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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. Li 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…


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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. Li 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…

30 review for P.S. I Like You

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cristina Monica

    Believe me, I’m even more shocked and distraught than you are. I like Kasie West. Her stories, although always somewhat clichéd, are charming and, quite frankly, I never thought I would one day feel completely indifferent about one of her books. Well, we do need to make something clear first: this isn’t bad. In fact, it can be sweet and adorable at times. But it’s so full of high school tropes. They’re everywhere and all the time. Ubiquitous, truly. Boy drama? Check. Boy-related misunderstandings? C Believe me, I’m even more shocked and distraught than you are. I like Kasie West. Her stories, although always somewhat clichéd, are charming and, quite frankly, I never thought I would one day feel completely indifferent about one of her books. Well, we do need to make something clear first: this isn’t bad. In fact, it can be sweet and adorable at times. But it’s so full of high school tropes. They’re everywhere and all the time. Ubiquitous, truly. Boy drama? Check. Boy-related misunderstandings? Check. Girl torn over two boys, arguably three? Check. Miss bitchy popular gal trying to ruin the heroine’s love life? Check. Boy-related best friend drama? Check. And it goes on and on and on. I guess you could say that I am not the right person to be reading this book. If I hadn’t read hundreds and hundreds of YA novels with similar themes, I may have given this a three-star rating. But not more. Because although it’s fast-paced and charming at times, it never really is original. It’s very clichéd, and normally I don’t mind it that much from Kasie West, since her humour usually manages to reduce my dislike of the clichéd parts, but this time it just didn’t work. Maybe my reaction to P.S. I Like You would have been different if Cade had been more loveable and it hadn’t taken me 3/4 of the story to finally consider him a sweetheart. His bad boy act – from the point of view of Lily – annoyed me, as I hold no love for bullies and fakers. Also, it’s all about the romance. Lily’s best friend only exists for Lily herself. The truth is, I don’t even remember her name. Strangely, I remember every name mentioned in this story but hers. If she was present, it was only to help Lily figure out some things. I don’t even know much about her. In Kasie West’s previous novels – for instance, The Distance Between Us – friendship had another meaning. A truer one. I’m glad for Lily’s big, loud family. They made me smile. And that darling rabbit, much love directed its way. The humour could also be diverting, though there wasn’t quite enough of it. I was pondering giving this a higher rating, as I know many of you will wish to throw your forks at me, but I can’t pretend – I’m very disappointed in P.S. I Like You. The way I see it, even the title lacks originality. But I haven’t lost faith in Kasie West. I believe this isn’t the end of our reader-author relationship. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

    ✨ AVAILABLE NOW ✨ "If only there was a way to transport letters faster, through some sort of electronic device that codes messages and sends them through the air. But that’s just crazy talk." Several times during my read I asked myself, "what would it take for P.S. I Like You to reach a 4.5/5 stars?" and in all honesty, I don't think it could, no matter how cute some parts were. Now, I'm all for rating a novel according to its genre, but where am I supposed to put Kasie West books? In ✨ AVAILABLE NOW ✨ "If only there was a way to transport letters faster, through some sort of electronic device that codes messages and sends them through the air. But that’s just crazy talk." Several times during my read I asked myself, "what would it take for P.S. I Like You to reach a 4.5/5 stars?" and in all honesty, I don't think it could, no matter how cute some parts were. Now, I'm all for rating a novel according to its genre, but where am I supposed to put Kasie West books? In YA contemporary? Sure! Then they can't - and will never - compete with the raw honesty and the avalanche of feelings I associate with some of my favorites : Please Ignore Vera Dietz, On the Jellicoe Road, Raw Blue, to name a few. Truth is, P.S. I Like You put a smile on my face and was well, cute, but I cannot hide how unmemorable it is. Fact #1 : I've read all of Kasie West's books and I've never come across a female lead like Lily, which is to say, the typical quirky girl with weird self-made clothes and notebooks. The tomboy, the popular girl, absolutely. Not the artist. Fact #2 : Yet I've read my fair share of YA novels, and Lily doesn't bring anything different in the sea of female leads. She likes music, makes (false) assumptions about people, is convinced that no guy would take an interest in her, fantasizes about this crooked-smiling, earbuds-addict guy with cool hair, has one and only friend because people suck (or something). When it comes to analyze someone else's actions, she's blind, but aren't we all? I mean, TEENAGER 101, anyone? I don't necessarily complain upfront about stereotypes, because sometimes they can be twisted to add something more to a story. Let's just say that it wasn't the case in P.S. I Like You. Fact #3 : Lily's family is what I like the most about her, but it may be because it is so relatable to me. A four children family and general messiness? It was my playground. Anyone who grew up in a family of six and who looks blank when confronted with the concept of a one child room will easily understand what she goes through. Her family is weird, crazy, annoying, roll-eyes worthy, yet so lovable, with a special award for Bugs Rabbit XD As for the love interest, given the fact that it's supposed to be a "surprise" (come on, I knew who it was on page 6 - more on that later), I won't say his name but he was pretty great, if completely forgettable. I know, I know, I am harsh, but really : no matter how much he made me smile, mark my words : I will have forgotten his name next week. I just know it. Look, I'm all for pen pals and stuff, as it's a plot which usually really works for me. Yet if I accept having doubts, I still ask for the story to keep its mystery, at least a little. Take Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, for example. I loved that I did not know if I was right until the very end. P.S. I Like You, though? I knew who her "mysterious" penpal was almost instantly, and every time a new event occurred, the threads were always so thick that I felt like I was only waiting for what I already knew to happen. Granted, the story mostly revolved around Lily's romance with ***, and romance novels are always all kinds of predictable. Yet it annoyed me because given that I knew who it was, I couldn't help but feel the urge to skim through all the useless scenes with other boys. Just, nope. I didn't care, and it awfully felt like filler for me. As for the romance, I cannot deny that Lily and *** shared a great chemistry and that I rooted for them to get together from the beginning. They made me smile, especially when they were writing to each other. But I cannot deny either that something was missing, or perhaps I'm finally too old for this kind of cute, kissing book. Maybe. See, it was adorable to see them getting to know each other, but it lacked some tension and character development in my opinion. Finally, the music part felt flat and contrived, and rather useless. It's as if YA contemporaries had to incorporate some kind of artistic vibes, without needing them to add something to the story. I'm quite tired of this. It's no surprise that Kasie West's writing is addictive and smile-inducing. Her books, how flawed they can be, always manage to make me happy, even if my feelings stay superficial. However, if I really appreciated the letters, the dialogues didn't flow as well. Although they were often funny, they sounded fake and I forced myself to adapt and ignore the stiffness - or rather, the fakeness. Yes that's a thing. ► All in all a cute but unmemorable novel. I would still recommend it to anyone who needs to smile. For more of my reviews, please visit:

