What I Like About You

S. & S. Apr. 2020. 416p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781534445772.
Gr 8 Up–High school senior Halle Levitt is anything but typical: her parents are successful documentarians, her grandmother a famous YA literature publisher, and her cupcake and book blog, One True Pastry, affords her a certain level of notoriety, too. Despite her connections, Halle has worked hard to build her brand on its own merits, without any favors from her famous family members. To do so she has had to create an internet alter ego, the brave and sassy Kels. But just as Kels and One True Pastry start getting the game-changing recognition Halle has worked so hard for, Kels’s and Halle’s worlds collide when Halle comes face-to-face with her internet crush and fellow blogger, Nash. Halle knows who Nash is, but Nash doesn’t know that Halle is Kels, and as Halle and IRL Nash start falling in love, she becomes more and more mired in the ethics of online identities. Typical family and senior year issues—SATs and college admissions, for example—add another layer of stress to Halle’s life.
VERDICT Cupcake cute and Belle-brainy. Fans of Miranda Kenneally and Jenny Han will like Kanter’s smart (and a little bit awkward) main character whose romance is based on more than the physical…but also the physical.

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