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P.S. I Like You
     

P.S. I Like You

4.5 18
by Kasie West
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA, August 2016 (Vol. 39, No. 3) - Elizabeth Matson
In a You’ve Got Mail type of set-up, Lily inadvertently starts an anonymous correspondence with a student who sits in the same desk in another period of Chemistry class. A wannabe songwriter, Lily obsessively writes ideas and lines for lyrics in a notebook she carries with her everywhere until her frustrated Chemistry teacher bans it from his classroom. Bored out of her skull, Lily starts writing on her desk. When her scribbles are answered by another student with similar indie music tastes, a full-blown correspondence is born, with actual hand-written letters. Both teens reveal secrets and dreams they have never told anyone else. As secret identities are revealed, Lily discovers that there is more than one perspective to every situation. This is the perfect romantic comedy, which means it is a tad predictable but sweet and charming in its light-handed execution. There are enough quirks with Lily’s indie music, self-designed wardrobe, and large, crazy family to keep it fun and not cloying. Lily’s family-centered life and the slow-growing romance based on written confidences rather than physical attraction makes this a great pick for younger and more conservative readers, as well as any other hopelessly romantic teen. The romantic storyline is also nicely balanced with Lily’s songwriting ambitions. Her secret correspondence gives her songwriting a shot in the arm as she takes the plunge to finally finish a song and enter a contest. Lily grows into a stronger, more confident person through her relationship missteps, making for a very satisfying read. Reviewer: Elizabeth Matson; Ages 11 to 18.
Children's Literature - Judy DaPolito
Lily Abbott, a Caucasian high school junior, does not quite fit in, though she is not an outcast. Her biggest problem at school is her best friend Isabel Gonzales’s former boyfriend, Cade Jennings—a wealthy, handsome, popular boy with whom Lily’s clashed for years. Her family is warm and loving; but they are different, too. They live in a pleasant house and they are never hungry; but money is usually tight. Lily enjoys designing and making her own clothes; but, most of all, she wants to write songs. One day during chemistry, she writes a line on her desk from a song she likes. When she comes to class the next day, someone has written the next line under hers. It’s not a well-known song, and she answers by saying she’s impressed that the writer knows it. Their desk writing turns into a daily correspondence as each hides notes for the other to find. As she learns more about the unknown boy who sits in the same seat in another class, she likes him better and better. He has family problems, but he’s funny; he’s sympathetic when she’s unhappy; and he loves the same music she loves. She’s been working on a song for an important music contest that has musical training as part of its prize, and she’s hoping to enter it until one of her brothers breaks her guitar. On top of that problem, she’s horrified when she finds out the identity of her secret correspondent. Fortunately, she has the strength of character to figure out what she really wants and go after it. Lily is a captivating character, outspoken but kind; distrustful, but willing to reevaluate her impressions. The reader will root for her all the way. Reviewer: Judy DaPolito; Ages 12 up.
School Library Journal
06/01/2016
Gr 7–10—Cade and Lily have been enemies for years: he's rude about her clothes, hair, and whole vibe; she thinks he's a snotty, stuck-up rich kid. Plus, she has her eye on shaggy hipster Lucas, who looks like he could totally be on her wavelength. But when Lily scribbles some graffiti on top of the desk to combat her boredom in chemistry class, she's surprised to find a reply the next day and even more surprised when the answers continue. Soon, she's corresponding through hidden notes and bonding with her secret pen pal over a mutual interest in indie music. Who's her mysterious new friend? Little by little, Lily whittles down the number of possibilities to one that makes absolutely no sense. Although it gets off to a slow start as the author sets up the various subplots, there's much to like about this sweet love story. West allows the sworn enemies to reexamine themselves in a believable way; Lily considers that the person she becomes around her nemesis Cade is not her best self—and that the same could possibly be true for Cade. There's plenty of kissing at the end, but nothing that renders this work unsuitable for middle school readers. VERDICT Hand this one to fans of tween romance and Jennifer E. Smith's books.—Elizabeth Friend, Wester Middle School, TX
Kirkus Reviews
2016-03-30
What happens when your intriguing pen pal and the thorn in your side are the same person?An aspiring songwriter, Lily is always jotting down ideas for songs—even in chemistry class. One day, she ends up writing the lyrics to one of her favorites on her desk. The next day, she sees that someone has responded to her, and as might be expected, a conversation in letters begins. Not only does the white teen start falling for her pen pal, but she finds that his revelations about his family fuel her songwriting. But then two different catastrophes strike: her guitar is damaged beyond repair, wrecking her chance of entering a songwriting contest, and Lily discovers the letter writer is preppy, white Cade Jennings, the guy she can't stand—the guy who stuck her with the nickname "Magnet," which persists two years later. Even with what she's learned about him from his letters, Lily can't get past her own immature reactions to Cade. Will her prejudices against Cade keep Lily from happiness? The answer is predictable but still satisfying. A perfectly pleasant novel, this work seems to want to be Pride and Prejudice lite.Readers after an enjoyable beach romance won't go wrong with this. (Romance. 12-16)
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Praise for P.S. I Like You:

