters are white; Kaden uses they/them pronouns and there is a queer relationship. VERDICT A unique romance choice where coding and STEM are popular topics.–Jamie Winchell, Percy Julian M.S., IL

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up–High school junior Skylar has been making apps and staying in her lane for as long as she can remember. Her best friend Mads handles the graphic design but is in a new relationship with Kaden, which means the friends are spending less time together. They’re all in Scholastic Exposition together, though, and this year Skylar, the captain, has big plans for the team to win ScholEx Nationals. But she has friction with teammate Zane, who recruits his debate partner, Joey, to the team. Ensue love triangle: Because Joey likes Zane, Skylar makes a matchmaking app called Requite so they can connect, but readers know that Zane is really interested in Skylar, who is clueless. Skylar’s well-crafted plans for ScholEx get muddied when Requite takes off, things with Zane and Joey fizzle out, and Skylar can’t take a hint that Zane actually likes her. Group chats, goal lists, press releases, and emails replete with coding and app-creating language give this charming romance a modern feel. Readers will enjoy the authenticity of the friendships and the crush drama as they read between the lines. A thread of Skylar’s serious migraine headaches gives some depth to her character but doesn’t meaningfully impact the plot. All the characters are white; Kaden uses they/them pronouns and there is a queer relationship. VERDICT A unique romance choice where coding and STEM are popular topics.–Jamie Winchell, Percy Julian M.S., IL

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