Buddy Review: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Posted September 16, 2021 by Lillian in Reviews / 1 Comment

Throughout Summer of Love Lenore, Stephanie, and I will be buddy reading six books and sharing our reviews. The three adult books will be reviewed separately on each of our blogs while the three YA books* will be co-reviews featured here on Mom with a Reading Problem. Read along with us and join the discussion. Schedule below ๐Ÿ™‚

SO we may have bit off more than we could chew and have edited the schedule above to reflect ๐Ÿ˜‰ We will have at least one more buddy read before the end of the event.

Happy Thursday y’all! I’m like over a week late in sharing this, BUT today I’m sharing our final buddy read of the event. I personally devoured this one. I started off listening to the audiobook, and when my phone died, I switched to a paperback and finished in one sitting. I absolutely adored it. This was my first Kasie West book, and it definitely won’t be my last ๐Ÿ™‚ We all enjoyed this one! If you enjoy a sweet and sometimes funny YA romance, I highly recommend it.

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Buddy Review: P.S. I Like You by Kasie WestP.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Published by Point on 2016-07-26
Length: 336 pages
Reviewing Paperback from My Book Shelf
Reading Challenges: 2021 Summer of Love, COYER 2021

Signed, sealed, delivered...

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...

Kasie West brings irresistible wit, warmth, and sparkle to this swoon-worthy story of love showing up when you least expect it.

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West is a sweet and swoon-worthy YA contemporary romance about two opposites who find they have more in common than they realized. Lily is a musician from a large family and not the most popular girl at her high school. Her best friend is constantly trying to bring her out of her shell and set her up on dates, none of which Lily is having. When Lily scribbles somes lyrics from a favorite band on her Chemistry desk, she is surprised to find someone has finished them. Thus starts a penpal relationship with an unknown student, and Lily quickly finds she may be falling for him. 

Our Chat (with spoilers removed):

As soon as (love interest) was introduced, I knew he was the hero…and I never wavered. I thought maybe it was in the blurb, but i went back and reread it and it wasn’t. But in Goodreads it lists him as a main character, so maybe that was it? Mostly it was why would you introduce him and give him this much screen time if he’s not important.
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lillian

I knew immediately too. It was her intense dislike of him that clued me in. Plus the way (love interest) acted around her reminded me of the old elementary school way of the boy picking on the girl he likes ๐Ÿ˜‚
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Exactly! I get (boy) was who we were supposed to think it was but you could tell right away that didnโ€™t make sense. (love interest) was just SO obnoxious.
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It didn’t detract from my enjoyment knowing it though, there were still lots of other things to be waiting on (like when each of them would figure it out, how it would go, etc).
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I thought Lily was the perfect teenager — she rode the line of being realistic without being too annoying…flawed, but I still felt empathy towards her even when she had teenagery attitude. I think that’s super hard to do. Either I write off a character and can’t connect with them, or else they’re too unrealistic and old feeling. She was YA perfection IMO.
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lillian

๐Ÿ’ฏ agree. I typically avoid contemporary YA because the characters annoy me for being too immature or too mature. But Lily was perfect. This whole book was in my opinion.
โค๏ธ2

In particular, I LOVED that both she and (love interest) had faults in their prior relationship. It would have been so easy to have (love interest) just be the dick, but it wasn’t just him. It was a lot of misunderstandings because they come from such different family backgrounds. I loved seeing her grow and start to understand how she can affect other people as well.
โค๏ธ1

West had me going through all of the feels and all over the place. Like I sobbed when she was telling (love interest) about how she refused to hug her brother goodbye in the morning! That stuff kills me.

Then that scene in the kitchen with the bracelet. Phew!!
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lillian

I loved them too. Iโ€™m not sure Iโ€™ve loved a couple like this since Cinder & Ella ๐Ÿ’— I loved the banter and the back and forth between them. And I loved that they kept the notes up even after they were officially together. I get this stupid grin on my face every time I think about them ๐Ÿ˜‚
โค๏ธ2

“Say car for me.” chills
And yes, A+ banter.
โค๏ธ1

Her family was freaking hilarious. I loved them. I got why it would be annoying, but I loved them.
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lillian

Her family reminded me of my Dadโ€™s family. Heโ€™s the youngest of nine and family get togethers are chaos (fun chaos, but still chaos).
โค๏ธ1

Unlike the Sarah Dessen novel, even though the romance aspect was pretty light, I was satisfied with it…it gave me enough.
๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ2

I freaking loved it. SO much!! It gave me huge 00s rom com feels. It reminds me a bit of Sheโ€™s All That with the clear status difference. I also hugely picked up 10 Things I Hate About You vibes.
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lillian

I was happy with it too. There was just enough romance to make me happy. I liked that it was mostly them building a friendship that turned into more.
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Final Thoughts:

Easily a 5 out of 5 for me. I love it. I will definitely be rereading it.

I loved it too, 4.5 rounded up. I loved Shannon McManus’s narration too.

lillian

Easily a 5 star for me. Itโ€™s rare that I finish a book in one sitting anymore but this was just so cute and fluffy that I couldnโ€™t help it ๐Ÿ˜‚

About Kasie West

Author Kasie West

Kasie West is the author of many YA novels, including The Fill-In Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You, Lucky in Love, and Listen to Your Heart. Her books have been named ALA-YALSA Quick Picks, Junior Library Guild selections and ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults books. In the summer months you can often find Kasie on the California Coast with her family escaping the heat of the Central Valley.

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