Title: P.S. I Love You
Author: Kasie West
Series: No Series
Published: July 26th, 2016
Rating:★★★★☆ (4 out of 5)The summary of P.S. I Like You from Goodreads:
Signed, sealed, delivered . . .
While zoning 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.
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.
Once again, West has managed to give me a happy heart and put a smile on my face. Her romances are just so sweet, even when there’s more tension. Like in P.S. I Like You. It’s a bit of a different romance for West and I thought it was wonderful.
What I Liked:
Okay. The first thing I loved was Lily’s family. Sometimes in Young Adult books, the family doesn’t play a large part, if it’s even there. But not in P.S. I Like You. Instead, Lily’s family plays a major role in her story. They are such a close group and, even though they have their struggles and conflicts, it’s clear they really love and care for each other. I absolutely loved that West created a family like this. They were perfectly imperfect and wonderful.
Second, I loved how West made Lily a confident girl, yet still displayed her insecurities. She doesn’t really care about the labels on her clothes. They don’t mean much to her. She knows she’s not wearing the current fashions, but she’d rather wear her own creations, things that she put her heart into.
However, she does still have her insecurities. She doesn’t like the nickname Cade gave her and is frustrated when it sticks though high school. She writes music, but doesn’t trust in her creative ability to create an amazing song. She might not worry about what others think of her clothes, but does worry what they think of her talents.
Sometimes, hate-to-love relationships bother me. If it happens too quickly, it feels fake. I have to believe that those feelings of hate are slowly fading because I don’t think it’s possible to hate a person one moment and absolutely love them the next.
I think the relationship works in this story because Lily falls in love with a person without knowing who that person is. She falls for the person on the pages, without having to understand the front that person puts up in public. She doesn’t get to judge the person based on who they appear to be; instead, she faces the person no one gets to see. It works because she doesn’t know she’s falling for the person she hates.
What I Didn’t Like:
I wish Lily’s best friend had more of a presence in the book. For as well written as Lily’s family is, her best friend fell a little short.
I’d Recommend To:
Anyone who likes West will like this book. It’s an interesting plot, even though it’s pretty easy to guess the ending. It’s a good illustration about the true self versus the self we display to others.
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