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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, 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.


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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, 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.

30 review for Sunkissed

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Wow! Any Katie West novel guarantees you full package of 3S: softness, sweetness,swooning! If you need something to brighten your mood after surviving at new not so normal pandemic craziness and spend your time with something motivating, inspirational, lighthearted to warm your heart , help to forget your daily stress, your worries, troubles, getting urgent appointment to be vaccinated, you find the best book which will check your boxes to give you a genuine smile! This reminded me of innocent v Wow! Any Katie West novel guarantees you full package of 3S: softness, sweetness,swooning! If you need something to brighten your mood after surviving at new not so normal pandemic craziness and spend your time with something motivating, inspirational, lighthearted to warm your heart , help to forget your daily stress, your worries, troubles, getting urgent appointment to be vaccinated, you find the best book which will check your boxes to give you a genuine smile! This reminded me of innocent version of Dirty Dancing ! A family trip at the camp, young heroine’s crush to the staff member who is off limits and an annoying sister who is always in her face! Yes, did you catch the resemblances? I was expecting Brooks tell Avery’ s parents nobody puts her in a corner at the last chapter of the book! Our sweet couple’s passion was music, instead of showing their mambo moves! Both of the characters are sweeter than upside down pineapple cake ( which I’m devouring now after my 7 days torturous cleansing diet killed me slowly) , more relatable than your entire siblings ( or irritating aunt, wanker uncle, asocial cousin, pick any or your weird family members! ) As like the author’s previous works , this is easy to read, easy to connect with characters, easy to get lost in their story! Avery’s struggles, her personal growth was motivational and her blooming romance with Brooks makes your heart pound faster, widen your smile, brush your soul! Overall: I got what I expected! I finished so fast ( it took only three hours of mine!) I feel lighter, relaxed, joyful! That’s the cure Kasie West books provide us! Giving my four musical notes, self discovery, growing pains, sweet liberty, camping fire stars! Special thanks to NetGalley and Random House Children’s/ Delacorte Press for providing me this digital reviewer copy in exchange my honest thoughts.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sofie |

    Will I read absolutely anything Kasie West writes? Yes. Yes I will. ______ Thank you NetGalley, and Caitlin at RHCB for the e-arc for review! “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.” Sunkissed follows Avery Young as she spends her summer before senior year at an activity camp with her family, flirts wi Will I read absolutely anything Kasie West writes? Yes. Yes I will. ______ Thank you NetGalley, and Caitlin at RHCB for the e-arc for review! “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.” Sunkissed follows Avery Young as she spends her summer before senior year at an activity camp with her family, flirts with a (very cute) off-limits staff member, and makes it her summer goal to get out of her comfort zone. West has a way with cute teen romance. Her novels always leave me feeling warm and fuzzy. I think my reading experience of Sunkissed, however, might be a little coloured because, y'all, I LOVED Kasie's last book, Moment of Truth. I'm a sucker for romance with history behind it (whether it be childhood rivals, falling-for-your-best-friend, secret pen-pals, boy-next-door...) so it has been a long while since I've read a YA romance that just... happens. Avery meets Brooks, the lead guitarist of the dinner band who performs every night at camp, and they arrange a deal: Avery will help Brooks with lyrics for his music, and he will help her find new experiences. Seems pretty straight forward, and it was. It was cute. The tension and conflicts were quickly resolved, the stakes never felt too high, and the pair just sort of fell together over the summer. The quick pace of the novel made the relationship feel a bit fast, but I think an entire summer in reality is a fair amount of time for a romance to bloom. Still, everything just felt a little surface level to me. And don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with that. I've read many YA novels that are pure fluff, no stakes, and sometimes, it works. I think I just expected something a little deeper from West after Moment of Truth (which, if you haven't read it, READ IT!!) Personally, I would have liked to see a bit more inner dialogue from Avery, to really show her struggling with coming out of her shell, meeting new people, trying new things. We got a taste of it, and then the story shifted almost entirely to the music contest plot, and we lost all the other exciting things Avery could have tried. And I know that stage-fright was a massive hurdle to overcome, but with the laser focus on the band (and her budding romance), everything else that I was enjoying about the novel sort of fell away. The characters were cute. I would have liked to see Avery spend some time with some of the other people at camp, whether it be some other staff, her sister, or her parents. Most of the chapters we did get with her family were sped through for the sake of pacing, but I think there were moments we could have lingered a bit more on, particularly in regards to Avery and her dad. Still, West always manages to paint a pretty picture. I loved the atmosphere of the camp. It made me nostalgic for summer and sun and lake-views and everything that was so wonderful about those glorious months off from school. Sunkissed is probably a great novel to get you out of reading slump, and is the perfect length to boost your number on your Goodreads challenge. Not my favourite from West (from whom, obviously, I will STILL read ANYTHING), but about as inoffensive and breezy as you can get!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Irena BookDustMagic

