Book Review: Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West

36127456Book Summary 

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.

My Thoughts 

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?

Ahem.

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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?

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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
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18 Books to Read in 2018

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2017 was a pretty dang good year for YA releases (my primary genre of choice), but I have to say that 2018 looks EVEN BETTER. 

#1: Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter

Release Date: March 27th, 2018

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Maddie thought she and Logan would be friends forever. But when your dad is a Secret Service agent and your best friend is the president’s son, sometimes life has other plans. Before she knows it, Maddie’s dad is dragging her to a cabin in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness.

No phone.
No Internet.
And not a single word from Logan.

Maddie tells herself it’s okay. After all, she’s the most popular girl for twenty miles in any direction. (She’s also the only girl for twenty miles in any direction.) She has wood to cut and weapons to bedazzle. Her life is full.
Until Logan shows up six years later . . .
And Maddie wants to kill him.

But before that can happen, an assailant appears out of nowhere, knocking Maddie off a cliff and dragging Logan to some unknown fate. Maddie knows she could turn back- and get help. But the weather is turning and the terrain will only get more treacherous, the animals more deadly.

Maddie still really wants to kill Logan.
But she has to save him first.

Why Read? Ummmm so this is another amazing Ally Carter spy novel?? Also suppressing the urge to kill irritating boys is super relatable.

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2017: My Year In Books

2017 is finally over, and boy am I glad!! This was one of my lowest points reading wise ever. Usually I can easily read over 150 books in one year, but this year I only read… drumroll please… 48 books.

I think this was probably due to the fact that during the months of August-December, I was so overloaded with college and homework and other stresses that I didn’t read very much. I’m hoping that as the new year approaches, I will find more free time to start blogging and reading and writing more often.

I did, however, want to take a moment and look back at my 2017 year of reading and set some goals for this coming year.

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Hello! I Am NOT Dead, Just… Exhausted.

HELLO MY BOOKWORM FRIENDS.

It’s Sarah, the girl you haven’t heard from in almost six months? Whoops. Yeah. That’s me.

I heard some interesting rumours circulating through the blogsphere that I am dead.. and… that’s not true.

Just in case you were worried.

I know what you’re thinking… SARAH WHERE HAVE U BEEN.

And the answer, my friend, is: College.

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(actual gif of me crying)

I honestly did not expect college to be this busy. Or this draining. I am taking some difficult general credits (send HELP please) and I have not even finished a single book on my own free time yet. I know. It’s awful.

I did read a bunch of boring history books that are N.O.T. worth reviewing, but other than that nothing has happened that I felt like documenting on this blog.

BUT

Next semester (starting January), I will have so much more free time!! I decided to treat myself and take a Creative Writing class that I am STOKED for. Which means I will finally have time to read (and hopefully review) some books!! I am relieved!

Please comment some of your favorite new reads below, I am so behind on the times. I promise Breathe Pages will be fully operational come January!! I need some new things to read.

See you soon!

xo/Sarah

So You Want to Publish a Book: A Guide to Self-Publishing

In early 2016, I began a process that was completely foreign to me: self-publishing. After almost eight months, I finally published my first novel, The Rose Garden. To date, it has sold over 300 copies, and to celebrate I thought I would shed a little light on the whole process for you curious little minds out there.

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Write your book. And rewrite. And rewrite.

True, this step is kind of a given, but it’s the most important out of all the steps. Let me stress this: just because your book is self-published does not mean it can still be full of errors. You want to put out quality work, here! Your book is important, and you should make sure that it’s close to perfect before you put it out there. Your readers don’t want to feel like they’re reading one of your high school essays.

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12 Books I (Actually) Need to Read This Summer

Hello to the few of you who still read my ramblings after a five month hiatus. (Whoops.)

I figured I owed you guys somewhat of an explanation if I, you know… want to be a decent person.

I LOVE blogging about books, and I have always loved keeping up a blog, but I needed a break.

Senior year was a (bit) stressful/really fun/really busy time for me. I found that I was wasting a lot of time on the blogosphere that I needed for homework and prepping for college and attempting to socialize (I know, what??)

So I took a break and instead used my blogging time for school, and I actually GOT INTO COLLEGE (guys what is this). Also two weeks ago I started a novel and am actually pretty far into it so that’s exciting.

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But anyway, now that senior year homework stress is OVER and summer is here, I am back and ready to blog!! Here are 12 books I really need to read this summer.

(Also my birthday is in like two weeks and I will finally be an adult so if you all want to buy me some books I would not complain just sayinnnn.)

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Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch (plus cotton candy, because why not)

Fun fact: I probably never would have picked up this book if it wasn’t for that delicious h25756328azelnut gelato that I had on our trip to Las Vegas.

Mmm, that was the most delicious non-ice cream ice cream that I’ve ever had.

(Also, it has a pastel cover, and I have developed a new obsession with pastel covers.)

I’d heard a lot of mixed reviews about this book. A lot of my favorite reviewers gave it one or two stars, which surprised me.

I think the reason this book might be getting some lower-end reviews is because it’s a cotton candy read.

See, a cotton candy read is a book that isn’t particularly eye-opening or life-changing, and it might not actually do you any good; it’s just a bunch of fluff that tastes really yummy.

The main character, Lina, has her fair share of struggles: her mother passes away from cancer and she is sent to a foreign country [aka Italy] to live with her father, who she didn’t even know existed.

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