Upon Further Review is an original feature here at Somewhere Only We Know. I have always loved re-reading my favorite books, and I wanted a way to incorporate re-reading into my blog. Thus From the Ashes and Upon Further Review were born. From the Ashes is where I re-read a book that I have never reviewed before and finally review it. Upon Further Review is where I re-read a book that I've already reviewed and see if my original rating stands or not. This is also the time for me to discuss any new revelations that my latest re-read has brought to my attention.
PS I Like You
By: Kasie West
Publication: July 26th 2016 by Point
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: Personal Kindle Library
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Goodreads description--What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery?My original review of PS I Like You (which I realize I just published last month).
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.
After reading PS I Like You the first time, I thought about re-reading it immediately. The reason for that is that you find out that not only did Lily find out who her pen pal was before she revealed herself to him, but he also figures out that she is who she is before revealing that to her. And so not only was this just a generally good and enjoyable book the first time through, but I was completely interested to see how said pen pal behaved once he figured out who Lily was and how that fit into everything that Lily was experiencing.
And even though I did thoroughly enjoy my second read through of PS I Like You almost as much as the first time. I was a little disappointed that there wasn't more written in to Pen-Pal's behavior after he discovered Lily's identity than there was. Of course, I picked up on a few things since I knew during this reading when he actually figured out who she was, but I wanted just a little bit more depth here. I feel like even though I enjoyed the book as much as I did the first time, that this was a little bit of a missed opportunity.
Another thing is that in a second read through, I'm even more interested in the love story than the first time. Since I'm already acquainted with the characters and their backstories I wanted to skip all of that and get to the good stuff which made the beginning feel a little longer to me than it did the first time. Overall, I still read this book for a second time within three days which is not too shabby at all for a first read or a second read.
The deciding factor for me to pick up and re-read PS I Like You was that I was in a bit of a reading slump at the time. I wasn't reading anything at all. And really wasn't even in the mood to read. So I finally decided to read something that I knew I would enjoy since I enjoyed it the first time. Ultimately, I do think a 4 Star rating for PS I Like You is a better rating than the 4.5 Stars that I initially gave it. It is still a really great book, but being caught up in finishing it late at night had me boosting the score just a smidgen more than I feel like it probably deserves. Still a completely solid read with all the feels. Have you read PS I Like You? What did you think? Let me know!