P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

P.S. I Like You
Author: Kasie West
Publication: July 26th 2016 by Point
Genre: YA Contemporary
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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…

Such a cute book! As expected from our queen of contemporary, Kasie West. Her books have always been the ones I turn to every time I need a break from busy life or heavy reads. And P.S. I Like You provided me with such entertainment — I couldn’t stop reading.

Lily is your typical awkward girl who had difficulties talking to boys and isn’t very popular at school to begin with. Sounds like your typical contemporary, no? But the amazing thing about Kasie West is despite the common tropes she uses in her stories, her writing seems to make everything work like magic. Lily has a big family, one whose portrayal just screams warmth and if I had to quote from the book, “like how real families supposed to be”. I love reading her dynamic with each family members. How Ashley is not the typical annoying big sister — yes, there are moments where she can’t help but to tease Lily, but she’s very supportive in her own way. Wyatt and Jonah are two adorable Things. Reading about the interaction of Lily’s family just put a warm feeling inside my chest.

In addition, I also loved Lily’s relationship with her best friend Isabel. Even though there was unnecessary drama in the middle of the book, I was glad that the misunderstandings were sorted out quickly. But I guess that’s just how friends are like? We have ups and downs, sometimes small disagreements and sometimes big fights. But in the end, best friends just find their way to each other again, right?

“Someone else knows who they are.”
“Well, I would hope for the band’s sake that you’re not their only fan.”

I had no complaint about the romance — there’s nothing insta-love about it. I enjoyed reading how Lily’s relationship with the love interest play out. Though the plot was a bit predictable (or perhaps have I read too many books? I have my experience I guess haha) but that didn’t diminish my enjoyment for the book. The only thing that prevented me from rating this book higher was the fact that I found this book to be a little to tame for my taste. It could have explored so much more, mainly about Lily’s character development. But perhaps I set my standards too high and this book only gave me half of its potential.

Kasie West proves that she has got what it needs to write awesome contemporaries. I mean, cakes are common, but she always seems to know the right recipe to a delicious icing. Filled with humor and sarcastic banters, P.S. I Like You was definitely a quick read that leaves people wanting more.

 

Contemporary has been failing me recently: Mini Reviews

In the very limited amount of free time I had, I tried to read a bit and in the span of two weeks, I managed to get four books down. A few more to go!

It’s no question why I picked contemporary. I’m usually already worn out from school so I would definitely want to read something which is easy to get into or relate to. And what’s better genre than contemporary?

Unfortunately, most of my recent reads were a miss.

The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen

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I was expecting a group girls trying to get revenge through sports competition but what did I get? Do not be fooled guys. The synopsis may say “beat at their own game” but the whole book is actually about a scavenger hunt and no, this isn’t a spoiler. Throughout the book, I didn’t feel any sort of connection with the characters but if I had to choose, I like Liv’s character’s best because honestly, hers stuck to my mind and still do until now. I read this book weeks ago and I have already forgotten most of the plot… So yeah, a huge disappointment since everyone has been recommending this. But overall, I appreciate that this book is about justice and equality. I could feel the whole “girl power” vibe.

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P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

ps i still love youTitle: P.S. I Still Love You
(To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2)
Author: Jenny Han
Publication: May 26th 2015 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Page count: 337 (Paperback)
Genre: YA Contemporary
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Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

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[Review] Alienated by Melissa Landers

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Alienated
(Alienated #1)
Author: Melissa Landers
Publication: January 6th, 2015 by Disney-Hyperion
Page count: 368 (Paperback)
Genre: YA Science Fiction
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Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.
Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.
Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing though: no human boy is this good-looking.
But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life-not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

Not incredibly impressive but a decent read nonetheless.

Alienated caught my eye last year with its beautifully vibrant cover though I didn’t give it a chance until last month when I decided to order it out of curiosity. And uncontrollable urge to own a physical copy to show off on my shelf.

Ehem, okay. So, moving on to the actual review.

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[Review] Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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Anna and the French Kiss 
(Anna and the French Kiss #1)
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publication: July 16th, 2013 by Speak
Page count: 372 (Paperback)
Genre: YA Contemporary
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Can Anna find love in the City of Light?

Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for?

Five years since its first publication date and countless raving reviews later, I finally picked up Anna and the French Kiss because, well, I was in need of a fluffy read and this book did put a smile on my face!

We have Anna who is sent to a boarding school in Paris. Not only did this book seem like a light read, but the setting also intrigued me a lot. I’ve never read anything set in Paris, let alone go to the City of Light, so you can say that I was pretty ecstatic. Boy, from the description Paris sounds like a gorgeous place, with its gray-ish evenings and flickering lights at nights. <3

At first, I found Anna’s voice to be slightly peculiar because some sentences are written in caps lock. I guess to express Anna’s emotion more clearly. But still, the writing seemed weird. I don’t normally come across this much caps lock in a book. (Then again, I myself OFTEN use caps lock so I shouldn’t be saying this -_-) Fortunately, I got accustomed to it gradually and later found it to be rather endearing. I think Anna’s voice is the right mixture of lightness and bitterness, cynical and hopeful altogether.

Étienne is also a really sweet guy and I personally loved the fact that their relationship started out as friendship. They both were such good friends to each other I wish I had a guy best friend like that *dreamy sigh* Additionally, the side characters were so fun to read about, though I wish there had been more interaction between Anna and them… Just because she is the protagonist and Étienne is the love interest doesn’t mean that it’s okay to ignore the rest of the characters, you know…

However, despite being highly absorbed by this book, Anna and the French Kiss didn’t leave me with as much impact as I had expected. The thing that bugged me the most was how complicated Anna and Étienne’s relationship becomes. I enjoyed their friendship, but the evolution into “something more than friends” isn’t quite smooth in my opinion. Stuff they did is pretty messed up as well and to be utterly honest I found some of them a little hard to tolerate. Moreover, there are also unnecessary dramas with the typical high school queen bee, the misunderstandings, how Anna and Étienne weren’t mature enough to be clear about each other’s feelings…

Nevertheless, the book still ends satisfactorily, leaving me eager to start Stephanie Perkins’s other work. Anna and the French Kiss has flaws which didn’t escape me, but on the whole, it gave me a positive impression and I didn’t regret the time I spent on this book at all.

3-stars