There are books that I call palate cleansers. I save them for those moments when a book slump hits hard. Kas*Review posted on Mundie Moms on 1/5/2017*
There are books that I call palate cleansers. I save them for those moments when a book slump hits hard. Kasie West's stories are perfect for getting you out of a book slump. They are sweet and the pairings are too adorable for words.
Lily finds these anonymous letters in her boring chemistry class, and much to her surprise she finds that she and her pen pal share the same musical tastes. As Lily ponders entering a song writing contest, the stakes to find out the identity of her pen pal get more and more important. They have so much in common, after all.
The story is entirely too predictable, and even I (I usually don't like to figure out the mysteries on purpose, because then there is no fun left in reading the book) figured out early on who the secret pen pal was. But thanks to Kasie's writing, you are compelled to finish this book. The stakes are too sweet and hey, you could be wrong about the secret identity, after all (no spoilers, but you won't be).
My favorite moments (besides the letters) include the all of the family moments. I'm a big fan of including family in young adult stories, and Lily's family is messy, loud and basically represents most of the families I know. The side characters have enough quirks in them to avoid stereotypes.
This was my first Kasie West book, and it definitely wont' be my last. This story was exactly what I needed to start reading again. Do you have palate cleansing books? Please, share them with me in the comments. I'd love to have some on hand for my book slumpish days....more
*Review posted on Mundie Moms on 12/3/2016**More like 3.5 stars*
I must admit that I love Sarra's stories. She hits that right combination of romance,*Review posted on Mundie Moms on 12/3/2016**More like 3.5 stars*
I must admit that I love Sarra's stories. She hits that right combination of romance, sweet and a deeper message than you'd expect. I loved her YA story, Adorkable (link to MM's review), and I adored You Don't Have to Say You Love Me (link to MM's Grown-Up Book Reviews)
Sunny is a girl, who is unsure of what she wants. She's flattered by her boyfriend, who comes from a richer side of London. She thinks she is in love. Maybe. And she's even considering losing her virginity to him. But, this isn't a will-she-won't-she story (honestly, those books bore me perhaps because I'm an adult). Instead, it's a cleverly plotted tale of a girl from a diverse part of London, who isn't quite sure what she wants.
As usual in a Sarra' story, the secondary characters are as well thought out as the primary ones. I adored the entire cast of characters, because they made such perfect sense alongside Sunny. The French cousins, the Godards (as they are collectively referenced) were my favorites. They had a knack for popping up just when Sunny needed help. Her extended family also plays an important role and the scene with her uncle rings so very true that it made me miss my own uncle so much.
The plot unfolds as a timeline of Sunny's adventures all over London neighborhoods while she is busy chasing down that no-good boyfriend of hers. London plays a huge role in this story, and the gorgeously described locations only made me want to plan a visit sooner rather than later.
This story made me remember a number of late night/early morning shenanigans in my twenties. A lot can happen in 12 hours, right? Sunny discovers a lot about herself, a little about her friends (including supposed enemies) and much more about that boyfriend of hers. If this were turned into a movie or a TV series, it would be a must-see for me. If you like Brit contemps, rom-coms, John Hughes-style/ "Mean Girls"-type movies, then add this to your TBR. ...more