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What I Like About You

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Can a love triangle have only two people in it? Online, it can…but in the real world, it's more complicated. In this debut novel that’s perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Morgan Matson, Marisa Kanter hilariously and poignantly explores what happens when internet friends turn into IRL crushes.

Is it still a love triangle if there are only two people in it?

There are a million
Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Rachel Solomon
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU is a YA gem and one of my all-time favorite books. Marisa Kanter has such an authentic teen voice, and I fell head over heels for her characters.

The Jewish rep in this book is the closest to my own upbringing, which was so wonderful to see. I also love the way Marisa treats online friendships as the valid, important relationships they are. It's a lovely, special book that made me smile, laugh, cry, and hug it tightly to my chest.
Sierra Elmore
I was super lucky to read an early copy of this amazing book. Marisa's debut is a complex tale of mistaken (or hidden?) identity, family complications, and first loves, all wrapped up in a sweet, sassy package. Think: a delectable mix of Morgan Matson, ALWAYS NEVER YOURS, and a splash of The Great British Bake-Off (yes, there are PLENTY of desserts to be found!).

The characters and situations ring true, and there's plenty of fandom and blogging references to keep teens fervently flipping pages!
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to read an early version of TO BE (MIS)READ and I love this book with my whole heart! It's nerdy and Jewish and encapsulates absolutely everything I love about online friendships. These characters feel real even when they're lying about who they are, and so do the cupcakes... which is too bad, because you can't eat them.

Also I am #1 Gramps fan. He's perfect. Everyone else can go home.
Sophie Gonzales
AHHH this is one of the cutest books I’ve ever read. And I’m saying that in an entirely unbiased way. I finished this book in two days (with, like, 80% of it in one hit), because it is just. That. Fun.

Halle has the most endearing, hilarious voice. Once you start reading her, it’s like you know her in real life. And even though I didn’t agree with her decisions (good god I facepalmed at some of them) I totally understood how she got there. And she was facepalming at herself right along with me,
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I received What I like About You through a Goodreads Giveaway.

I am not a person for romances, particularly teenage ones, but I do love both cupcakes and YA. I was worried when I received What I like About You in the mail because it looked almost too romance heavy, but the promise of cupcake fascination was enough to motivate me to push away my fears and start reading.

At first, What I Like About You, was almost painfully awkward. I can honestly say I didn't like it from the start. The story felt
Kelsey Quick
Dec 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: tbr
Definitely adding to TBR because of the weirdness of a love triangle with only two people in it...

as well as the main character going by Kels. #canrelate
Cameron Lund
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am not a "read a book in one sitting" kind of person but this book has transformed me into a binge-reader! (okay, I guess technically I read this in two sittings because I was forced to get off the bus and go to work before I could continue reading).

I just loved this so much. The voice is so authentically modern and teen. All of the twitter conversations and group chats between the characters put me right back in high school (although twitter didn't exist back then because I am an old). While
Leah (Jane Speare)
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I related way too much with Halle in a few ways: I was a book blogger for years, my anxiety usually gets me into awkward situations, and I love cupcakes. (Okay, but who doesn't?) While many of her choices are cringey and questionable, at no moment did I doubt her authenticity. I loved seeing her growth through the book, and reconcile the double Kels/Halle life she's led for years. While Halle's balancing her online presence and applying for NYC toward her publicist career path, she's also ...more
Sam Butler
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is everything I didn’t know I needed! Halle is living a double life. As Halle she is a sister, daughter, and granddaughter. She has her family to support her and believe in her, but she doesn’t believe that she’s the person she wants to be. As Kels she is the person she dreams of being IRL. She’s smart, confident, and has a ton of friends to clash with and chat with in her DMs. When those two worlds collide she has the chance to be who she pretends to be online. With all that’s going ...more
michelle (magical reads)
3.5 - 3.75 I’m still deciding

this was really cute!!

but also I always find books that are CENTERED around books / blogging / fandom so cringey and this one wasn’t really an exception…I still liked it but there were some parts that i was like…no…even though it was a fairly accurate depiction of what my blogging experience has been idk

Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
This book is so sweet and I related so much to Halle’s anxieties. If you want a heartwarming book with a supportive cast this is it Also, I need some cupcakes now ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
RTC. I really enjoyed this!
Auriane Desombre
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have fallen completely in love with this book. It's rom com perfection and I can't wait to read it again!!
Steff Pasciuti
The fact that I cannot think of a single YA novel with Jewish representation off the top of my head is a pretty clear sign to me that there aren't enough books out there likeWhat I Like About You by Marisa Kanter. Now, I'm not the sort of person who is religious and therefore I have a tendency to avoid religious books like the plague, however, I do see the importance for people to be able to see themselves in the stories they read. In my experience, the only religious characters I ever seem to ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a physical ARC of this book as part of the Roaring 20s Debut group ARC tour. My opinion is my own and I am under no obligation to write this review.

Guys, this was So Cute, I just can't say enough about how much I loved this book. Think: the fandom fun + crushing pressure of Senior year academics in RADIO SILENCE meets the exploration of anxiety/mental health with online graphic novels a la ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS.


