P.S. I Like You
Published by Point on July 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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Also by this author: The Fill-In Boyfriend
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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…
What I Expected [Prior to the Summary Read]
- Tons of fluffy goodness
- Romance all over the place
- A slightly predictable outcome
What I Got
- Almost the right amount of fluffiness
- Just the right amount of romance
- An amazingly cool as hell leading lady
- Too much family time
- A slightly predictable outcome
What I Thought
Etchings on a desk, secret letters, and mysteries galore abound in West’s adorable P.S. I Like You, the third of her books I’ve read. P.S. I Like You fits right into the trio of my personally perused West tales, also including The Fill-In Boyfriend and On the Fence in that it is heartwarming, nail biting, and predictable, yet not at the same time.
Lily Abbott is a quirky, musical, sort of loner at Morris High, with a group consisting primarily of her best friend, Isabel, and a super secret pen pal. Lily acquires said pen pal in chemistry class, which is, of course, mind numbingly boring, after jotting down a song lyric on her desk.
Lo and behold, when she returns to her desk for the next class, Lily finds that someone, who shares her oddball taste in music, has completed the lyric she had begun. Intrigued, Lily writes back, thus beginning a mysterious friendship, which evolves into letter writing, with Lily and her secret pal leaving notes for each other in their shared desk during their respective classes with teacher Mr. Ortega.
Through their messages, Lily and her new friend, whom Lily deduces is a boy, the duo discover they have a variety of things in common, not only musical taste, but a knack for keeping things close to their hearts, things more easily said in writing than aloud.
I must admit that my favorite aspect of P.S. I Like You is the inclusion of the penultimate mean girl, Sasha, who seems to observe Lily’s every move, including her writing in class to her mysterious pen pal. Unwittingly, Sasha discovers the identity of Lily’s mystery friend before Lily and seeks to sabotage the cool girl’s newfound relationship.
While I, and Lily, deduce who she is writing to prior to the ending, West still manages to cause me and Lily to second-guess ourselves as to the identity of the mystery writer until the big reveal proves us right.
Honestly, the only thing that really aggravated me about this love story is the fact that all school subjects are capitalized – I was under the impression that only language classes were begun with capital letters, but, perhaps, I’m mistaken – it is, after all, only a trifling detail.
Also, while I did like meeting Lily’s family, their near-constant presence kind of got on my nerves, but I am a cynic at heart. Overall, I really enjoyed this book; however, I did not find myself itching to read it every day, as I did with The Fill-In Boyfriend and On the Fence.