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jaime Arkin

    Can I ask a serious question? How does Kasie West do it… how does she manage to make me love each story she writes more than the last? I torture myself by reading them as soon as I can get my hands on them, which in turn makes me just have to wait even longer for the next, but I seriously can’t even help myself. This book isn’t out until July of 2016… yes I said July 2016. That’s half a year away, and still, I didn’t even care. As soon as it was loaded onto my kindle app, I pull this beauty up a Can I ask a serious question? How does Kasie West do it… how does she manage to make me love each story she writes more than the last? I torture myself by reading them as soon as I can get my hands on them, which in turn makes me just have to wait even longer for the next, but I seriously can’t even help myself. This book isn’t out until July of 2016… yes I said July 2016. That’s half a year away, and still, I didn’t even care. As soon as it was loaded onto my kindle app, I pull this beauty up and dove in. I mean… I love a lot of books. I just do. I’m an emotional reader so I tend to click with stories where I can relate to the characters and Kasie just manages to write the most realistic and fun characters around. Lily doesn’t fit in with the popular kids at school… she’s a bit quirky and definitely unique, focused less on the labels attached to her clothing and more on her creative side and trying to get her words to form a song or two. She’s a self-taught guitar player who dreams of writing music that means something to people, but in the meantime, she struggles through Chemistry and dealing with her overwhelming family. After writing one of her favorite bands lyrics on her desk in chemistry, she comes to class the next day only to find out that someone else in the school actually has good taste in music and has left her a message. One thing leads to another and she’s suddenly got a ‘pen pal’ in class that she ends up sharing more with than she does her best friend. As days and weeks pass, Lily finds herself wondering just who she might be clicking with. It’s not hard to figure out you guys… I mean there are quite a few indicators, and the summary isn’t stealthy about it at all but who the heck cares… it was so fun!! Cade and Lily hate each other. Like HATE HATE each other. Their hate even came between Lily’s best friend’s relationship with Cade a couple years ago and culminated with a hated nickname he happened to give her that just happened to stick through the years. Cade is the complete opposite from Lily if everything is to be believed… perfect family, perfect house, perfect friends… but sometimes it’s easy to put up a front and as Lily learns who she’s connecting with via words and shared secrets she quickly finds that maybe Cade isn’t really the self-assured guy he shows everyone. I love Love / Hate relationship stories… the way the characters build that thin line that’s always present and gah… it’s just perfection. So after seeing the author name, the summary was next to catch my attention. Kasie always does an amazing job of building the connection between characters before having them ‘hook up’ in any way, and she does that really wonderfully here again. I absolutely love that these two are complete opposites in Every. Single. Way. Only to have them come together over words and thoughts … it was just lovely. I have to mention Lily’s family too, because they are a huge part of this story… no matter how messy or crazy or insane things were, it was so fun to see the traditions, to see them talk things out, to see them help each other… real live, wonderful families are so rare in YA that getting to see one is like Halley’s Comet- they only appear once every 75 years or so. (okay so I exaggerate a bit) It’s entirely possible that this might just be my favorite Kasie West book after reading, but then, I’ll probably change my mind once I reread her others … Is it okay to just say that I love them all equally and want to drown in her stories and words forever? If this one isn’t on your radar, put it there now! You’re going to absolutely love it when it arrives… in 7 months. OMG I’M SO SORRY FOR TEASING! I promise I’ll be waiting here with you because I’ll definitely be rereading this one as soon as it hits shelves! P.S. I like you Kasie... but you already know that :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rachel E. Carter

    BEST. KASIE. BOOK. YET. ALL THE YESSSSES. I have major book hangover now. I haven't had this bad of one in a long time. This book was SO. EFFING. GOOD. THE TENSION, GUYS. THE TENSION: I can't make it stop. Please don't let it stop. You have me under your spell. If you knew me as well. You would make it stop. I can't let it stop. Guys, I cheated. I told myself I was going to finish The Raven Boys first, but nope. I got an email alert that this precious coming out and I lasted, errr, a little over 24 BEST. KASIE. BOOK. YET. ALL THE YESSSSES. I have major book hangover now. I haven't had this bad of one in a long time. This book was SO. EFFING. GOOD. THE TENSION, GUYS. THE TENSION: I can't make it stop. Please don't let it stop. You have me under your spell. If you knew me as well. You would make it stop. I can't let it stop. Guys, I cheated. I told myself I was going to finish The Raven Boys first, but nope. I got an email alert that this precious coming out and I lasted, errr, a little over 24 hours before I broke down and bought/read immediately.... And naturally I lost sleep and didn't stop for air until it was done. I.am.not.joking.best.Kasie.book.yet. I am going through major withdrawals right now. This book Kasie gave me the trope I've been dying for her to use (the love-hate thing), and she added in a bonus one (anonymous letters, and who doesn't love the confusion and emotional turmoil that follows those). When I started it was easy to guess who would be the love interest the second he was introduced, just because if a character is mentioned a lot there is usually a reason. But yea, who cares if it's predictable? I was totally reading this baby for the tension, the beautiful TENSION that Kasie does oh-so-well. My only fault with her is that I always want more steamy moments and she keeps the romance very PG. But you know what? The tension is bloody divine so I forgive her. "--- couldn't be my pen pal. He couldn't. --- was an insensitive, selfish, arrogant jerk." >> (Seriously guys, you wondering why this is my favorite Kasie book, you know how much I adore love-hate stories) "So you think I'm hot." "Doesn't every girl?" It surprised me when his cheeks turned a light shade of pink. I wasn't sure why that embarrassed him in any way. I was positive he already knew it. He ran one hand through his hair. Then he said, almost too quiet for me to hear, "You're not every girl." My reaction every time a certain someone appeared on page (but really when you read you'll know, if you follow my reviews you will guess immediately because I have a very obvious "type" of love interest: GAH. SO FREAKING GOOD. and I can't even write a halfway decent review because of all my rabid fangirlisms. And that flipping ending. The part where he reads her his part of letter when he confronts her. Dear, sweet lawd. Kasie seriously upped her game with this book guys. I expected this to be good, I mean, Kasie can't write a bad book, she just can't, but this was so much more. It beat out all her others for me. Go. Read it. It's worth it, and trust me, you want this book in your life. Quite possibly to make beautiful book babies with.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    My August OwlCrate Box! I fell right in love with this book. It was so sweet and sometimes it's nice to read something sweet. Lily writes in her notebook at all times. She writes lyrics for songs and other random things. But she wants to write a song and play it on her guitar. And she's really stoked when she sees a competition for a music competition in the newspaper. Songwriting Competition. Earn five thousand dollars and a three-week intensive with a top professor at Herberger Institute for Mu My August OwlCrate Box! I fell right in love with this book. It was so sweet and sometimes it's nice to read something sweet. Lily writes in her notebook at all times. She writes lyrics for songs and other random things. But she wants to write a song and play it on her guitar. And she's really stoked when she sees a competition for a music competition in the newspaper. Songwriting Competition. Earn five thousand dollars and a three-week intensive with a top professor at Herberger Institute for Music. Visit our website for more details! Lily has a best friend named Isabel and they are great together. I like their friendship even though Isabel is always trying to set Lily up with someone. Lily has a little boy crush on a hottie named Lucas and she also has an arch nemesis named Cade who used to date Isabel. That relationship didn't last long because he was a jerk. Every day Lily writes possible song lyrics in her special notebook during chemistry. After her teacher busts her she can't write in her notebook any more. Oh, the agony of trying to pay attention in chemistry. One day she writes some lyrics to her favorite band on the desk. The next day someone wrote back and then they are off writing notes and hiding them under the desk. It's really sweet because for the first time both of them can open up to another person and talk about their lives, which in some cases, are not that great. And they seem to have this great chemistry <-- No pun intended. Lily has a crazy home life. She has an older sister who is in college but lives at home and shares a room with Lily. She has two younger brothers, crazy parents, and a rabbit that has made his way into their home. They never have enough money but they all love each other dearly. I love how the relationship slowly becomes more between Lily and her secret penpal. There is no insta anything (which doesn't bother me) but two people becoming friends and then finding things about each other that goes much deeper. To share the heartaches and dreams with someone unknown. And then . . . they find out who the other is and it's pretty obvious through-out the book but that doesn't matter to me. It was still pretty sweet. The story does have a happy ending but I really wish we could have seen Lily at the competition, I know the song she wrote was a winner! And now she has love to go along with it. ♥ Thank you book for all of the feel good feelings. Well, accept when people were being jerks =) MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lala BooksandLala

