Listen To Your Heart - Readers Warehouse
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Listen To Your Heart

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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. 

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Ramsha (Johannesburg, ZA)
Listen to your heart (Review)

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Okay I have always found Kasie West's book in the middle. She writes nicely, her characters are not over the top, but the romance almost always falls flat for me. What I do appreciate about her is that she always does something new with her book. They make me feel giddy. Once you put her books down, you can see she wrote it with heart.

LTYH follows a story of Kate whose family owns a boating business at a lake and she is always at odds with this rival family son Frank. She gets roped into the school's broadcast club auditions by her best friend Alana. Eventually Kate becomes the main co host and slowly starts enjoying this, despite her earlier reluctance. Kate starts to receive these calls from Deigo who asks her for relationship advice. Initially she think he likes Alana but things are a little different that that. Without spoilers, lets dive into the things I liked and what not.

Likes:

1. The friendship between Alana and Kate is realistic. They have their ups and downs, but at the end of the day, they are here for each other. I enjoyed their dynamics a LOT. More focus on fictional friendships please.

2. The family feud dynamic between Kate and Frank. This is super fresh and their progress is endearing. Frank's sarcastic comebacks gave me life. This subplot made the book VERY interesting to read. I was low key shipping these two characters and despite my unhappiness for the ending, I still love their scenes a lot.

3. Focus on radio. Not many YA books are doing this. Okay, let me explain why I liked this aspect a lot. When I was young, I used to listen to radio A LOT. I would often plug in a late night show and sleep. So yes, radio is a sentimental value to me, and holds a lot of sweet nostalgia. More radio inspired YA books this way please!

I wasn't the biggest fan of romance. Unlike the secondary relationships, the main romance felt super flat to me. In fact I think we could have done without a romantic arc at all, the platonic relationships were sweet enough to feed the book. Overall, this was a solid read, the writing is super good and Katie West knows how to write real teenage characters. If you like simple, sweet YA high school romances, then this is your cup of tea.

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