"Lily is one of the funniest heroines I've met in a long time. This is my favorite Kasie West book yet!" -- Miranda Kenneally, author of Catching Jordan

"Clever and heartwarming. P.S. I love this book, and you will too!" -- Lisa Schroeder, author of The Bridge from Me to You

"The perfect romantic comedy." -- VOYA

"Pride and Prejudice lite. Readers after an enjoyable beach romance won't go wrong with this." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Once again, West pens an adorably cute romance that will leave you with a smile on your face and a huge case of the warm fuzzies.... a sweet, swoony love story." -- RT Book Reviews

"Kasie West books always make us fall in love with love! And this sweet-and-salty, opposites-attract romance has more than a pinch of Pride & Prejudice tucked inside. Prepare for adorable." -- Justine Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545850971
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
07/26/2016
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
13,860
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
HL570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author


Kasie West is the author of several YA novels, including The Distance Between Us, On the Fence, The Fill-in Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You, Lucky in Love, and By Your Side. Her books have been named as ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers and as YALSA Best Books for Young Adults. Kasie lives in Fresno, California with her family, and you can visit her online at www.kasiewest.com.

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P.S. I Like You 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all of her books and have loved all of them to pieces, including this one. Agh! It makes you smile and giggle for joy. Definitely a must read. Kasie West never dissapoints with her new unique ideas, this one included. Such a cute story line. If you like comical/romantic/amazing/awesome/wonderful, I could go on forever, but the jist of this review is read it and you'll most likely love it! But the real question is what is their ship name? Cily? Liade? READ IT!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put the book down at all thays how good it was!!!!! Still don't belive me? Well I loved this book so much it just hooked me from the start I had to contuine reading padge after padge chapter after chapter. Till I finished it as you could probily guess I read the whole book in one day. I might have spent my whole afternoom reading but I don't regret one single second of this book. If you don't like it that's ok because everyone has diffrent tastes, I just ask you give it a few chapters and you sure won't be dissapointed!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMYGOSHOMYGOSHOMYGOSHTHISBOOKISA M A Z I N G!!!! I decided to try a new genre of books that do NOT involve manhunts and extortion. This book was so amazing I read it in 3 hours. Then reread it. Which is saying something, because I hardly EVER do that. I love Kasie West's work and think it's amazing. If you liked this book, you'll like the rest of her works too!! I also recommend "Since You've Been Gone" by Morgan Matson. That's also an amazing book, and if you like Kasie West, you'll like Morgan Matson. These two books are now two of my favorites. I hope you read these, because the are some of the greatest books I've ever read. -ACCG
Anonymous 4 months ago
Absolutely amazing an I could literally reread it over and over again.
Take_Me_AwayPH 4 months ago
When I saw that Kasie West had another contemp coming out, I KNEW I had to read it. I was super excited and I couldn't wait to get my grubby hands on it. As soon as it came in the mail, I cracked it open and immediately started reading it. Lily was doing what all students do in chemistry class... she spaces out. One day she starts drawing on the desk. And the next day finds that someone has answered her. Before long they have become pen pals and there seems to be more than friendship in the air. This one isn't my favorite by her, but it was still very cute. I think it wasn't my favorite by her only because I've read something like this before. I know it sucks to compare works, but I really did feel that way. But that doesn't stop it from being good. It also didn't make my favorite by her because there was little to no romance. Usually in Kasie West books I'm smiling from ear to ear and cheesing, and swooning, but this time it was missing it until the end. Like the very end. If I had went in thinking it was just a contemp, I maybe would have liked it more. What I did like