    This seems to be most of my friends' least favourite Kasie West book, but it's totally my favourite. This storyline just worked for me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I bought this one for my daughter (It was cute. The gist is that there's this artsy girl who modifies thrift shop clothes, listens to indie rock bands, and doesn't realize that she's pretty. And like all artsy girls, she has a notebook filled with dreams, doodles, and lyrics she desperately wants to turn into a meaningful song - which she carries around with her all the time. She's unflinchingly I bought this one for my daughter (<--target audience, btw) at a book fair and then decided to check it out for myself. Because I'm nosey. It was cute. The gist is that there's this artsy girl who modifies thrift shop clothes, listens to indie rock bands, and doesn't realize that she's pretty. And like all artsy girls, she has a notebook filled with dreams, doodles, and lyrics she desperately wants to turn into a meaningful song - which she carries around with her all the time. She's unflinchingly loyal to her one friend in the world because her artsiness and non-mainstream clothes keep all the normies from liking her. Then you have the popular jock-boy who hides his secret pain with humor that is willfully misunderstood by the angsty indie girl and her guitar. True puppy love ensues. And maybe it sounds like I didn't like this cliche riddled story, but that's not true! Started it last night, finished it this afternoon. This was exactly what was advertised and I quite enjoyed it. Formulas aren't necessarily a bad thing, especially when those formulas make you smile. This was the kind of adorable teenage fluff that I would gladly shove at my kids. And I definitely wouldn't mind grabbing more of this author's stuff for myself in the future, either.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)

    2.5* Honestly this book just did nothing for me. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it. It just "was" I guess. It's hard to describe my feelings toward it because I really don't have any feelings for it. I just think this wasn't the Kasie West book for me. Oh well! I definitely want to try other books by her, especially her upcoming release.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

