Sunkissed by Kasie West

Four stars

Will the stars align?

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.

I thought this story was super sweet and relatable for teens! Avery is a quiet girl with a love for music. She feels kind of brushed aside in her family but never admits that for fear of hurting one of their feelings. But when they go a camp, her summer changes. She learns how to be herself and embrace life with all the joys and sorrows it brings. And she also realizes the amazing talent she has in music so there’s a plus.

However, I felt there a couple things that could have been left out for a YA novel and why I gave it a lower rating. That disappointed me as it always does but I still enjoyed the story. And, let me tell you, the romance was so, so sweet! Brook is awesome.

If you’re looking for a sweet summer read, this is an amazing book to consider. Filled with relatable themes, fun family relationships, and enough drama to keep you turning the pages. Grab your favorite playlist, and read this book!

“Sometimes staying in the box we’ve made for ourselves is so easy. It’s comfortable and familiar in there. And a lot of times, the people around us want us to stay in there, too, because that’s how they’ve always known us: in that box. But sometimes we start to change, grow, and the box begins to get small and cramped. And yet we fight to stay inside because the walls are high and climbing out seems harder than staying.”

― Kasie West, Sunkissed

Your turn!

Do you enjoy sweet contemporary reads? What do you have one your TBR this summer? Have you read Sunkissed or any other Kasie West books?

Blessings, Allyson


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