Review: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

25486998P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Publisher: Point

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!

Characters

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.

Overview

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!

Chat with me! Have you read P.S. I Like You? What did you think? Have you read or enjoyed any of West’s other books?

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Double Review: Eliza and Her Monsters + When Dimple Met Rishi

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Hey guys! I hope you are all having a lovely day, and maybe I can make it better by sharing two of my newest favorite books! I read these two (Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia and When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon) back to back, and I fell in love almost instantly. I haven’t always been into the contemporary/romance stuff, but recently I have found them to be light and fun and really enjoyable! So, even if you are unsure of the genre, I would encourage you to give these a try!

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

31931690Publisher: HarperCollins

Release Date: May 30, 2017

Genre: YA Contemporary

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.


Okay, I had heard sooo many good things about this book and it had a pretty good blurb, so I knew I had to try it. And I am so glad that I did! This is probably one of the best books I have read in a long time, and it has easily become one of my favorites.

Eliza and Wallace are such geeks/nerds (whatever your preference) and I can totally relate to them! Eliza spends most of her time locked in her room writing her webcomic, Monstrous Sea. And it’s worked out pretty well for her, too, since she’s practically internet famous. She made me wish I was that good at writing or art, so I could be that popular. Even though she has anxiety, Eliza is generally happy and can find happiness through her comic. I’m glad that this was shown through a more positive/happy light, and it added depth and a realistic sense to her personality.

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Eliza spent a lot of her time online, and never really connected with people at school. I can totally relate, as I’m sure many, many people can! I would much rather be by myself than with a huge group of obnoxious teenagers that don’t seem to have any common sense. Eliza knows the value of a friendship, even if it is online. That does not make it any less meaningful than having a friend you see face to face. Unfortunately, Eliza’s parents don’t really get that. They want her to go out and be like a “normal” teenager, even though she has her own way of doing that from the comfort and safety of her bedroom. So, her parent’s weren’t my favorite, but they grow on you…

ANNNDDDDD enters Wallace! Wallace is the new kid, and he doesn’t talk much. Or at all when lots of people are around. He prefers to pass notes or text, even to Eliza or his friends. And let me just say Eliza and Wallace’s note passing is ADORABLE. XD Plus, Wallace is the number one fan of Eliza’s comic, Monstrous Sea. But get this: he doesn’t know who she is. Nor does anyone because Eliza’s anonymous online, and prefers to remain that way.

Anyways, Wallace is kind of mysterious and unreadable. He’s got a secret, complicated backstory that makes you want to keep reading and reading until every last question is answered. That’s something I really liked about this book. It’s not terribly predictable, so there’s some element of surprise mixed in, which is rather fun.

In the end, go read this book NOW if you love comic writing, note passing, wonderful and relatable characters. (There’s also some sketches and snippets from the comic that are interesting, too!) Zappia did an amazing job representing the introverted, anxiety stricken community in a way that made you understand their thoughts and feelings, even if you are unfamiliar with it. It was refreshing and lovable, something I long to find in every book I read.

Quotes

“You found me in a constellation.”

“I made Monstrous Sea because it’s the story I wanted. I wanted a story like it, and I couldn’t find one, so I created it myself.”

Disappearing is an art form, and I am its queen.”

“It’s not that I don’t like the outdoors. It’s that I don’t see the point of the outdoors when there’s so much I could be doing indoors.”

“Blank pages are supposed to be an invitation. A challenge, even. Here is your canvas–how creative can you be? What limits can you stretch to bring to life that creature in your head? A blank piece of paper is infinite possibilities.”


When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

28458598Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: May 30, 2017

Genre: YA Contemporary & Romance

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways. 


I had heard some mixed reviews on this one, but I LOVED IT!! It’s so adorable! Dimple is very individual and does not want to follow her parent’s unreasonable expectations, while Rishi is determined to follow Indian traditions flawlessly. They literally could not be more opposite. But it works!

Dimple and Rishi meet at a summer coding camp called Insomnia Con, and get off to a rough start. But, they learn to like each other (wow, what a surprise) and it just kind of goes from there. Personally, I would have liked to see more tidbits about their actual coding project, instead of just their love life. It did take place at a summer camp for making apps, so including coding and app making would seem like the logical choice.

That said, it was cute romance. Both Dimple and Rishi had lots of unique characteristics that made it relatable. There was also some good friend relationships, which seem hard to come by these days. Celia, Dimple’s roommate, is a good friend for her, even they don’t see eye to eye at first. Plus, both Dimple and Rishi have nice, loving families that are incorporated nicely into the story. Hooray for good families!!

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The book was written in third person (not my favorite), but I actually didn’t mind! Sometimes the writing is monotone and impersonal when in third person, but I was totally connected with the characters the whole time, and Dimple and Rishi had very different voices. It alternates between their points of view frequently, but I was not confused at all. In fact, I really liked the style, and am eager for Menon’s next book!!

I would highly recommend this one to anyone in need of a good YA contemporary/romance. It’s super cute and easy to read. You will fall in love with the characters and their quirks, and find yourself smiling by the end! 🙂

Chat with me! Have you read either of these books, or any good contemporary/romance lately? What POV do you like best?

Top 6 Favorite Books of Ever

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For one of my first posts, I thought I would do something that kind of introduces me a little while sharing some books that are super great. Thus, I have settled upon six of my favorite books (and series) to share! It was very difficult for me to choose just six, but I have done it, and I hope you enjoy it! (The honorable mentions will be listed at the bottom because I still love them, too.) Side note: there is no particular order and I love all of my favorites equally. I have also compiled a list of some of the qualities I look for in a good book. So, to the lists we go!

