Synopsis from Scholastic:
What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery?
While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she’s flustered — and kind of feels like she’s falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer — but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?
About: P.S. I Like You is a young adult contemporary written by Kasie West. It was published on 7/26/16 by Point, an imprint of Scholastic Inc, hardcover, 336 pages. The genres are fiction, romance, young adult, and contemporary. This book is intended for readers ages 12 and up, grades 7 and up. According to the publisher’s website, “Scholastic was founded in 1920 as a single classroom magazine. Today, Scholastic books and educational materials are in tens of thousands of schools and tens of millions of homes worldwide, helping to Open a World of Possible for children across the globe” and their mission is to “encourage the intellectual and personal growth of all children, beginning with literacy.” Please see below for more information about the publisher and author.
My Experience: I started reading P.S. I Like You on 6/3/17 and finished it on 6/12/17. Though if time were in my favor, I would have read this book in two days! I love LOVE reading this book! It’s just so cute and right up my alley!! I love old fashioned letter writing. I love the mystery of the secret love admirer. I love books that makes me smile and the banter in this book is too irresistible not to laugh! I love unique characters with a passion. I especially admire how much Lily can do with little of what she has. She has less money, little quiet time, and more family obligations, yet, she able to self-taught herself to play the guitar and save up to buy the instrument on her own.
“Mr. Otega banned my notebook from class.”
“Uh-oh. How are you going to live without one of your limbs?”
“I don’t know, and in Chemistry of all classes. How can anyone be expected to listen in there?”
“I like Chemistry.”
“Let me rephrase that. How can any normal person be expected to listen in there?”
“Are you calling yourself normal?”
I bowed my head, conceding her the win. p4
In this book, readers will follow the point of view of Lily Abbott, a high school senior aspire to become a songwriter and a self-taught guitarist. She’s always jotting down words and phrases for potential songs in her notebook wherever she walks and especially in Chemistry class because who likes Chemistry anyway? When the teacher, Mr. Otega caught her not paying attention, he banned her from writing in her notebook. When her favorite song runs through her mind, she jots down a line of the lyric on her desk. To her surprise, the next day in Chemistry class, she finds someone else had written down the next verse right below hers. More notes exchanged that turned into letters tucked under the desk. Chemistry becomes a class Lily looks forward to, until she runs an errand during her student aid period for a teacher to Mr. Otega’s class and discovers who has been responding to her letters, she gets the shock of her life.
“Are you stalking me now?”
“I was just trying to be helpful. It’s who I am.”
“You should reevaluate your definition of help.”
“To assist, to save, to be handsome. I think I have them all.”
“Pretty sure you only possess the one that doesn’t even fit the definition.”
“I’m glad you think I’m handsome, Lily. I always knew you did.” p96
This book is beautifully written! I can’t get enough of Lily’s family. I love her parents’ voting requirement. I love their chaos at home and how they take care of each other. Lily is a great character and I like that she stays true to herself. She shops at the thrift store and modifies her clothes to how she likes them. She knows she’s different but she doesn’t change herself to look like others even when they make fun of her. I like her quick ways of getting to know David by asking him his 10 points. This book has so much humor and I can’t stop smiling when I read. I love the banter between Lily and Cade Jennings. I love Lily’s friendship with Isabel and their morning routine. The song Lily wrote, oh so cute!! I love reading a cute love story and this book has it all! I highly recommend everyone to read this book! You won’t be disappointed!
Pro: old fashioned hand written letters, humor, fast paced, page turner, couldn’t put down, suspense, mystery secret admirer, banter, cute romance, friendship, family dynamic,
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Kasie West is the author of several YA novels, including The Distance Between Us, On the Fence, and The Fill-in Boyfriend. Her books have received numerous awards and accolades, including an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers selection, a YALSA Best Books for Young Adults selection, and a number of Whitney and Goodreads Choice Awards and Nominations. Kasie lives in Fresno, California, with her family, and you can visit her online at kasiewest.com. (Photo obtained from Goodreads and Info obtained from Scholastic website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Scholastic for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.