Personal Thoughts: After a challenging December / beginning of January, I’d been feeling a bit slumpy. As much as I wanted to get lost in complex fantasy worlds, my brain was just not having it. I kept feeling distracted while reading and it was making me so sad. So over the three day weekend, I asked my husband if he would mind if we cancelled our Monday plans so I could spend time reading a cute contemporary book and reinvigorate myself so I could feel excited about reading again. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West TOTALLY did the trick. I had been wanting to read this book since it came out last year and I’d heard nothing but good things so I decided this would be The Book. I ended up reading the majority of the book in one day and I finished the day after on my commute to work (I got to work during one of the most exciting parts and I literally spent the entire day wishing I could get back to reading!).
Plot Summary: P.S. I Like You is the story of an alternative girl named Lily who finds solace from her crazy family life in mostly unheard of bands. She dabbles in song writing but hasn’t found enough confidence to share her songs with anyone just yet. Lily is also terrible at and terribly uninterested in her high school chemistry class. One day out of boredom, she writes a song lyric on her desk and when she comes in the next day, she finds that the lyric has been finished! Once Lily and her mysterious chemistry crush run out of desk space, they begin writing notes to each other and leaving them underneath their desk for each other to find. The letters easily become the highlight of Lily’s days but as her suspect list shrinks, she realizes she just may have been sharing her deepest darkest secrets with her sworn enemy.
Critique: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West is exactly the fluffy contemporary story I was looking for. While it’s VERY easy to figure out who Lily is conversing with, it doesn’t take away from the excitement of the letters. Watching the relationship between Lily and her boy develop via the written word is such a contrast to their real life interactions and I love a good hate-to-love romance (it’s one of my favorite tropes when done well!). You’ll also be pulled into the story by Lily’s adorable family. Lily is one of four kids living with both her parents so alone time is hard to come by in her household. Lily takes her responsibilities as an older sister very seriously, often putting her younger brothers before her social life. Aside from the romance (which let’s be honest, that’s what we’re all here for in a Kasie West book), it’s a pleasure to see Lily’s emotional character arc throughout the novel. Overall, P.S. I Like You is a feel good love story that’ll have you craving another scene with Lily and the mystery man!
Do I Recommend?: Yes! If you enjoy reading fluffy feel-good contemporaries, this book is for you!