There's also an element of mistaken/hidden
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, arc
Nash is right in the middle of a love triangle with Kels and Halle. But the bigger problem, at least to Kels and Halle, is that they're the same person. Halle does book reviews/cupcake pairings on Instagram, but because her parents are relatively famous documentations and her grandmother was a big name editor in YALit publishing, Halle posts under the pen name Kels. She's been friends online with Nash for years. She knows that he lives in Connecticut, but doesn't realize that he lives in the ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars. This book dealt with a lot of issues that many teens certainly deal with. Grief, friendship, social media drama, anxiety and so much more. I’ve never seen an author write about death in a way that I’ve identified with on such a personal level. I loved how true Kanter wrote Halle, Ollie, and Gramps’ grief. It was raw and believable. Given all the ground it covers, I think that the book does a good job devoting the just about right amount of time to each idea. In my opinion, the book ...more
Tara Weiss
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
IMPORTANT: Shiksa Review, written while my husband makes pork chops (not kidding).
The story is a bit much, but so much fun as well, especially for book lovers. Just be prepared for a crash course in Hebrew school while you're reading. I like that Marisa Kanter is passionate about cultural Jews connecting to the faith, but if you aren't expecting it, well, if feels like that first time you're at a seder and you don't know that Hebrew is left to right, not right to left when you go open your
Sheena Boekweg
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OH MY HECK IT'S SO CUTE! This book was so freaking adorable and romantic and also sweet and real and educational about publishing and the book blogging world. I absolutely loved it, and the secret coded message hiding inside that says in all caps that YA BOOKS ARE FOR TEENS.

Oh I loved this book. Halle has untreated anxiety which has affected the way she functions and the way she sees herself, and I related to her SO MUCH, and how not getting help got her into this adorable/ angst filled mess. I
Erica (storybookend)
𝗛𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗡𝗮𝘀𝗵 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗹𝗲. The third point is Kels, Halle’s pseudonym persona that has an Instagram where she posts about books and cupcakes. Kels and Nash have known each other for years, but then Halle meets Nash irl, and things go downhill. Because while Halle starts to fall for the real Nash, he’s falling for Kels, who she can’t tell Nash about.

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗶𝘀𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗰𝘂𝘁𝗲. I love the secret identity online romance trope. But this book just couldn’t steal my heart.

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗻
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Review copy courtesy of Edelweiss.

Sort of written as a love letter to YA fandom, this book features a teen book blogger who has a thriving online life, including a very close friendship to a teen cartoonist. Halle moves to live with her grandfather as her documentary filmmaker parents are traveling the world and wouldn’t you know, ends up in a small town with her Internet best guy friend. Instead of confessing, she immediately lies about her identity, and the book loses credibility as no one
Laura ( Latteandbooks )
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
I’m going to start off by saying yes, this book was predictable, but did that stop me from reading it? No, did I still enjoy it? Of course. I love a good love triangle book. there’s just something about them that I love so much. It was a laugh out loud rom – com
Halle is a hilarious character, but she does something awesome. She makes a blog where she makes cupcakes inspired by book covers. She’s only 14 and has this amazing idea. She has to move in with her grandfather after her grandmother
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways
This looked and sounded like a great book, but when I started reading it I couldn’t connect with any of the characters. I ended up pulling through and finished it, but throughout the rest of the book I still didn’t like the characters. I didn’t like the way it was written either. It was definitely not the most well written in my opinion, but I think that other people will definitely like this more than I did. That is why I decided not to spoil it.

It was good enough to give / stars though
Sara Turcotte
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written story, predictable but still worth the read. I am very thankful for this ARC and very much loved the story!
I am not Jewish and know nothing of most Jewish holidays but I was an amazing element to the story, I am sure many will love seeing that represented in a ya novel!
Halle is a very relatable character for someone who has anxiety and especially social anxiety. Her worries of what to say and do are realistic but the outcomes are also realistic, realizing that usually the
Amber Sternitzke
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story follows teen book blogger who moves to a new town and starts running into her internet BFF absolutely everywhere IRL--in class, at the library, at synagogue. The only problem is, he has no idea who she really is, and while he's in love with her online persona, she's falling for him in person. It was an adorable YA Rom-Com and I will be recommending it to Teen readers. I could totally see this being made into a Netflix flick! I think all bookworm teens/adults will swoon over this book! ...more
Brianne Blackwell
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was wonderful. It follows a girl named Halle who has some serious self-esteem issues and anxiety. She runs a book blog under a pen name and is able to overcome her anxiety and issues when she is behind the screen but when she meets one of her online friends in real life she doesn’t want to share who she is. It’s kind of a mess of embarrassing moments where you cringe for the character but if you have any kind of anxiety can probably also relate to. This was a fun light read with a wide ...more
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I got an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I loved this and was not disappointed!
I love how the love story wasn't all the focus and we got to know her family members quite well.
I also love how inclusive this book is, not shame for being gay.
The writing was perfect for this book. Not childish and I didn't feel like I was reading an adult novel either. I could also feel the main character's anxiety the whole time which is relatable.
Tiffany Chiang
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Mary H
Jun 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc, blog-tour
What I like about you, you hold me tight
Tell me I'm the only one, wanna' come over tonight, yea

What I like about you, you really know how to dance
When you go up, down, jump around, think about true romance, yea

Keep on whispering in my ear
Tell me all the things that I wanna' to hear, 'cause that's true
That's what I like about you
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Marisa Kanter has worked in publicity for major publishers and covered YA books for MTV. Currently, she works in sales, on the distribution side of the publishing industry. She can often be found searching for the best iced chai in NYC, or reading on the 3 train. What I Like About You is her first novel. Follow her at and on Twitter @marisakanter