Listen to Your Heart
By: Kasie West
Expected Publication: May 29th 2018 by Point
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: Personal Kindle Library
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Goodreads description--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.
I say in every Kasie West book review that I'm a big fan. She publishes a book. I read and review that book. Half of her books I tend to get for review and the other half I get denied for. I don't mind. She's an auto-buy author for me so I know I'll read them all eventually anyway. I also say in every review (because it's true) that I can always count on her for clean and feel good books with happily-ever-afters. She's consistent. I love consistent. I love knowing when I pick up a Kasie West book that I'm going to be satisfied when I turn the last page. And I have been. Some, of course, leave me more satisfied than others.
I loved that Listen to Your Heart had the making of a podcast at the heart of it. I don't listen to podcasts right now as there's no opportunity, but I have in the past and found this to be a fun and unique aspect.
Kate was an interesting character. I can't say that I remember reading too many antisocial characters. She's not really antisocial. She just has a small inner circle, and I see nothing wrong with that. I loved her friendship with Alanna. Alanna makes my list of favorite BFFs. She had Kate's back at every turn.
I find it doesn't happen often when I like the main girl more than the main guy, but for some reason in this case I did. Diego was nice enough but I guess I fought the idea of him actually ending up with Kate and so I resisted liking him a little. Don't get me wrong. I didn't dislike him either.
My one big complaint about Listen to Your Heart was the predictability. Granted, much of the meat of this book is spelled out in the description, but I was a little disappointed to find zero surprises. I don't mind figuring things out, but I have learned that I prefer when there's at least a little doubt in my mind that I'm right.
Despite feeling Listen to Your Heart was too predictable for my preferences, I still ended up cheesing my face off reading the end. Kasie West does it again. This wasn't my favorite of her books, but it was still what I've come to expect from her. Listen to Your Heart gets 3.5 Stars. Have you read Listen to Your Heart? What do you think? Let me know!