If cupcakes can’t fix us maybe Shabbat can.
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.
Authentic teen voices, Jewish rep, humorous, relatable for bookstagrammers and teens and oh so cute – this should be your next YA contemporary pick!
I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting into with What I Like About You except that it had a cute cover and it sounded fun! I read this so fast, in about 5h and had a blast. It was so neat to relate to the main character in such a unique way – through book blogging, not the baking I am not even a novice baker haha. Kanter’s voice shines in this debut.
We follow the story of Halle aka Kels and her book blogging world. Kels, her online persona is confident, bubbly and successful. Halle, her IRL self is more reserved, battling with grief and the trails of being an everyday teen. Navigating teenage hood is tricky for everyone but for Halle her juggling of her two “selves” makes it all the more complicated when she meets her online BFF and falls for him… without telling him who she really is.
A really great takeaway from this story was the focus that online friends are real friends. It was so great to see that message delivered!
I would’ve liked the book to delve more into the grief aspect as it wasn’t quite as focused as I wanted but it was such a great book to escape to. I also wanted Halle/Kels to reveal her true self sooner but teens will be teens as those of us older will remember ;). Overall I quite enjoyed this story and the banter.
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Thank you SimonTeenCA for sending a copy of the ARC in exchange for an honest review and for having me on this blog tour!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marisa Kanter has worked in publicity for major publishers and covered YA books for MTV. Currently, she works in sales, on the distribution side of the publishing industry. She can often be found searching for the best iced chai in NYC, or reading on the 3 train. What I Like About You is her first novel. Follow her at marisakanter.com and on Twitter @marisakanter.