Review: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

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25486998Title: P.S. I Like You
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Point
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads Synopsis:

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…

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“Letters were safe. They were words, easy to read if enjoyable and stop reading if hurtful.”

I have read so many rave reviews for Kasie West’s books – P.S. I Like You especially. So, when I was offered the chance to review this I jumped on it straight away. Let me tell you, all of those rave reviews were spot on and well deserved.

In this book, we’re following the story of Lily, a girl who is socially awkward (especially when it comes to boys), quirky, and has the perfect (though sometimes misunderstood) sarcastic sense of humor. One day while in Chemistry, she is caught by her teacher writing song lyrics in a notebook rather than paying attention. Because who didn’t dislike Chemistry in high school? It leads to her being banned from having anything in class except for one sheet of paper and something to write with. To spare herself from boredom she writes song lyrics from her favorite band on her desk. What does she find the next day? That someone has replied to those lyrics with the next few lines. Lily finds not only someone she has things in common with but someone who opens up to her and she feels she can open up to. Thus, a beautiful friendship with a mysterious pen pal begins in the form of desk notes and later physical notes that they hide under the desk. Who is the mysterious pen pal? You’ll have to read to find out.

“Shut up,” I said.

“I didn’t say anything.”

“Your face did.”

“Really? And what did my face say?”

“You know what your face said.”

P.S. I Like You is hilarious, fluffy, and heartwarming albeit a bit cliché at times. It’s your typical YA high school romance, it even has the typical mean girl side plot, but it doesn’t ever actually feel typical. I adored this book so much that I literally spent the whole day reading because I couldn’t put it down, I didn’t want to put it down. I was invested in the main character and her story and that is when you know a book is good.

“You thought my awkwardness was from preconceived plans to be awkward?”

“Yes, actually”

I laughed. “Well now you know the truth.”

I automatically loved Lily, she was such a relatable character. There is this part where she runs into the guy she has a crush on and completely freezes up to the point of becoming mute. That was me in high school. She is an awkward character who also more often than not finds herself blabbing things uncontrollably because of the simple fact that she is nervous. Who can’t relate to situations like that? At the same time, she is also a character who doesn’t care what anyone else thinks of her and I loved that. I enjoyed her quirky sense of style, her love of music, and her sarcastic sense of humor.

I also really loved her friendship with Isabel. No, it wasn’t perfect. But ultimately I loved the fact that they were there for each other no matter what and that they put their friendship above boys.

Another thing I really enjoyed was the family dynamic woven into this book. Lily has a big and loud family. She has three other siblings – an older sister and two younger brothers. One of those siblings, her older sister, she shares a room with. As you can imagine, there is not a dull moment at Lily’s house and sometimes she gets very overwhelmed by all of the craziness. However, she loves her family to bits even when they make her mad. I adored her parents and how much they embarrassed her. In fact, I think her family was one of my favorite things about this book. I love how Kasie West really brought in the family element that I feel isn’t always present in YA contemporary.

You might be wondering about the mysterious pen pal. I don’t want to give too much away because I want anyone who reads this to have the joy and excitement I felt over trying to figure it out. However, we’re introduced to three possible “suspects”:

Cade, a boy who Lily has known for a while that she considers her enemy for the fact that he gave her a terrible nickname and acts like a complete jerk.

David, a boy who Lily’s friend tries repeatedly to set her up with because she feels they have something in common since he is in the school’s band and awkward like her.

Lucas, a boy Lily has had a crush on for the longest time who could be considered the typical rocker boy we all had crushes on in school.

Yes, there is multiple possible love interest in this but don’t let that deter you because Kasie West does this in such a way that it doesn’t ever feel like a bad thing. You’re so involved in the mystery of who her pen pal could be that you want to figure it out through her interactions with each boy.

“My family ignores me, yours is too present. Maybe we can get them all together and somehow they will balance each other out.  Maybe we would balance each other out…”

Another thing that was probably my favorite aspect of this book were the letters between Lily and her pen pal. It was beautiful how something so simple grew into something deeper that had each character confiding in each other in a way that they couldn’t with anyone else. It drove home the point that you never really know someone until you know them (If that makes any sense).

And I can stress it enough how adorable this book was. I found myself fangirling so often because I couldn’t get over it! I know I’ve overused the word love in this review but I honestly loved this book. There isn’t a better way to say it.

“It surprised me when his cheeks turned a light shade of pink. I wasn’t sure why that embarrassed him in any way. I was positive he already knew it. He ran one hand through his hair. Then he said, almost too quiet for me to hear, “You’re not every girl.”

Kasie West’s writing is also extremely engaging and witty and probably a big reason why I couldn’t put this book down. I adored her writing and the way she handled the character development. P.S. I Like You was a great introduction to her books for me and I definitely plan on picking up more of them.

This book is perfect for anyone that is looking for a light and fast-paced YA contemporary with a cute romance. I highly recommend it!


Have you read P.S. I Like You? What did you think of it? If not, do you want to read it?

