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…
Hardcover, 330 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by Point
Five stars: An adorable, antagonistic romance that has a strong You've Got Mail vibe that will leave you smiling.
Lily hates suffering through chemistry every day. Today, she is in a particularly foul mood because she had another run in with her arch nemesis, Mr. Popular golden boy in the halls. To make matters worse, her chemistry teacher won't allow her to spend the hour writing song lyrics in her notebook. She is forced to pay attention, until she decides to scribble a favorite song lyric on her desk. The next day, she is surprised to see a return reply, and then the following day, a note shoved under the desk. Soon, Lilly is exchanging secret notes with her chemistry pen pal, sharing secrets and opening up. Who could he be?
What I Loved:
- P.S. I Like You is one of the most adorable, antagonistic YA romances I have ever read. I loved the strong You've Got Mail vibe, and I loved watching the relationship develop. This is the perfect, feel good pick me up read that will leave you with a big, fat, goofy grin. Read it!
- The romance is one of my absolute favorite kinds. It is a two parter, one of mystery as it first develops anonymously via notes, and then when Lily discovers who is writing the notes, it takes on an whole new vibe. It isn't hard to figure out who is writing Lily, and I got a kick of watching it blossom and unravel and then end just right. I loved it!
- I so appreciated the strong focus on family. Lily comes from a chaotic family, with two busy, but involved parents, two active younger brothers and an older sister. There is never a dull moment at Lily's house whether it be Bugs Rabbit, voting on pies and jewelry to sibling rivalry. I loved seeing this family in action.
- I liked watching Lily grow in this one. In the beginning, she is a bit shy, awkward and she lacks confidence, mainly thanks to a nickname she earned a couple of years ago. As the story progresses and Lily starts writing her pen pal, she opens up and begins to change. I liked seeing her struggle with her erroneous perceptions and learning to correct them. I also liked seeing her handle the mean girl, and how it helped her to find her musical voice. She comes a long way.
- The ending was just right, even though I wanted more. I loved seeing it all come together. It left me so happy. This is a book I couldn't put down because I loved it so much. One of my favorites of the year.
And The Not So Much:
- I had just a couple of niggles. One was that I didn't like that there was this big buildup and focus on Lily and her song writing dream, and then the book ends before it reaches fruition. I wanted it played out.
- There were a couple of other boys introduced as possible suspects for the letter writer. One was definitely plausible, but I was left unsure as to what the purpose of the other person was. He shows up as a blind date, and reappears, and then disappears. His part could have been left out because it added nothing.
- Even though I know that everything doesn't always work out in real life, I wish that there was more movement with Lily's pen pal's father situation.
- I didn't like the mean girl theme. The mean girl served her purpose, but I didn't like that she continually got away with her bad behavior.
P.S. I Like You is an adorable, feel good romance that is perfect for all readers who want something fun and cute. I loved the mystery and the antagonism, and I was breathless waiting for that moment when it would all come together. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed. This one left me with a big grin. My only complaint, is that I didn't want it to end. I wanted more!
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.