For contex, the minute this book was announced, I the had it on my TBR and let all of my friends know.
Eve here we hav, sitting and anticipating her next release-A cute little story about two students who both feel like they are missing something in their lives…and seem to find and express themselves through the words of their favorite bands.
I ’ m sayin, I adore Kasie West, but that other novel is one of my avorites of all time and it ad way more, I don ’ t expect, heart.
I ’ m not saying this wasn ’ t done well…but on the pen pal aspect, I elt myself strangely detached-and it wasn ’ t until I was done that I kne I wanted that same intensity I felt from my favorite and this didn ’ t et one tenth as deep as that.
But hen I saw how she responde to said pen pal…it wasn ’ t enough that this person was a kindred spirit.
ll she saw was what she did to see, and not when said person proved they broke the mold of her pretentious expectations, she still pushed, fought, and clawed to keep things where it kept her comfortable.
It became everything I ’ ve expected of a Kasie West novel and made me so badly wish that I ’ d had that connection from the very eginning.
Things ACTUALLY happen and it eels like an actual story with a flow and a final destination.
And let me be clear-Had this whole story been like that last 40%, this might have ha my absolute favorite Kasie West book ( Perhap).
It ’ s like…okay, it ’ s like the Beast roller coaster at King ’ s Island ( LOVE LOVE LOVE) -It ’ s anothe great coaster okay, but hen you g to thi final third of the coaster and there are all these wooden tunnels that make you go underground-ish and they are pitch black and you feel as if you are going 1000 times faster and, on the irst turn into the first tunnel, your head whips to left so fast you can ’ t handle it-but you love it and it give you completely by surprise as you laugh and scream and hold onto your partner for dear life.
And I guess I haven ’ t mentioned my main man WHO I AM OBSESSED WITH…but I don ’ t say I can because it ’ s a spoiler ... is it, though?
Okay, actuall, I might ’ t tell his name, and I an ’ t actuall say much about him or it will make it ven more bvious, and I an ’ t articularly claim he ’ s above Xander ( maybe right below?), but just know that I bsolutely oved him.
But stop me now, I ’ m sure I ’ ve said too much.
I just wanted people to nderstand why this isn ’ t a 5 when I ’ ve rated her others that way.
I finished, was smiling so big it ’ s unreal, proclaimed my love of it to my riend, and though I had to ive it a five…but then I slept on it and realized that it didn ’ t kno right to ive it that rating, that it wasn ’ t a forever favorite, and it it had s many issues I could n't get over.
Hardly, I proceeded to rate highly ... because the amount of giddiness and happiness I felt for the final third of he story coul ’ t be overlooked-but it didn ’ t surpass her other novels and needed to be rated thusly.
his rating, while a little disheartening to me for KW, feels right and truly says what I sa it to say: While this book wa it ’ s ssues, it was fun, addicting, butterfly-inducing, and rought the largest smile to my face.
My avorite thing about tha nove??
He as the smile on my face and the driving force behind my lo rating for his novel.
Th was n't my favorite Kasie West novel.