Listen to Your Heart

Listen to Your Heart


Title: Listen to Your Heart

Author: Kasie West

Series: N/A

Publisher: Point

Release Date: May 29th 2018

Rating:

Four Stars

Talking to other people isn’t Kate Bailey’s favourite 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.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

My Thoughts On…

…The Plot

“Advice.
The thing Alana had wanted about Diego. The thing Liza had wanted about tutoring. Wasn’t that something teens were always looking for? Whether from their friends or parents or teachers? An advice show could totally work.”

Kate’s interests can be summed up in one word and that word is the lake she lives besides. The lake is where she grew up and where her family built their business, a business Kate hopes to take over one day, but when her best friend convinces her to take part in the school’s podcast and when Kate comes up with the winning idea for the year’s theme she suddenly finds herself behind a mike preparing to give advice to the whole school.

Listen to Your Heart is another winner from Kasie West for me; it had the feel of a rom-com movie with an adorable love interest and so many misunderstandings which could have possibly been solved so much earlier if the characters had sat down and spoke to one another (but where would the fun, and the story, be in that). I loved the idea of the podcast in Listen to Your Heart, and unlike in By Your Side it was a concept which was fully explored as well.

“It’s our favourite day of the week,” Victoria said into the mic after we’d finished giving our opening lines.
“Speak for yourself,” I said.
Victoria laughed. “Kat loves all of you, she just has a hard time showing it. But it looks like you guys love us, too, because I’ve been told four callers are waiting on the lines.”

When the podcast gets an anonymous caller dial in asking for help with his crush Kate is sure she’s speaking to Diego, the boy her best friend is crushing on. The good news for Alana is that it sounds like Diego has a crush on her too, but the bad news for Kate is that the more he calls in, and the more time she spends with Diego outside of the podcast, the more she starts falling for him herself as well.

I’m not a fan of love triangles, and this book could have easily turned into one with both Kate and Alana fighting over the same guy, but Kasie West managed to steer clear of that trope and kept the story a cute contemporary with a solid female friendship, which of course is one of the things I love to see in any book I’m reading. It’s no secret that I wasn’t a massive fan of Lucky in Love or By Your Side but I’m hoping with the release of this book and Love, Life and the List we’ll be getting better Kasie West books going forwards.

…The Characters

“I wondered if life was about facing fears. Sometimes we overcame them and sometimes they overcame us. On the days we won, we had every right to celebrate.”

Kate is kind of coasting through life everything that isn’t the lake is just something in the way of the lake, and she doesn’t really see the point in the podcast when she knows what she’s going to do with her life. However her podcast teacher and her parents are determined to challenge her, and eventually Kate actually finds herself enjoying the podcast. She has a good camaraderie with her co-host and there’s the calls from Diego to look forwards to as well.

“Did you recognize the voice of that last caller?” I asked Alana.
“No, but he was changing it.”
“I know.”
“Did you recognize him?” Alana asked.
“Maybe…I think…” I bit my lip. “Was it Diego?”

Diego is one of my favourite love interests in any Kasie West book, full stop. He was so adorable and I loved how he called into Kate’s advice podcast to get advice on his crush. He seemed so open, both when he called into the podcast and when Kate ran into him outside of his anonymous phone calls, and I enjoyed seeing the friendship and relationship develop between the two of them. At the beginning Kate doesn’t know who Diego is (he isn’t one of the ‘lake people’) but she soon sees there’s so much more to him than where he lives.

The friendship between Alana and Kate was again another of my favourite parts of this book. Like I said earlier the whole Kate/Diego/Alana situation could have turned into another love triangle, but Kate and Alana have been friends for too long to let any guy come between them. I loved that Alana encouraged Kate to move out of her comfort zone when it comes to the podcast, and I loved how even when Kate realised she had feelings for Diego she was still trying to do whatever she could to get him and Alana together.

“I already have my passion!” I protested. “I want to run the marina Why are my parents suddenly acting like my caring about the lake is a horrible thing? Their lives are about the lake.”
Uncle Tim nodded. “But there’s nothing wrong with exploring some more options before making a decision about your entire further. That’s all your parents want.”

There’s a huge family dynamic in Listen to Your Heart too. As well as Kate, her parents and her younger brother living on the lake it’s her aunts, uncles and all of her cousins. There’s a massive extended family and as that’s something we don’t see a lot in YA books I love seeing it in this one. Kate is incredibly close to her family and the subplots with her brother and her younger cousin were amazing, though emotional at times, to read.


For me Listen to Your Heart is one of those feel-good reads I will come back to when I’m feeling kind of slump-y. It’s a book I can pick up no matter what mood I’m in and I know I’ll enjoy it. There are so many amazing characters, a big-chaotic-loving family dynamic, and plenty of misunderstandings which just serve to make the ending that much more satisfying.

What did you think of Listen to Your Heart? Was it a favourite of yours or could you just not get into the story? Let me know.

16 thoughts on “Listen to Your Heart

  1. So cool this had the feel of a rom com πŸ™‚ Makes me more keen to read it! And the concept of the podcast sounds really good as well. Glad the romance steered clear of becoming a love triangle. I really like the sound of the friendships as well. Great that this is a good feel good book to get you out of a slump πŸ™‚
    Awesome review! ❀

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    1. Yeah it was one of those books I could have seen myself watching on TV if I was looking for a feel-good rom-com one day! πŸ˜€ I’m not a fan of love triangles (never will be either) so I was glad to story didn’t go that route, and incredible friendships are always a draw for me.
      Thanks so much. πŸ™‚ ❀️

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  2. I’ve never read one of Kasie’s books before but I’ve been thinking about trying one out. This one sounds really cute and if it features your fave love interest of all her books, maybe this one should be my pick. Plus any book with gradual relationship development is a winner for me.

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    1. I’d definitely recommend Kasie West’s books, if you’re looking for a good one to start off with I’d say either this one or P.S. I Like You (which is my favourite of hers so far). Avoid Lucky in Love because that is my least favourite of her books.
      Yeah the love interest was so cute, and if you like gradual romantic development I think in general Kasie West is a great author for you. πŸ˜€

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  3. Oh Beth, you really are on a Kasie West binge read lately, that’s great! πŸ˜€ I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed that one, it sounds so good and the love interest sounds really adorable and I love how it develops into friendship, first, too, yay for that! I might have to try out that one πŸ˜€ Lovely review! πŸ™‚

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    1. Yep, I wanted to catch up on all her YA contemporary releases and I managed to in the end, at least until she releases a load more. πŸ™‚ Exactly, I feel like in any kind of books having the two characters start off as friends just makes the relationship better. I think you’ll really love this one Marie, based on what I know about your reading tastes. πŸ˜€

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    1. Oh yeah, I’ve never read a book that has podcast elements in it and it was really interesting. I’m not really a massive fan of love triangles either so it took me a while to get into this one too, but in the end it didn’t bother me as much as some love triangles I’ve read have.
      Thanks so much. πŸ™‚

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