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43 thoughts on “Review: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

  1. EPIC review Melissa! I think this is the first one I’ve read with an intro to the character Lilly & found myself laughing because you’ve just described me down to a tee 😂 socially awkward in HS, sarcastic, quirky & hated Chemistry oh yea & we share the same name lol. I have this one under books to read in December, since that’s when I do all my fluff lol. Can’t wait to get to it especially since you mentioned the great family dynamics which is rare & I luv to find in my books 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

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    • Thank you, Lilly! 💕
      Chemistry was the bane of my existence in HS. Along with Physics. Science and I just did not get along 😂. But yeah she really is such a relatable character. I definitely relate to the social awkwardness as well. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 😊

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  2. So glad you loved this book!!!! I’m getting all giddy thinking about this book after reading your amazing review!!! *squeals* I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!!😱😍😍

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  3. So glad you loved this book!!!! I’m getting all giddy thinking about this book after reading your amazing review!!! *squeals* I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!! 😱😍

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    • I think your comment double posted 😂🙈. YES! It was such an incredible book. I actually just want to reread it over and over again because I loved it so much. I don’t think I’ve been that giddy over a contemporary in so long. It was perfect! 😍

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  4. I’m so glad you read this book. I read it in three hours and loved every second. This is my favorite YA read of 2016. I was so in love with all the characters, and I really loved how West kept you guessing, even though I had my suspicions from the start and was right about her admirer. This book was so cute I hugged it for a while after reading. Wonderful review! I think we’re going to need to add a Kasie West fan club to the mix along with SOC and CoHo. 🙌

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    • Thank you, Jill!
      It’s definitely one of my favorites of 2016 now.
      Me too. I also had my suspicions and ended up being right. The voice in the letters just fit so well with the voice of that character. I still cheered when it was finally revealed. 😂🙈
      It was so adorable! I actually can’t stop rereading parts at the moment. I so want to jump into another Kasie West book soon.
      We definitely need to throw a Kasie West fan club into the mix. And don’t forget the side club to the SoC one that is just for Kaz. 😜

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      • Yeah, I know what you mean. I knew it was him the way he talked. I think a few others said the same thing. He was the obvious choice from the beginning or at least I thought so until Kasie had me doubting myself. 😂 I love Kasie West. How cute was the ending? The last few pages were too cute. 🙂 I think we need more than a side club for Kaz. Lol We might need a SOC fan club and support group. I heard the second one isn’t as good because the ending isn’t tied up neatly. I’m hoping that means we’ll see more of the characters later on. Fingers crossed. 😎

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      • Same! I can’t count the amount of times where I was all “It has to be him! But wait… What if?” I love how she made it kind of obvious but also made us second guess it. It kept me reading. 😊
        The ending was so cute! I couldn’t stop smiling and fangirling. It was perfect. 😍
        True. Kaz deserve and entire club dedicated to him. And we’ll definitely need a SoC fan club and support group. Especially the support group! I see a terrible book hangover in my future. Awww that sucks 😞. But at the same time a more open type ending could mean we see more of them in the future so I’m with you on that. 🙌🏻
        *counts down the days until the buddy read*

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      • Haha! Yeah, it was like a cute YA romance and a mystery rolled into one. 🙂 I’m thinking we should start what I’m calling the Bookish Dregs. Lilly and Gretchen are major fan girls of this series, too. What do you think? Haha! 😜 I’m so counting down our buddy read. Whatever I’m reading when that day comes, will be thrown aside for Kaz. 😍

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  5. Yay Melissa I am so so glad you enjoyed this book. P.S. I Like You was the first book by Kasie West I read as well and it’s what really got me hooked on her writing; are you planning to started the rest of her YA contemporary books some point soon? (I binge read them all because I just couldn’t get enough!)
    I agree with what you said her books are kind of typical contemporary reads, I figured out pretty quickly who Lily’s pen pal was, but there was something about them that was unique at the same time.
    I loved all of Lily’s relationships, with her family and Isabel especially but also with her pen pal through their letters.
    Basically I just loved this book and I feel like I’d rate any book by Kasie West with five stars!
    Great review! 😀

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    • Thank you, Beth 💕
      I’m planning to at least fit a few more of her contemporaries in before the year is over if I can. I really want to read another one after having read and loved this one so much. Maybe I’ll try to squeeze another one in after I read The Shining? I have a feeling I’ll need a light book after that. 😂
      I figured it out pretty early on as well. There was just something about the voice in the letters that matched one of them so well that there was no question. But at the same time I kept questioning myself even though I felt pretty sure.
      Same. It was the perfect contemporary and so cute 🙌🏻. I couldn’t find a single thing I didn’t like. And if her other books are as wonderful as this one was I have a feeling they will all be five star reads for me too. 😊

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      • That’s all right! ❤
        I feel like now you say you'll read at least one more of her books this year but once you've read it you'll find yourself reaching for another one before you know it. That's what I did. And yeah, I haven't read The Shinning but I'd recommend a light and fluffy contemporary read after that book, maybe even two! 🙂
        It was great the way it was written, and yeah I remember being pretty sure but there were things that happened that made me question whether I was right. I'm glad I was because I really loved who it ended up being and the way it was all revealed.
        They are, P.S. I Like You is still my favourite of the lot but the rest are just as amazing contemporary reads so I'm sure you'll love them just as much! 😀

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      • You’re probably right 😂. When I end up really loving an author’s books I find myself binge reading before long. That’s what happens when I first read Colleen Hoover’s books. So did I! And the ending was so cute. Another thing I caught on to (after the pen pal was officially revealed) was the fact that he so knew it was her writing. There were these moments, during the Thanksgiving parts specifically, where I was like “He so knows!” 😂. It was great.
        P.S. I Like You will probably stay my favorite as well. It was such an engaging read. I’m really excited for the one she is publishing next year. 😊

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  6. Ah Kasie West is the best author ever!!! I’m so happy to find someone else that appreciates her and all her book just like I do! Personally I thought this book was the weakest book out of all of hers, but it is still amazing and so much better than other books I read.

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