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P.S. I Like You

West, Kasie (Author)
Scholastic 2016. 330 pages
First published: 2016
ISBN: 9780545850971 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Novel
Book genre: Realistic

Text Elements:

characterization, conflict, dialogue, point of view

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

High school junior Lily Abbot’s shyness hides behind a prickly exterior. Her songwriting aspirations are challenged by her crowded, noisy family. Schooldays are marred by verbal sparring with the obnoxious Cade. But a chance scribble on her desk in chemistry class leads to a supportive and exciting pen-pal relationship. Then she learns the identity of her new friend. In balancing real-life people with the secure space of secret correspondence, Lily learns to express her inner self with more honesty—and to share her songs with the world.

Satisfying characters and witty dialogue make this romance-romp heaps of fun, while the plot offers a mix of sexual tension, family and friend dynamics, and a reflective inner life for the protagonist: “He made me my most unbalanced self.”

The confusion and impact of burgeoning sexuality is convincingly portrayed. “It would seem awkward to step back now, like he affected me in some way, so I didn’t. Because he didn’t. But his musky scent sure was doing a number on my breathing.” The theme of vulnerability and self-exposure is conveyed through Lily’s romantic peccadilloes and songwriting struggles alike. With the support of stalwart friend Isabel, and a kick in the pants from bitter rival Sasha, Lily is on her way to self-realization—in her art and her personal life.

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    Reflect on the characteristics of the relationships in the story. Identify and list (on a class anchor chart) the conventions of young adult romance novels.

  •  How are romantic relationships characterized by Lily and her peers? How much importance do they give to being in a relationship?
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    Using an inquiry process, explore the issues surrounding a question stemming from the novel. Focus on how romantic teen relationships are portrayed in this and other popular YA texts. Share your findings in a spoken or written presentation.

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    Why might a teenager find it easier to open up to an anonymous pen pal than to anyone else? Exchange ideas through a think-pair-share.

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    The author alludes to the strain in the relationship between Cade, Lily and Isabel a few years earlier. Write a scene for a prequel that portrays the three conflictual relationships at that time.

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    Using this novel and others, short stories, poetry and song lyrics to support your findings, answer the question: How do their representations reflect the adolescent relationship reality today? How do these representations fail?

  • To exercise critical judgment
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  • Personal Development
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