*I am new to the wonderful world of book photography, so please try not to judge me too hard…

Best book qualities:

  • Dynamic & unique characters
  • Interesting & unpredictable plot
  • Writing with lots of details & imagery
  • Paints a masterpiece inside my head
  • Cute (but NOT overwhelming) romance
  • Includes a topic/thing I already enjoy
  • Provides a new perspective on something old
  • Aesthetically pleasing cover (I know, I know…)
  • Gripping summary/ informative blurb

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1. The Lunar Chronicles

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is an amazing series that incorporates retellings of classic fairy tales. It sends you to a futuristic world where cyborgs and all kinds of other crazy technology exists. Cinder, the main character (in the first book), is a cyborg who works at a mechanic booth to earn money for her evil stepmother. An unusual encounter with Prince Kai causes Cinder to become tied up in a war between the Earth and Luna (a society on the moon).

Each of the six books adds a new character, whom are all a part of a different fairy tale, excluding the last book, Stars Above. All of the characters contribute to the story in a different way, and they all play an important role. There are tons of super cute relationships, too! Overall, it’s a really great read, full of humor, romance, and fairy tales with a sci-fi twist. You can read the excerpts of all the books here. There’s also a coloring book that goes along with the series, and a new graphic novel that came out last month!

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2. Percy Jackson & The Olympians

I know this is a very well-loved series, but I’m going to say it again. This was probably one of the first books that really got me hooked on reading. I enjoyed the sarcastic remarks and extremely relatable characters. They had magic powers and gods for parents, but so what? Their lives were super easy to relate to, especially in the way the Riordan wrote. His works are hilarious, passionate, and meaningful. This is a must-read book for people of all ages.

Even the second series is great, The Heroes of Olympus. It maintains that level of humor while adding new twists and turns. Even more characters are introduced, and they all became so dear to me. I also loved the fact that I learned a bunch of stuff about Greek Gods, and I didn’t eve know it! Thank you, Rick Riordan, for creating such a wonderful masterpiece! You can read the excerpts of the books here.

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3. The Illuminae Files

This is a fairly new series, but it is powerful. I came across Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, at the bookstore, and the cover caught my eye. It’s extremely bright, so it drew me in. I was definitely not disappointed. It is written through various types of media, including emails, video surveillance, personal messages, and images made of words. This style of writing is not something I have seen before, but I loved it! The pictures add so much effect, and the book really wouldn’t be the same without it.

It is about Kady and Ezra, who have recently broke up. Unfortunately, their planet is attacked and people are forced to evacuate into spaceships. Everything basically goes wrong from there. Luckily, pictures and fun text makes it all better, right? Anyways, I instantly fell in love with the book. The second book, Gemina, adds new characters with completely different goals. There is also a ton of science jargon (which I found super cool because I’m a nerd). The next book is scheduled to release in October of 2017, and I shall wait eagerly! The excerpt of the book can be found here.

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4. Harry Potter

I know that you’re thinking Harry Potter is such an over talked about series, but it really is great! Rowling’s writing is beautiful and very detailed, and her characters are vivid with realistic personalities. You can relate to them and their everyday problems, despite the fact that they live in a magical world. Speaking of magical worlds, who doesn’t love a place where you can say something and then whatever task is done for you? A dream come true for lazy people, am I right! (I would know, as I am practically the queen of lazy).

Overall, it’s definitely worth your time if you have not read it yet. The writing, the world, and the characters are all fantastic, and you will instantly fall in love. Harry will make you wish to be a part of his world, and his friends will make you appreciate the power of friendship and love and the will to do good. It’s definitely worth the hype, and certainly deserves it.

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5. The Legend Trilogy

Marie Lu’s Legend was an award nominee several years ago in my state, and I heard many good things about it. I decided to give it a try, and I fell in love. The rest of the trilogy did not disappoint either. Day is a criminal mastermind evading the law, while June is a well-educated young lady working for the military. Their futuristic society is fully equipped with a corrupt government and young people causing a revolution. Seems stereotypical, but the book is far from it.

I love, love, love the characters, and their relationship is adorable! You can relate to them, and the alternating POV allows you to connect to each character. Also, Day’s sections are printed in colored text that corresponds to the cover, which is fun. The cliffhangers and the ending might destroy you, but it’s totally worth it! I soared through these books, a little too quickly, unfortunately. Definitely will be a re-read for me in the future. If you’re looking for a good dystopian read, give Legend a try. You can read the blurbs here.

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Unfortunately, I do not own a copy of We Were Liars, so I could not take a picture of it.

6. We Were Liars

This book basically ruined my life for a few days. It was SO powerful and emotional. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is phenomenal, gripping, and crazy good. I had a hard time figuring out what it was about, but I now believe that it is better to go in blind. I will say that Cadence is from a rich family, and they all spend the summer on an island. Stuff happens… and BOOM, plot twist. You will not even see it coming, dear friend.

I have seen many mixed reviews on this one, it seems people either love it or hate it. I just happen to adore it. The writing style was really unique. It was raw and full of emotion. Some readers said it was choppy and difficult to understand, but I thought that it was more powerful and meaningful that way. It showed more of the kind of person that Cadence is. I would HIGHLY recommend this one, at least give it a try. This book provides an experience that you do not want to miss. You can read (a very vague) summary here.

Honorable Mentions

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • Maximum Ride by James Patterson
  • Virals by Kathy Reichs
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
  • The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien
  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Chat with me! What are some of your favorite books? What qualities do you look for in a good book? What makes a book favorite-worthy?

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