Title: What I Like About You
Author: Marisa Kanter
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Release Date: April 7, 2020
What I Like About You is a fun and flirty romcom all about books and cupcakes – what more could you want? We follow the complicated love triangle between Halle Levitt, a book nerd slowly coming to terms with the loss of her grandmother 6 months ago by using her online personality, book blogger extraordinaire, Kels Roth, and Kels online BFF Nask Kim. When Halle moves in with her grandfather at the start of senior year, her two worlds – and personalities – collide.
I had a lot of fun reading this and I absolutely flew through it. Halle/Kel’s book blog was so perfect! I loved the combination of books and baking, two of my favorite things. I also really loved her relationship with her brother Ollie – they were so supportive and caring for each other.And seeing them connect with their Jewish heritage with their grandfather was wonderful too! And I always love having different formats in books – chats, texts, dms, they all made the story interactive and let us get to know the different friend groups in a natural way.
Even though I enjoyed how much of the story focused on blogging, as a blogger myself, the text/online speech as dialogue always bugs me. It’s just a little too corny for me. I also thought the story overall was a little underdeveloped – the characters didn’t have much growth (or consequences for their actions) and the conflict at the end of the story was a little weak.
Overall this was a super enjoyable story and I loved the highlight on the bookish community and the general love of reading. Halle’s fondness for her grandmother’s memory and legacy was so heartwarming and was a wonderful grounding point for her character, even as she’s trying to determine her sense of self IRL.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.