- Age Range: 12 - 17 years
- Grade Level: 7 and up
- Lexile Measure: 570 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Point (July 26, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0545850975
- ISBN-13: 978-0545850971
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.2 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 7–10—Cade and Lily have been enemies for years: he's rude about her clothes, hair, and whole vibe; she thinks he's a snotty, stuck-up rich kid. Plus, she has her eye on shaggy hipster Lucas, who looks like he could totally be on her wavelength. But when Lily scribbles some graffiti on top of the desk to combat her boredom in chemistry class, she's surprised to find a reply the next day and even more surprised when the answers continue. Soon, she's corresponding through hidden notes and bonding with her secret pen pal over a mutual interest in indie music. Who's her mysterious new friend? Little by little, Lily whittles down the number of possibilities to one that makes absolutely no sense. Although it gets off to a slow start as the author sets up the various subplots, there's much to like about this sweet love story. West allows the sworn enemies to reexamine themselves in a believable way; Lily considers that the person she becomes around her nemesis Cade is not her best self—and that the same could possibly be true for Cade. There's plenty of kissing at the end, but nothing that renders this work unsuitable for middle school readers. VERDICT Hand this one to fans of tween romance and Jennifer E. Smith's books.—Elizabeth Friend, Wester Middle School, TX
"Lily is one of the funniest heroines I've met in a long time. This is my favorite Kasie West book yet!" -- Miranda Kenneally, author of Catching Jordan
"Clever and heartwarming. P.S. I love this book, and you will too!" -- Lisa Schroeder, author of The Bridge from Me to You
"The perfect romantic comedy." -- VOYA
"Pride and Prejudice lite. Readers after an enjoyable beach romance won't go wrong with this." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Once again, West pens an adorably cute romance that will leave you with a smile on your face and a huge case of the warm fuzzies.... a sweet, swoony love story." -- RT Book Reviews
"Kasie West books always make us fall in love with love! And this sweet-and-salty, opposites-attract romance has more than a pinch of Pride & Prejudice tucked inside. Prepare for adorable." -- Justine Magazine
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The best part about her books, and P.S. I Like You is no exception, is that her characters are likable. And funny. I laughed out loud several times while reading P.S. I Like You. The main character seems quirky but still real enough that you could picture meeting an actual, real life Lily Abbott. She has family, friends, hobbies, flaws, insecurities, dreams, etc., and these are all balanced enough for you to think, "Yeah, I think Lily could be a real person, and yeah, I think she'd be cool enough to hang out with."
Another great part about Kasie West's books: She offers great, fun romance. This book has enough of the romance without it being the only focus for the main character, and thus the only thing the reader has to focus on for 200+ pages.
Now for the cons, because, let's be honest, no book is perfect. It was fairly obvious from the beginning who the secret pen-pal was going to be. While it might have been a mystery for Lily, it didn't take Sherlock Holmes to put two and two together. That being said, the rest of the book was enjoyable enough to get over that minor flaw in an otherwise flawless story.
Another con: And this is a bit of a beef I have with all of Kasie West's books, they end way too abruptly! Now, I know that I am just an unsatisfied reader that wants to know that the two lovebirds grow up, get married, and have lots of cute, Indie rock babies, and that's not how books work. But I would like a little more wrap up, just a page or even a paragraph more of happily ever after. But I get it Kasie West, a story ends where it wants to end and all that. I just don't think I'm alone in wanting a tad more. Just saying.
All in all, this book is fantastic. Not quite as great as The Fill-In Boyfriend, but it is definitely worth at least 4.95 stars. Read it! And enjoy!
Lily, our main character, is a quirky, music-loving high school student. I thought Lily was great. She loves music, wears high tops and sews a variety of patches on to her clothing. She knows she’s a little different, but she embraces it and that’s what I loved about her. She was hilarious and I loved her witty dialogue. She also has insecurities like everyone else. She wants to be liked, she wants to fall in love and she is often embarrassed by her loud, but endearing, family. She is passionate about writing song lyrics, but she refuses to share it with anyone until its perfect. Early on, Lily decides she wants to enter a song-writing contest. While there is an adorable romance in this story, it is also just as much about Lily finally finding the confidence in herself to share her work.
While Lily is in chemistry class, a subject that bores her, she scribbles song lyrics on her desk. When she returns to chemistry the next day, she sees that someone wrote the next line of the lyrics. As she starts exchanging notes with this mysterious pen-pal, they discover they have a lot in common. They both start to open up about deeper subjects and Lily discovers that her pen-pal doesn’t have the greatest home life. Lily starts to fall for her letter writer, and its clear he is falling for her too. Still, she is apprehensive about meeting him.What if he doesn’t like her? What if he thinks she’s weird and awkward? As the reader, we are also not sure who the pen-pal is. We are presented with three options from boys she interacts with and all have chemistry before her. Cade, the boy with whom she is constantly arguing with, David, the shy boy from marching band and Lucas, the senior who Lily has been crushing on for a few years. I wasn’t completely sure who the letter writer was at first, but that’s part of the fun. Everything about it was just so cute! I found myself looking forward to Lily’s chemistry class just as much as she was so I could read the latest message from her letter writer.
I also adored Lily’s family. I love books that have more depth to them than the romance between two characters. Lily’s family played a huge role in the story and it made it that much better. Lily’s family is loud and hectic and at times embarrassing for her. She never gets any peace and quiet in her house with her older sister Ashley sharing her room and her little brothers Jonah and Wyatt running around. Lily always said she was annoyed with her family, but her actions proved otherwise. She was nothing but loving to her two little brothers, even while they were interrupting her song-writing time and chasing their pet rabbit around the house. Lily’s scenes with her quirky family were some of my favorite scenes in the book. Sure, they annoy each other and they never have any privacy, but they all love and support each other.
This book was everything I hoped it would be. It was insanely cute. I know I glossed over the romance but I didn’t want to give too much away because that is the best part of this book. I seriously could not put it down. I bought it after work and finished it before I went to bed. If you want a book that makes you happy, please pick this up. As I’m writing this review I want to go back and read it again. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!