Review: P.S. I Like You – Kasie West

Review: P.S. I Like You – Kasie WestP.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Published by Point
Published: July 26th 2016
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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...

Kasie West brings irresistible wit, warmth, and sparkle to this swoon-worthy story of love showing up when you least expect it.

Kasie West has done it again. It’s true that I have been in love with Kasie’s books since I read Pivot Point and have loved her contemporary books as well, but P.S. I Like You blew all her other contemps out of the water.  I can’t really explain why but I felt like this book got me or how I feel half the time. It was basically perfectly perfect.

P.S. I Like You is about Lily, a self-proclaimed weird girl from a big family. She doesn’t really fit in with people and is very awkward in her own eyes. She has her best friend Isabel and a great family so that is all she needs. But when Lily gets bored in chemistry class and jots down lyrics to a song things change for her. All of a sudden someone writes back and Lily is opened to the possibility that she isn’t as alone as she thinks. Soon she is exchanging personal letters with a mystery boy and she is falling for him. However when Lily realizes who she is writing to she has to figure out just exactly what it is she is looking for.

I could sit here and split apart my review like I do. I could tell you about the plot (action) and the setting (background) but this book is amazing because of what the characters bring to the setting and the plot. Lily, Cade, Isabel and Lily’s whole family are what made this book what it was for me and I want to focus on that love.

The thing about Lily is that she is so completely relatable. She is awkward and weird and doesn’t know what to say a lot of the time. She is basically all of us. Lily finds that she can communicate so much more easily when she is writing things and that is how I think a lot of us feel. It is easy to say things when you are putting “on paper” and not face to face. Her interactions with some of the boys made me cringe and giggle and made me feel like I was her. She is amazing. Honestly I don’t know what I liked to read about more, her back and forth banter with Cade, her awesome friendship with her bestie that accepted her for who she was, or her with her family. They were all these parts of Lily that made up her whole person and I just loved it.

Seriously though Lily’s family was the bees knees and I so want them to adopt me. They were so chaotic and not perfect and just people. How can you not fall in love with that crew? They reminded me a lot of my house on Thanksgiving. You honestly never know what will happen which makes it entertaining to say the least. In total though they were just a great support system for Lily. No really, can they adopt me?

All I can really tell you is I was left swooning and smiling and wanting to be a part of Lily’s life. It was everything I wanted in a Kasie West book and maybe even more. She nailed it and it was utterly fantastic.

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3 Comments

  1. I can’t wait to read this one!!! I loved Pivot Point / Split Second and I’ve only read (but also loved) one of her other contemporaries. She’s one of my favorite YA authors for sure!

  2. Yay! I’m glad this was another winner from Kasie West. I’m hoping to read it myself soon. I feel like it might be the same vibe as A Week of Mondays (minus the temporal loop repeating the same day) so I’m excited!

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