    *4.5 Stars* "So you think I'm hot?" "Doesn't every girl?" It surprised me when his cheeks turned a light shade of pink. I wasn't sure why that embarrassed him in any way. I was positive he already knew it. He ran one hand through his hair. Then he said, almost too quiet for me to hear, "You're not every girl." I find it just so strange that I had never read a Kasie West novel until late last summer. Seriously-It’s so hard to find YA contemporary authors that make such a large range of *4.5 Stars* "So you think I'm hot?" "Doesn't every girl?" It surprised me when his cheeks turned a light shade of pink. I wasn't sure why that embarrassed him in any way. I was positive he already knew it. He ran one hand through his hair. Then he said, almost too quiet for me to hear, "You're not every girl." I find it just so strange that I had never read a Kasie West novel until late last summer. Seriously-It’s so hard to find YA contemporary authors that make such a large range of people happy, that continue to produce cute, funny, witty, and memorable stories, and that do it well. I had personally never heard of her, and then one of my best friends is like…are you kidding? Do you live under a rock?? READ HER NOW! So I picked up The Distance Between Us (Still my favorite Kasie West yet) and fell HARD. Who could resist Xander? Who I ask? WHO? If only there was a way to transport letters faster, through some sort of electronic device that codes messages and sends them through the air. But that's just crazy talk. So here I am almost one year later, eagerly awaiting her next release. As soon as I ran out of her books (it was very quick lol) I was desperate for more. I can’t say she’s my absolute favorite author-that would be a lie-but what I can say is that she is an author I have come to admire and that I always look forward to reading. For instance, the minute this book was announced, I immediately had it on my TBR and let all of my friends know. And you can just tell how obsessed and loyal all her fans are. It’s so crazy! And the thing is…I truly truly had never heard of her. But now I have, and what I’ve read is nothing but impressive. So here we are, sitting and anticipating her next release-A cute little story about two students who both feel like they are missing something in their lives…and seem to find and express themselves through the words of their favorite bands. What was meant to be just a release one day in chemistry for Lily becomes an instant connection between two people who are desperate for someone to hear them. It begins as a game, a playful flirtation that happens by chance in a boring chemistry class. But, as the days go by, it blossoms into something they look forward to and think about every single night long after the lights have gone out….and turns into something far deeper than they ever thought possible. I was both equally in love with this book and disappointed by it. And I know that sounds so crazy, what with my extremely high rating, but I am so torn on this one. On the one hand, I’ve seen this done before-and it was done WAY better. I’m sorry, I adore Kasie West, but that other novel is one of my favorites of all time and it had way more, I don’t know, heart. I’m not saying this wasn’t done well…but on the pen pal aspect, I felt myself strangely detached-and it wasn’t until I was done that I realized I wanted that same intensity I felt from my favorite and this didn’t get one tenth as deep as that. So, this aspect was an extreme let down for me-And I wasn’t even trying to compare. Words brought us together though they almost kept us apart. You trusted me with your secrets and then you stole my heart. And I’m sorry to be focusing on the negatives first, but I’d rather be salty and then sweet-I find it leaves a better taste in my mouth to end on a happy, high note. I had two other problems and one bothered me more than the other, if I’m being honest. I was a tad bored in the middle because the pen pal trope got a little bit stale, in my opinion. That's a small part of my disappointment. But, no, my largest peeve, and I’m sad to say this, was the main character. I know, I know-I almost NEVER dislike the main girl, but for some reason I have been increasingly pickier with my female leads. Lily was…I liked Lily at first, ya know? But then I saw how judgmental she was…ON PURPOSE. She wasn’t simply just a snarky teenager, she made herself be that way. And I didn’t realize until the final page just how deeply her attitude had affected me. I adored how much she loved her family-it’s what my friend and I loved most about her. But then I saw how she reacted to said pen pal…it wasn’t enough that this person was a kindred spirit. It wasn’t enough that this person was miserable on the inside. It didn’t matter. All she saw was what she wanted to see, and even when said person proved they broke the mold of her pretentious expectations, she still pushed, fought, and clawed to keep things where it kept her comfortable. So she wanted to pigeonhole someone… but was indignant when she thought that others were doing the same to her. This really just…grr. This did NOT please me. And I told my friend this…That I just couldn’t get past her bias. And my friend Anna said-‘Yeah, I get that. But teenagers are like that. They can be judgmental. I’m used to it.’ And it really bothered me long after-Was I being too harsh? And I finally decided...no, no I wasn’t. I love books where the heroines are unreasonable- I just couldn’t get past this one for whatever reason. She bothered me, plain and simple…and it was probably the largest reason I couldn’t fall head over heels for this story. But enough of that. I have so many positive things to say about this. Like, how about the fact that after 50-60% I Could. Not. Put. This. Down. It became everything I’ve expected of a Kasie West novel and made me so badly wish that I’d had that connection from the very beginning. Imagine it like this: Part one: Cute introduction where the plot is set into play and we get to know all our quirky characters Part two: Pen pal plot drags a little, I begin to lose a little interest in Lily’s attitude and story Part three: TOTAL transformation where the plot finally expands and we truly connect to the pen pal and our main character (well...you know what I mean). This part was 100% a 5. Things ACTUALLY happen and it feels like an actual story with a flow and a final destination. And let me be clear-Had this whole story been like that last 40%, this would have been my absolute favorite Kasie West book (Probably). I just…I can’t explain how a complete lack of connection, focus, and butterflies turned into IMMEDIATE butterflies that are so forceful and so out of nowhere that I couldn't breathe. I’m not kidding. It’s like…okay, it’s like the Beast roller coaster at King’s Island (LOVE LOVE LOVE)-It’s a great coaster okay, but then you get to the final third of the coaster and there are all these wooden tunnels that make you go underground-ish and they are pitch black and you feel as if you are going 1000 times faster and, on the first turn into the first tunnel, your head whips to left so fast you can’t handle it-but you love it and it takes you completely by surprise as you laugh and scream and hold onto your partner for dear life. And, by the end, you have the biggest smile on your face and can't contain the good feels and your extreme excitement. It was just like that. Literally-Feels out of nowhere. And I know I haven’t mentioned my main man WHO I AM OBSESSED WITH…but I don’t think I can because it’s a spoiler...is it, though? Is it not obvious? Okay, anyway, I can’t say his name, and I can’t really say much about him or it will make it even more obvious, and I can’t particularly claim he’s above Xander (maybe right below?), but just know that I absolutely loved him. He was an extremely kind, caring, and butterfly-inducing cutie. Misunderstood, if you will. But stop me now, I’m sure I’ve said too much. Whatever, sorry, it’s just so damn hard for me not to say his name and gush and cry like a fangirl professing her love and ah I am just a goner. But, alas, I guess you’ll have to meet him for yourself, unfortunately. So, anyway, it may seem like I was mostly down on this book...but that’s not the case. I just wanted people to understand why this isn’t a 5 when I’ve rated her others that way. So many stories win me over in the end (a million jump into my mind) and become a forever favorite and a five star. But when I struggled to love this story from the beginning and found that it paled in comparison to my lovelies, The Fill-In Boyfriend and The Distance Between Us, I can’t objectively and fairly give a five for this story. I finished, was smiling so big it’s unreal, proclaimed my love of it to my friend, and said I had to give it a five…but then I slept on it and realized that it didn’t feel right to give it that rating, that it wasn’t a forever favorite, and it it had too many issues I couldn't get over. So, I decided to rate highly...because the amount of giddiness and happiness I felt for the final third of the story can’t be overlooked-but it didn’t surpass her other novels and needed to be rated thusly. This rating, while a little disheartening to me for KW, feels right and truly says what I want it to say: While this book had it’s issues, it was fun, addicting, butterfly-inducing, and brought the largest smile to my face. P.S. is a good time, if not a little forgettable, and it will take you away from reality and make you feel better about yourself. It will make you happier, if only for the length of the novel. And, really, what else can you ask for? **ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review** For more of my reviews, please visit: ********************* Alright guys...I'm guna be frank. My favorite thing about this book?? AGHHHHH MY BOYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY....he winssssss. Okay. Phew. Glad I got that out of the way. The boy was everything. He was the pitter-patter in my heart. The butterflies in my belly. He was the smile on my face and the driving force behind my high rating for this book. Because, frankly? This wasn't my favorite Kasie West novel. And I couldn't quite put my finger on why until this morning: Spoiler alert? I hated the MC. Sorry not sorry. RTC.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    4.5/5 stars This book contains my least favorite trope but it's done SO WELL and with just enough to counter balance it that I loved it?? Was not expecting that. I really REALLY REALLY liked this book for a lot of reasons. The characters were fantastic, especially the main character. I loved the romance in this book because it wasn't insta-love. It took a bit to develop and come about, and even then it still took a little longer. LOVE ME SOME (kind of) SLOW BURN. The whole plot and premise are so 4.5/5 stars This book contains my least favorite trope but it's done SO WELL and with just enough to counter balance it that I loved it?? Was not expecting that. I really REALLY REALLY liked this book for a lot of reasons. The characters were fantastic, especially the main character. I loved the romance in this book because it wasn't insta-love. It took a bit to develop and come about, and even then it still took a little longer. LOVE ME SOME (kind of) SLOW BURN. The whole plot and premise are so fun and really intriguing from the start, it's the perfect mix of a lot of different elements. The things I didn't like were the pacing of the ending (everything seemed to move a little too fast) and I would've loved a *touch* more development for the side characters, though it's hard to do in a book this short. It's not to say that they weren't well developed, but I think it could've been done a little more. Overall a SUPER fun contemporary that I really enjoyed and read in essentially one plane ride. I could NOT put it down!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Irena BookDustMagic

    This was amazing! I really finished it in a day and enjoyed it the whole time! Before reading: I am so happy I have this book and the rest of Sunday to read it! I plan to devour it!!! This was amazing! I really finished it in a day and enjoyed it the whole time! Before reading: I am so happy I have this book and the rest of Sunday to read it! I plan to devour it!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    sreeja

    I like my books cheesy and cute and fluffy sometimes and this was just the perfect one. I am honestly so pleasantly surprised right now and I just need a moment to gather all my feels. ALSO its official: I love Kasie West’s writings& I’m ready to read everything and anything by her The plot obviously pulled me in first. The whole premise is so adorable. Kind of like You’ve Got Mail I guess (which makes me love it even more). SO Lily starts writing on her desk one day because she’s bored durin I like my books cheesy and cute and fluffy sometimes and this was just the perfect one. I am honestly so pleasantly surprised right now and I just need a moment to gather all my feels. ALSO its official: I love Kasie West’s writings& I’m ready to read everything and anything by her The plot obviously pulled me in first. The whole premise is so adorable. Kind of like You’ve Got Mail I guess (which makes me love it even more). SO Lily starts writing on her desk one day because she’s bored during Chemistry (relatable btw) and someone answers back. And the whole concept was so sweet. The way Lily managed to get to know you-know-who was so adorable. The family aspects and friendship was beautiful and I really want more Kasie West right now. OK BUT the characters firstly were so amazing let me just cry here. Lily I love her character so much. She was funny, witty and just a ton of fun to follow. Also her love for music played a huge role in her character and it was so refreshing and sweet to follow. Her love for music and being inside her brain as she looked for inspiration for her songs and finally gained courage to show it to the world was so much fun. Her relationships with her family is honestly the best and it was so fun to see her interact with her little brothers (who are the sweetest things every okay). Cade I LOVE THIS GUY. Honestly I don’t know what to really say about Cade except that he’s adorable and cliché but I don’t care okay he is perfect. He was so sweet and supportive and I can’t say anything except that I love him. A lot. Honestly I’m kind of a mess and from here so it’s just going to get messy and I’m just going to list all the stuff in this book I loved: a) The “evil rabbit” named bugs rabbit which likes to pee on unsuspecting people b) The adorable brothers of Lily who are so cute ohmy c) Ashley (her sister) and Lily’s relationship #goals d) Lily’s entire family and how messy and real they are e) How competitive Lily’s parents are because LOL same f) The whole note exchanging thing is so pure g) The fact that Lily and you-know-who bond through music h) Lily& her best friend’s relationship i) The fact that you-know-who likes kids and is so good to Wyatt j) THAT ENDING Look guys if you just want to feel all them feels this is the book for it okay. It’s so cute and it will definitely lift you off a slump.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Aj the Ravenous Reader

