Three words: SO. FREAKING. CUTE.
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…
Kasie West does it again, this time with my favorite of her works! I know this one is older, especially considering how many books she has published, but for someone who just started reading her books I think I’m doing alright.
I really liked this book! It was cute, funny, and approached some important themes in a relatable way. Was it totally predictable and full of high-school YA tropes? 100% yes. Did it still work with these tropes in an entertaining way that made me enjoy reading the book? 100% yes!
I’m a sucker for rom-coms and cheesy meet cutes, and what could be cuter than having an anonymous pen pal? I loved seeing Lily and her mystery pen pal grow closer through their letters. Not only was it a cute way to start a romance but it showed that people aren’t always as they seem on the surface. To get to know somebody you need to dig deeper and understand that what we see isn’t ever the whole picture of who someone really is.
So, beside emphasizing getting to know someone before judging them, this book focuses on forgiveness, second chances, friendship, self-image and confidence, and moving on from the past to embrace the future. It approaches these themes in a way that’s relatable, fun, and light while still successfully driving the messages home.
I thought Lily was funny and I liked reading about her family dynamics. It was refreshing to read about a character who embraced her family weirdness and didn’t just complain about having to watch her siblings or help out with the chores at home.
A couple things I didn’t like were the occasional “not like other girls” comments (seriously, enough with that nonsense) and Cade’s characterization for a good 60% of the book, but these things didn’t really take away from my overall enjoyment of the book.
I’d easily recommend P.S. I Like You to somebody looking for a cutesy light read to distract them from reality or pick them up from a reading slump. It has romance, a bit of drama, fun family dynamics, and is a fast read.
What book by Kasie West should I read next?