P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Publisher: Point
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
Source: borrowed
Rating:

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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.

Quick Thoughts and Rating: 5 stars! So, the quick and short of it is this: Kasie West can do no wrong in my eyes and her books are golden! She’s an auto-read/buy author for me, has been ever since the first contemp I read of hers. We have a very compatible writer-reader relationship, and I feel like when it comes to YA romance and characters, she’s going to be a solid, dependable 5-star read every single time without fail. P.S. I Like You proved that theory even more. I hardcore adored this book. The couple was so damn adorable (even when they were at each other’s throats) and that cuteness totally invaded my heart. I seriously feel punch-drunk giddy after every book of hers that I devour read!

Review: Okay, being perfectly honest here because that’s how I roll, perhaps there isn’t exactly anything new or refreshing about secretly exchanged notes turned love affair or hate-turned-love relationships, but I’m absolutely not kidding when I say that I believe Kasie West can rewrite the yellow pages and make those the cutest damn yellow pages you’ve ever read! She has a knack for taking even the oldest tropes (ones that I usually love, both are the case with this novel) and making them feel fun and exciting. So, the thing is, everything about the synopsis is pretty straight forward and I had pegged the “who” behind the letters pretty early on, but the build-up of the tension and watching it all unfold still made for a riveting read. I read this entirely in one sitting in a little less than four hours. (I had planned on only reading a bit before bed and ended up finishing it at about 2:30 in the morning. Then, I immediately reached for my phone so I could tweet my love for it directly to Kasie herself. Yes, it had to be done at 2:30AM. I regret nothing.) I don’t want to ruin all the best bits of this novel for you, so I’ll just say a few quick things and then you can be on your way to add it to your TBR and pre-order it ASAP. West writes amazing characters; they’re real and relatable. I always connect so easily with them, want to champion them and insert myself as their bestie so I can inhale all the juicy gossip of their unfolding relationship as it’s happening in real-time. (Don’t look at me like that, I know they’re fictional. But try telling that to my heart.) West also writes amazing snark and banter, and there’s no denying that the banter in this was sensational. I gobbled up every interaction and laughed out loud quite a few times. But above all that, my heart squeezed with those angst-achey moments, fluttered away like crazy in those sweet times, and I just wanted to do snow angels in all the cute fluffy instances that made me smile so big my cheeks hurt. I feel like I say this every time I read Kasie West: I love her books! LOVE. Them. She’s still firmly planted among my all-time favorite authors.

Teaser Quote: I couldn’t highlight or tab anything because this wasn’t my book, but there were so many quotable moments. I went for one part of the most memorable scene in the book for me. Le sigh.

     I waited for him to continue, to finish. He didn’t. I spoke up. “Here we are at a crossroads? That’s how you ended it? All cryptic like that?”
     He took a step forward. Even though there wasn’t room to take that step. My legs hit a desk.
     “I think there might’ve been a PS,” he said.
     I couldn’t breathe again, only this time it had nothing to do with running. It had to do with his closeness and his voice, which had turned quiet, and his eyes that hadn’t left mine since he arrived. 
     My voice had lowered too. “PS? We haven’t written one of those before.”
     “It felt like it needed one.”
     “It did need one.”
     “PS” He brushed a piece of hair off of my cheek. “I like you. A lot.”
     My breathing was shallow, my eyes starting to water from staring too long. “That’s a great PS.”
      “For our first one, I thought it was solid.”
~quote taken from the print ARC of P.S. I Like You, pg. 289

Pitter-freaking-pat, dude.

Book Rating Breakdown
Cover
Writing
Characters
Plot
Pacing
Swoons
General Book Feels
Cute, Fuzzies, Flutters
Overall:

Rec It? Yes, I’m wholeheartedly recommending it! This one and every other Kasie West book for that matter. If you’ve loved her other titles, I’m sure this one will rank among your favorites. If she’s a new-to-you author, best prepare yourself for a lot of awesome. Ms. West knows how to give us the goods. I certainly can’t wait to see what book she dishes up next!

♥ A very special thanks to Stacee for letting me borrow her copy. Make sure you go check out her blog because she’s my most favorite person ever to see what awesome authorly adventure she’s been on recently.

*Disclaimer: My KP, Stacee from the wonderfully fabulous Adventures of a Book Junkie, let me borrow her print ARC of this title. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition (which you should totally go and buy).

Full of giggles, flails, snark and Southern endearments. Avid Reader. Lover of swoony boys, kickass heroines, yummy kissing scenes, and pretty prose.

I like to draw hearts in the sky (eternal optimist) and wish on stars (forever dreamer). Documentaries, sweet tea, sleep, and brightly colored knee-socks are a few of my favorite things. ♥

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