Book Review: PS I Like You + OwlCrate Unboxing

This month’s OwlCrate theme was “Fast Times at YA High” (YA = young adult, for those that don’t know), which meant most of the items revolved around stories that had taken place in a school environment. This month’s book was PS I Like You by Kasie West, which was 100% NOT my type of book. I would never ever have picked up a young adult contemporary with a cover (or synopsis) like that… but lo and behold I actually liked it, and this proves that OwlCrate rocks at picking out great books.

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Let’s talk about the awesome things that were in this box:

1. Miniature colored pencils stamped with the title of this box’s book.
2. A “decomposition notebook” that I can write in with my new colored pencils!
3. Eleanor & Park necklace exclusively designed for this month’s OwlCrate box! (Would you even believe I haven’t read Eleanor & Park? It’s on my nook. I promise I’m reading it soon.)
4. A lovely print of my favorite trio: Hermione, Harry, and Ron by the oh-so talented, Susanne Draws.
5. An adult coloring book with “stress relieving patterns” (AKA: something to do when you’re listening to an audiobook) by Blue Star Coloring.
6. Two AWESOME buttons: One was made by Taryn Draws and says “Hogwarts is my home” (I’m obsessed with this button). The other says Chapter Raptor and has an amazingly dorky dinosaur reading a book on it (it’s my spirit animal).

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7. And lastly, THE BOOK! This book came with a handwritten letter from the author as well as a signed bookplate.

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Book Review: PS I Like You + OwlCrate UnboxingP.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Published by Point on July 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Pages: 330
Format: Hardback
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Signed, sealed, delivered…

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…

What I loved about this book:
  • Light-hearted and fluffy read. No stress involved! There’s no violence, mental illness, horrible family issues, gut-wrenching decisions, etc. The most stressful it gets is wondering whether or not Lily is going to embarrass herself in front of the boy she likes.
  • Fast-paced and easy to read. I read this book in a day.
  • It’s a perfectly happy ending! Sure, the ending is predictable and the “mystery” in the first-half of the book isn’t that mysterious at all, but sometimes you just want to read a book with the perfect ending!
  • The relationship is spot on for the genre and target audience. It isn’t “instant” as you can sometimes see in contemporaries, and overall felt like it was developed at a good pace.
What was meh: 
  • The plot itself is pretty shallow, but I think you should expect that going into it. You’re not going to be doing any sort of deep thinking while reading this book, I can promise you.

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If you want a simple, light-hearted read that will make you smile, I would absolutely recommend this. Make sure you go into it knowing that you’re reading a young adult contemporary! Don’t have much in the way of expectations, and you’ll have a good time.

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What did you think of this month’s OwlCrate theme? Have you read PS I Like You? Do you want to read PS I Like You??

Get PS I Like You here:  Amazon. Barnes & Noble. The Book Depository.

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8 comments

  1. I also got this box, and I’m waiting for the right time to read the book. I normally don’t read this types of stories, so I’m waiting for a day when I will be craving some fluffy read.

    1. Yeah, these are definitely not my types of books either. Good idea to just save it for the right time! 😀 I’m super excited for the Darkness box. Will you be getting it?

  2. Oh I kind of want to read PS I Like You! It seems like just a cute bucket of fun. 😀 Aaand, this box seems SO COOL. I love the notebook and enormous flails for adult colouring in books!! They truly are the best.😂

  3. The box is lovely but as it’s only YA… I don’t think I’d like the book selection that much haha I wish they did a cheap box for crime addicts 😛

    1. Hahahaha, it’d be perfect for you! Yes, the YA only is a bit of a gamble, but so far they have chosen books that have fun stories, which is great.

  4. Glad the book didn’t disappoint you! I wouldn’t have been too happy if the book in my Owlcrate had a book I despised. Nice bullet-point review though! This was a really nice unboxing by the way! Totally enjoyed the quality pictures.

    – Lashaan

  5. I feel like this is a ridiculous complaint, but adult coloring books are often so intricate and tiny that it takes me forever to color them in. It almost becomes more stressful than relaxing for me because I’m constantly trying to sharpen my pencils enough to fit them into those itty bitty spaces!