Review – What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter

**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.**

Title What I Like About You

Author Marisa Kanter

Description from Amazon

Is it still a love triangle if there are only two people in it?

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.

Release Date April 7, 2020

Initial Thoughts

One of my goals for 2020 is to read more contemporary books. What could be more up my alley than a story about a book blogger who uses a pseudonym? Well, as you’ve noticed, I recently changed my name on Instagram and my blog from MK to Monica – here I am world!

Ok, enough about me. But, seriously, this book sounded super cute and it the exact reason I wanted to read more contemporary this year.

Some Things I Liked

  • Book blogging as a central theme. I loved that. It felt familiar and relatable. There were so many buzz words that I recognized and I loved feeling so close to the subject matter.
  • References to The Office. Ollie is my television soul mate because The Office is my go-to TV show for all background noise. As we speak, I’m watching The Promotion. Michael is calling Jim “Jimothy” and it’s perfect. Once again, I found myself relating so strongly to the characters in this book.
  • Emotional rollercoaster. I felt so many feelings when reading this! Happy for Halle when her bookish dreams were coming true, sad for Halle when she frustratingly refused to confess her identity to Nash, just the full spectrum and it was so well balanced. I often thought of contemporary as a genre filled with extremes, either terribly sad or dopily happy. This book had such a wide emotional range and I really enjoyed that.

Series Value

While I’d love to see a sequel about Halle and Nash, I think their story feels complete. I would, however, LOVE to see a Red Sox loving sequel about Ollie, Gramps, and their bro-adventures. I would read that in a heartbeat.

Final Thoughts

I loved this book. It was so cute and emotional and heartbreaking at moments (I’m not crying, you’re crying!). This is why I wanted to read contemporary. It’s books like this that make me happy to get out of my comfort zone.


Recommendations for Further Reading

  • Tweet Cute by Emma Lord – if you liked the social media war aspects of this book as well as the hidden identities, check out this adorable rom-com by Emma Lord.
  • Lucky Caller by Emma Mills – if you liked the relationship between Halle/Kels and Nash, give this 2020 release by Emma Mills a try.
  • More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn – again, if you liked the relationships and social media elements of What I Like About You, try this upcoming release.

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