“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…”
Its safe to say I adored this book considering I devoured it in one sitting in a matter of hours. I was looking for a cute, light read and this book was all of that and more. Guys, this book is so cute. I was absolutely giddy while reading it- literally smiling and giggling while reading the entire book. This book is adorable, witty and original enough to keep me hooked. Its the perfect summer book! Although here in San Francisco my summers are gloomy and foggy…but I can sit on my deck with a hot cup of tea and pretend :). This was my first book by Kasie West and it will definitely not be my last. I am officially a Kasie West fan!
Lily, our main character, is a quirky, music-loving high school student. I thought Lily was great. She loves music, wears high tops and sews a variety of patches on to her clothing. She knows she’s a little different, but she embraces it and that’s what I loved about her. She was hilarious and I loved her witty dialogue. She also has insecurities like everyone else. She wants to be liked, she wants to fall in love and she is often embarrassed by her loud, but endearing, family. She is passionate about writing song lyrics, but she refuses to share it with anyone until its perfect. Early on, Lily decides she wants to enter a song-writing contest. While there is an adorable romance in this story, it is also just as much about Lily finally finding the confidence in herself to share her work.
While Lily is in chemistry class, a subject that bores her, she scribbles song lyrics on her desk. When she returns to chemistry the next day, she sees that someone wrote the next line of the lyrics. As she starts exchanging notes with this mysterious pen-pal, they discover they have a lot in common. They both start to open up about deeper subjects and Lily discovers that her pen-pal doesn’t have the greatest home life. Lily starts to fall for her letter writer, and its clear he is falling for her too. Still, she is apprehensive about meeting him.What if he doesn’t like her? What if he thinks she’s weird and awkward? As the reader, we are also not sure who the pen-pal is. We are presented with three options from boys she interacts with and all have chemistry before her. Cade, the boy with whom she is constantly arguing with, David, the shy boy from marching band and Lucas, the senior who Lily has been crushing on for a few years. I wasn’t completely sure who the letter writer was at first, but that’s part of the fun. Everything about it was just so cute! I found myself looking forward to Lily’s chemistry class just as much as she was so I could read the latest message from her letter writer.
I also adored Lily’s family. I love books that have more depth to them than the romance between two characters. Lily’s family played a huge role in the story and it made it that much better. Lily’s family is loud and hectic and at times embarrassing for her. She never gets any peace and quiet in her house with her older sister Ashley sharing her room and her little brothers Jonah and Wyatt running around. Lily always said she was annoyed with her family, but her actions proved otherwise. She was nothing but loving to her two little brothers, even while they were interrupting her song-writing time and chasing their pet rabbit around the house. Lily’s scenes with her quirky family were some of my favorite scenes in the book. Sure, they annoy each other and they never have any privacy, but they all love and support each other.
This book was everything I hoped it would be. It was insanely cute. I know I glossed over the romance but I didn’t want to give too much away because that is the best part of this book. I seriously could not put it down. I bought it after work and finished it before I went to bed. If you want a book that makes you happy, please pick this up. As I’m writing this review I want to go back and read it again. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!