    I had so much fun reading this novel. Full review to come. Yay, spending weekend in company with my favourite ya author and the characters she created. I am ready for fluffy, fun and filled with sunshine story! ☺

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    3.5 stars Sunkissed was a cute Kasie West book. Not my favorite of hers, but I still really enjoyed Brooks and Avery's story. I love that so many of Kasie's books are inspired by 80's/90's movies and this one was inspired by Dirty Dancing which is a movie I love. Avery spends the summer with her family at a summer camp and meets Brooks, who works at the camp. This one was sweet, fun, and a tad bit predictable but overall a good listen. Audio book source: Libby (library borrow) Story Rating: 3.5 3.5 stars Sunkissed was a cute Kasie West book. Not my favorite of hers, but I still really enjoyed Brooks and Avery's story. I love that so many of Kasie's books are inspired by 80's/90's movies and this one was inspired by Dirty Dancing which is a movie I love. Avery spends the summer with her family at a summer camp and meets Brooks, who works at the camp. This one was sweet, fun, and a tad bit predictable but overall a good listen. Audio book source: Libby (library borrow) Story Rating: 3.5 stars Narrators: Phoebe Strole Narration Rating:4 stars Genre: YA romance Length: 8 hours and 48 minutes

  5. 5 out of 5

    Maggie ☘

    *4.5/5 stars* Sunkissed was really great light summer read! On the Fence is still my #1, but Sunkissed has now become one of my favourite KW books as well alongside with The Distance Between Us, Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss or The Fill-In Boyfriend. Sunkissed takes place at a summer camp. Avery, alongside with her parents and a sister, are spending the summer there. She is glad for the chance to get away from her life for several months, especially when she learned that her best friend kissed h *4.5/5 stars* Sunkissed was really great light summer read! On the Fence is still my #1, but Sunkissed has now become one of my favourite KW books as well alongside with The Distance Between Us, Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss or The Fill-In Boyfriend. Sunkissed takes place at a summer camp. Avery, alongside with her parents and a sister, are spending the summer there. She is glad for the chance to get away from her life for several months, especially when she learned that her best friend kissed her recetly-ex-boyfriend who she wanted to get back together with. Avery has always been the peacemaker, the go with the flow type, the non dramatic one in comparison to her passionate sister. She doesn't know what she actually wants to do, what she's passionate about or how to stand up for herself. What awaits her is a summer full of fun, adventure, self-discovery and music. I don't always love all of KW's main heroines (I've actively disliked only one of all of them, from Lucky in Love, but some of them were rather unmemorable, hello By Your Side), but Avery I really liked as a main character and enjoyed following her journey, she had a pretty great arc of self development and discovery. It was rather cliché sometimes of course, as these types of cute summer reads can be occasionally, but I enjoyed it for this too. A little bit of sweetness and fluff and lightness didn't hurt anybody from time to time. And that's exactly what this book was. Brooks was a nice love interest, I enjoyed Avery's and his interections. What I really liked about this book was the relationship between Avery and Lauren, her sister. I liked how different they were from each other, how they didn't always understand each other and had some tiffs, and how much they ultimately loved each other. I liked the romance quite a bit, but Avery's journey and he journey with her sister maybe most of all. Overall, definitely recommended if you want a dose of summer camp lightness, easy to read fluff and cuteness, themes of music, cute romance, important (and sometimes rocky) sisterly relationship. “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.” ********************************* My rating of all KW contemporaries: The Distance Between Us ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars) On the Fence ★★★★★ (5/5 stars) The Fill-In Boyfriend ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars) P.S. I Like You ★★★☆☆ (3/5 stars) By Your Side ★★☆☆☆ (2/5 stars) Lucky in Love ★☆☆☆☆ (1/5 stars) Love, Life, and the List ★☆☆☆☆ (1/5 stars) Listen to Your Heart ★★★☆☆ (3/5 stars) Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars) Moment of Truth ★★★☆☆ (3/5 stars) Maybe This Time ★★★☆☆ (3/5 stars) Sunkissed ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Maddie

