Published by Point on July 26th 2016
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…
Adorable! I like to give constructive criticism and maybe the only thing I can say for this one is that the main character, Lily, doesn’t have any self esteem and that seems to be the GO TO thing for YA teens right now. But seriously, this book was so cute and had me on the edge of my seat so much that this bit of criticism is nit picking.
The characterization is fantastic. I was actually a bit annoyed with Isabel but their backstory is explained about 3/4 through the book. It helps the entire story make more sense, and while I sort of guessed, I was not entirely sure where Isabel was coming from. It’s just so funny how people always try to match make when someone doesn’t have a girl/boy friend. Maybe it’s their choice people!!!
I also was able to figure out the note writer but I’m pretty sure the author did that on purpose. The clues that were left (for the reader) were just so well done that they kept me wanting to find out how this was going to work! Unlike a mystery where maybe the clues are there but you don’t want to know the killer until nearly the end, knowing the letter writer early on gave its own source of drama. Lily doesn’t find out until about halfway through. I actually stopped making notes and highlighting passages at chapter 19. I was way too involved and interested in what was going to happen to even leave a little flag at the important parts!
The last portion of this book was my favorite, which is hard to say because I enjoyed every bit of this but the drama that occurs once Lily finds out who is writing her is amazing. It is almost as dramatic as watching a horror, you know something bad is going to happen but not how or when, but that it will. Sometimes authors ratchet up that drama so much that it is hard to read through it but this will keep you glued to your seat.
And I read this during Dewey’s 24 hour readathon so my brain is already fried but I loved every word. I even slowed myself down at the end so it would not come to a stop. Full on love. Here’s another author I’m going to be stalking! I may have to re-read this one soon.
|Overall:||5 / 5|