    UPDATED REVIEW SSSSSWWWWOOONN!!I That was all sorts of adorable. I can’t even. I think this is officially my favorite Kasie West novel and I’m so glad that I decided to reread this, gladder that it was so much better than the first time I read it. I can’t believe how I easily wrote this off the first time as some clichéd romantic comedy because this was quite very well written and despite the familiar elements, letter writing, anonymity and stuff, it came off quite very original. It also helps a UPDATED REVIEW SSSSSWWWWOOONN!!I That was all sorts of adorable. I can’t even. I think this is officially my favorite Kasie West novel and I’m so glad that I decided to reread this, gladder that it was so much better than the first time I read it. I can’t believe how I easily wrote this off the first time as some clichéd romantic comedy because this was quite very well written and despite the familiar elements, letter writing, anonymity and stuff, it came off quite very original. It also helps a lot how closely I could relate with Lily - always and awkward and self-deprecatingly funny. “You thought my awkwardness was from preconceived plans to be awkward?” “Yeah, that’s me, the girl whose social life makes everyone feel better about theirs.” I also love the part where she loves to write song lyrics and actually plays the guitar while also designing unusual but really cool outfits. Her family is the best and there so many moments in their home that simply warmed my heart like I could practically picture visiting the Abbott’s home myself, picking which is the better pie or necklace (the one by her dad or her mom?), meeting her siblings especially the “Things” (Wyatt and Jonah) and even taking a peek on Bugs Rabbit’s’ cage especially the special one Lily’s dad designed. Lily’s friendship with Isabel is perfect. I love their honesty and loyalty with each other, how they always watched each other’s backs and how much understanding they have for each other. It’s really the best. Best of all, the romance! The anonymous letter writing is amazing. It’s mysterious, adventurous, really funny and it gave a glimpse to who the main characters are really including the parts of themselves they try to hide from others. The connection between Lily and this super cute guy (I wouldn’t mention his name for the benefit of those who haven’t read this yet) is truly adorbs. I kept swooning and never rolled my eyes, not even once and that, I believe, merits five shining stars! LoL! ***ORIGINAL REVIEW*** 3.5 stars I honestly didn’t think I’ll end up liking the novel because the first few chapters didn’t do much for me. I wasn’t instantly captivated and I wasn’t that eager to keep reading during the first few chapters. But then came the letter exchanges and I was in. The main characters’ true personalities shone through their words and I eventually fell for both of them. Also, who am I kidding? It’s Kasie West, instantly garnering the novel half a star. But as much as I liked the novel, I honestly don’t think a Kasie West book deserves five stars because they’re consistently predictable, clichéd, fluffy, sometimes too fluffy but to me, they’re the perfect laid-back reads you can bring with you while are on a vacation which I was and I totally enjoyed it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always

    I need this in my life because: a.) It's by Kasie-Goddess-of-Fluff-West, and b.) IT'S A PENPAL ROMANCE.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ishmeen

    So cute!!! Can’t believe I binged this ahhh this was just what I needed ❤️ Definitely going to check out more Kasie West books when I’m in need of some serious fluff 😌

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    Of course it was perfect, it's Kasie. I legit shoved a friend out of the way when I saw this gorgeous thing on the shelf at my local indie, so of course I was going to read it ASAP. Lily is a great MC. I loved how much she loves music and writing lyrics. Her family was fun {all of those contests and voting had me cackling} and her little brothers were adorable. I love love love the idea of secret pen pals and letters and this was just perfection. Kasie threw in a couple of mild twists I wasn't exp Of course it was perfect, it's Kasie. I legit shoved a friend out of the way when I saw this gorgeous thing on the shelf at my local indie, so of course I was going to read it ASAP. Lily is a great MC. I loved how much she loves music and writing lyrics. Her family was fun {all of those contests and voting had me cackling} and her little brothers were adorable. I love love love the idea of secret pen pals and letters and this was just perfection. Kasie threw in a couple of mild twists I wasn't expecting, but had me grinning like a loon the entire time. Obviously I would have wanted more, because I always do, but the ending was sweet and just what I wanted.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    how did kasie manage to make this so cute? she has a gift, i swear. I spotted the love interest like ten seconds into the book, and I was 100% sure I would never like him..... but Kasie worked her magic. SO CUTE. SO PERFECT. MY HEART IS HAPPY. review to cooome :D ---------------- this book is unputdownable. but this is me right now: so goodnight & shout out to anyone who tries to talk to me at work tomorrow cause it's not happening. gonna be non-stop reading lmao love myself

