Title: P.S. I Like You
By: Kasie West
Release Date: July 26, 2016
Pages: 304 (Hardcover)
Source: Blogger Book Exchange
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?
From beloved author Kasie West (The Distance Between Us) comes an utterly charming story about mixed messages, missed connections, and the magic of good old-fashioned secret admirer notes.
The Rants and Raves of P.S. I Like You
Last year, Epic Reads provided me an advance reader’s copy of The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West for their Early Reader’s Program. And you guys, I fell in LOOOOVE with this book; it was quirky, innovative, fun, swoon-worthy, and so heart-quenchingly adorable. The Fill-In Boyfriend was the first Kasie West book I read, even though she had several other publications before it. When I found out that Kasie had a new book coming out this year, P.S. I Like You, I immediately added it to my TBR list and my personal “2016-Wishlist.” Luckily, through a book exchange with a fellow book blogger (THANKS, Heidi!), I received an ARC of P.S. I Like You (EEEeekkk!!!).
Now I didn’t love P.S. I Like You, but I also didn’t hate it…I guess you could say I liked it. At first, I was not a big fan of the main character, a high schooler named Lily Abbott. She is very sarcastic, which I liked, but she is also a bit stand-offish, defensive, and very self-involved in her own little world.
Even though Lily has her faults (well, we all do, right?), she does have some likable qualities. First off, she is a very talented and self-determined songwriter. Lily is fierce and witty–overall, she doesn’t put up with people’s shenanigans.
She is also very family oriented. I really enjoyed the scenes of her interacting with her family. And her family members are off-the-wall hilarious. Lily’s family consists of her quirky and competitive parents, her rambunctious brothers (Thing One and Thing Two), and her wise, feisty older sister, Ashley. Even the family pet rabbit, Bugs Rabbit, was a fun highlight in the book and a pain in Lily’s butt, HAHAHA. The dynamics of the Abbott household are entertaining and very heartwarming. Their quirky traditions and the love that they all have for each other is very comforting. The Abbott family dynamics definitely won me over in this book.
The plot and twists in P.S. I Like You are quite predictable, but I still enjoyed the development and secrets that unfolded throughout the pages. While reading the first 200 pages, I thought the plot was too slow and I wanted something to happen. I mainly wanted to go beyond Lily’s grudges, wallowing, and self-pity. But as the story progressed, Lily became a more likable character. When she starts exchanging letters and song lyrics with a mysterious boy who shares her desk in a different Chemistry period, Lily begins to open up. Once these letters become a natural part of her day, I really liked how Lily challenges herself and, more importantly, her attitude becomes more tolerable. The main events that happen in the last 100 pages are definitely my favorite (SWOON!) and worth reading the whole book.
As I stated before, I did not find Lily to be a very likable character and her pessimism almost turned me away from reading the rest of the book. But I’m glad I finished the novel, because the ending was definitely worth all its swooning. Although I was not a fan of Lily, I was a HUGE fan of her “enemy” Cade. He’s funny, witty, and his attitude/actions are unexpected and swoony. He is an excellent choice to be Lily’s binary in P.S. I Like You.
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
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NOTE: I received this Advance Reader’s Copy (ARC) through a book trade with a fellow blogger. I was not provided a copy of this book by the author or the publisher for a review. All statements and honest opinions are mine.