If you're like me, and you like slightly cliche, heartwarming romances that you just can't help but grin at while reading, then this is the book for you. The biggest problem that I've seen with people's reviews of the story is that it's too predictable. I didn't have an issue with that. With almost all romance books you know how the story will end-- the couple will overcome whatever issue there is and end up together and it'll be happily ever after. It's cliche, it's predictable, but who cares? I don't read romance books to be on the edge of my seat in suspense. I read them to feel good and happy. This book definitely made me squeal in delight at times at just the sheer adorability of it. Since you usually know how a romance book will end, I always say that you read the book for the journey of the romance, not the end/destination. At least, that's why I read the romance books. The events that lead up to the romance.
Anyway, P.S. I Like You follows this character named Lily. She's not exactly a hipster, but she's definitely not main stream. She likes uncommon bands and is aspiring to become a musician. That is, if she'll ever overcome her fears and be able to actually share some of her songs. This was where I connect with Lily the most-- she doesn't want to share her songs with other people because they're so precious and so close to her heart. She's afraid someone will dislike them, and disliking something that she basically put her soul into would really hurt. While I don't know much about music, and know even less about song writing, I feel the same way about my books. For those of you who didn't know, I really love writing, and I've finished several drafts (and rewrites) of one of my stories, but I don't let anyone read them because they're too close to me. They almost feel private. They're mine, they're something I put my love and care into... It's just... It's hard to explain about why I'm afraid/don't want to share it. It's not just because I don't want people to dislike it, but it's also so... me. I don't know. My point is that I understood where Lily was coming from.
Back to the point. One day, while Lily is basically dying of boredom in Chemistry class, she scribbles some of the lyrics of one of her favorite songs.
The next day someone has written the next line.
This moves on into exchanging letters between the mystery writer. Lily connects with whoever it is on a deeper level, and soon enough, she realizes that she may be falling for her pen pal. That is, until she finds out who he is.
There's a little mini synopsis. It's a basic summery of what the real synopsis is (which I'll put down below.)
I have to admit, I knew who her "mystery" writer was from basically the start of the book. Like I said, it's predictable and cliche, but that doesn't make the story any less cute. In case you don't catch on to who her mystery writer is from the beginning, I'll keep it a secret, but I'll just tell you, he's my type. ;) (For those of you who read my blog often, you'll know what I'm talking about.)
I don't really have much else to say about this book. It's cute, and if you like that kind of romance novel, I highly recommend this one. If that doesn't convince you, I'll just say that Miranda Kenneally reviewed-- aka the author of the Hundred Oaks series. One of my favorite contemporary romance series. This is an adorable story of two characters who never thought they'd fall in love... that is until they got to know each other. I'm giving P.S. I Like You 9/10 stars. It's a fantastic story and I LOVED IT. I can't wait to go back and reread it. This will definitely be one of my go to books for recommending to my friends who basically only read romances as well as a cure for book mourning. It's just so cute, you can't help but feel a little better while reading it.
The connections and relationship in this book was also enjoyable. I liked seeing how closely bonded Lily's whole family was, as well as the relationship with Lily and her best friend, Isabel. You could tell the two genuinely cared for each other. And then there's that cute romance that this book is all about. That's a relationship to fall in love with as well.
Anyway, here's the synopsis:
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.
Thanks for reading,