Thursday, August 8, 2013

Review: I Like Him, He Likes Her by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Title: I Like Him, He Likes Her: Alice Alone; Simply Alice; Patiently Alice (Alice #13- #15)
Author: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Source: Contest Win
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Find a Penny pick it up and all day long you’ll have good luck…except, of course, if that Penny is charming and pretty and funny, and the person picking her up just happens to be your boyfriend. Alice McKinley’s freshman year is not as “lucky” as she was hoping it would be. But she’s is trying to look on the bright side. There are worse things than being single for a semester… for a school year…for the whole summer…. At least Alice can count on her best friends for support—in theory, anyway. Lately they haven’t been all that there-for-her. In fact, it seems like Pam and Liz are suddenly involved in intense, secret conversations whenever Alice is around.
Single is starting to feel a whole lot like solo.
Alice is about to start her first year of high school - ninth grade has so many possibilities and she is determined to make them all the best.  Things don't start off too well when her boyfriend leaves her for one of her friends, and so life begins.  Alice is a fantastic character that I hope my daughter will enjoy reading very soon.  She looks at life with a unique perspective that makes you fall in love.
This edition contains three stories about Alice - the first half of freshman year, the second half, and the summer after.  One of the best parts of the book was seeing how much she grew in the span of one year - how life changed her and made her a better person.  It took me back to my days in high school and I recognized several characters - so similar to the ones I knew back then.
This series is a fantastic coming of age that deals with the little issues (because that's what seems big at times) as well as the big ones (they make you realize what the little ones are).  I look forward to growing with Alice as she continues into her sophmore year - seeing all the ups, downs and in betweens.

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