was the characters she chose to put together. Although I realized who it was really early on, I like that she put those two together. It broke the norm and I appreciated that. (I don't want to say who for fear of spoilers!) But I really thought it would be interesting to see how they would be when they got together, but we didn't get that. Or a chance to see what would happen if she entered the "competition." I think that was what was missing for me. I felt like the ending wasn't answered enough. I also liked the way her family was and Lily's sense of humor and awkwardness. She literally reminded me of me lol I mean I carry a notebook around with me EVERYWHERE and now I've started a bullet journal, so I'm really carrying one around now lol I just thought that was pretty cool! This wasn't my favorite by her, but it was still definitely cute,fluffy, and good. She's still made it to my auto-buy author list and I can't wait to see what else will write.
Anonymous 8 months ago
BEST BOOK IVE EVER READ !!!!!!!!!!!!!:)
ReedsReadsReviews 9 months ago
My first thought I had upon finishing P.S I Like You was that this book reminds me why I love Young Adult Literature in the first place. It's happy. It's sweet. P.S I Like You pulls you out of your own reality and into one of the cutest contemporary novels I have ever had the pleasure of getting my hands on. Having a bad day? Read it. Someone spit in your coffee sort of deal? Read it. P.S I Love You, I have discovered, is the newest universal salve to anything remotely upsetting. I can honestly tell you that I don't think I have ever been this swept away by a contemporary romance. It's just so... normal. You know, every once in a while, I could use a good dose of normal - and this book does just that. There is nothing fancy. No super bad boy turned good, no witness protection, no extra curricular activities or trips around Europe. P.S I Like You is wonderful because it is simply the story of a girl falling in love with a boy through one of the most adorable, romantic cliches in history: writing secret, anonymous letters. Can I just say it was about a ten point squee on the D'aww scale? P.S I Like You is the perfect book to pull you out of a funk or brighten your day. It will make you smile, make you laugh, make you cry. Lily and her family will worm their way into your heart and you'll never want to let them go. If you're not smiling by the end of the book, I give full permission to come after me with pitchforks and torches. Read it. Love it. Cherish it, just like I will.
feather_lashes 9 months ago
Having read slim to none of the 2016 goodreads choice awards nominees, I figured I'd better get familiar with a few so I can at least participate in the voting process. P.S. I Like You is a nominee in the best young adult fiction category and the audio was available at my local library. Six hours of easy-peasy listening enjoyment... P.S. I Like You was an easy and simple read with a surprise depth in unexpected places. I found it to be very clean and cutsie YA with innocent high school characters appropriate for the genre. Unfortunately, I didn't have any emotional response to this story whatsoever and my rating reflects this. However, it should be noted that contemporary YA just doesn't do much for me anymore so this could be the issue and not the book. Many readers appear to have enjoyed this so if you are a fan of this genre, it's worth checking out. My favorite quote: “I folded the letter and carefully placed it back in its spot. Now I had to wait twenty-four hours for a response. This was so much less gratifying than texting.”
Anonymous 10 months ago
I just bought this book from the book fair at my school and i havent read much of it but so far its a good book .
bookbruin 11 months ago
Actual rating 4.5 stars This was exactly what I was hoping for - a sweet, fun, and easy romance. Yes, it was predictable (which is the only reason it's not a 5 star read for me), but in the best possible way. The author creates likeable characters and situations that you can relate to. No, I've never had a pet bunny and all the antics that go along with that, but yes, I've had crazy siblings and parents all up in my business. Lily's home life and family were definitely a highlight for me because they felt real. Families are messy and silly, and at times will drive you crazy, but they're your crazy and I loved being able to see the Abbott family maneuver through all the madness and show how much they truly loved each other. *SPOILER* I love the enemies to lovers trope, and Lily and Cade did not disappoint. I liked the banter and misunderstandings, as