p.s. i like you by kasie west
overall rating: 4.6/5 ⭐️
genre: YA, contemporary, romance
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…
omg this was AMAZING. once again, i’m reminded of how much i love kasie west, and i definitely need to read on the fence and the fill-in boyfriend! i usually don’t read owlcrate books right away, but i couldn’t resist with this one; the synopsis really drew me in! so i just picked it up and ended up finishing it in about two hours—i just couldn’t put it down.
i absolutely loved the characters! the main character, lily, is very awkward but realistic, and i totally appreciate that. despite her awkwardness, she’s still super cool, and it’s incredible watching her grow throughout the story. none of the characters are perfect (although they may seem so), and they all seem like real high school students, people i could see at my own school.
the relationships and character interactions are so well-developed. i really like the family aspect, since lily (and some other characters) have pretty complex relationships with their family, whether good or bad. it’s nice seeing that not all families are perfect, and i loved getting a close look into lily’s family. the friendship between lily and isabel, her best friend, is also fun to read about. they’ve been through a lot together, so their history is pretty complicated. i love them together, though, and i think they complement each other nicely! finally, the romance—possibly my favorite part of the book. i have to admit that i did not expect it at all, but i love the way it turned out. it’s interesting seeing lily struggle with her feelings, and i don’t think this would be considered insta-love. i seriously love the letters between lily and her mystery pen pal, and it feels like west really spent a lot of time getting the voices and styles for the letters right. also, the letters are super cute, and they made me laugh several times!
the plot is very exciting, and there are a few plot twists that kept me on my feet. the story really pulled me in, and i just kept reading. i didn’t even consider putting the book down; it was such a quick, easy read. however, it COULD be considered predictable, even though i didn’t guess it.
finally, the writing style is simple, but kasie’s skill with writing shows through the letters. lily’s letters feel very much like lily, and her pen pal definitely has a distinct personality. the voices don’t sound the same, which can happen when writing from multiple perspectives but doesn’t here. kasie creates different personalities, thoughts, and feelings for the two characters, which also helps with characterization.
overall, p.s. i love you is short and sweet yet emotional, and it is incredibly well-written. i would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys contemporary!
have you read this? what did you think?