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    I have adored Kasie West's books since I read one for the very first time. Every time she brings out a new book, I'm immediately intrigued, and with this book, that was no different. The premise was unlike any book I've read before, and because of Kasie's style, I was hooked from the first page. The main character, Lily, is bored during chem class - like many students to come before her. When her teacher restricts her paper to one sheet, so that she makes only chemistry notes, and nothing else. T I have adored Kasie West's books since I read one for the very first time. Every time she brings out a new book, I'm immediately intrigued, and with this book, that was no different. The premise was unlike any book I've read before, and because of Kasie's style, I was hooked from the first page. The main character, Lily, is bored during chem class - like many students to come before her. When her teacher restricts her paper to one sheet, so that she makes only chemistry notes, and nothing else. To deal with this, she ends up writing the lyrics of her favourite song on the desk, and is surprised that the lyrics are finished by someone else, next time she's in that class. Somehow, she's made a pen pal, and when the notes become lengthier, and more personal, she finds herself falling for the person on the other side of the sheet. I loved how Kasie dropped in hints here and there to point the way to the mystery 'pen pal'. We learnt who it was as Lily did, and I was very happy with the reveal. Unlike many other books, we didn't have to wait until the end of the book to find out; rather, Lily learnt who her pen pal was about half way through the book, though it took a while until both revealed themselves to each other. Because of this wait, and Lily knowing who it was she was falling for, and still falling harder, it made the book so much better to read. Like you'll have guessed, the romance was so swoony! I sped through this book in a few hours, and had a grin on my face the entire time. Lily and her love interest had the best chemistry, and once they had the big reveal, the chemistry grew - and no, that's not a pun. Kasie gets better with every single book, and I think this is my favourite so far. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on By Your Side, and other future books by Kasie.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    About: P.S. I Like You is a young adult contemporary written by Kasie West. It was published on 7/26/16 by Point, an imprint of Scholastic Inc, hardcover, 336 pages. The genres are fiction, romance, young adult, and contemporary. This book is intended for readers ages 12 and up, grades 7 and up. My Experience: I started reading P.S. I Like You on 6/3/17 and finished it on 6/12/17. Though if time were in my favor, I would have read this book in two days! I love LOVE reading this book! It’s just so About: P.S. I Like You is a young adult contemporary written by Kasie West. It was published on 7/26/16 by Point, an imprint of Scholastic Inc, hardcover, 336 pages. The genres are fiction, romance, young adult, and contemporary. This book is intended for readers ages 12 and up, grades 7 and up. My Experience: I started reading P.S. I Like You on 6/3/17 and finished it on 6/12/17. Though if time were in my favor, I would have read this book in two days! I love LOVE reading this book! It’s just so cute and right up my alley!! I love old fashioned letter writing. I love the mystery of the secret love admirer. I love books that makes me smile and the banter in this book is too irresistible not to laugh! I love unique characters with a passion. I especially admire how much Lily can do with little of what she has. She has less money, little quiet time, and more family obligations, yet, she able to self-taught herself to play the guitar and save up to buy the instrument on her own. “Mr. Otega banned my notebook from class.” “Uh-oh. How are you going to live without one of your limbs?” “I don’t know, and in Chemistry of all classes. How can anyone be expected to listen in there?” “I like Chemistry.” “Let me rephrase that. How can any normal person be expected to listen in there?” “Are you calling yourself normal?” I bowed my head, conceding her the win. p4 In this book, readers will follow the point of view of Lily Abbott, a high school senior aspire to become a songwriter and a self-taught guitarist. She’s always jotting down words and phrases for potential songs in her notebook wherever she walks and especially in Chemistry class because who likes Chemistry anyway? When the teacher, Mr. Otega caught her not paying attention, he banned her from writing in her notebook. When her favorite song runs through her mind, she jots down a line of the lyric on her desk. To her surprise, the next day in Chemistry class, she finds someone else had written down the next verse right below hers. More notes exchanged that turned into letters tucked under the desk. Chemistry becomes a class Lily looks forward to, until she runs an errand during her student aid period for a teacher to Mr. Otega’s class and discovers who has been responding to her letters, she gets the shock of her life. “Are you stalking me now?” “I was just trying to be helpful. It’s who I am.” “You should reevaluate your definition of help.” “To assist, to save, to be handsome. I think I have them all.” “Pretty sure you only possess the one that doesn’t even fit the definition.” “I’m glad you think I’m handsome, Lily. I always knew you did.” p96 This book is beautifully written! I can’t get enough of Lily’s family. I love her parents’ voting requirement. I love their chaos at home and how they take care of each other. Lily is a great character and I like that she stays true to herself. She shops at the thrift store and modifies her clothes to how she likes them. She knows she’s different but she doesn’t change herself to look like others even when they make fun of her. I like her quick ways of getting to know David by asking him his 10 points. This book has so much humor and I can’t stop smiling when I read. I love the banter between Lily and Cade Jennings. I love Lily’s friendship with Isabel and their morning routine. The song Lily wrote, oh so cute!! I love reading a cute love story and this book has it all! I highly recommend everyone to read this book! You won’t be disappointed! Pro: old fashioned hand written letters, humor, fast paced, page turner, couldn’t put down, suspense, mystery secret admirer, banter, cute romance, friendship, family dynamic, Con: none I rate it 5 stars! ***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Scholastic for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest. xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for a detailed review

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alafiya

    I woke up one day and took a shower. I am so weird. (Also, I am very funny but no one understands my jokes at all.) The next day, I peed. That afternoon, I wrote some lyrics. Then I kept looking at those lyrics for the whole week. Like by doing just that, I could vomit life into those words. I am so weird, no one likes me. This bully dude, Cade, he's soo hot. But I hate him. Then at Monday, I ogled this dude, Lucas. At Tuesday I tried my best not to ogle him, but failed miserably. I am so weird. I woke up one day and took a shower. I am so weird. (Also, I am very funny but no one understands my jokes at all.) The next day, I peed. That afternoon, I wrote some lyrics. Then I kept looking at those lyrics for the whole week. Like by doing just that, I could vomit life into those words. I am so weird, no one likes me. This bully dude, Cade, he's soo hot. But I hate him. Then at Monday, I ogled this dude, Lucas. At Tuesday I tried my best not to ogle him, but failed miserably. I am so weird. My family is crazy and that is my life's 'Problem'. That my family is happy and crazy. Sooo weird. At Friday, I sat on the toilet seat and contemplated life. Deep. I need some inspiration. I am so weird. I listen to sad music. The next day, I find a letter under my desk in Chemistry by this anonymous dude. I am so weird. Oh and did I mention how hot Cade is? Sooo weird. Yes, that is our lead heroine, Lily. Lily thinks she's weird and Cade's hot. But she hates Cade. Lily exhausted me by saying the same things again and again. Bored in Chemistry, she one day writes a lyric of her fav song on her desk. The next day she sees the next line written by someone else. And hence, a tradition of writing anonymous letters to each other starts. Chemistry starts to get a lot more interesting and so does the book. Until one day she finds out who that person is and realizes this needs to stop. But she can't stop. Maybe because she's fallen for his person already. This person that she hates in real life and loves on paper. Who is this person? Soooo unpredictable! :o Jk. Everything about this book is mainstream. Even the guy's problems are mainstream. (view spoiler)[ Daddy issues (hide spoiler)] The heroine is annoying. She's not even funny! But since we have so many annoying lead heroines, that didn't surprise me as much as the fact that even the hero is annoying did. Our hero is rich, hot, perfect. He bullies everyone but he doesn't mean to. Awwwwww! But actually he's really deep. Like the Ocean. And hot. I gave this book 2 stars, because this book still manages to be cute. I really liked all the other characters. Specially Jonah and Wyatt. 1 more star 'cause Kasie West. I know. I am sooooo weird.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This was a super cute and adorable book. It was just what I was craving, a surgery sweet book. It wasn't amazing but if your looking for a cute contemporary that is addictive and that you can fly through, look no further! Now I must read all of West's books! I need more cutesy books in my life, STAT!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Korrina (OwlCrate)

    Super cute read! I found it to be a bit predictable (I guessed who her secret pen pal was right away), but that didn't ruin the fun of the story. It had me laughing quietly to myself and grinning all the way through.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Reads Ravenously

