REVIEW: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
SYNOPSIS: 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…
GENRE: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
RATING: ★★★☆☆ / 3 sweet but slow stars.
REVIEW: This was my first Kasie West book and, by all accounts, perhaps it shouldn't have been. I know numerous people who love her young adult romances and can give me a list, in order, of their favorites but P.S. I Like You hasn't been ranking near the top. This was my first West novel simply because it came in my Owlcrate subscription box. The synopsis is adorable and I picked this one up because I had just finished a heavier book and needed something light and easy...in that respect it was perfect. But now I wish I had chosen another of her novels to try first because this one hasn't endeared me to try any of her other books.
Wow, that felt like a harsh opening. Okay, this novel isn't all bad. It's sweet and easy and fun, and sometimes that's exactly what we're looking for in a book. The idea of passing notes with an anonymous classmate (which of course is going to be a guy) is just too perfect for a book set in high-school. And while the beginning of the book was slow, the second half was better, and I really liked the dialogue between the characters.
As for the not so good...it's incredibly predictable and there really is no mystery or surprises. AND, the one part of the book that nearly had me knocking it down to a 2 star rating, was the main character's parents. Without spoiling too much, I'll just say that something very important to Lily is broken by a mystery member of her household...and her parents just go, oh that's too bad, and just let it go. I mean, what!? The family is close and practically living on top of each other, so what involved parent, like hers are, would just let that slide without trying to get to the bottom of the matter? It made me a bit crazy. If not for the great interactions between our main characters in the last half, I would have washed my hands of this book.
All in all, it was just an okay read, and while there were parts that I enjoyed, it wasn't spectacular.