    Actual Rating: 4.5⭐️ I was a bit hesitant about this one because, even though I love Kasie West, her past few books have been a bit meh for me. I was really pleasantly surprised by just how much I enjoyed this one. I'd even venture to say it's one of Kasie West's best books yet. It definitely had a different vibe from what I was expecting, which was actually for the better. A lot of YA books center on finding yourself, but there was something about the precise struggles Avery was going through tha Actual Rating: 4.5⭐️ I was a bit hesitant about this one because, even though I love Kasie West, her past few books have been a bit meh for me. I was really pleasantly surprised by just how much I enjoyed this one. I'd even venture to say it's one of Kasie West's best books yet. It definitely had a different vibe from what I was expecting, which was actually for the better. A lot of YA books center on finding yourself, but there was something about the precise struggles Avery was going through that really resonated with me. I've been thinking about the line: "It felt like it was taunting me. Like it was saying, You wish your life could be bigger and more exciting but it can't be because you're the one living it." since I read it last night. I haven't felt this called out (in a good way) by a book in a looong time. So yes, anyway, read this book for cute summer vibes and an existential crisis.

  7. 4 out of 5

    ☀︎El In Oz☀︎

    3.5/5 Kasie West’s latest novel is a really sweet contemporary romance perfect for a quick summer read. Set during the summer itself, it’s a short and fluffy romance. That being said I feel this book lacked the depth that some of Kasie’s previous books have. My personal favourite of hers, Moment Of Truth, dealt with some really important and interesting topics. This book didn’t have any deep struggles for the characters, the huge thing was ‘finding yourself’. It felt very surface level throughou 3.5/5 Kasie West’s latest novel is a really sweet contemporary romance perfect for a quick summer read. Set during the summer itself, it’s a short and fluffy romance. That being said I feel this book lacked the depth that some of Kasie’s previous books have. My personal favourite of hers, Moment Of Truth, dealt with some really important and interesting topics. This book didn’t have any deep struggles for the characters, the huge thing was ‘finding yourself’. It felt very surface level throughout the entire tale, not really diving into anything but rather skimming over and keeping everything light. Our main character, Avery, is likeable enough. Most YA romance heroines are the same to be honest and I can’t say Avery is much different. She’s nice to read about I suppose but, again, kinda 2-D. Brooks, the love interest, is okay. I honestly have never really fallen for any boy in a contemporary, so don’t think it’s a bad sign. But when it seemed Brooks would have some depth, it wasn’t explored. The plot itself, again, was easy and breezy. No real problems and everything went well. The ending was really unsatisfying for me though. At the end of the day this was an enjoyable romance but it wasn’t long enough or had enough meaning for me to be able to properly enjoy it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    abigailscupoftea

    this book was so wholesome! 🥺 kasie west is one of my comfort authors and this book delivered all the cozy summer feels. avery had so much character development and i was so proud of her for facing her fears. i really enjoyed the love story with brooks, the family dynamics, the friendships, the band members (especially charismatic kai!), and the fun summer camp setting. 🌞🌊🍄🪵🍃🏹 favorite quotes: ✨ “sometimes staying in the box we’ve made for ourselves is so easy. it’s comfortable and familiar in th this book was so wholesome! 🥺 kasie west is one of my comfort authors and this book delivered all the cozy summer feels. avery had so much character development and i was so proud of her for facing her fears. i really enjoyed the love story with brooks, the family dynamics, the friendships, the band members (especially charismatic kai!), and the fun summer camp setting. 🌞🌊🍄🪵🍃🏹 favorite quotes: ✨ “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.” ✨ “tonight is a new moon. it’s a chance to start over.” “i like new moons.” “me too.” 🌑 ✨ “plus you owe me all your future children. so there’s that.”

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    This was absolutely everything I needed when I needed it. Who doesn't love a sweet coming of age story that will make you smile, melt your heart a little and wish you knew all these amazing characters in real life because, once again, West has made them seem so real. Characters that you have come to care about and most of all, love. West has this amazing ability to make outstanding characters that stick with you long after her stories are through. Stories filled with wonderful friendships and fam This was absolutely everything I needed when I needed it. Who doesn't love a sweet coming of age story that will make you smile, melt your heart a little and wish you knew all these amazing characters in real life because, once again, West has made them seem so real. Characters that you have come to care about and most of all, love. West has this amazing ability to make outstanding characters that stick with you long after her stories are through. Stories filled with wonderful friendships and family, with real situations that almost anyone can relate to and mixes them all together to make one heck of a feel good story. She is one of those authors that I come to time and time again because I know I will always get a good story. One that will leave me with warm fuzzies and a smile on my face. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jaime Arkin

