Published by Point on 7/26/16
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
My content rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing)
Signed, sealed, delivered…
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…
Kasie West’s books get bonus points for being just so utterly adorable that I can’t bear to put them down. This book was no exception. P.S. I Like You was, on the surface, a typical high school romance, but somehow West makes you fall so in love with her characters that it becomes something more. By the end of this book, I was swooning and grinning and doing a little happy dance. Mission accomplished.
What Fed My Addiction:
- The notes. I absolutely adored each and every note that Lily and her secret friend exchanged. I looked forward to each new note almost as much as Lily did. While Lily had trouble expressing herself in real life, she had no problem at all being witty and fun in her letters. This felt so realistic to me. (A lot of us bloggers probably relate – it’s so much easier to write our thoughts and feelings sometimes than it is to say them out loud!) And I loved how the relationship between the two progressed so naturally through their letters. It started out as fun banter and then, as they got to know each other more, they started sharing deeper, more meaningful details about their life. I believed wholeheartedly that they would fall for each other based on their letters alone.
- A change in perspective. Toward the end of the book, Lily had to force herself to look at the world from another perspective. It was hard for her to get past her preconceived notions and her biases – which felt really honest for a high schooler. Let’s face it, those teenage years are pretty self-centered, and the idea that we could be wrong seems … well, wrong. Lily had a hard time shifting her perspective and seeing her own shortcomings when it came to a certain character. I loved that she eventually came to realize that her view on things might not be the only one!
- Friends and family. This book featured both strong friendships and strong family bonds. Both much appreciated in YA these days!
What Left Me Hungry for More:
- A bit predictable. I pretty much knew who Lily’s secret friend was from the very first letter, but that was okay with me. I still enjoyed every minute of their interactions, both on and off the page.
If you’re a fan of light YA contemporary, then you definitely need to read this book. It will hit the spot! I give it 4.5/5 stars.
***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***