Review: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Posted February 21, 2017 by Lily B in Reviews / 35 Comments

Review:  P.S. I Like You by Kasie WestP.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Series: Standalone
Published by Point on July 26th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 330
Format: Kindle Edition
Source: Library
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Rating: 5 Stars

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…

I really wanted another book that would engross me and force me to pull an all-nighter and I got just that with P.S. I Like You. West was a new to me author, but I have heard some really amazing things from blogger friends about her, so I wasn’t afraid to throw myself fully into the book from the start.

What I got was an adorable, fluffy, heart fluttering, young adult novel about two very unlikely teens who become pen pals through shared interest and the boredom and chemistry class.

It was super sweet. Lily was so awkward and her humor amused me throughout the book. I found her to be someone I could relate to from my days in high school.(and not just with that fact that she has my name ya’ll) When Lily writes the lyrics of her favorite song, in pencil, on her chemistry desk she never expected for someone to reply to her. Nor did she expect to start exchanging letters with this anonymous teen. I enjoyed reading the exchange and how to letters started about music and eventually, with words, the two hit much more meaningful subjects that hit close to home and expose different layers of themselves. I loved that they could use words on paper to express a different part of each other, especially since Lily feels like she is more awkward in person.

I don’t think it was meant to be a secret as to who the boy that she was writing to be. Even though Lily isn’t aware of who her pen pal is for a while, the readers catch up on what is happening fairly quickly. What we do witness is how writing, interesting and music peals away layers and builds a strong relationship at a deeper level.

This entire book had such a positive vibe to it. I loved that even though Lily has a big family that drive her crazy at times, that they provide such a great support network. I adored that the parents were so awesome and not evil like some Young adult books paint them to be. There was no absent parent, no tantrum over not understanding, just positive, healthy relationship that tugged on my heart strings. Lily’s relationship with her friend was also a joy to read, because I loved how it prevailed in the end and how close to two girls really are.

The one thing I did not understand was the need for the mean girl stereotype. I get it, they do exist, but I felt like West could have gone away with maybe a little less of it. It bothered me that she kept getting away with it, meanwhile in one scene Lily get’s in trouble for the other girls actions

I loved this book and its characters so much I found myself saying aww a lot, it has been just so stinking cute, I never wanted it to end. I also really wished we got the other POV. I would have loved the boy’s side of the story as well. I felt like he revealed a lot of layers of himself to Lily and it kind of made me want to know more about him. I don’t feel like we got that from just witnessing Lily’s POV. The story would have been even more compelling.

Overall, this book totally rocked my world and I am glad I picked it up. It was exactly what I was looking for and the storyline was fun and excited. I adored the dialogue and the characters and thankful for the humor thrown in

 

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35 responses to “Review: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

  1. Yeah. I am so glad you read and loved this like I did. It was so sweet and adorable. I loved the family dynamics, the romance and all the positive things, and totally agree about the mean girl theme. I really wanted more of this one.

  2. This book is on my reading list! It sounds so cute! I do wish authors would stop with the mean girl theme, though. I dislike it so much, but everything you say proves that it’s worth overlooking for this story. So happy you loved this book so much – you have me excited to start it 🙂 Great review!

    • I guess, I wish the mean girl theme came with some sort of a positive thing? like maybe she gets in trouble, or something.. I mean I know it happens, but ugh I feel like teens deal with that in school as is at times, does it need to translate to good books?

  3. It’s been so long since I’ve pulled an all-nighter myself! I haven’t read anything by this author either, but she sounds great! The book sounds so cute as well!! And you’re right about the mean girl stereotype, I’m pretty tired of it already.
    I’m glad you enjoyed this so much! 🙂

  4. This sounds like the cutest thing! I’ve gone through a stage f some darker mysteries and found myself reading Sophie Kinsella’s newest recently, and it’s exactly like this one — it’s got a lovely positive vibe to it and I might’ve known how it would turn out but that didn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it any less. AND, I have to mention the YA family actually having a presence. These days that is definitely worth noting.

  5. YAY! I’m so glad you enjoyed this book. It’s definitely one of my favorite Kasie West books – it’s hard to pick a favorite though, because I’ve really enjoyed all of them. On to Lucky in Love. 😀 I do see your point about the mean-girl trope – it isn’t something that needs to keep popping up in YA lit, that’s for sure! But I really enjoyed the book overall. 😀 Great review, Lily!

    Have a fantastic weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  6. You know I love when you read YA Lily, we have such similar tastes and as soon as I seen your FIVE snowflakes, I added it to my Goodreads. I’m such a hopeless romantic for the sweet fluffy stories and this sounds as though it has that in spades. I’ve read one other Kasie West and liked it but this sounds like I’d fall head over heels for this. Brilliant review Lily and stoked you enjoyed it <3

  7. I loved this one! It’s my favorite by Kasie West (I’ve read three by her). It had so many elements that I just loved. A main character I found totally relatable (Lily), a secret/pen pal-type relationship, music/lyrics, a guy who has a lot more going on than meets the eye, a present and involved family – just so much goodness all the way around! Aso, seeing your review reminds me that I still haven’t posted mine… from like five months ago. LOL Great review, Lily!

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