Overall Score: 7/10
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: July 26, 2016
Source: Owlcrate Subscription Box
Book Summary (From GoodReads)
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…
The only way to describe this book is “cute”. It was a very quick, light read that left me with a smile. The story follows Lily and her secret pen pal as they get to know each other through notes left hidden in a chemistry desk. I picked this one up after reading a series of heavier novels and it initially won me over with its light, fun, incredibly cute plot.
I had a suspicion as to who the letter writer was close to the beginning and, lo and behold, I was correct. There wasn’t any real tension or suspense throughout this book, even with the somewhat complicated romantic situation, which made it difficult for me to connect with the book. The second half definitely moved at a quicker pace and had more going on than the first half, but it still felt a little flat to me. Disagreements were resolved (or even ignored in the case of something broken) in favor of moving the plot forward.
Had the story ended a few chapters earlier (namely the scene in the chemistry room), I think I would have liked the book more. There were definitely a few unnecessary dramas at the end that didn’t really do anything to advance the main plot forward or develop the characters. While I did enjoy the story, I never quite felt that the reader was given enough depth to really make this an excellent read.
That being said, I was glad that I took the chance and read it. It was perfect for a light, fluffy read (which, admittedly, everyone does need sometimes). I think I will try something else by the author because I did enjoy the dialogue between the two main characters and I’ve heard that this is not her strongest work.