My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Publication Date: July 26th 2016
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, High School, Love-Hate Relationships
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?
From beloved author Kasie West (The Distance Between Us) comes an utterly charming story about mixed messages, missed connections, and the magic of good old-fashioned secret admirer notes.
Believe me, I’m even more shocked and distraught than you are.
I like Kasie West. Her stories, although always somewhat clichéd, are charming and, quite frankly, I never thought I would one day feel completely indifferent about one of her books.
Well, we do need to make something clear first: this isn’t bad. In fact, it can be sweet and adorable at times.
But it’s so full of high school tropes. They’re everywhere and all the time. Ubiquitous, truly.
Boy drama? Check. Boy-related misunderstandings? Check. Girl torn over two boys, arguably three? Check. Miss bitchy popular gal trying to ruin the heroine’s love life? Check. Boy-related best friend drama? Check.
And it goes on and on and on.
I guess you could say that I am not the right person to be reading this book. If I hadn’t read hundreds and hundreds of YA novels with similar themes, I may have given this a three-star rating. But not more.
Because although it’s fast-paced and charming at times, it never really is original. It’s very clichéd, and normally I don’t mind it that much from Kasie West, since her humour usually manages to reduce my dislike of the clichéd parts, but this time it just didn’t work.
Maybe my reaction to P.S. I Like You would have been different if Cade had been more loveable and it hadn’t taken me 3/4 of the story to finally consider him a sweetheart. His bad boy act – from the point of view of Lily – annoyed me, as I hold no love for bullies and fakers.
Also, it’s all about the romance. Lily’s best friend only exists for Lily herself. The truth is, I don’t even remember her name. Strangely, I remember every name mentioned in this story but hers. If she was present, it was only to help Lily figure out some things. I don’t even know much about her. In Kasie West’s previous novels – for instance, The Distance Between Us – friendship had another meaning. A truer one.
I’m glad for Lily’s big, loud family. They made me smile. And that darling rabbit, much love directed its way. The humour could also be diverting, though there wasn’t quite enough of it.
I was pondering giving this a higher rating, as I know many of you will wish to throw your forks at me, but I can’t pretend – I’m very disappointed in P.S. I Like You. The way I see it, even the title lacks originality.
But I haven’t lost faith in Kasie West. I believe this isn’t the end of our reader-author relationship.
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