by Kasie West
Published on July 26, 2016 by Scholastic Press
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!
Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West is cute, funny, heartwarming, and surprisingly amazing. I received this book in my August Owlcrate box and I was a little skeptical at first. It had been awhile since I had read a contemporary novel, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would I love it? Would I hate it? Or would I just plain not be able to get into it like a fantasy novel? To my utter surprise, I devoured this book. It was exactly what I needed to get me over the endings to The Rose & The Dagger and Empire of Storms.
Lily Abbott’s life is crazy. She has 3 siblings and parents who run their own business. To say that she gets zero time to herself is an understatement. But that doesn’t stop her from trying to go after her dreams. She loves music and plans to enter a song writing competition. Her only problem? She has never finished a song. On top of this, the entire school thinks she’s weird. She’s basically the outcast with a sense of humor no one understands.
Enter mysterious note writer. What started as a simple answer to a song lyric she wrote on her desk, turned into a pen pal situation. I honestly lived for these letter exchanges. They were so cute and heartfelt! I was seriously falling in love with the mysterious guy, and even though his identity was super predictable, I still loved the storyline! Plus Kasie’s inspiration for this story was really cute 🙂
Anyway, once Lily finds out who the guy is, she gets a little annoying. She’s so upset by who the writer is that she doesn’t realize the person she thought this guy was, is not in fact who he really is. To me, the letters are proof enough that he puts on a show for the rest of the school. That his intentions are not what she thought they were. But she goes and freaks out about it, causing unnecessary stress onto her already stressed life.
But when she actually starts hanging out with him in person… <3 I loved their interactions. They were so perfect together!
I was also a little annoyed with Lily’s best friend. First, she didn’t tell Lily who the guy was (though I guess Lily did say she never wanted to know who it was) and then she got mad at Lily for even talking with him when Lily never kept her letter sharing a secret. I didn’t like how she was acting towards Lily, but thankfully she redeems herself in the end!
Ultimately this book was an amazing read! Even if you generally don’t like contemporaries, because even I prefer fantasy novel’s over contemporary, I think anyone can appreciate the cuteness of this novel. So if you get the chance and just want a quick and light read, maybe something to get yourself out of a reading slump, you should definitely pick up P.S. I Like You by Kasie West!