P.S. I Like You by Kasie West


While daydreaming in Chemistry class, Lily jots down the lyrics to one of her favorite songs from an obscure band. She is surprised the next day to see the lyrics continued with a note accompanying them. This begins a long series of notes exchanged between Lily and an anonymous friend who seems to understand her so well. They share their struggles as well as their hopes, but will sharing their true identities ruin the friendship they have? I’m not a huge fan of the current trend of teen romance. I don’t like reinforcing the idea in young girls that romance and a love triangle are the be all and end all of life. However, with all the focus on attraction and sex, when a teen romance comes along that doesn’t focus on those things I have to give it attention. I appreciate Lily’s story because, although rather predictable, it focuses on building a relationship by talking and sharing common interests--sex and attraction aren’t even part of the equation. As a result, this is a light hearted romance good for older tween and younger teen audiences. Recommended ages--11 and up

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