Title: Listen to Your Heart
Author: Katie West
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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.
Spoiler Free Review
I loved this book! It was such a cute, light, and quick read; I think I ended up reading it in two days! Once I started reading it I didn’t want to put it down, it was so easy to get sucked into. I ended up staying up until around 1:30-2am to finish it because I just couldn’t put it down.
The book follows our main character Kate. Kate would much rather be spending all her time out on her family’s lake, but with some convincing from her friend Alana, the two of them joined their school’s podcasting elective. Kate would willingly take ant of the jobs except hosting, but of course that is the one job Kate gets. Kate is an enjoyable main character and while she makes mistakes, she is inly human and I think that adds some realness to her character. One thing that bothered me about Kate as a character was her obliviousness to the whole Diego/Alana situation. Toward the end of the book I started to get a little frustrated with how oblivious she was being. I understand that it plays into the plot but I still found it frustrating.
Alana seems like a good friend, someone I would totally be down to be friends with! I liked how prominent Alana and Kate’s friendship was in this book. It wasn’t something on the side for an extra little plot line. Alana sometimes got on my nerves when it came to Diego and this other character that I am blanking on the name of. But again, I think it added to her realness as a character because no one is perfect, even book character fit into that.
West’s writing isn’t anything spectacular but it lends to an easy to enjoy and understand book. Overall I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading more Kasie West books!