Book review | Sunkissed by Kasie West

 


Author: Kasie West

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult romance

No. of pages: 320

Published by: Delacorte Press

Published on: 4th May 2021

Format: eBook

My rating: ★★★★☆

Avery has always used music as an escape. But after her best friend betrays her, even her perfectly curated playlists can't help her forget what happened. To make matters worse, her parents have dragged her and her social-media-obsessed sister to a remote family camp for two months of "fun." Just when Avery is ready to give up on the summer altogether, she meets Brooks--mysterious, frustratingly charming Brooks--who just happens to be on staff--which means he's off-limits.

What starts as a disaster turns into. . . something else. As the outside world falls away, Avery embarks on a journey of self-discovery. And when Brooks offers her the chance of a lifetime, she must figure out how far is she willing to go to find out what she wants and who she wants to be.

Fan favorite Kasie West is back with another unforgettable summer romance that reminds us falling in love is full of wonder, heartache, and--most of all--surprises.

For Avery Young, life is pretty predictable and music is her life. After a fight with her best friend, she and her social media addicted sister Lauren gets dragged by their parents to spend an entire summer at a summer camp amidst the woods. The pros - Avery gets to avoid confronting her best friend, and the cons - live three months without the Internet.

There she meets the charming, and handsome guitar-strumming Brooks and his band. But Brooks and his band belongs to the summer camp employee, which makes him off-limits for dating. Still Brooks and Avery are obviously attracted to each other and instead they strike a deal to help each other discover themself.

To be honest, I had no idea Kasie West was a huge name in the contemporary romance scene. It was after reading this book that I got to know about her. Sunkissed starts off as a very clich├ęd summer camp love story. But by the time I reached the middle of the book, I was so floored by the cuteness of the book.

Avery is a very relatable character, and her dynamic with her sister and her family even more relatable. Sunkissed a meet cute story about a girl who fears changes and an enigmatic yet serious-about-life boy. The friendship to lovers trope is just so sweetly portrayed here. And it's not just about a girl and a boy. This book shows wholesome friendships, Brooks bittersweet back story and his bond with the band members, Avery's relationship with her sister and her family, and how everything comes at play together to help Avery gain her confidence and become a person who learns to take risks.

I loved every little moment in this book. The summer camp activities and the two sisters' very opposing attitudes towards it, the sly moments when both of them sneak out with the help of the camp employees to meet Brooks' band - Lauren to make a documentary and Avery to get closer to Brooks, and everything about this book is so warm and sweet. It definitely is a must recommend for contemporary lovers.

The essence of this book lies in its characters. Avery and Lauren make a very unlikeable sister duo at fiw, but their differences help them come closer to anoe another. Brooks is totally "book boyfriend" worthy and we get to see Brooks getting a little jealous whenever some other dude comes near Avery or interacts with her. Brooks and his band mates - Kai, Ian and Levi are equally likable characters who have fights between themselves and its very realistically portrayed how late teens tend to have little disagreements among them, ans especially when it comes to a band related stuff. There were other really lovable characters as well. My favourite being Marisa - another camp employee who helps Avery with a lot of things.

Writing style
The book has a very pleasant flow. The book is neither filled with too many descriptions nor dialogues. It has a perfect balance between them. The dialogues do add fun to the book along with the medium length chapters. The book's pace is perfect as well which makes this book as really fast read. Overall, the reading experience is very smooth and I really had fun reading the book.

Book Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/54456763 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sunkissed-Kasie-West/dp/059317626X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3GS6QX5623JPI&dchild=1&keywords=sunkissed+kasie+west&qid=1616035943&sprefix=sunk%2Caps%2C215&sr=8-1 

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Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/sunkissed/9780593176269-item.html?ikwid=sunkissed+by+kasie+west&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0#algoliaQueryId=360b8cd6a07c0e2636532c970b18750f 

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Kasie West is the author of many YA novels, including The Fill-in Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You, Lucky in Love, and Listen to Your Heart. Her books have been named ALA-YALSA Quick Picks, JLG selections, and ALA-YALSA Best Books for Young Adults. When she’s not writing, she’s binge-watching television, devouring books, or bury-ing her toes in the sand of the Central Coast. Kasie lives in Fresno, California, with her family.

Author Links:

Website: http://www.kasiewest.com/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kasiewest 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kasiewest/ 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5027236.Kasie_West 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kasie-West-Author-148695348552803 




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