Saturday, April 18, 2020

What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter - OPTIONAL

What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter, 409 pages.  Simon and Schuster, 2020.  $19.  

Content: Language: PG-13 (86 swears); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: G  



Halle is a high school senior who uses the online name of Kels for her blog that combines her two loves of young adult literature and cooking cupcakes. Online she has an entire life with a close group of girlfriends and her best friend, Nash.  When Halle moves to a small town in Connecticut, she meets the real-life version of Nash.  Halle is worried that the real Nash won’t like her or that if they develop a real relationship their online relationship will end, so Halle lies by omission to Nash.  Halle lacks the confidence to be honest about who she is, and her life gets more and more complicated as she tries to carry on as Kels and Halle. 

I liked Halle’s wit and banter and I wanted her to make the right decisions, so I cared about her story-at least for the first half.  Halle has ridiculous reasoning for keeping her online life a secret.  You can see the inevitable fall-out coming for miles and it makes the story slow and boring.  Also, the ending was too fast.  The mature content includes a heavy make out.  

Reviewer, C. Peterson 

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