P.S. I like you is a sweet, enjoyable, and surprisingly quick read featuring likable protagonists operating under ‘big misunderstandings’ circumstances. Author West smartly allows for an early reveal of the identity of the note writer (which most readers will figure out fairly quickly anyway) so the story doesn’t drag. And though there are no surprises, P.S. I Like You is the perfect Summer read, unchallenging and full of the tender moments that readers look for in a YA romance.
Story: Lily comes from a frenetic, raucous, but very close family. She’d rather dress in thrift store finds, listen to Indie rock, and hang with her bestie Iz. When she writes a lyric from one of her favorite songs, she’s surprised to see the next lyric written on her desk the next day. Thus starts a conversation through hidden notes under the desk that deepens the connection between Lily and this unknown guy – someone who must sit in that same seat earlier in the day. When she chances upon his identity, she realizes she will have to reevaluate all she thought about events in the past – and especially the people she thought she liked/trusted and hated/avoided. Because there really is someone out there who understands her – even if only in words.
Drawing upon a Pride and Prejudice plot of misunderstandings, West gives us a story with engaging characters and very down to earth dialogue. Lily is a bit of an outcast, has a great best friend in Iz, hates Iz’s ex-boyfriend Cade, but respects current boyfriend Gabriel. And then there’s David – the guy Iz keeps trying to set her up with; and Lucas, the boy Lily likes but is too embarrassed to do more than go up to him and stutter in embarrassment.
We do find out the identity of Lily’s note writer (who pours his heart out on paper as does she) around the halfway mark and the rest of the book flows quickly as Lily decides how she is going to deal with that knowledge. I appreciated that West didn’t try to drag the note passing on too long – it would have been tedious and Lily’s note writer’s identity was fairly obvious fast. Most of the second half of the book is Lily reconciling with her perception of the guy and what his actions really were in the past. Of course, they will suddenly be thrown together often so they can work it all.
In all, P.S. I Like You is a sweet and quick read, with enjoyable but grounded characters and a nice romance. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.