Four Stars, Kasie West, Low Language, Low Romance, Low Violence

Listen to your heart

I don’t necessarily have a checklist when it comes to books I read, but if I did it would look something like this:

Clean  Image result for check marked box

Adorable Romance Image result for check marked box

Witty Dialogue Image result for check marked box

Believable Image result for check marked box

The latest book from Kasie West, Listen To Your Heart, has all of those and more.

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.

The thing I loved about this book is it’s a book that I would actually feel comfortable letting my teenage daughter read. She’s not at that age yet, but I can see the glimpses of it. I want her to be strong and confident, and kind, and listen to her heart.

Some books are listed as young adult,  9th grade and up. Then I read it thinking, sure it wasn’t a ‘won’t read’, but it wasn’t exactly something I’d feel comfortable handing to my daughter. This book was clean, and so much fun. Kasie delivered the perfect summer read.

The witty banter, the adorable chemistry, the honest way she dealt with coming of age and figuring life out. Kate is exactly the type of character I’d encourage any age to read about over and over. –M.V.




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