REVIEW: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Published July 26th 2016 by Point
Read from January 23 to 24, 2017
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3.75 stars (can I do that?)
This is a hate-to-love High School romance and as such, easy, quick, funny, predictable and cute.
We follow Lily, a quirky aspiring songwriter from a crazy family anonymously bonding with another student over a shared music taste through notes left in chemistry class. But who would this mystery boy be?
To be honest, it is not that hard to figure out, even though I hadn't caught on yet (I also didn't really think about it? I kind of let the story wash over me).
As most of the time, (YA) romance books are not that complex, plot wise, and this is no exception. It was basically all about the romance, with its fair share of High School drama. But it was incredibly cute. The correspondence was lovely and made me smile.
The romance was a slow build, and it was a long road from the hating to the loving, which was full of pride and prejudice (see what i did there? :)). It made it realistic that both sides had to take time to overcome those issues, to see their own faults, to learn to open up.
I absolutely loved Lily's big, loud and messy family (and with four kids, first two girls and then two boys, it kind of reminded me of my own). I was happy to see a family so full of love and dynamic. A family with no real problematic issues in which people felt safe. The acknowledgment that even if your little brother(s) are really irritating, you love them. I was just glad to see a big, happy family that, even though sometimes exasperating, you want to be part of (both I as a reader and Lily herself).
Our mystery boy's family was present (or present in its absence) as well, and I liked seeing complex family bonds in a YA novel for a change. Families that weren't forgotten once the romance became more prevalent either, which was great.
Also interesting was that Lily's family did not have an abundance of money. It wasn't like they struggled to keep food on the table or not lose the house, but it was present. I was happy to see some of that in a family that is presumably white, and the lack of money didn't originate from big problems like alcohol addictions or whatever. Both parents worked, but money was something they had to think about. It made the story very realistic, especially not knowing if you could go hang out with friends if they were doing an activity that was slightly more expensive.
This was not a big theme in the book at all, but I just liked that it was there.
I know don't love music the way some people do, so bonding through it will probably speak to others more. The same goes for the songwriting, I was never the girl who wanted to write those. It is a testament to the book though, that I too felt the connection between the two characters. And that The relationship didn't build solely on their same taste, that it grew into more.
Three minor complaints:
Sometimes the narration irritated me (I listened to the audio book, so that has nothing to do with the content of the book, it was more the accent of the performer?)
The assumption that the note writer was a girl because of the statement/joke about wanting to be lead singer of a band, which happened to be female, was ridiculous.
I didn't really appreciate the "you were worse than sick, you were depressed" comment when Lily had had a very bad day. Yes, I felt sorry for her and yes, it sucked, but that is not how depression works.
Overall, it was a highly enjoyable, perfectly light and relatively predictable read.