What I Like About You | By Marisa Kanter



YA Contemporary Romance | Book Review

What I Like About You
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.   (Goodreads)





My thoughts





Narrative and Plot





What I Like About You is the story of a seventeen year old named Halle. Halle is young, vibrant and has a bright voice that carries throughout the story. The pacing is adequate. Basically, this is a fun YA romance read.

The central element of the plot is Halle and her struggle with her identity. In the virtual world, Halle is a book blogger. who pairs book covers with cupcakes. Needless to say, that is the aspect that got me into reading this book. But the story also gives importance to other things such as Jewish culture, teen life and the pressure of the competitive environment on them.


Characters and Conflicts



This is one of those stories where the actions of your main character is debatable. That makes it a good pick for a YA romance book club. It showcases a modern day problem which is both relatable and frustrating at the same time. Halle has this struggle where she doesn’t want her virtual life and real life to collide. When that happens, things spiral out. She is flawed yet relatable.

The virtual anonymity and the freedom that it gives to a person is very well familiar to me as a book blogger. Personally, I haven’t let this part of me collide with my real life. But a few people who get me know this. That’s the point, as an adult I am clear about how much of my identity I wish to share with someone. But were I teenager, maybe I would have struggled with this identity crisis like Halle. Because, I do interact with young adults and I can totally see where Kels’s struggle comes from. It is on that point, I relate to this story.














The book explores the concept of virtual identity and how it really exposes the aspirations of a creative mind. Something which would have been kept hidden in the real world otherwise. However, that being said the book solely goes with that one conflict. After a point, you look at your main character and go, this is going on for a while now!
Even so, I really enjoyed the book blogger aspect of it, the whole twitter drama, cover reveals and book cons. All this is too relatable to me personally and I recommend every book blogger especially tha YA book bloggers to surely give it a try.








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2 Responses

  1. Novellisteer says:

    I really like your review, it pushing me to get the book cause am so interested in the main reason behind her identity, definitely after my book ban.

    • Rejitha says:

      Thank you for reading my review. It means a lot when you say that. I was really intrigued by the MC as well. I guess the book is fun if you keep your expectations to a minimum. The whole book blogging aspect nailed it in my opinion. If you’re curious about that give it a go. But the romance aspect is a bit cliched.