Hi Bookish Fans!
I recently read and somehow devoured this book freakishly fast upon picking it up. I was looking for something light and for some reason I see many people rave over Kasie West’s books, so I thought I’d pick this up and give it a try. Granted, I got this in a book box quite a while ago (July of 2017), and most people had read the story and moved on already so I’m a little late. Nevertheless, I got into this story quickly and am glad to be writing a review (with little to no spoilers).
P.S. I Like you
By: Kasie West
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
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…
Honestly, most of them between Lily and Cade’s interactions which were sarcastic, witty, and funny. Ha.
I loved this book!!!!!! I really, truly enjoyed this story. I had been reading a few heavy books before this (Salt to Sea – which I won’t be discussing until my best friend reads and annotates it so as to not spoil it for him, and An Ember in the Ashes re-read) and wanted to spice it up with something light, breezy, and cheesy. This book hit all of those for me, and I finished it in less than 2 sittings.
The characters were my favorite part of the book and while they clearly had their own flaws and drawbacks, I still found myself enjoying them as people. Also…the humor! I really liked the way Lily and Cade bantered as it felt like something I would have (and still do) with just about everyone – my husband included.
Their shared love of music was also something that can be related to for many people as this is a huge piece of people’s lives. I remember finding a band in middle school that, to this day, almost no one has heard of, yet I not only became obsessed with them back in the day, I still claim them as my favorite band almost 15 years later (yeah, I’m old. We’ve discussed before). After reading this book I found myself listening to their albums on repeat for a week – ah, the sweet joy and memories it brings back!
Lily’s family was cute and honestly she was much nicer to her brothers than I ever was to mine and it was cute to see that some siblings can get along if they try. Haha. Additionally, hearing about Cade’s family was sad, but realistic in a way that some children don’t have the same weird, loving family that Lily was accustomed to having.
Lastly, on the things I enjoyed – I love the idea of the love in this book: slow, constantly building, confusing, maddening, frustrating, and even disappointing. I’m sure I pulled more out of the teenage-esque love than I should have, but the fact that not everyone we meet is someone we will always love right off the bat. I appreciated this story for that reason. Additionally, the love of another female friend is amazing – a book where females are there for each other instead of fighting over something (or someone) or putting each other down. It was cute and I respected Isabel’s friendship with Lily for those reasons.
The piece I did not like was the somewhat over-the-top, highly predictable ending that transformed me from a cute, gushing kind of reader to one who almost felt squeamish with how the ending turned out. I guess it almost felt rushed in the last, oh, I don’t know, 10 pages or so that I didn’t feel prior. Also, the weird “love-triangle” that Lily was in was odd. She had a major crush on one boy, had another one pushed on her by Isabel, and had feelings for her penal. Slightly unrealistic with these people involved but didn’t necessarily take away from the story as a whole. Overall, though, that wasn’t enough to change my feelings on the overall love I have for this cute story!
- Have you read this? If so, did you like it? Did you not?
- What did you think of Lily and Isabel’s friendship?
- What about Lily’s family?
- Lastly, what did you think about Lily and her penpal’s relationship?!