Book Review: What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter

Quarantine had me listening to audiobooks and today I'm reviewing What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter, a super cute YA contemporary romance with a creative bookworm as MC who struggled with the balance between her personal and social media life.

Keep reading to learn more about What I Like About You (which just came out last month) and why I think you should read it.

Book Review of Marisa Kanter’s What I Like About You by Lourdes Montes | Two Arts in a World - Literature Blog  | May, 2020.


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.


I found What I Like About You while searching through the list of April releases, and then once again while browsing through the Overdrive App with my library card. I checked out the audiobook and listened to it while making journals and working through blog posts. It felt right, and the narrator was easy to follow.

As someone who understands the pressures of creating an image on social media, I felt like I could relate to Halle's life and her journey. This is a book for people that are passionate about the book community on social media. As Kels, Halle is a creative book lover that uniquely bakes cupcakes that go perfectly with book covers. What I Like About You is not only a romance book; it is also about owning who you are and what you stand for, as well as friendship and redemption.

I first thought the plot would be a bit of a stretch, but it felt natural in the way the author presented the story. The chemistry between Halle and Nash had me excited from the beginning. It was fireworks for me and I kept waiting and waiting for things to explode. Halle does learn an important lesson and we see her creativity suffer because of social media pressures, which I totally relate with.

I loved the characters and the romance; the pressures and excitement as they grew and learned to own their identities. What I Like About You is the perfect contemporary standalone for book bloggers and creatives. Plus it's fast-paced and undeniably cute.

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Here is all the info for What I Like About You :

What I Like About You By Marisa Kanter - Book Aesthetic
Book Aesthetic

Reading Challenge No.: 22/45

Author: Marisa Kanter - Website | Instagram | Goodreads

Publication Date: April 7, 2020

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Format: Audiobook

Length: 9h 13m

POV: #FirstPersonPOV

Genre: #Contemporary #Romance

Series or Standalone? #Standalone

First Sentence:

"The flowers are dead, I'm surrounded by orange, and a suitcase has been disemboweled in the search for a phone charger."

Thank you for reading my review of What I like About You. I hope that as we slowly transition back into a new normal. I can keep providing good book recommendations for you. What have you been reading? Comment your latest favorite book.

Stay safe and positive.

Love, Lourdes

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