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
this book. this book. this book. this book. this book. this book.
I anticipated this book so freaking much because I loved the concept. I anticipated it so much that when I got this ARC I didn’t read it right away. I set it aside and read several other books. I was, in all honesty, afraid Kasie West couldn’t create a book matching my expectations.
Let’s just say my expectations got karate kicked so bad that they fled and became hermits. My expectations lost because this book was so much better than I had expected!
Now, the plot twists, (i.e. the identity of Lily’s pen pal) I saw coming. But the romance was so sweet and good that I didn’t mind.
Okay okay okay okay so let’s talk about one of my favorite things about this book. The friendship. THE FREAKING FRIENDSHIP. Isabel and Lily are friendship goals forever and ever. Not because they do cute things, or they’re never apart, or they have little traditions. But because of the selflessness of their relationship. I can’t give you an example because spoilers, but oh my. Isabel and Lily had me tearing up. I simply couldn’t handle the imperfect perfection of their relationship.
ALSO CAN WE JUST TALK ABOUT LILY’S SONGWRITING. Kasie West should be a songwriter. The lyrics that Lily has written are perfection. They are heartbreaking and beautiful and HONESTLY GIVE ME AN ALBUM OF HER MUSIC AND I SHALL DIE HAPPY.
I’m not kidding.
Do I look like I’m kidding?
ALSO THE FAMILY ELEMENT. Duuuude. I’m a child of a large family and I was able to relate to Lily so much on that level. It isn’t easy. But I also loved the positive representation of large families. Lily complained, yes, but it was obvious she really loved her family.
I also loved how this is centered a lot around music. I’m not a singer or songwriter or musician, but I really love music and I loved how this book showcased a passion for music.
SO. the verdict? Kasie West, as always is a genius. Her writing and characters and covers will never cease to draw me in and her stories will always satisfy me.
Drinking/drugs – none
Intimacy – mild kissing
Cussing – none
Violence – none