well as the swoons and tender moments that happened as the pieces started to fall into place for our characters. Let's be honest. We aren't reading these books for some mind blowing plot twist/mystery. Well, at least I'm not! I thought Lily and Cade had great chemistry and I was definitely rooting for them to get their HEA. Their letters back and forth to each other made me smile and giggle, and I loved watching them get to know each other without the drama of their pasts clouding their words. I'm sure some readers will be turned off by the predictable plot line and typical YA tropes, but if you're looking for an adorably cute and smile inducing book that will leave you feeling happy, P.S. I Like you is it.
Anonymous 12 months ago
This book is SOOO AMAZING! I honestly thought I might get bored half way through, but the good reviews encouraged me buy it anyway. I couldn't put it down!!! It was so funny, I found myself literally laughing out loud at some parts. It was also really relatable. The main character was awesome and the guy (no spoilers!) is just..... amazing. I can't get over how sweet, heartwarminhg, funny, and utterly amazing this book is!
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
P.S. I Like You is a straight up young adult romance. If you follow my blog, you know I like YA books, but usually they are in the fantasy genre, or historical. This book is a contemporary romance set in high school, which I will admit, was a long time ago for me. However, I received this book in my Uppercase Box book club of the month and cracked it open yesterday. I listened to the author, Kasie West's video where she talked about her idea of writing a romance without all of the technology available to them today. No texts, email, video, etc. I thought, ok, that is like how it was when I was in High School. Back in the good old days, when you passed notes and wrote letters. (Gasp!). I submerged my middle age self back into high school life, through Lily's eyes, and remembered why it was so nice to move on from that time. The teen world was a harsh time to live through, and Kasie West does a great job portraying those teenage angst filled moments and feelings. Lily, makes her own clothes, wears Doc Martins, writes poetry and wants to be a musician. She spends a lot of time in her own head, doodling song lyrics in her notebook. One day she doodles a sentence onto the actual desk in her Chemistry class, and when she gets to class the next day, someone had written a second line. This starts an anonymous pen pal relationship with another chemistry student in another period. What they are unable to do in person, with their closest friends, they can do on paper... Discuss their feelings about things that are happening in their lives, and support each other, and eventually have feelings for each other. I will admit, at first it was hard to put aside my experiences as an adult and read this book through fresh, young eyes (literally, not physically as I still squinted to read the page). Once they started their writing exchange, I was hooked, but if these characters had not revealed their pain, and through those exchanges, depth to their character, I wouldn't have been. Kasie West wrote a really touching story, making me relive all of those emotions I felt at that age, but more importantly, in doing so, I realized I liked these characters, a lot, and because of that I really liked this book.
AReadingRedSox More than 1 year ago
have been a huge fan of Kasie West ever since her first novel PIVOT POINT, and have become an even bigger fan since she’s been writing contemporaries. While her baseball-infused ON THE FENCE will always be my favorite, P.S. I LIKE YOU comes in a close second. This novel was everything you want for a quick summer read: It was super cute, well written, and had great characters. There were moments that had me laughing out loud, and I loved the family and friend dynamics in this one. *I received an ARC of this novel, but that in no way reflected my feelings on it.
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