    4.5 stars!! Love it - go preorder now!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    I don’t think I’ll ever say no to a Kasie West book. I loved Avery. She’s struggling and maybe a bit uncertain and being in her head was fantastic. Her sister Lauren was a delightful distraction with a lot more going on than it seems. Brooks is a little broody and stand off-ish at first, but with good reason. Plot wise, it was good. As with any Kasie book, there are a lot of sweet moments, a good amount of fluff, and minimal angst and this was no exception. I could have happily read 100 more pag I don’t think I’ll ever say no to a Kasie West book. I loved Avery. She’s struggling and maybe a bit uncertain and being in her head was fantastic. Her sister Lauren was a delightful distraction with a lot more going on than it seems. Brooks is a little broody and stand off-ish at first, but with good reason. Plot wise, it was good. As with any Kasie book, there are a lot of sweet moments, a good amount of fluff, and minimal angst and this was no exception. I could have happily read 100 more pages with these two and desperately wanted more of a future take, but I really enjoyed this slice of time. Overall, it was a quick, fun read. I loved this camp setting and the characters who came with it. **Huge thanks to Delacorte Press for providing the arc free of charge**

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rida Quraishi

    If I ever feel like I need a light read or if I feel I'm heading towards a reading slump, I can always trust Kasie West's books to rescue me 🤩 Sunkissed is about Avery, who goes to a summer camp with her family after being betrayed by her best friend and ex-boyfriend. She's crushed but since she has this urge to just smooth things over with everyone, she can't really face the situation and doesn't know what to do. In the middle of the camp, she realises that she's sick of being called the "predic If I ever feel like I need a light read or if I feel I'm heading towards a reading slump, I can always trust Kasie West's books to rescue me 🤩 Sunkissed is about Avery, who goes to a summer camp with her family after being betrayed by her best friend and ex-boyfriend. She's crushed but since she has this urge to just smooth things over with everyone, she can't really face the situation and doesn't know what to do. In the middle of the camp, she realises that she's sick of being called the "predictable" one and wants to try out new things and Brooks, the lead guitarist and singer from the band that plays at the camp, soon becomes her good friend and agrees to help her in exchange of her help with his songs. And thus begins our summer romance! ❤️ I really liked the setting of this book! It created a great picture in my head. Avery's struggle with all the things she was going through was inspirational and I think that was the highlight for me in this book. I really enjoyed the friendship that developed between Brooks and her, which later turned into sizzling chemistry. I really liked reading about those two, smiling all the time ❤️ I just wish there was more development... We were shown a conflict between Brooks and his mom but that wasn't really developed and was just resolved. It felt flat to me. I mean, there were threads of things thrown here and there but in the end, everything did not come together. But, all in all, I did enjoy it. I got what I expected out of it, which was a light, fluffy, summer romance.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This had some cute and funny moments, but ended up being just ok for me. It felt like there were a lot of things recycled from some of West's other books - the songwriting from "PS I Like you", the making a list of things to do to expand your horizons like "Life, Love, and the List", the outdoorsy setting like "Listen to your Heart." It was just kind of odd. I liked the main character well enough, but felt pretty ambivalent about everyone else, including the love interest. I also felt like she s This had some cute and funny moments, but ended up being just ok for me. It felt like there were a lot of things recycled from some of West's other books - the songwriting from "PS I Like you", the making a list of things to do to expand your horizons like "Life, Love, and the List", the outdoorsy setting like "Listen to your Heart." It was just kind of odd. I liked the main character well enough, but felt pretty ambivalent about everyone else, including the love interest. I also felt like she spent the whole book trying to become a better version of herself and then it happened all at once at the end. This probably isn't one I would read again, but I'll still look forward to the next Kasie West book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    I literally had an all-nighter for this one from 9PM to 5AM. It was the perfect summer read. Pros • Avery: I loved her as the protagonist. I 100% related to her being a pushover and always wanting to smooth things over. It was a bit annoying when she almost caved into what Shay wanted because she was so focused on their history and guilty for not forgiving her right away when Shay was trying. However, I felt like it was realistic because it was easy to doubt your own feelings, especially when spea I literally had an all-nighter for this one from 9PM to 5AM. It was the perfect summer read. Pros • Avery: I loved her as the protagonist. I 100% related to her being a pushover and always wanting to smooth things over. It was a bit annoying when she almost caved into what Shay wanted because she was so focused on their history and guilty for not