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.
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Kasie West is the author of several 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 as ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers and as YALSA Best Books for Young Adults. Kasie lives in Fresno, California, with her family, and you can visit her online at kasiewest.com.
Read an Excerpt
"Hello, podcast listeners. We're your hosts, Victoria and Kat. Welcome to Not My Problem. Have you heard that phrase before? Have you tried to share your angst and woes with friends and they responded with their version of 'it's not my problem'? Well, people, for the next thirty minutes, we are going to make your problems our problems."
It was now my job to read the disclaimer. I leaned forward and my mouth hit the mic with a thump. "Oops."
"It's okay, we'll fix it later," Ms. Lyon said. "Keep going."
I backed off the mic slightly. "Actually, my name is Kate." That needed to be clear from the start. "And as a side note, we are not professionals." My hands were trembling as I read off the notecard we'd prepared with Ms. Lyon. "Whatever views we express today are our own opinions."
Yep, the lump in my throat absolutely made me sound like a frog.
Now was the time in the show when our first phone call was supposed to be waiting for us. Both Victoria and I looked at the board on the other side of the glass. It was ominously free of blinking lights. Mallory, at the phones, shook her head and shrugged her shoulders.
"We'll edit out the silence," Ms. Lyon said into our headphones. This was one of the benefits of a podcast, she'd told us in class last week -- editing.
"Before we'd ask any of you to share your problems with us, however," Victoria was saying smoothly, "what kind of hosts would we be if we didn't participate? Right, Kat?"
"Kate. Okay. Lay it on our audience. What is the biggest thing you're struggling with right now?"
I swallowed hard. "Right now?"
"Um . . . having to host a podcast when I don't like people very much."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
You can find more of my reviews here at my blog: Take Me Away... I have to say, I was really surprised by this one. West's past few novels weren't exactly impressive to me, so I wasn't expecting much from this one. But this one turned out to be more than I was hoping for, with only a few hiccups. Kate is a really private person, so when she gets roped into doing a podcasting class with her best friend, she's more surprised than anyone that she gets cast as the host. She gets to be pretty good, and can even tell who some callers are, including the boy who is calling over her best friend. But when Kate starts to get a crush on him too, she doesn't know what to do. Giving out advice is becoming easy, it's much harder to do accept it for yourself.... First off, let's start with the glaringly obvious love triangle that the synopsis gives away. I normally don't care for them, but this one was between two girls and a boy and it was different than all the other love triangles of two boys and a girl. I also found it pretty interesting because it was between two best friends. Normally love triangles are between two different people, but this one was between two friends. Best friends at that. And that made it kind of weird for me. Especially towards the end. But it worked out in the end. As for the romance, it was a really sweet one. They seemed really into each other and I thought that was cute. I love seeing a new romance blossom after such a slow burn. However, I do feel like there should have been an epilogue with them from later on. I really just want to see them actually together. Another thing I didn't care for was the synopsis. It literally tells the whole story. I re-read the synopsis on my ARC, and it's different than the one on Goodreads, and I don't understand why. I feel like they should have kept it the same. Now there is no surprise for others. I really loved the look into podcasting too. I just recently started listening to some podcasts (like within the last year) and I think they're pretty cool. It was nice to get a behind the scenes look at how they're made and what they do. It made me want to look into them more. This book was different, but I guess a good different. It was different from her other books as well as different from other books on the same subject. Y'all should check it out! Give podcasts a try too!
Kate Bailey doesn’t really like people. OK, let me clarify. She doesn’t dislike them, she’s just kind of a loner. She’d rather be out on the lake then with a group of people, unless they are lake people. When her best friend Alana talks her into taking a podcast class at school, she agree’s half-heartedly. Their first assignment is to offer one suggestion each for the topic of their class podcast that year. Surprise! Kate’s topic, an advice podcast is the winner and Kate finds herself co-hosting, which is completely at odds with her loner personality. Suprisingly, she finds her caustic sense of humor plays well on air and their podcast becomes a hit and one day a young man calls in asking for advice on a crush…. Our young heroine has a lesson to learn, and in Kate’s it was that there is more out in the world to discover beyond lake life. Even though Kate is kind of loner, she isn’t really because her family is huge. Her parents, aunts and uncles all live on a block together so she’s surrounded by family, cousins et. al at almost all times. So for a loner, she surprisingly is pretty social. When she drives her cousin to her weekly tutoring sessions she gets to know Diego, the boy her best friend is crushing on. As she gets to know him, she develops her own crush. Due to the girl code and first dibs, she doesn’t do anything about it. I didn’t think this was the best Kasie West novel I’d ever read, but it wasn’t the worst either. I did really enjoy the podcasts, and the supporting characters were energetic and fun. Which was good because Kate was not a ball of energy. She did have a good heart though and in the end, she did learn her life lesson, having fun with the podcast and expanding her horizons. Listen to you Heart was a quick read, so if you have a few hours on a rainy Saturday it will be the perfect book to spend your time.