Ahhhhh KASIE!!! Once again, you have delighted my contemporary-loving heart with any with an adorable story filled to the tippity-top with so much swooning and adorableness that I CAN’T EVEN!! This story, just like Kasie’s other, was the epitome of “cute”. The friendships, the family connections, even the romance was A-DOR-A-BLE! (Not that I would expect anything less from Kasie because her books are ALWAYS the cutest things ever. But still… I just want it know that this one ALSO was adorable to the max.) I won’t talk much about the story specifically because it’s better to just read the synopsis and go in with that alone. But just say you will IMMEDIATELY love Lily!! And you’ll want her SO BADLY to get her happily ever after. You’ll also fall for almost ALL of the side characters. No names in particular because spoilers and all… but you will truly love this case of characters. I promise! I folded the letter and carefully placed it back in its spot. Now I had to wait twenty-four hours for a response. This was so much less gratifying than texting. I’m totally dating myself with this comment, but back when I was in school, we actually DID write notes like this. My friends and I actually had a little notebook that we would pass back and forth between classes to write notes to each other in. It wasn’t with a swoony boy who gave me butterflies and made my heart skip a beat though… but still, I could 100% understand the excitement Lily felt with the notes. “[…] If Mr. Ortega catches me writing you this letter, I am committed to shoving it in my mouth and swallowing. I hope I can count on the same commitment from you.” As with all of Kasie’s books, I immediately fell for these characters and this story. Kasie remains at the top of my must-read list. She’s one of the Queens of contemporary, along with Sarah Dessen and Emery Lord. Kasie has yet to disappoint me with one of her adorable stories. Another one to add to your I-need-this-book-in-my-life-immediately list!! (Thanks to Point for the review copy!)
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** P.S. I Like You by Kasie West Publisher: Point Publication Date: July 26, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: Review copy sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: ***SPOILER FREE REVIEW*** (As in, I am not going to say who the mystery pen pal writer is. Nor am I going to say who the love interest is. In fact, I'm going to name one person - Lily.) I may not be a fan of YA contemporary in general, but Kasie West writes contemporary that I enjoy. I've loved all of her previous books - Pivot Point, Split Second, The Distance Between Us, On the Fence, The Fill-In Boyfriend - and now, P.S. I Like You! Lily's Chemistry teacher has had enough of Lily constantly scribbling non-Chemistry things in her notebook during class. He tells her that she can have one sheet of paper out, and she must show it to him after class. No more writing lyrics. No more doodles. So what's a girl got to do? Write lyrics on the desk, of course. And the next day, what does she find? The next line to the song! Someone else in a different Chemistry period wrote on the desk, and knew the song (and lyrics), which was an indie song. Writing on the desk progresses to pieces of paper wedged under the desk, and then to letters. Lily has no idea who her mystery pen pal is, but she knows that he is a guy, he has a tough home life, and he has a rare and great taste in music, very similar to her (eccentric) tastes. But what happens when that mystery boy is the last person she'd expect? Lily must untangle her feelings for an anonymous pen pal and the boy in real life. Lily is such a wonderful protagonist, as all of West's female protagonists are! She is a little sarcastic, and has a strange sense of humor, not uncommon in West's works. But one thing makes Lily stand out among West's protagonists - Lily is pretty awkward. She has a crush on this guy but she refuses to even smile at him, let alone walk up to him and say hi. She gets nervous and says silly, ridiculous things (which is cute and funny!). And then there are the song lyrics she writes - she refuses to read them or sing or play in front of anyone. Poor Lily! Lily is the second child of four; she shares a room with her older sister, who is nineteen and in college. Wyatt is ten and Jonah is seven. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
Of course it was perfect, it's Kasie. I legit shoved a friend out of the way when I saw this gorgeous thing on the shelf at my local indie, so of course I was going to read it ASAP. Lily is a great MC. I loved how much she loves music and writing lyrics. Her family was fun {all of those contests and voting had me cackling} and her little brothers were adorable. I love love love the idea of secret pen pals and letters and this was just perfection. Kasie threw in a couple of mild twists I wasn't expecting, but had me grinning like a loon the entire time. Obviously I would have wanted more, because I always do, but the ending was sweet and just what I wanted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Followed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He padded in