P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Published by: Scholastic on July 26, 2016
Review Source: Publisher, Edelweiss
Genres: Young Adult, Romance
Plot: Lily is socially awkward, plays guitar, and now has a crush on her anonymous pen pal.
Review: Before I lay it all out there, let me just say that the copy I am reviewing from is an ARC. There is a pretty good chance that the plot might be tweaked by publication. This review contains spoilers, so turn back if you don’t want to know. Here’s the pros and cons:
- It’s pretty adorable. With Lily and Cade you have the classic OTP of Rocker girl falls for Jock boy, even though they would totally rip out each other’s throats for the first half of the book. Their feelings are unearthed through a series of notes passed anonymously during Chemistry class. While their feels unfold on paper, you learn that Lily and Cade are more than their stereotypes. It’s a darling little mash up, really. In fact, their cuteness overrides the fact that he dated her best friend, they hurl insults like it’s a job, and they both toy with other relationships. That’s high school love, folks. Quick. Reading their letters to each other brought me right back to my own note passing days though, and for that alone, I liked it. Their relationship is sweet and endearing, even if it is a little too textbook rom-com at times.
- It felt authentic. Everything about this book breathes YA. The way they talk, react, the things they do, all of it feels legit. Thank you, West. Lately it seems that YA is all over in the age department, but you really nailed it.
- It’s a good book buddy for those who liked The D.U.F.F.. Cade and Lily feel a lot like Bianca and Wesley. I’m not complaining though, I was into it.
- It’s not exactly original. So remember when I said it felt like The D.U.F.F.? It’s a lot like many in the light romance genre, so if you are looking for something new here, you might be disappointed.
- The ending. This was a five star book until the last few chapters. Without giving too much away, when things hit the fan with Sasha (and inevitably Cade and Lily) it feels really rushed and shallow. I think it West moved that plot point to directly after final note is kept from Lily, things would have been way more enjoyable.
Overall, I liked this one, and would read it again in a hot minute.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Who Should Snag It: If you are looking for a light beach read or some rom-com action this one is for you.
*I would like to thank Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review*