    4 stars! PS I Like You is the You've Got Mail of the young adult genre. ^^^Yeah, I said it. But I friggin love the movie You've Got Mail and this book came my way at exactly the right time so I was happy to read a cute and predictable YA romance. PS I Like You is about teenage Lily, a quirky musician who speaks her mind and makes snap decisions. Out of boredom in her Chemistry class, she scribbles some lyrics on her desk and is surprised to see a response the next day. What ensues is a secre 4 stars! PS I Like You is the You've Got Mail of the young adult genre. ^^^Yeah, I said it. But I friggin love the movie You've Got Mail and this book came my way at exactly the right time so I was happy to read a cute and predictable YA romance. PS I Like You is about teenage Lily, a quirky musician who speaks her mind and makes snap decisions. Out of boredom in her Chemistry class, she scribbles some lyrics on her desk and is surprised to see a response the next day. What ensues is a secret passing back and forth of notes between Lily and a mystery person. The more they write, the more they come to understand each other. But when Lily discovers who she's been writing to, it turns her world upside down and her perceptions of others may be wrong. Was this book predictable? Hell yes. There's not doubt about that. But as I said at the beginning this book came at the right time when I needed a sweet escape from reality. I think this is a good book for teens to read because it teaches them there is more to a person than what we all see on the surface. Many times people can make quick judgements without considering all of the possibilities and it's important to give more consideration. I thought the passing back and forth of written notes was a cute idea; I am beyond glad this wasn't two people texting. The letters added a nice touch to the book and was better for the plot than instant messaging or texting. Also, I do wonder if all of the bands mentioned in this book are fictional or real, I should probably look that up. This wasn't a full 5 because the ending felt unresolved in some aspects, but I enjoyed reading this book nonetheless. If you want a cute summer YA romantic read, this is the book for you!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elena Salvatore

    I don't understand why this is the least favorite Kasie West book for most. I have to disagree. Lily isn't the most popular girl in school. She has only one friend but she doesn't mind that. Most of the people don't appreciate her jokes anyway. Especially Cade. Oh how she hates Cade. That snoby jerk, thinks so highly of himself and make fun of everyone else. But she doesn't like to think about Cade. He only makes her mad. What she really loves is music. Listening to it. Writing her own.... If only s I don't understand why this is the least favorite Kasie West book for most. I have to disagree. Lily isn't the most popular girl in school. She has only one friend but she doesn't mind that. Most of the people don't appreciate her jokes anyway. Especially Cade. Oh how she hates Cade. That snoby jerk, thinks so highly of himself and make fun of everyone else. But she doesn't like to think about Cade. He only makes her mad. What she really loves is music. Listening to it. Writing her own.... If only she could find some alone time in that big family of hers to actually write her own songs. So when one day she writes some lyrics of her favorite band on her desk, she is suprised that the other day someone responded to her. And so begins our story. Now that I marathoned through all of Kasie West's contemporary books.... I have to say that this is my second favorite of hers. It has all the characteristics of her other books that are cliche and some people may find annoying (sometimes me too), but I still loved every second of it. Definitely recommend it you're in the mood for some cute contemporary romance.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Fafa's Book Corner

    Overall this was a good story. Well done and sort of well written. The characters were interesting and the plot was fun. Unfortunately this was not as good as her other books.

  26. 5 out of 5

    alexandra

    this book is SO ADORABLE but the main character kinda made me want to rip my hair out. it's the kind of book you read simply for pleasure. - the plot was predictable and cliché but i didn't mind - i felt the pacing was a bit fast and took some getting used to - the second half of this book was much better than the first - i was hoping to see strong character development but there wasn't much as far as i could tell - i do like the family dynamics though - the frienships are also fantastic - some of the this book is SO ADORABLE but the main character kinda made me want to rip my hair out. it's the kind of book you read simply for pleasure. - the plot was predictable and cliché but i didn't mind - i felt the pacing was a bit fast and took some getting used to - the second half of this book was much better than the first - i was hoping to see strong character development but there wasn't much as far as i could tell - i do like the family dynamics though - the frienships are also fantastic - some of the situations were a bit too unrealistic for my taste but.... - also really not a fan of the MC - I FORGIVE EVERYTHING BC SO SO SO CUTE full review to come!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jiana

