My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Oh, Kasie West, you seem to have quite the monopoly on ‘feel good YA romances’, and for this book, I’m not exactly hating it.
Listen to Your Heart was so stereotypically adorable. I mean, we have an MC, Kate, who isn’t exactly a people person. She does have a best friend, Alana, but she prefers to spend her free time out on the lake. But Alana is the more outgoing one, and since she’s joining their high school’s podcast, she manages to convince Kate to do so, too. But, funny enough, Kate – the one who isn’t the people person – is chosen as one of the hosts for the podcast. As a host, she’ll be doling out advice to fellow students who call in to the show. Strangely enough, she actually ends up doing well, because besides giving advice that seems to be working, she’s liked for her dry, sarcastic responses as well.
Okay, in regards to the ‘dry, sarcastic’ part, I’ve only read one other Kasie West book (which I can’t remember at the moment), and I remember the MC in that one as being sarcastic and dry as well. Is that typical of West’s MCs, or did I just happen to read the only two books that that appears to be the case? Also, how many times did we have to be reminded that Kate wasn’t exactly a people person? Was that supposed to make her not seem trite? I don’t know, but since she wasn’t the worst MC I’ve come across, I’ll give it a pass.
The romantic aspect is brought in to play with the fact that a certain male caller is guessed (by Kate and Alana both) to be Diego, the guy Alana happens to be crushing on, as well as a new friend of them both. While Alana is out in the real world trying to make Diego hers, the Diego of the podcast happens to be asking for romantic advice. Both Kate and Alana assume he’s talking about Alana, so being the best friend that she is, Kate gives him advice that she’s thinking should also benefit Alana. But as Kate gets to know Diego more and more, she now finds herself falling for him, too. And here, is where we come across the infamous romantic dilemma. A book can’t exactly sail easily without one, so in here, we have the best friends crushing on the same guy. But we’ve already established that they both think he likes Alana, so that doesn’t exactly bode well for Kate if that’s what she’s working off of. And again, there’s the fact that Kate is a supportive best friend, so she’ll help Alana out, even if it kills her own chances.
So, yes, romance-wise, I liked this book. It’s pretty obvious what direction it’ll go, but I was still entertained, and still enjoyed reading the outcome.
I also liked that there wasn’t really much in terms of antagonism. There’s a few things that are definitely antagonistic, but they’re addressed and tended to in their own ways. It’s not often that I read such a ‘feel-good’ book, and I really found myself enjoying this one.
I’ll recommend this book to those who happen to like ‘cute’ romances, because yes, this is most definitely an adorable read.