P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Our Rating: 4
Goodreads Rating: 4.05
This Book in a Song: Secret Heart by Feist
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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…
Lily adores music, and she wants to be a songwriter. Naturally, she writes lyrics down in her notebook. When her chem teacher forbids her from doing that, however, she has to find another way to take up her time, and she eventually starts writing letters to an anonymous penpal. As time goes on, she starts to fall for him, and he turns out to surprise her with his identity.
This is definitely another Kasie West book: contemporary, cliché, predictable, but adorable. Her style is kind of like hot chocolate and grilled cheese and a warm sweater in the winter, or a cute flowy dress and lemonade and fruit salad in the summer- comfort in word form. That’s what I love about Kasie West’s books: they’re adorable, they make you feel good and hopeful, and they’re wholesome. You might know how it’s going to end, but you still love reading it.
As far as her other books go, this one definitely isn’t my favorite. That would still go to On the Fence. That doesn’t mean I disliked this one; it’s just that Charlie was a bit more interesting as a narrator than Lily. I am by no means a tomboy, but I could relate a little more to Charlie. I’m more toward the creative side, but I still couldn’t fully relate to Lily.
That doesn’t mean she’s unlikeable. I thought she was a great character, actually. A little different, but great.
I loved Lily’s family. West always does such a great job of creating realistic families, and this was no exception. Lily loved her family, and you could tell throughout the entire story. They were a loving unit as a whole, and I thought that was wonderful in a story.
Isabel, Lily’s friend, was great, too. They were obviously very close, and although their friendship often seemed a little Lily centered, it’s a contemporary romance, so it’s not like the friendship is a super huge aspect.
The romance was unique on one level and totally cliché on the other level. The letter passing, while predictable in the end result, was something I’ve never seen before in a story, and I was looking forward to each letter. It was great to watch their relationship develop on paper. The relationship in person was cliché, however, and if you had read the first twenty pages and I spoiled the identity of the pen pal right now, you wouldn’t be surprised. But that’s okay! It was sweet and I loved how it turned out, especially after about the 60% mark in the story. Their romance kind of reminded me of Lily and Quince from Forgive My Fins, and since that was my favorite book for about two years, I was inclined to like it.
This is the perfect summer read. Or, if you’re as bored as Lily in Chem, a perfect chem class read. I wish it had been published when I was still in chem. I would have read it and wished someone was writing me letters. Then again, my chem teacher would have had my head if I wrote on the table.
But seriously, this is a good, light read, and although it was harder to get into than her other books, it’s definitely worth reading!