Book review: Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West

Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Links: AmazonTBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
Source: Borrowed

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 actually requested an ARC of this book at the beginning of the year and was denied because… that’s just what usually happens to me. After reading this book, I’m actually okay with it. This is going to be a very short review because the biggest emotion this book made me feel was disinterest.

Last year, I read (and actually enjoyed) The Distance Between Us. I am admittedly very hard on romance novels right now, and this one is no exception. I have four main complaints:

  • the whole book felt underdeveloped,
  • the characters were flat,
  • the plot was predictable,
  • and absolutely nothing happened.
None of that is to say that this is necessarily a bad book. It’s cute in that way that YA contemporaries usually are. It’s pretty low on the angst scale, although it’s ridiculously high on the misunderstanding and miscommunication scale. I expected something more than that, and just ended up being disappointed. Also, the synopsis gives away literally the entire plot.

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