- Page Count: 304
- Release Date: July 26, 2016
- My Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads book description:
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?
This story is ridiculously adorable. I’m not particularly huge on modern settings/the real world, so YA contemporaries usually have to seriously impress me with a solid plot and strong characters in order for me to give them more than 3 stars. Well, CONSIDER ME IMPRESSED.
Basic plot: Lily is an aspiring songwriter in an endearingly chaotic family. She sees a note on her chemistry desk from another student who shares her taste in music, so they leave notes for each other and build a strong connection throughout the semester. There are a few possible guys who it could be, so the first third of the story is trying to figure out his identity. The rest of the story is her trying to reconcile the guy she knows in the notes with the version she knows in real life. It’s a total Darcy/Elizabeth relationship of… well, pride and prejudice.
The way everything unfolded was the best part — the pacing and execution were perfect. The characters felt like totally believable, realistically flawed teens. Even the secondary characters were well done! I loved how important Lily’s home life was and how kind she was to her brothers. Lily herself was hilariously awkward (but not in some cliche way), stubborn, and probably my favorite Kasie West MC so far.
I don’t want to say who the guy is (although it’s not terribly hard to predict), so I’ll just say the whole relationship built up perfectly. They go from hating each other to slowly getting to know each other to being in love. It’s a hate to love romance that actually works and doesn’t feel at all forced.
Kasie West is SUCH a good writer. Like I never, ever had to suspend belief for the sake of accepting some unrealistic characters or silly story… everything is so real and just pulls you in. I love a few of her other books, but this one is definitely my favorite! It’s one of the most adorable, feel-good books I’ve read in a long time and is the perfect light summer read.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me a review copy!