P.S. I Like You By: Kasie West Release Date: July 26, 2016 Publisher: Scholastic Add to Goodreads Source: ARC from publisher in exchange for a honest review GR's Summary: 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.
P.S. I Like You was such a fun and light-hearted read. It was a great young adult novel, that I truly loved! The main character, Lily, was well-developed and was given an authentic teen voice. She was quirky, interesting, adorably awkward, had a great sense of humor, and a unique taste in clothes and music. I especially enjoyed what a great sister she was to her little brothers, and how she was true to herself.
Lily loves music, and her favorite musicians are mostly obscure indie bands. She has a passion for playing her guitar and writing song lyrics in her notebook, that she has on her at all times. However, she lacks the confidence in her musical ability to share it with even her family or best friend. Lily comes from a large, rambunctious, and colorful immediate family. She is hard-pressed to get time to herself, and they drive her a bit crazy; but she is loved, and loves them in return.
When Lily is caught by her Chemistry teacher doodling in her notebook, he restricts her to only one loose leaf piece of paper per class period. Lily ends up writing the beginning lyrics to a song that she can't get out of her head, on her desk. She is surprised the next day, to find that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk. Shortly after, Lily ends up with an anonymous pen pal, as they begin to exchange letters taped under the Chemistry desk.
Writing to someone without knowing who they are is extremely freeing. Pretty soon the pen pals are not only writing about their favorite music, which is a shared passion; but they are also exchanging more intimate information with one another as well. Lily isn't sure if she wants to know who her pen pal is, because she fears that they will be disappointed if they learn who she is.
Early on, I guessed who Lily's pen pal was, and couldn't wait to see how they would discover each other's identities in real life. P.S. I Like You was a really fast-paced read, and perfect for teens that enjoy romance. It didn't have any risqué content, and in fact, only contained some minor kissing. As a parent, I think this would be a good choice for my tween or teen daughter. As an adult, it took my back to my teenage years, and made me fill nostalgic. I loved every moment of it!!!
I give, P.S. I Like You, by Kasie West, 4.5 Light-Hearted, Laugh Aloud, Feel Good Stars! I highly recommend this super fun and entertaining read!!!