Listen to Your Heart
Release date: May 29th 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.
I am always excited for new Kasie West books and this one was followed Kate as her best friend convinced her to take a class that ended up with the shy Kate being co-host of the school’s podcast. The topic of the show was advice, something Kate felt she wasn’t going to be any good at but she ended up surprising herself. I really enjoyed seeing the episodes being made and just how much work went into it.
Kate was someone I could find myself relating to. She just wanted to be out on the lake, enjoying herself, and since she wanted to take over the family business there was no need to push herself outside her comfort area. Even when she was doing a great job at co-hosting, she was nervous and she and her co-host Victoria played off each other so well. I loved her friendship with Alana and the interactions she had with Diego as she tried to help Alana get to know her crush.
I absolutely loved how close Kate’s large family was. Her family plus two houses of aunts, uncles, and cousins would walk into each other’s houses without a thought, they had a cousins night that sounded like a whole lot of fun, and her parents were present through the whole book. The main thing I was worried about was the romance, or mostly the potential love triangle, but I thought it was handled very well and I really liked Diego. I even liked the added tension of Frank, a resort owner’s son who wanted to buy the marina from Kate’s parents, getting pulled into their group due to being in the podcast class.
This book was quick, easy and full of quirky characters that I loved. Kate grew so much by the end of the book and I felt like I could relate to her in so many ways. She handled being shoved in front of a microphone way better than I would have.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.