    THIS WAS SO INCREDIBLY ADORABLE OH MY GOD! “You’re my favorite way to pass the time. But time stands still when you’re on my mind.” I needed this level of cuteness, I needed something fluffy and fast and this book turned out to be just that! As I stated in my pre-review, this is my first Kasie West book and it definitely did not disappoint! I can't wait to pick up her other books. The book plot is simple and cute: Lily, a high school student, pretty much hates chemistry and never really focuse THIS WAS SO INCREDIBLY ADORABLE OH MY GOD! “You’re my favorite way to pass the time. But time stands still when you’re on my mind.” I needed this level of cuteness, I needed something fluffy and fast and this book turned out to be just that! As I stated in my pre-review, this is my first Kasie West book and it definitely did not disappoint! I can't wait to pick up her other books. The book plot is simple and cute: Lily, a high school student, pretty much hates chemistry and never really focuses in class. Always distracted with music and lyric writing. One day, she writes lyrics of a song by one of her favorite bands on the desk and comes the next day to find that someone had continued the lyrics. And from there, they become pen pals, writing notes to each other everyday. Their friendship grows and evolves into something more. The book started quite meh for me. I got to a point where I was slowly feeling disappointed but then, it suddenly picked up and I was hooked! I could not put it down. West's writing is incredibly addictive and simple. She's very talented and her writing just pulls you in. I won't reveal who the pen pal is. I predicted it early on because it was pretty obvious, but I still loved it regardless and loved how everything was revealed, because in my opinion, the point wasn't to be shocked by the identity of the pen pal, but to live through the cuteness. I was literally smiling like an idiot throughout most of the book. The pen pal guy is beyond cute and adorable and I just love him. Also, Lily was an enjoyable MC. She wasn't annoying at all albeit somewhat stubborn at times. I do admit I wanted more romance which came more towards the end of the book because Lily and the pen pal's relationship slowly evolved as they became friends, to best friends sharing secrets to liking each other and eventually dating and falling in love. It was all super cute regardless! I was this close to binging the rest of Kasie West's books because I needed more; however, I decided to leave them for a time where I'm in a strong need for fluff and cuteness. So, if you haven't yet tried any of Kasie West's book, I definitely recommend this one! * * Pre-review: Been wanting to try out a Kasie West book for a while now and since I’m in need of something fluffy and I’ve heard many times that her books are cute, so here I am! Amber recommended this be my first Kasie West book!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    4.5 stars. IT WAS SO GOOD. Trying to decide if I should round up or down - will round down for now. ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** P.S. I Like You by Kasie West Publisher: Point Publication Date: July 26, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: Review copy sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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. 4.5 stars. IT WAS SO GOOD. Trying to decide if I should round up or down - will round down for now. ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** P.S. I Like You by Kasie West Publisher: Point Publication Date: July 26, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: Review copy sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: ***SPOILER FREE REVIEW*** (As in, I am not going to say who the mystery pen pal writer is. Nor am I going to say who the love interest is. In fact, I'm going to name one person - Lily.) I may not be a fan of YA contemporary in general, but Kasie West writes contemporary that I enjoy. I've loved all of her previous books - Pivot Point, Split Second, The Distance Between Us, On the Fence, The Fill-In Boyfriend - and now, P.S. I Like You! Lily's Chemistry teacher has had enough of Lily constantly scribbling non-Chemistry things in her notebook during class. He tells her that she can have one sheet of paper out, and she must show it to him after class. No more writing lyrics. No more doodles. So what's a girl got to do? Write lyrics on the desk, of course. And the next day, what does she find? The next line to the song! Someone else in a different Chemistry period wrote on the desk, and knew the song (and lyrics), which was an indie song. Writing on the desk progresses to pieces of paper wedged under the desk, and then to letters. Lily has no idea who her mystery pen pal is, but she knows that he is a guy, he has a tough home life, and he has a rare and great taste in music, very similar to her (eccentric) tastes. But what happens when that mystery boy is the last person she'd expect? Lily must untangle her feelings for an anonymous pen pal and the boy in real life. Lily is such a wonderful protagonist, as all of West's female protagonists are! She is a little sarcastic, and has a strange sense of humor, not uncommon in West's works. But one thing makes Lily stand out among West's protagonists - Lily is pretty awkward. She has a crush on this guy but she refuses to even smile at him, let alone walk up to him and say hi. She gets nervous and says silly, ridiculous things (which is cute and funny!). And then there are the song lyrics she writes - she refuses to read them or sing or play in front of anyone. Poor Lily! Lily is the second child of four; she shares a room with her older sister, who is nineteen and in college. Wyatt is ten and Jonah is seven. Lily's family is a large one, and a messy, chaotic one (reminiscent of the Garretts from My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick - only I liked this Abbott family more!). Lily often feels like she has to make many sacrifices for her family, like missing out on outings with her best friend, or having to get picked up in the van with her younger brothers (embarrassing, trust me). Lily's family dynamic is a big part of this book, and it's both sweet and heartbreaking. I'm not a middle child (I'm a youngest!) but I really felt bad for Lily. Her family is fun, and nice, but it sucks to be her, stuck in the middle, not yet in college. This story had it all! Best friend friendship (which was rock solid, and I loved it), academic struggles (I love chemistry - sorry, Lily!), boy troubles (well, not really "troubles"... but there was the mystery pen pal, and then there was a huge jerk who liked to pick fights with Lily, and then there was Lily's original dreamy crush who Lily never wanted to actually talk to... not all of these boys I'm mentioning were present romantically in the story), family troubles. There were some heavy stuff in this book, but I wouldn't even call it heavy? The tone of this book is lighthearted and fun, and even the sad heavy stuff didn't drag the story down. There is also a little bit of girl drama, but it isn't as extreme and catfight-y as it could have been. By the end of the book, the other girl isn't trying to kill Lily or anything (or vice versa). They kind of just go their separate ways, peacefully. But during the story, the other girl was a bit cruel. But again, not overly extreme in drama! Let's talk about our mystery guy! He was fairly obvious to me, from the start. But I was totally on board with who he was. The guy in the letters is sweet and sensitive and doesn't mind opening up to a stranger about his home life. His dad left him and his mom, and his mom remarried to spite his dad, and he hates his dad and his stepdad... it's a sad story, and I wanted to hug our mystery man. Mystery man is swoony in the letters and in real life. West didn't always have me sold in terms of liking him (initially, I didn't totally like him), but I loved him by the end. For those wondering - mystery man's identity is revealed about halfway through the book. He is not someone that Lily expected him to be. She finds out who he is, but he doesn't know who she is yet. She is shocked, but she knows that she has feelings for our mystery man, both on paper, and eventually she realizes, in real life as well. I like that the reveal is somewhat "early" (unlike in Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum, in which the reveal is in the last five pages or so. Great book, by the way). Obviously I'm not going to say who it is. I'm also not going to say anything about the love interest, because the love interest IS the pen pal/mystery man. But I will say that there is NO love triangle (or any geometry) in this book, and I adored the romance. It was sweet! The relationship between Lily and The Guy progressed both in the letters, and in real life, simultaneously, without Lily (or him) knowing. It's interesting and adorable, how West did this! I love how Lily and mystery man fit, by the way. They are perfect for each other. Their personalities rub perfectly, and he is so comfortable with her and her crazy family. I love it! I could see myself rereading this one soon, and in the future! The story is so sweet and so inspiring, honestly. Lily comes out of her shell, and does things that she wouldn't have done at the beginning of the story. Like go out with mystery man! Or perform in a song-writing contest! I loved this story. I can't wait for more West novels! What I Did Not Like: Only a few complaints, and they may seem minor. The first -- the mystery boy seemed so obvious, to me. I think this book was supposed to be more about the "journey" of these two, and not the outcome (i.e. Lily finding out who he was), but still. HE was obviously him. The love interest is always the male that the author spends way too much time describing physically! Or telling backstory or connections to the female protagonist, etc. Complaint number two: so Lily's songwriting competition... there is an aspect of it that is left to our imagination, at the end. I won't tell you exactly WHAT is left to the readers to dream up, but it's slightly open-ended. I hate anything open-ended! I want authors to lay it all out for me! Would I Recommend It: YA contemporary fan or not, I'd recommend this book. It's somewhat shorter than most YA novels, but oh-so enjoyable. I was hooked as I was reading, and I couldn't read fast enough. Rooting for Lily was easy, but rooting for mystery man came easily as well. I'm not usually a YA contemporary fan, but I love West's books, and this book is no exception! Rating: 4.5 stars. I was trying to decide if I should round up or down, so in the meantime, I'll round down. STILL, a very solid and excellent novel by West, definitely worth the long wait between West books. I want more!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

    Review found at: www.awesomebooknut.com Is there anything Kasie West can’t do? I have read all of her contemporary books and have given them all 5/5 stars. I just love them! They are perfect in every way. So this is an adorable book about misunderstandings, prejudgments, pride, love, forgiveness all surrounding the awesome cuteness of a secret pen-pal and passing of notes in school. How does that even work? imagine two people who absolutely hate each other write each other notes during class withou Review found at: www.awesomebooknut.com Is there anything Kasie West can’t do? I have read all of her contemporary books and have given them all 5/5 stars. I just love them! They are perfect in every way. So this is an adorable book about misunderstandings, prejudgments, pride, love, forgiveness all surrounding the awesome cuteness of a secret pen-pal and passing of notes in school. How does that even work? imagine two people who absolutely hate each other write each other notes during class without even knowing they are writing to each other? well will it make more sense if I tell you that they are in different periods? So Lily a very unique girl who loves music and writes her own songs and is a self-taught guitarist she also is someone who holds a grudge and totally misunderstands and misinterprets a certain someone for years. Silly right? but not altogether un-plausible. While bored in Chemistry class she writes a line of a song she loves on the top of her desk and the magic begins… When someone responds with the next line to the song it creates a friendship over time and letters. This is seriously such a cute story and my heart strings were jumping and dancing and I had all those bookish feels it was just wonderful and I loved how these letters helped two people find themselves and each other through them. It was just an overall feel good book and so perfectly well written with how some teenagers really are! It was so fun. Sexual Content: mild/none Language: none Violence: none Drugs/Alcohol: none

  30. 5 out of 5

    Zain Otoom

    This book gave me diabetes. Not really but this was SO FUCKING CUTE! And so quick to both get into and read. Don't mind me while I go and fetch me all of Kasie West books. Not really a review because I'm a lazy ass and there's not much to say other than what I already did.

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