Release Date: July 26, 2016
Publisher: Scholastic Point; 304 pages
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?
From beloved author Kasie West (The Distance Between Us) comes an utterly charming story about mixed messages, missed connections, and the magic of good old-fashioned secret admirer notes.
Listen, I am kind of obsessed with Kasie West. She and Katie McGarry are my only two automatically read, no matter what, YA contemporary writers. I will drop whatever I’m doing or reading just to read their books. That is coming from one who rarely enjoys or craves contemporary stories.
That being said, I can’t say this was Kasie West’s best work. On the Fence happens to my favorite (besides Pivot Point but that’s not contemp so we’ll ignore that). I don’t even care that this wasn’t my favorite or as good as I’ve read from her, I still enjoyed the hell out of it. Something about her writing, her character’s appeal, her story telling that I’m in love with.
This book was highly predictable. Like, I knew the outcome from the first chapter but I felt like that didn’t matter. So, you wouldn’t be surprised when she finds out who this mysterious guy because you never saw it coming but you just wonder what she’s going to do after she finds out. That’s what’s most exciting.
I may have really appreciated when the title was finally used in the book. I may have squealed because it was perfect timing, perfect placement and just absolutely necessary for that scene to really pop. It was perfection. I have never been so excited to see a title appear in a book as I had in this one.
I really enjoyed Lily’s relationship with her best friend and I also liked the family aspect brought in to the story. More Lily’s family, whose absolutely nuts in the best way possible but also the guy’s very different family aspect. It added another depth to the story that I really enjoyed.
Listen, let’s just be honest. Kasie West can do no wrong.
Thank you so much to Scholastic for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.