forgiving her right away when Shay was trying. However, I felt like it was realistic because it was easy to doubt your own feelings, especially when speaking to a gaslighter. And I had a feeling that even if she did forgive Shay earlier, she would’ve snapped out of it eventually considering how entitled Shay acted and with Avery learning to be honest with her feelings more. And besides the Shay thing, I liked how she grew in her confidence with her singing in public. That was definitely outside of her comfort zone. She was shaky at times, but she did it courageously. And by the end of the book, she was able to stand up for herself (view spoiler)[to her parents about wanting to sing at the music competition. (hide spoiler)] And she stood up to Brooks and Ian (view spoiler)[about being the one to sing. This one in particular was major. I didn’t think I’d be able to do what she did, especially with Ian being right there and generally nice. And not wanting to ruin her relationship with Brooks. Avery made a good point though that while people might be nice and deserving, that didn’t make her any less deserving as well. (hide spoiler)] It made me feel comforted to not only see a fellow people-pleaser in a book, but also one who grew to be better at standing her own ground no matter what people thought. West did an amazing job describing her back-and-forth thoughts of wanting to please vs. wanting to speak out. I appreciated that it was not an easy journey for her. It was not an easy one-time thing where she stood up to someone once, and she was all of sudden changed. She struggled with it throughout the book, and it was hard earned when she finally did stand her ground. Fantastic character developments. • The relationship between Avery and her sister, Lauren: It was a surprise. I thought Lauren was so self-absorbed in the beginning. She made a few mistakes, but I liked that she owned up to them. By the end of the book, she really was in Avery’s corner. It was sweet to see them support one another. • The friendship with Mari: Mari was super friendly and supportive from beginning to end. And she was never afraid to speak about her feelings on a topic. She was honest, but kind. It was a relief to see Avery have that kind of friendship, considering how Shay, the backstabber, was her best friend and pretty much her only real friend back at home. Mari was always willing to listen to her when she was troubled about something, and she was encouraging. • Brooks: He was sensitive and sweet. When Avery was panicking or troubled, Brooks would get concerned and try to help her or comfort her. Plus, he and Avery had the cutest bantering and teasing. They understood each other’s sense of humor. He was also hard to read at times, which was frustrating. However, it turned out that a lot of his vague moments were him fearing having hope. I felt like that put his reactions into perspective. I appreciated this book for diving deeper into the love interest. He had a sad background (view spoiler)[with his dad being sick and relying on him, and his more distant relationship with his mother, and him feeling like he was failing his brother by being gone (hide spoiler)] . All his family issues created a deep fear of hope. Every time he hoped for something, he was scared of how much greater the disappointment would be. I felt like his family problems and his fear were super relatable. It made his character more layered – and perhaps one of the most layered love interests we’ve seen in all of West’s books. • All the other friends made at camp: It was lovely to see such a community at the camp with the employees. Kai in particular was funny and fun. It honestly made me wish I had the “summer camp experience” that some people had. Cons • I was conflicted about Brooks at the end though. (view spoiler)[ I didn’t like that he: (view spoiler)[ 1) Didn’t tell his friends that he was dating Avery 2) Said she didn’t run away from the musical festival because of him 3) Didn’t stand up to his friends when they wanted Ian to take over Avery’s spot now that they were in the 2nd round of the competition For the first, I suppose he did not want to say it because he didn’t want Kai to lecture him back. It was weird though considering how he knew Kai was with Mari. And I guess he was not very good at sharing in general, especially with his thing about having hope and not wanting to jinx it. I did think he took the relationship seriously even though his conversation sounded weird. Thus, I thought it was annoying, but ultimately forgivable. For the second – I could see as an honest misunderstanding. It sounded really bad at the time, but made sense. So also annoying, but ultimately forgivable. For the third, I thought it was the worst. I did understand that he wanted to go along with his friends, especially with Avery being so nice and chill and making excuses for him already. I was still disappointed that he didn’t take any initiative on her behalf and check in with her more. It was honestly disrespectful and felt like he didn’t believe in her. He did say he thought Avery didn’t want to do it. I felt like that was part of the reason why he let her go so easily… but not the only reason. He seemed to take advantage of her making excuses for him so that he could enjoy the convenience of being with his original group and to avoid confrontations with his friends. He sorta went along with the “truth” that seemed most convenient to him. I suppose he felt double the pressure to win the competition because this was his dream and $10,000 on the line. However, I still disliked him when he did that to Avery. And not