P.S. I Like You – Discussion

“You’re my favorite way to pass the time. But time stands still when you’re on my mind.” ― Kasie West, P.S. I Like You

Synopsis

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…


Reviews

Eden: Of the three of us I was the most reluctant to start this book. The simple answer is because I just finished Blood for Blood and every problem in life that wasn’t Nazi Germany seemed trivial. However, P.S. I Like You was what I needed after finishing Blood for Blood. It was cute, funny and I thoroughly enjoyed the plot. Overall, I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Caitlynn: This was a great read for me and I finished it within a day which was super nice compared to our other recent reads. West did a great job making the story feel like a very real high school/teenage story and I loved it! 4.5/5stars for me!

Jenn: This book was exactly what I needed this week. It was cute, quick, and funny. I enjoyed the characters and the plot line. Throughout the book I was captivated by Lily and the “mystery” boys notes. This book just made me happy. I had it 4.5/5 stars. 


Discussion

Jenn: I liked P.S. I Like You. I gave it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Eden: I gave it a 3.5 out of 5.

Caitlynn: I gave it 4.5 because I really liked it.

E: Why did you like it?

C: Because it was just what I needed and I finished it in a day. It was just a perfect little quick read.

J: Easy, breezy, beautiful.

C: Easy, breezy, beautiful is the catchphrase for this book. I was really excited when they tied in the “P.S. I like you” into the story.

J: Were you like, “Is he going to say it?! Is he going to say it?!”

C: I get really excited when they tie the name of the book into the story.

J: You know that’s a very sought after thing in acting.

C: Really? I like it. Apparently it’s a very sought after thing for me when I’m reading books.

J: What I liked about this book is that it was super easy to get through.

C: The characters. The characters were likable.

J: I liked the characters. They weren’t my favorite ever contemporary characters. I did wish that the secondary characters were more two dimensional, but I didn’t mind them. I also liked that it showed a teenager that actually cared about their family because a lot of the time we see characters in contemporary or even just YA go, “Oh, well my family is so bad that I can just do whatever I want whenever I want.”

C: It totally reminded me of my family. Like 100 percent. I would have been so mad if one of my siblings touched my guitar and broke it.

E: I feel like something like that did happen at some point.

C: Probably when Denise wore my underwear… my thong underwear.

*Eden and Jenn laughing hysterically*

C: So I think I liked it so much because it was just so much like my family.

J: See, Eden thought it was unrealistic.

C: What?! You can’t see my family acting like that?

E: No. That’s not what I meant. I felt like the little brothers were too young acting.

C: But they were young.

E: Yes but they were acting younger than 10 and 7.

J: No they didn’t! You’re just thinking that your nieces and nephews are more advanced than these kids, but I can guarantee than my nieces and nephews would do the same stuff those kids were doing.

E: I mean, they fight, but they aren’t like ridiculous.

*We go on a tangent about the family bunny from the book for about two minutes before redirecting ourselves to the actual conversation*

C: They touch stuff and pick stuff up that they aren’t supposed to be.

E: God, this is so Caitlynn’s family.

C: This is so my family! I was reading it and it was irritating me so bad and it made me feel just like Lily through the whole book. I was like, “I’m going to kill them.”

E: The second part. What made me really like this book was the exchanges between Cade and Lily. They had such great back and forths. This is my favorite exchange in the whole book, “He gave a mock gasp, ‘This is a man bracelet, Lily. My mom is not a man. I will wear this and when I wear it it will remind me that you apologized for being mean to me.'”

J: Can I say that that exchange made such an impact on me that when Eden got to it I was actually able to quote it back to her?

E: “This is a man bracelet.” I think Kasie West did a good job with that.

J: I also like that it gave us some insight into Cade and it didn’t just excuse him being a jerk. They were both able to say they were both at fault rather than saying they came from a hard place and every shitty thing they’ve done is excused. It was more like, “We both messed up. We have to learn to apologize to each other and then move on.”

C: It was nice because every exchange before that they were just so mean to each other and that one was still snarky but it was obvious that he was joking.

J: I didn’t think that he was being snarky a lot of the time. I took it as her always reading more into what he was saying rather than him intentionally being mean.

C: Ah. I hadn’t thought about that. However, the food court line.

E: He does acknowledge that though.

C: I mean, I also felt the same way toward her too. I mean, she walks up to him just to pick a fight with him at one point and I was just like, why did she need to do that?

J: I definitely felt like she was more aggressive than he was. He would be like, “Hey having a good day?” and she would be like, “How dare you!? Was that a joke?!”

E: He said something at one point in the line and he was like, “Maybe you’re just a jerk?” and she was like, “Now I just want to cry. He called me a jerk!” and I was like well, lets take a good long look at how you treat him. I mean, you’re kind of a jerk.

E: Also, Sasha was your typical mean girl with no redeeming qualities.

J: It made it great.

E: Nah, I loved it.

C: Yeah I loved that they didn’t end the book all lovey and best friends. It was such typical teenage high school shit. I think Kasie West did such a great job capturing that attitude.

J: I was saying that to Eden too. West has an amazing ability to capture teenage personalities and she did an excellent job with it in P.S. I Like You. 

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