Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Age Group: 13+
A lighthearted and swoony contemporary YA romance by fan-favorite author Kasie West about a girl who finds that a summer spent at a family resort isn’t as bad as she imagined…and that falling in love is filled with heartache, laughter, and surprises!
After being betrayed by her best friend, Avery is hoping for a picture-perfect summer. Too bad her parents have dragged her and her sister to a remote family camp for the entire summer. And that’s not even the worst part. Avery also has to deal with no internet, a cute but off-limits staff member, and an always-in-her-face sister.
But what starts as a disaster turns into a whirlwind summer romance as Avery embarks on an unexpected journey to figure out what she truly wants and who she wants to be.
Another Kasie West book to add to my favorites! This time, we are introduced to Avery Young. Her main focus is her music right now as she and her family are headed to a camp for the entire summer. With no internet, it should be picture perfect so she can avoid her ex-best friend and her ex-boyfriend, who have ended up together. But when she is introduced to the staff, especially one boy in a band, it may not be so picture perfect as she expected. At least, not in the traditional sense.
I jumped at the chance to be a part of this tour because I adore Kasie’s books and the romance she creates. It’s the perfect amount of cheese and tension and Sunkissed was no different.
Though there is the romance, an important part of a Kasie West novel, we can’t forget the character arcs present. We have Avery and Brooks to build that romance and connection, but we also have Avery and her family and even Brooks and his family. This helps to bring that connection they both have – the tension in their family as they struggle to rebuild the bond they used to have.
The secondary characters didn’t feel like background people, characters that don’t really matter. I really liked the presence they held in the story and, to me, they were also the nudge that both Brooks and Avery needed to take that step for their character arc to grow like it needed to. Nothing in the story at all felt like it wasn’t necessary, which is always a plus!
It might be my pregnancy hormones, but the tension in some parts between Brooks and Avery made me tear up a bit. I believe this happened with another of Kasie’s books a few months ago, actually. Either way, I adored Kasie’s new book and I can’t wait for the next one!
About the Author
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.