P.S. I Like Youby Kasie West
Published by Scholastic, Point on July 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery?
While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she's flustered -- and kind of feels like she's falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer -- but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?
Ahhh… the sun shines brighter on the days I read a book by Kasie West. She is one of my favorite summer-time authors. I think my head might explode if she decides to publish a book in the winter.
Anyways… as soon as I got my hands on the ARC of P.S. I Like You, I danced a quick little jig around my living room and then I sat down to read this tale of love at first… lyrics written on a desk?
Yep, I believe you can fall in before you meet a person in the flesh and that’s what happens to awkward Lily. Typically, Lily has no clue what to say to a guy a she’s interested in. But she’s all words, prose, and charm when it comes to the person she’s conversing with via notes in her Chemistry class. Her and this someone who sits at her same desk during another Chemistry class go back and forth with engaging, conversational notes for some time before the inevitable happens… now what?
Do they meet?
The plot of the story finds Lily trying to figure out who is on the other end of the notes while at the same time, trying to work through her guy-induced awkwardness with the guy she has a mad crush on. Toss in a nemesis in the form of the popular guy who used to date her best friend but can’t seem to stay out of Lily’s business and you have a perfect young adult adventure with the message that you shouldn’t be too quick to judge someone.
I LOVE young adult stories that have a story or plot about seeing the world from a different point of view. As a teen, I was so egocentric that I thought the Earth affected my tides. So you toss a teen in a situation where they get their eyes opened wide and I LOVE it, eat it up for breakfast!! I get a do-over of my teen years, only consciously morally better 😉
Ms. West does teen romance right, IMHO.
I swooned. ‘Nuff said. I had a favorite character picked out as Lily’s secret pen pal but until it was revealed, I wasn’t entirely sold. But boy, did I swoon at the reveal!
And I adored Lily as the main protagonist. She’s definitely not the perfect teen. She’s at times a horrible sister and a horrible best friend but it’s a delight to watch her grow and learn. And I was soooo with her as we waited together for the next note to appear under her desk in Chemistry class. And then I cheered for her to gather up her inner mojo and take a chance on someone.
The story is tight, well paced, and definitely suited to teen readers. I binge read this in one sitting; I literally could not stop reading! I wanted to know what would happen next with Lily’s family. I wanted to know what would happen between Lily and her best friend, Isabel. And I needed to know what the secret pen pal was going to do next!!!
Kasie West = Infinite Swoons