by Kasie West
Lily has always dreaded going to chemistry everyday since the beginning of the year. The only way she can get through it is by writing lyrics in her notebook. But that was all before Mr. Ortega took away her notebook and she had to resort to actually taking notes and scribbling on the table. When someone starts to write back to her scribbles on the desk, Lily begins to enjoy chemistry, starts writing more lyrics and starts falling for whoever is writing back to her.
“Kasie West's P.S. I LIKE YOU is an amazing contemporary novel with awesome characters and a fun plot. Lily is a hilarious main character….”
Kasie West's P.S. I LIKE YOU is an amazing contemporary novel with awesome characters and a fun plot. Lily is a hilarious main character who literally made me laugh out loud multiple times. Throughout the entire book I was really interested in Lily's endeavors with her friends and family because everything was so unpredictable and original. She struggles with finding her place in a large family and expressing herself with the students at school. To see her evolve throughout the book was both inspirational and hilarious. This emotional aspect of the book was really well-displayed, especially through the song lyrics that Lily was writing. The lyrics were really well done, and I would love it if an actual song was written for the book.
West wrote a contemporary plot that never seemed to slow or disappoint the reader which has always been a problem for contemporary authors. They are either unable to provide a satisfying ending or the book loses the attention of the reader halfway through. West is able to both keep the reader's attention and provide an ending that leaves the reader smiling. The combination of hilarious characters with a fast-paced plot made the read quick and fun, but there were times where the author seemed to lose certain aspects of the book. For example, I felt like Lily and Isabel's relationship was a little undermined in order to make more room for Lily's relationship with whoever her mysterious desk writer was, even though the friendship aspect had started off as a major factor in the book. Yet, the book still kept a contemporary feel the entire way through that made it very enjoyable.
Overall, I would definitely recommend P.S. I LIKE YOU to everyone who has read any of West's previous books or is looking for a contemporary to read this summer. The book is an easy, fun read that will make you laugh and smile the entire way through.
Reviewed by Harleen K., Teen Board Member on July 20, 2016
New from Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer, THE SEASON is a rip-roaring trip through debutantes, drama and debonair suitors. Everyone knows Megan McKnight is not Southern-belle material. She would rather be running sprints down the soccer field or maxing out on her bench press than attending galas and enjoying tea with other girls. Megan is perfectly content to leave her twin sister, Julia, with the dresses and boys. But when Megan’s mother finds a way to get both twins enrolled in the Dallas debutante season, Megan is given no other choice than to accept her fate as a debutante. However, that does not mean she has to like it. In fact, Megan plans on being the most disgraceful debutante Dallas has ever seen.
“THE SEASON is perfect for mature readers who would enjoy a light-hearted yet insightful story told by an amusing narrator.”
Once the season begins, Megan discovers there is much more to being a debutante than drinking tea and gossiping. In fact, some of the plays being made by the other debutantes rival some of the moves girls have pulled on the soccer field. Megan becomes determined to make an impression on this debutante season. As the end of the season draws closer, Megan begins to realize that not everyone is who they claim to be. With her future on the line, Megan must decide who is to be trusted and who has ulterior motives.
Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer did an excellent job of creating a modern retelling of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Despite the novel’s appearance, THE SEASON is definitely more mature than one would expect. The main character, Megan McKnight, is hilariously funny. She is a character who the reader will not be able to help but root for. Megan undergoes embarrassing, cringe-worthy moments with spunk and attitude. Her twin sister, Julia, balances out Megan’s character perfectly, and the way the two interact is heartwarming and realistic.
The plot itself encompasses the various aspects of Megan’s life, which grow more and more complicated as the season continues. Although readers may be able to predict certain plot twists, Megan’s responses to the changes in her life are anything but predictable. THE SEASON also teaches that there are different types of strength. Megan only thinks of strength in terms of soccer, but throughout the novel, she discovers there is more than just physical strength.
Overall, THE SEASON follows Megan McKnight as she navigates the Dallas debutante season. Although Megan enters the season with low expectations, she discovers the season is more than she anticipated, with a new lesson to be learned and a new challenge to conquer around every corner. THE SEASON is perfect for mature readers who would enjoy a light-hearted yet insightful story told by an amusing narrator.
Reviewed by Kate F., Teen Board Member on July 20, 2016