Ladies and gents, another Kasie West book! My new library’s Libby has so many great books and most of Kasie West’s are available for immediate checkout. I have no self-control when it comes to checking out books so here I am, multiple Kasie West books later.
Talking to other people isn’t Kate Bailey’s favorite activity. She’d much rather be out on the lake, soaking up the solitude and sunshine. So when her best friend, Alana, convinces Kate to join their high school’s podcast, Kate is not expecting to be chosen as the host. Now she’ll have to answer calls and give advice on the air? Impossible.
But to Kate’s surprise, she turns out to be pretty good at the hosting gig. Then the podcast gets in a call from an anonymous guy, asking for advice about his unnamed crush. Kate is pretty sure that the caller is gorgeous Diego Martinez, and even surer that the girl in question is Alana. Kate is excited for her friend … until Kate herself starts to develop feelings for Diego. Suddenly, Kate finds that while doling out wisdom to others may be easy, asking for help is tougher than it looks, and following your own advice is even harder.
Kasie West’s adorable story of secrets, love, and friendship is sure to win over hearts everywhere.
I’d say 3.5 stars but I’m rounding up because it’s a cute light story. One thing I love about all of Kasie West’s book is how they all explore family and friendship relationships. I like the romance aspects, though they’re usually quite predictable, but really love the character growth.
Listen to Your Heart is very friend- and family-centric. I loved Kate’s relationship with her best friend Alana and her relationships with her family. Like me, Kate is very close with her cousins, aunts, and immediate family. I thought these parts of the book were fun to read because of the genuine family dynamics and how relatable these parts were.
Along with the family dynamics, I loved Kate’s entire character arc. I thought she handled a lot of the conflicts in a mature way that made me like her character more. Her relationships with others and herself were constantly evolving and changing, keeping me interested and involved in the book.
I love listening to podcasts and love how that was woven into the story. I could easily picture listening to this podcast and enjoyed how it helped Kate grow. Of course the romance was predictable but cute, and I like how everything played out by the end.
Honestly, I don’t really have any complaints about this book. Listen to Your Heart was a light, entertaining read; the only reason I’m not giving it a higher rating is because it won’t really stick with me- just another fun book for the summer. I’d of course recommend it if you like any of Kasie West’s other books, and it’s a great summer read.
Have you read any of Kasie West’s books? What are your favorites?