Monday, October 29, 2018

Review: Listen to Your Heart

Author Kasie West
Format e-book 
Print Length 336 pages 
Publisher Point 
Published May 29, 2018

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. 

My Opinion 

Kate, an outdoorsy introvert, who would rather be on the lake than anywhere else in the world decides to take a podcast class with her extroverted besite, Alana. Sounds like fun, she could stay behind the scenes and Alana could be a co-host of something. What could go wrong? Umm… the teacher selects Kate to co-host and Alana to be behind the scenes. How did this happen? Giving advice ends up being something that Kate was a natural at, until it came to her own love life. 

Kate lives in a small town where her family and another feud over the rights to the lake. Her family owns a sporting gear rental shop on the lake and there is nothing better to her than being out on the water. Her extended family lives all within walking distance of each other which makes for a lot of shenanigans. Alana understands Kate on a level that others don’t. They have been best friends forever and so when Kate starts to develop feelings for Diego, she works hard to hide it because of her loyalty to Alana. 

It is always surprising when a character is who is already a strong independent girl, finds out she is even more than she thought. Kate does a lot of growing in this book, and the character development is on point. Her friendship with Alana is her steady rock, her parents supportive and her family is always in her business. Her attraction to Diego is slow growing and adorable. 

Diego is pretty much the perfect guy to crush on. He is sweet, attractive and attentive. There is no jerk factor or alpha male in him. Pretty much is like a lot of high school guys who likes a girl that he is unsure likes him back. 

There was a moment there though that I did think that Kate and Frank would make a cute couple, it went away after I had a cup of hot tea. So I am thinking that it was a passing thought. The best thing about this book it that Kate’s family is very present and involved in her life. 

This is a cute feel good story that leaves you smiling at how everything turns out. So if you are looking for a feel good book that plays like a movie in your head- this is the one for you. 

My Rating 4 out of 5 stars 

Favorite Quote "I won’t go after a loved one’s guy no matter how cute he is. Friendship and family are more important.” 

Other People 

Alana- Kate’s bestie 
Frank- Kate’s nemesis 
Victoria- Kate’s co-host 
Liza- Kate’s cousin 
Max- Kate’s brother

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