Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Young Adult Books for Fans of Meg Ryan Movies

Paige and I both adore Kasie West's books. We've read them all, loved them all, and were very excited for the release of P.S. I Like You on July 26th. We both read the book in one day. (Thanks to Scholastic for providing a copy.)

P.S. I Like You is about Lily Abbott, a girl who is very bored in Chemistry class. Daydreaming in class, she writes a line from her favorite song on her desk. The next day someone has written the next line. Soon Lily and her mysterious pen pal are exchanging notes daily.

P.S. I Like You reminded us of one of our favorite movies, You've Got Mail, and that got us thinking about all of Meg Ryan's other movies. The result is this blog post. So, if you love Meg Ryan movies and you love YA, we've got you covered. Now I'm off to watch my favorites.

If you love You've Got Mail try P.S. I Like You by Kasie West:

Mix together secret admirers and main characters who hate each other and you've got You've Got Mail and P.S. I Like You. As always, Kasie West writes a charming tale. We loved how Lily is an aspiring song writer and the banter between the two main characters took us back to You've Got Mail. Also, we love Lily's large family. Her parents are hilarious. Her siblings are great.

If you love When Harry Met Sally try Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg:

Navigating a male/ female friendship is at the center of this movie and book pair. Macallan and Levi are best friends. They are goofy, finish-each-others'-sentences, have-tons-of-inside-jokes best friends, but a boy/girl best friendship is a complicated thing. Each chapter in this cute YA romance is told by one of the two characters, and then, at the end of the chapter, the two provide commentary on what was just said. It's darling and funny and really helps the reader get to the know the two of them as a pair. (Also featured here.)

If you love Kate & Leopold try Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins:

Kate and Cassandra fall in love with someone from the past in Kate & Leopold and Until We Meet Again. Cassandra meets Lawrence on the beach by her house one night and, after a great deal of confusion, the two realize that they are from different centuries.The only place where the timelines overlap is on the beach, and after Cassandra and Lawrence begin spending all their time there Cassandra starts to notice disconcerting changes in the timeline. (Also featured here.)

If you love French Kiss try The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt:

Love France and a loathing-becomes-love relationship? Abby Berman is enrolled in an advanced French class at Huntington University in hopes of attending a high school in Paris her senior year. Everything is going her way until she's paired with Zeke Martin who she can't stand. Hopefully she can keep her head, and heart, focused on her goal.

If you love Sleepless in Seattle try The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno:

Do you love the magical realism of Sleepless in Seattle? The Lost & Found has the same mystical feel and also features people who fall in love without meeting. Frannie and Louis met in an online support group for people who have experienced trauma. They became fast friends, and their connection grew when they discovered they both tend to have things vanish on them. They decide to meet in Austin, Texas as they search for answers behind their losses.

If you love City of Angels try Halo by Alexandra Ardonetta:

In this pairing we have angels who fall in love with mortals. Bethany is sent with two other angels to earth to serve and protect humankind while remaining anonymous. Then Bethany meets and falls in love with Xavier Woods. The other angels attempt to keep the pair apart. What will happen when an immortal angel forsakes her mission to be with a human boy?

If you love I.Q. try P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han:

In the sequel to Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Lara Jean is reeling over what happened with Peter and the results of all those letters she never intended to send. I put P.S. I Still Love You and I.Q. together because in each a group of old folks attempts to set up a young couple. I loved all the scenes that took place at the retirement center, and I just love John Ambrose McClaren a whole bunch.

P.S. Our reviews of Kasie West's other books here, here, here, here, and here.


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