P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Release Date: July 26, 2016
Genre: YA Contemporary & Romance
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 an incredibly charming, witty novel about a high school girl, Lily. I instantly could relate to her, yet I was a bit jealous of her! She had a wonderful friend, an interesting family, and an intriguing potential love interest. The book is light and funny, something difficult to put down, and I am eager to share it with you!
Lily Abbott is the epitome of quirky (in the best way possible!). She has her very own sense of style and an original personality. She was terribly witty and I was constantly laughing over her comments (not always out loud…). She is the kind of person who is quiet and reserved yet radiates personality. Lily also has a passion for music. She wishes to be a songwriter, so she is constantly coming up with lyrics and creating tunes with her guitar.
I 100% could relate to her. Me and Lily would be the best of friends if she went to my school. I also love music, and her humor is wonderful. She is quiet but unafraid of what people may think of her. Even when she voiced her insecurities, she still seemed confidant. I totally admire that. However, she refuses to share her songs with anyone. That was where her confidence faltered, but that made her person more realistic. She put her entire self into the pages of her notebook, so I can understand not wanting to share that. I really liked seeing the side of her that was a little afraid, it added so much depth.
Isabel, Lily’s best friend, is basically the most wonderful friend anyone could ever ask for. She is always there for Lily, and they share nearly everything with each other. Isabel is on a mission to find a boyfriend for Lily, and her efforts are admirable! She does her best, but has not found someone that Lily is happy with. Fortunately for Lily, she has an incredible crush on this cool senior named Lucas. PLUS, she starts writing letters to a mysterious guy in another chemistry class. (More about the letters in a moment!)
And then there’s Cade. He’s the cool, popular guy that everyone loves. Except for Lily. The two despise each other. I actually enjoyed their banter. It was entertaining! By no means was it a positive relationship, but the two had this connection that only people who hate each other can share. It was quite interesting, and very well written. I couldn’t help but enjoy the moments when Cade and Lily were arguing or insulting each other, even though they made Lily upset. I would have been curious to see Cade’s point of view during these scenes, or even throughout the story.
Lily’s family is adorable! They are quirky and unique and have their own special ways of doing things. She’s got two younger brothers and an older sister, all of whom are very different from Lily. The brothers are very childlike and add a sense of carefree innocence to the story. Her sister is the typical college girl, but she is more in the background. Lily’s parents are wonderful and very loving. They add to the happy family dynamic, which is something we don’t see a lot of here in the YA community.
“You’re my favorite way to pass the time. But time stands still when you’re on my mind.”
“If a penny can bring luck and a dime can grant a wish, how come my eleven cents hasn’t bought me what I need.”
Plot & Writing
AND NOW we can discuss the wonderful letter writing! I absolutely loved this aspect of the story. Lily begins to write letters to a mysterious someone in another chemistry class, and they immediately begin to bond. (HAha no pun intended!!) It is obvious that Lily is beginning to fall for the letter writer even before she admits it. They exchange letters about music, the boringness of chemistry, and eventually their personal lives. The person behind the letters would be perfect for Lily, except for the fact that he is unknown…
The book is a bit long, but it moves along quickly. There is not a dull moment in the story, as something new is always happening in Lily’s life. Frequently, that something new is a new letter in chemistry class, but it does not get old. Each one reveals something different about the mystery guy, and Lily is revealing more about herself as well. We get to know both of these characters in a more personal way, but we are forced to guess about the letter writer.
SPEAKING OF THE LETTER WRITER… just kidding we won’t speak of him except for that he’s awesome and the personality that shines through the letters is amazing! He makes a wonderful friend for Lily, and adds a bit of mystery to the book. Personally, I didn’t guess who he was, but some may have. The letters added a wonderful aspect to the story, and they gave so much personality to the book. I really enjoyed reading the letters between the two, and I loved each character’s sense of humor.
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West easily became one of my new favorites. It is incredibly charming and witty, and you will fall in love with the characters instantly. The writing is lovely and really lets the personalities shine through. I am eager to read more of West’s books!