Alex’s Review of “What I Like About You” by Marisa Kanter

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“I was looking for a cute, quick, YA rom-com. I stumbled upon this book when scrolling through Amazon and decided to give it a chance. As you tell by previous reviews I am a huge fan of reading about book lovers.” – Alex

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Book Information:

Title: What I Like About You
Author: Marisa Kanter
Page Count: 416
Release Date: April 7, 2020
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

“Is it still a love triangle if there are only two people in it?

There are a million things that Halle Levitt likes about her online best friend, Nash.

He’s an incredibly talented graphic novelist. He loves books almost as much as she does. And she never has to deal with the awkwardness of seeing him in real life. They can talk about anything…

Except who she really is.

Because online, Halle isn’t Halle—she’s Kels, the enigmatically cool creator of One True Pastry, a YA book blog that pairs epic custom cupcakes with covers and reviews. Kels has everything Halle doesn’t: friends, a growing platform, tons of confidence, and Nash.

That is, until Halle arrives to spend senior year in Gramps’s small town and finds herself face-to-face with real, human, not-behind-a-screen Nash. Nash, who is somehow everywhere she goes—in her classes, at the bakery, even at synagogue.

Nash who has no idea she’s actually Kels.

If Halle tells him who she is, it will ruin the non-awkward magic of their digital friendship. Not telling him though, means it can never be anything more. Because while she starts to fall for Nash as Halle…he’s in love with Kels.”

Overall Rating and Review Blurb

2 Tree Star Rating
I’m giving “What I Like About You” 2.75 Tree Stars.
I was not a fan of this book and ended up annoyed through most of it.

Readability: 4
Plot: 4
Characters: 2
Wow Factor: 1

Book Review for “What I Like About You”

First Impressions (First Chapter Thoughts)

The beginning of this novel started off pretty cute and I liked that it was about a book blogger. I was eager to learn more about Halle and her online personal Kels. Going into the first chapter I have a feeling that her online identity is going to end up being a big issue for her.

Thoughts While Reading

This book had a tendency to bash older readers who happen to enjoy reading YA books. Generally Halle was pretty disrespectful toward older readers and I had an issue with this throughout the story. Don’t worry, we’ll talk about this more. All in all, I have always loved YA books. However, I like to give every book a chance so I continued to read it.

“Because engaging with adults who think YA is for them? It’s exhausting.”

“What I Like About You”, Marisa Kanter

“What I Like About You” would have gotten 1 Tree Star if not for the fact that I liked the way Marisa Kanter had Halle deal with the loss of her grandma. You learn early on that is the reason that Halle stays with her grandpa. I felt her emotions whenever she would talk about her grandma and I felt like I could relate to that as I have also lost close family members.

“You can’t hiatus from life. When people mess up, there are consequences.”

“What I Like About You”, Marisa Kanter

While I stayed ticked off for most of the book, you can tell that Halle did grow and learned to take responsibility for her actions throughout the book. I can’t say she was my favorite protagonist but I enjoyed her journey. In terms of the romance, I liked Nash better than Halle but thought the resolution to their conflict was anticlimactic.

Final Thoughts

While I thought I would enjoy a cute romance with “love triangle” and book lovers, you can definitely tell that this book was made with the YA age group in mind. I’ve enjoyed YA books since I was 14 and at 26, my taste has changed a little bit but I still love most Young Adult books. This was not one of them. Read at your own risk if you are not a young adult.

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