Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West

Listen to Your Heart

byKasie West

Kobo ebook | May 29, 2018

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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.

Title:Listen to Your HeartFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 29, 2018Publisher:Scholastic Inc.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1338210076

ISBN - 13:9781338210071


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life 3.5* One of West's better books. It just confuses me hot and cold her books are. But I seem to enjoy her scholastic pubbed ones the best. The family and friendship dynamics were pretty great. Kate and her BFF, Alanna are true friends. Kate is a relatable and fun MC. Diego is adorable. Communication was mostly a thing. But it's still a YA so secrets and angst are also still a thing. The 88% mark, where everything kind of comes to a head was a little messy. I liked the talk. I didn't like the outcome of said talk. Overall, adorable, light and fluffy.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kasie West does it again! It took a little longer than usual for me to get into the book because Kate's character was solely defined by her love of the marina. Once the podcast was introduced, you slowly understand that Kate is standoffish and watching her come out of her shell made her seem more relatable. The book seemed a tad juvenile at the beginning and I think that's partially because of Liza, who is the dramatic freshman who is deeply concerned about superficial things. I know that's how she's supposed to be, but that (literal) scene she made at the live podcast recording was so immature. Even if Liza's little outburst was supposed to create conflict between Diego, Kate, Alana, and Frank, it was such a predictable plot device. However, I should have had more faith in Kasie West. She's never written a book that has disappointed me yet. Even ones that I didn't care for (*cough* The Distance Between Us *cough*), I was always entertained throughout and was rooting for the main couple. Kasie West does such a great job of creating original environments, coming up with witty banter between her characters, writing swoon worthy moments between the intended couple, and portraying such healthy relationships. And I'm not just talking about healthy romantic relationships. There are really healthy friendships (between Alana and Kate) and family relationships too (Kate, Liza, and Max). Kate's even able to make amends with a family rival and actually start to like each other. I do think it was a wasted opportunity that Kate and Diego never went onto the marina together until the end. However, the story doesn't suffer at all because of it. I think we needed more explanation on Max's bullying situation and how they were moving forward long-term but I assume he would be fine since he now would have his sister, cousin, family friend, and their boyfriends to back him up. Now my main problem is that I have to wait for the next Kasie West book!!
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartfelt and Loyal~ I love Kasie West and have always adored her books. She's my contemporary go to author for all the cute and swoony feels. Listen to Your Heart was sweet and fun though one part of it had me feeling more conflicted than I want to be. Kasie West excels at creating the best of family dynamics and Listen to Your Heart was no different. I adore Kate's big family. They were a messy but merry bunch. The adults were perfect role models and the kids lovable. It's easy to want to become a part of them. The love interest Diego tugged on my heartstrings. He was gentle and patient but I didn't enjoy the ambiguity to the identity of his crush. I thought it was obvious from the very beginning who he liked. The pep talks and personal things he shared with his crush really only pointed in one direction. He gave some very apt advices given some of the confusion and misunderstandings that had to be cleared up for him and his crush to get together. Kate is a girl that's very mature for her age. She acts responsibly- helping out her parents and caring for her brother and cousins. I loved how fond she was of the lake and her family's business. I 100% understood her shyness and lack of confidence. Kate's struggles with the podcast and her future were all very genuine and relatable. I'm glad she wasn't alone and had active support from her friends and family. My biggest issue with Listen to Your Heart is the romance. Some people would probably disagree but I felt like there was a love triangle. An almost one. Definitely more than one pair of feelings were involved in the love line of the story. Since it dragged on for most of the book I was wary of it all the time. The relationship(s) were one(s) you had to tread carefully around. I'm just thankful things didn't turn into a love square. They worked out nicely but not without some frustrations. Another beautiful relationship in Listen to Your Heart was the friendship between Kate and her best friend Alana. Knowing each other inside out they held a deep and solid bond. Even when there was a conflict between them they resolved it amicably. An exemplary friendship! Even though Listen to Your Heart didn't become a new favourite of mine Kasie West remains at the top of my favourite author list. Her stories have heart and I will never not be excited for more books from her!
Date published: 2018-05-25