This was another fun book. I love the personalities of the characters. This book was enjoyable to read and the situations are realistic. I can’t wait to start reading her next book.
When Kate is talked into taking a podcast class with her best friend, Alana, she would have never dreamed that she would be a host. Kate is not a people person, she is more of a "get on the lake and have fun by herself" person. Kate's family owns a marina on the lake. Alana is more of a people person and has a way with flirting with guys that Kate does not. When Kate finds she is falling for her best friend's crush, the predicament she is in becomes more interesting when "the crush" begins calling into the podcast "Not My Problem". You will have fun getting to know Kate, Alana, Diego (Alana's crush) and Frank (the rich boy). A great, fun and fast YA read. Perfect for the beach or just relaxing.
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Listen To Your Heart by Kasie West Publisher: Point Publication Date: May 29, 2018 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: I adore Kasie West's books. I've read all ten of her books (with Listen To Your Heart being her tenth) and I have to dislike one of them. Listen To Your Heart was cute! It was exactly what I expect from West - humorous, subtle romance, tough-issue social themes that are very present but not heavy and pressing, and a happily-ever-after that makes one sigh. I had been in the mood to read a light, cute romance, and I knew West would not let me down. This book is set in a small town with a big lake, and the lake is Kate's favorite place to be. She knows she wants to take over her parents' marina at the lake when she gets older. What she doesn't want to do is her new podcast class, for which her best friend Alana convince her to sign up. Kate doesn't really like people, and so talking to people on a podcast isn't really her thing, so it's not ideal when she gets chosen to be the cohost of the school's podcast. Go figure! But the more Kate does the podcast hosting, the more comfortable she feels. Especially an anonymous caller keeps calling, asking for advice about his crush, and Kate is sure it's Diego Martinez (Alana's latest crush), asking for advice about his crush on Alana. Everything is peachy until Kate realizes that she is falling for Diego, and she isn't about to go against the girl code. But maybe it's time to take her own advice and be brave. At first I wasn't totally sold on Kate, because she came across as a little close-minded. She was so stuck on the lake being the only thing she wanted to be around, and how she was definitely going to work there for the rest of her life, and how she didn't need school because she was going to be at the lake forever. She doesn't like people and she doesn't like school. I can understand all of these things, but Kate didn't want to try anything new, and I could see that being frustrating for her parents. But then Kate started to do the podcast hosting (grudgingly, I might add), and she started to open up to trying new things and being more comfortable outside of her comfort zone. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Kasie is an auto-buy author and I don’t even need to read the synopsis to know I’ll enjoy it. I loved Kate and her group of friends. I love her passion for the lake and how she begins to love the podcast, even when she didn’t want to do it in the first time. Alana was a good BFF and her relationship with Kate was so supportive. Of course I loved Diego and even Frank was mildly charming. And the dynamic between them quickly became interesting. Plot wise, it was mostly fluffy, but had touches of real life things. There was a brief bit of conflict, but it didn’t last long and the ending chapters were adorable. As always, I wanted more more more, but Kasie’s stories are always a perfect palate cleaner for me and this was no exception.
Do you hear that? It's me, squealing over the adorableness of this book. I say this in every review on Kasie's books, but it always need to be said because it is always true, her books are the BEST to get me out of reading slumps. I start reading them, then I find myself at 3:00 in the morning wondering how I already finished it. Like all of her books, I loved the romance in this. Usually, books where the main conflicts are caused by miscommunication annoy the heck out of me, but somehow despite that I was still thoroughly enjoying the book through those parts. I don't want to spoil anything about the love in this book so I will just say it was cute and had me smiling through the whole thing. If you are looking for a fluffy, cute, and quick reads that are great to read between heartbreaking contemporaries or intense fantasy books, I will always recommenced Kasie's books, this one included.