SSSSSWWWWOOONN!!I That was all sorts of adorable. I can’t even. I think this is officially my favorite Kasie West novel and I’m so glad that I decided to reread this, gladder that it was so much better than the first time I read it. I can’t believe how I easily wrote this off the first time as some clichéd romantic comedy because this was quite very well written and despite the familiar elements, letter writing, anonymity and stuff, it came off quite very original.
It also helps a lot how closely I could relate with Lily – always and awkward and self-deprecatingly funny.
“You thought my awkwardness was from preconceived plans to be awkward?”
“Yeah, that’s me, the girl whose social life makes everyone feel better about theirs.”
I also love the part where she loves to write song lyrics and actually plays the guitar while also designing unusual but really cool outfits. Her family is the best and there so many moments in their home that simply warmed my heart like I could practically picture visiting the Abbott’s home myself, picking which is the better pie or necklace (the one by her dad or her mom?), meeting her siblings especially the “Things” (Wyatt and Jonah) and even taking a peek on Bugs Rabbit’s’ cage especially the special one Lily’s dad designed.
Lily’s friendship with Isabel is perfect. I love their honesty and loyalty with each other, how they always watched each other’s backs and how much understanding they have for each other. It’s really the best.
Best of all, the romance! The anonymous letter writing is amazing. It’s mysterious, adventurous, really funny and it gave a glimpse to who the main characters are really including the parts of themselves they try to hide from others. The connection between Lily and this super cute guy (I wouldn’t mention his name for the benefit of those who haven’t read this yet) is truly adorbs. I kept swooning and never rolled my eyes, not even once and that, I believe, merits five shining stars! LoL!