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.
Kasie West has now written ten books. I have been a huge fan of her books, ever since I read The Distance Between Us for the first time (which is still my favorite of hers, by the way). I think she does a great job of creating relatable characters with cute storylines.
Does this plotline sound a little familiar?
I definitely got some Radio Rebel vibes from this book. Which is not a bad thing!! I actually thought the plot flowed pretty well and I enjoyed it. I’m just saying, if you enjoyed the Disney Channel original movie, you’ll probably like this as well.
Personally, my favorite character was Alana. One of my favorite things about Kasie West is that she always manages to create very wholesome relationships between her MC’s friends and family. Alana was such a supportive and loyal best friend, and her witty banter with Kate was definitely done in classic Kasie West style. Also, Kate lives next door to a bunch of her cousins, so there is a strong family aspect as well!!
Can we just give a quick round of applause for acknowledging that there are still some protagonists in the book world who respect their parents and listen to their advice instead of rebelling against them always?
THANK. YOU. KASIE. WEST.
And the love interest! Oh. My. Gosh. Diego is so cute!! He is polite, sweet, thoughtful, and just all around ADORABLE. He’s honestly the biggest part of the conflict in this book- Alana is dating him when Kate falls for him too- the real question is, who is Diego in love with??
I guess you’ll have to read to find out!
My kudos to Kasie West for reminding us that friendship > boys. I live for strong female friendships and Listen to Your Heart delivers.
Read If You’d Like:
- a quick, fluffy summer read
- school podcasts
- lounging on the lake
- strong friendships + family bonds