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.
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