Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West
Genre: YA Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance
Publication: May 29th 2018 by Point
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 336 pages
Format: eBook, Audiobook
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.
Anyone who knows me would know that I’m a huge fan of the contemporary genre. Give me a story that’s filled with teenage angst, and romance, and tugs on a few heartstrings and I’m golden. And last year, after reading Lucky In Love, I’ve turned into a big Kasie West fan. I love how light-hearted her novels are and her newest book, Listen To Your Heart, is just that. It tells a sweetly engaging story that aims to give readers a glimpse into the life of Kate Bailey, an introverted young girl, all while turning her into an amazing woman who can stand her ground and keep her head held high after a fall. Read on to know my thoughts on this heartwarming book.
Strong & Impressionable Cast of Characters
I’m a contemporary reader who adores stories that are very character-driven. And to see just how well-rounded most, if not all of the characters were in this story made me so invested in this book. From Kate’s podcast partner Victoria, to the heir of the Young fortune Frank, even to Kate’s teacher Ms. Lyon, everyone had a lot to contribute to the story. I love how all these characters made my reading experience unique and unforgettable and rest assured that they will stay with me long after I finish reading this novel. And should the time come that the author would write spin-off novels for these characters, I would no doubt put it high up on my TBR in a heartbeat.
Great Characterization + Amazing Chemistry
Ever since their meet cute moment in the halls of Sequoia High, I fell madly in love with Kate and his love interest (I’m not going to mention the name of the LI to keep this review spoiler free). I love how cute they were together, even if they had moments when I doubted if they’d make a perfect couple, or if they’d work out better as individuals. As the story progressed, I was impressed to see how they developed individually and seeing them become more comfortable in each other’s company made me realize how great they would be for each other. Without even having to read half of the story, Kasie West had me completely smitten about this pair. They had this chemistry that was hard to replicate, and their banter was almost always enjoyable.
Impressive Friendship & Family Dynamics
Other than being swept off my feet by the romance, and swoony scenes, I was very much engrossed in Kate’s story because of the A+ friendship and family dynamics. As with every other contemporary novels that I loved in the past, part of why I adored this one so much was because of how well-bonded and tight-knit Kate’s family was. I love how even though they all had their flaws, Kate’s parents were always there to guide and direct her towards a good path. Yes, they might not be the kind of parents who talked their hearts out, but they did their best to make sure that their children were safe and well-loved.
Kate and Alana’s friendship is also another thing worth highlighting. From the start, readers would easily know that these two could’ve been sisters in a different universe. They knew each other pretty well and they really did brought out the best in each other, even if there are times when they were the exact opposite of one another. Alana’s a very confident, and extroverted character, and she easily complemented Kate for she preferred to be in the background. These two ladies went through so much together and to seem them withstand so many challenges together made me smile for days.
“Listen To Your Heart might just be my most favorite Kasie West novel yet. It tells a heartwarmingly engaging story that will no doubt allure readers who loves summery reads that are equal parts romantic and solid. It features a strong roster of characters that were all greatly developed from start to finish, a plot line that’s made more enticing because of the fast-paced writing style, and a chemistry between the main character and the love interest that seemed effortless, yet hard to manufacture. Easily a five star read for me.”
Have YOU read Listen To Your Heart yet? If not, be sure to grab a copy from your local book store and start reading it! And once you do, let me know what you think of it down below in the comments section!
JM is a 21 year old blogger from Manila. He has a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management mainly because it was too late when he discovered that literature and publishing is his true calling. He enjoys reading contemporary and fantasy novels as much as he enjoys playing video games and baking pastries. You may find him on his book blog, Book Freak Revelations, also on Twitter, Instagram, & Goodreads.