Today’s review is on Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West.
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.
Ever since I read By Your Side last year, Kasie West has become a favorite contemporary author to me. I’ve read all of her latest books and have enjoyed them. Listen to Your Heart was cute and I love how the main character, Kate, was pushed out of her comfort zone by being a host of a podcast. She really comes to enjoy being a host once she get the the hang of giving advice. I also love how passionate she is about the marina, where she lives, and how she just wants to be out on the water all the time.
Then there is Diego, he is sweet and kind, and the object of Kate’s best friend Alana’s affections. I loved watching his interactions with Kate while she was trying to push him toward Alana.
I also liked the seemingly Romeo and Juliet-esque story that almost ensue, and I am very happy that it didn’t!
This was just a sweet, clean, fluffy, YA contemporary novel that is the perfect read for summer. And I can’t believe I have to wait until next year for another Kasie West book to come out, but that also gives be a chance to finally catch up on everything she wrote before By Your Side. 3.75/5 Stars.
Janelle L. C.