P.S. I Like You – Kasie West – Point – Published 26 July 2016
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?
I am a huge fan of Kasie West’s contemporary novels. The way she mixes family drama, romance and self-discovery/realisation is so spot on and totally addictive. P.S. I Like You is all that and more. It is cute, fun, and yet there are heavier tones underneath that take it from light and fluffy to light, romantic and touching. The protagonist Lily is key in this. Lily is smart. To the outside observer she is shy and socially awkward, but put her in a space where she is comfortable and she will have you laughing with her clever lines, quick retorts and humour.
When Lily first started writing song lyrics on her desk in chemistry, she never expected someone to write back, nor to develop a friendship (and maybe something more) with that someone. Her mysterious chemistry pen pal is funny, totally gets her taste in music and seems to be the only person who can accept her quirks and find them charming rather than weird. But Lily isn’t sure that would translate to real life, nor is she certain she wants to know who is behind the letters.