Author: Kasie West
Publication Date: May 29, 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.
Kasie West's adorable story of secrets, love, and friendship is sure to win over hearts everywhere.
❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃
Review: Listen to Your Heart
As a massive Kasie West fan, it’s no surprise that I adored her latest work. Listen to Your Heart is a book all about podcasting, and the main character is so relatable. The strong family bonds sold me even more. This is a classic Kasie West that definitely lives up to her standard.
A shy Girl
This book is so original! It tells the story of a shy girl who ends up as the host of a podcast against her will. On the show, she runs an advice segment, and one mystery caller seems an awful lot like her best friend’s crush. I loved the podcasts, and this is something I’ve never read about before. What I especially enjoyed is the fact that the reader is taken behind the scenes with the production, but the book isn’t swamped by it. Overall, this is a cute and summery book that will have you eager to stream some podcasts.
I really enjoyed Kate’s character. She is so relatable as a shy girl, and her voice is authentic. She transforms throughout the book and really starts to get the hang of hosting. Kate is also so caring, and she is considerate of her friend’s feelings before falling for her potential crush. I would totally want to be her friend in real life, especially since she gives good advice.
Strong Family and Friendship Themes
As always with Kasie West, this book has some strong themes of family and friendship. I loved reading about Kate’s interactions with her brother and her cousin. They are so close, and you can feel Kate’s love for her family throughout the story. Her friendship with Alana is also admirable, and they are so supportive of each other. I always prefer family and friendship to romance, and that is exactly what this book delivered.
Listen to Your Heart is a unique story about podcasting. The main character is realistic and there are prominent themes of family and friendship. If you have yet to read one of Kasie West’s books, I would definitely recommend that you do so right away!