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P.S. I Like You Paperback – July 25, 2017
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From School Library Journal
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 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
"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
Praise for Lucky in Love:
"There's a wealth of profoundly topical, thematic territory to explore in lottery wins; this iteration, with its cast of culturally and economically diverse characters, is especially resonant." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Kasie West books are our kind of comfort food -- romantic, light and cute!" -- Justine Magazine
"Fans of Susane Colasanti, Jennifer E. Smith, and Jenny Han will enjoy this smart girl protagonist dealing with the typical (and not-so-typical) drama that senior year of high school brings." -- School Library Journal
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Mostly because I liked Cade. He wasn't all what Lily believed. I think what I liked most (besides Cade being Cade) is how their viewpoints of events differed. Every encounter that Lily thought Cade was being an ass, he experienced a completely different way. He was always trying to protect her or get her attention, but she was so wrapped up in her belief that he was a jerk, she never saw it that way.
The whole set-up is extremely predictable. Cade is shown to be Lily's nemesis. Then she discovers the writing on the desk. It's obvious who the writing is from, but I still liked to see their relationship develop (in real life and through their letters) as they got closer. Once Lily figures out who her penpal is, though, things get a little annoying. It's chapter after chapter of her angsting over liking her nemesis. It's obvious he's not a jerk and they have a lot in common, but she refuses to let anything happen. She pushes him away.
It's ridiculous. I mean, once or twice with the indecision I could tolerate--I'd be the same way, but it goes on for half the book. But I give it a pass because I thought Lily and Cade were adorable together. Once she started letting him in outside of the letters.
Normally, I love all the angst and unresolved sexual tension. I love the flip-flop, fluttery heart I get when the main character realizes she wants to kiss the guy but can't. But it got annoying in this one. Maybe because Lily ran hot and cold faster than my water heater. The whole enemies to "lovers" thing is a big plus for me. I know a lot of people don't like the trope because it's overused, but I will take them all. All the tropes!
Otherwise, I liked the book. Not as much as some of her others, but I'll be reading it again. Next time a new book comes out. :)
Rating: PG to PG-13
Add to the mix her slight social awkwardness, the stress of coming up with the best song for a contest, the unexpected disaster that hits her guitar, mean girls, her best friend nudging her to risk it when the mystery guy is revealed and you have another dandy teen romance from an author who has never disappointed me. I've read and loved all her books and this is as good as it gets. It's a great one for both school and public libraries to add where teens like good chemistry with a dash of mystery and plenty of romantic intrigue.
However even though I could see the big twist coming from a mile away, it was still an entertaining read. Her pen pal character is interesting, and I absolutely love how his character expands the better Lily gets to know him. However, there were some things that happened that don't really fit well with his character. By the end of the book you realize that a lot of the things Lily thought about him were miscommunications/misunderstandings/etc. but there were still some things that he did that didn't really make sense with that idea. Basically things happened in the book to create drama, or anger towards his character, but they can't really be explained away with the "misunderstanding" idea. Was it an accident? Did the author forget to explain it once everything was out in the open? I don't know. However it isn't really a big deal, I'm just being nit-picky.
Anyways it was a cute little romance story (except for the part of the book where it's just their letters back and forth to each other multiple days in a row with no filler in-between. That part got boring pretty fast since all they really talk about is their problems and music.) Speaking of music, it played a really big part of this story, and I felt like it was a little too much. I would have liked it if it was toned down just a little bit.
Overall however, I think most people who enjoy YA romances will like this one.
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4 Stars - Kasie West is a wonderful Young Adult author, and the premise of anonymous letter writing always appeals to me.Read more