A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows how hard it is to write songs, but if you work at your craft, you can get it done.
Don't jump to conclusions. Never change for anybody. Stand up for yourself. Be yourself. Love yourself. Never give up.
Positive Role Models
Lily works toward her goal of submitting a song to a songwriting contest. She doesn't put guys above her family and friends. She and her best friend get into a small fight, but they quickly work it out. She has some shortcomings, such as jumping to conclusions about people, but she's willing to be honest with herself about them. Even though she feels like an outcast sometimes, she never considers trying to change or hide who she is.
Violence & Scariness
Cade calls Lily "Magnet" in freshman gym class because the balls are always hitting her, and the nickname sticks. A girl in Cade's group of friends steals Lily's private notebook and reads it publicly on two occasions.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Romance is the main focus of the plot, but Lily's passion for songwriting and her family and friends are also a focus. Lily passionately kisses the guy she ends up dating.
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Cade almost calls Lily a "bitch" on two occasions but stops himself.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that P.S. I Like You, by Kasie West (author of The Distance Between Us, The Fill-In Boyfriend) is a sweet, funny contemporary high school romance. Lily Abbott is a self-proclaimed "quirky," "awkward," and "weird" girl. Just when she decides it's impossible to find a guy who likes her the way she is, she picks up an anonymous pen pal in chemistry class -- a guy who shares her taste in music and gets her sense of humor. The letters quickly become the best part of her week. The book's messages stress the value of being yourself, putting your friends and family before boys, and working on your craft to gain confidence. Teens commit minor transgressions, such as writing on school property, trespassing, and almost saying swear words. There's mild bullying when a popular boy gives a girl an unwanted nickname and another girl steals her notebook and reads it out loud.
Is It Any Good?
Parents and teens will like the message in this refreshing book of being true to yourself, even when you don't fit in. Lily is a non-mainstream teen who's not mopey or self-destructive. She has a loving family, and she puts her family, friends, and songwriting passion before guys. And even though her self-esteem wavers, she knows deep down that a guy she can't be herself around isn't the right guy for her.
The resolution to the letter-writing mystery isn't a surprise, but it's not meant to be. The main thing is that Lily gains confidence and learns not to jump to conclusions about people -- and treat them harshly as a result. It's a fine message for teens and everyone.
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