Thursday, May 17, 2018

Book review: Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West

Book Summary
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.

Flo's Review
"Adorable" is right, Book Summary. Literally everything about this book is adorable. I mean, look at this cover! The book is about a girl who loves going out on the lake, the couple on the cover are in heart floaties! I cannot even with this adorableness.

I kept wanting to read this book. I was on a trip through England and Wales, you guys, and I was there wanting to know what happens with these characters. I like Kate because she's so real. She sees herself as an introvert, but she's not the over-the-top "I never talk to anyone" type introvert. She is close with her bestie and had a boyfriend. She just prefers being out on the lake to anything else. 

So the title has the word "Listen" in it, and this book is about a podcast. And the blurb is "Call Me Maybe..." So perfect! Also, I would have loved having the option of podcasting for a high school elective. Just saying. This is one those stories where you, the reader, figure out what's going on and you're just waiting to see how it will all go down and the characters will catch up to you. But it's oh so fun to get there! 

The only thing that threw me off was the whole thing with Frank...I don't know. I felt like that could have been an entire separate book on its own. It was discussed in this book with pretty good depth, but not quite enough? It felt like an almost fully formed piece, but not quite whole yet. I think his relationship with Kate and the story could have been established with a simpler back story. 

But that's all I've got, y'all. This book was adorable. It publishes on May 29th and just go get it. 

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