Thursday, December 22, 2016
By: Kasie West
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…
Ever since discovering the magical stories of Kasie West, I have been a huge fan. So of course I had to jump on the new book that came out and read it in a single night.
I have to say, this is one of my favorite stories of hers and not just because the main character shares the same name as me, or resides in the same state, or loves to write. Basically Lily is me and we are the same (Kasie West did you stalk me or something because you literally wrote me into a book).
The banter and awkwardness of Lily Abbott makes the book quirky and you can fully get a taste of what she is like in real life. We are all a little bit of Lily in faces of crushes and enemies which is what makes this all the more relatable. I can't count how many times I've been ridiculously horrible and cringeworthy in front of a guy.
Speaking of guys, the beautiful YA guys in this books is swoon-worthy. I don't want to give away who the secret writer is but let's just say you'll be happy. Like giddy and excited. Maybe even squeal a little bit. I absolutely love how Kasie makes her characters flawed and human, yet completely perfect in all the same way. Even using a cliche story-line, she makes it into the most unique love story I've ever read.
I think the lyrics in the book deserves their own awards in itself. Did Kasie herself write them? Because they are beautiful and deserves Taylor Swift to sing them in sparkly costumes. I wanted to write the lyrics in my notebooks.
I also want to applaud Kasie for having it set in Arizona. There's something fun about reading a book based in the place you live. When it mentions a place you've been, a city you know by heart, it makes reading all the more fun. (P.S Kasie, I literally am writing this while wearing shorts and a t-shirt with big fuzzy socks to justify the fact that it's winter, even in Arizona).
Overall, it was a good book to read and even though it made me yearning for a cute boyfriend, it was beautiful and heartwarming. Therefore it's a 5/5.
Some of my favorite quotes from this book include:
“Who are you talking to?”
“You do that a lot.”
“I know. I’m the only one who understands me.”
2.) “You’re my favorite way to pass the time. But time stands still when you’re on my mind.”
3.) “If a penny can bring luck and a dime can grant a wish, how come my eleven cents hasn’t bought me what I need.”