Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Romance
My rating: 3/5
Recommended for: Teenagers who like romance and are not unfamiliar with misunderstandings
How do you survive being bored out of your mind during Chemistry class? This is Lily’s answer: she scribbles song lyrics on her desk. The next time she’s there, though, someone else has written down the next part of the lyrics. Obviously, this person is cool since they know the song from a band not many people have heard of, so Lily starts exchanging letters with them. Hey, Chemistry classes aren’t so bad after all! Except one day, she finds out something she wishes she can forget.
I couldn’t sleep last night, so I figured I should read something just to tire my eyes out. I picked this book randomly at 11 pm… and then finished it at 4 am. Whatever happened to my sleeping plans? That’s how easy this book was to read, much like The Fill-In Boyfriend by the same author. Maybe that’s how Kasie West books are.
The story revolves around Lily, a high schooler who doesn’t like Chemistry and pretty much whatever is “mainstream”. What she does like, though, is indie music. That’s why she is excited about her pen pal who turns out to have a similar taste, unlike her best friend Isabel who is pretty much just like everyone else. To be honest, I’m not sure how those two became friends in the first place. Although I have to say, they genuinely care about each other, and that’s great.
What’s not great is how the story treats Isabel. She’s just The Best Friend. Every time she comes up on the story is so Lily can talk to her about boys and her pen pal. Maybe there’s not enough space for her to fit in the story, or their conversations about anything other than members of the opposite gender and how Lily should totally try dating one of them… But let’s be honest, in high school, boys were very often the topic of my conversations, too.
It’s a pretty straightforward story about some high school kids who like and don’t like each other. It involves assumption, prejudices, misunderstandings – I mean, my teenage years were ripe with these. There’s some kind of mystery in finding out who the pen pal is – but with so many cliches, it’s not mysterious as much as annoying. I do have to say that I like the character development Lily goes through toward the end of the story, though.
Overall, this is a really light read for when you have hours to kill being on the train or plane – or just decide not to sleep one night, it’s up to you.
- Indie music
- Cute chaotic family
- Letter-writing, obviously