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Book Review: What I Like About You – Marisa Kanter

Rating: 3/5 🌟🌟🌟

Genre: YA Contemporary, Young Adult

Review:

This book is about a Jewish teen, Halle Levitt who has a popular YA blog which she started under the persona Kels. Her bookish blog is famous for custom cupcakes with book covers and reviews. Things are going great for her until she meets and falls for her online best friend, Nash, in real life without telling him who she really is. Nash believes Kels and Halle to be two different persons. Talk about a complicated mess. As Sir Walter Scott said, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK (lol)

As a bookish blogger and die-hard book dragon myself, I enjoyed the bookish terms and the idea of using custom cupcakes with covers for bookstagram photos. Not to mention, Halle’s blog had a success that every blogger aspires to achieve. I loved how meaningful her online friendships were because I have experienced that for myself. Just because you haven’t met someone, does not mean you cannot have a meaningful relationship with that person.

The author’s writing was really good and the descriptions, especially about the cupcakes were so creative! I found it a major point for the book that the main character was Jewish and had anxiety. I have anxiety so I related with Halle when she had panic attacks. I loved her brother for being there for her and for trying to get her to do the right thing.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

I hated how Halle deceived Nash. I understand she had anxiety and concerns about whether she would be liked for who she was. But integrity is something quite personal for me and I couldn’t accept her reasons for keeping her online persona a secret from him. Having anxiety does not excuse you from doing the right thing. Also, her reactions to him in real life really made me angry.

I get that what Halle did was wrong but what Nash did in the climax scene also hit me as wrong.

I didn’t agree with some of Halle’s opinions especially about whether or not she would still like YA when she was older. For me, there’s no age limit to reading YA.

This story had the potential to be much better, especially with those mouth-watering descriptions of the cupcakes. Other than the things that I didn’t agree with, this was an enjoyable read.

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Synopsis: Can a love triangle have only two people in it? Online, it can… but in the real world, it’s more complicated. In this debut novel Marisa Kanter explores what happens when internet friends turn into IRL crushes. 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.

Author:

I'm a die-hard bibliophile and I'm also an introvert. My blog's about books, books and more books. (yep, that was easy) I might, from time to time, write about life and its vagaries. I like taking pictures of books and doing origami.

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