to mention that if she didn’t go assert herself at the concert, he would’ve just allowed her to be walked over. I mean maybe he really was under the false impression she was okay with it, but you’d think he’d know better after all this time that she was a peacemaker/pushover. I knew plot-wise, this was ultimately an opportunity for Avery to speak up for herself and it did show her growth. Still, I was disappointed in Brook’s wishy-washiness even if his reasoning made sense. (hide spoiler)] Anyway, I’m not too mad about it having finished the book, but when I was reading it in the moment, I was pissssssed. And I was glad that before they performed at the end, he made it clear that he wouldn’t like her less if they lost because he already liked her a lot right now. Despite his mistake towards the end of the book, he was still a good guy and a good love interest for Avery. (hide spoiler)] • Kai at the end: I was also super disappointed with Kai at the end. I adored him for most of the book because he was so funny and nice. At the end, he was surprisingly rude to Avery. I guess he didn’t have to have the same opinion on the song choice as Brooks, and he just happened to have strong opinions about music – as shown by his many fights with Levi. And he did probably see their group as the OG group, especially with him playing with Brooks for a few years, and thus, Avery felt like an outsider. Still, Kai made it sound like he didn’t even know her even though Avery and Kai were friends all summer. He made her sound like some unimportant fling, instead of an actual human being and friend. It was a little shady. And we didn’t really get an apology from him at the end. He performed and he seemed to welcome Avery, but it was unsatisfying. I was wondering as I was reading this why did these Kasie West books about teenagers appeal to me – a 25-year-old. Mind you, when I read my first Kasie West book, I WAS a teenager at the time, so I guess more accurately, why did these books about teenagers STILL appeal to me 8 years later? And I think it’s because these books besides having great character developments, universal family and friendship themes, and cute romance – Besides all of those things, these books honestly made me wish I had those fun experiences in my childhood. Reading this book made me experience for a moment that fun part of those teenage years. Her books are always so adorable. Plus, she shows teenagers as full-fledged human beings who make mistakes, grow, and experience meaningful moments. 4 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed this from beginning to end. The character developments, romance, and friendships were what sold me. This might be one of my favorites now. I’m caught up with all of Kasie West’s books, and I think this is officially in 2nd or 3rd place of the many for me. Things that you might want to know (WARNING: Spoilers below) Happy/satisfying ending? (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] Love triangle? Cheating? Angst level? (view spoiler)[Another camper had a crush on Avery. And another camper had a crush on Brooks. But Avery and Brooks were definitely zoned into one another from the beginning. (hide spoiler)] Tears-worthy? (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)] Favorite scenes? (view spoiler)[When Mari invited her to the campfire for employees so she can make up with Brooks, and she explained herself and Brooks semi-apologized. When Shay called the employees’ cabin and woke Brooks up, so he went to Avery’s cabin at 6:30AM to wake her up, but she had a bit of a panic attack on her way to the payphone, and he told her that she didn’t have to talk to anyone she didn’t want to and he tried to comfort her. When Avery hung out with the employees again at the campfire and shared with Brooks that she wanted to discover herself this summer, and he opened up that he wanted to win the music competition or else he’d give up on music, and they both made a deal to help each other out. When he got jealous thinking she shared her secret about wanting to try new things to Clay and Mari, but she told him she only told him. When they went hiking and went on the water rock slide afterwards, and Avery and Brooks found out that they coincidentally lived near each other this whole time. When Avery sang for the first time and everyone was shocked, and Brooks said she kept on surprising him. When Brooks admitted that he forgot they had a deal and was just helping her discover herself because he was nice, and so, she agreed to sing in the competition, and jokingly told him that he owed her all his future children, which she said wrongly. When Avery was nervous for the first band practice, and he told her to repeat after him, “You’re fun, brave, and hot,” and she said “you,” just repeating after him, and he realized he should’ve said, “I,” and just said thank you. And she said that same quote again later as a joke, and it made him laugh. When she opened up about her best friend kissing her ex, and fearing looking stupid, and he shared that he feared hope because the more he hoped, the greater the disappointment when it didn’t happen. When Shay came to the camp, and Avery was feeling alone and angry, but Brooks walked by and knew she was in trouble and stayed even though Shay asked him to give them space, but he made it clear he was just to back Avery up. When Lauren helped Avery win their parents back for the music competition with a video. When they sang the songs at the end. When they all were around the campfire, and Avery and Brooks agreed they’d meet each other back at home at the end of summer, and he asked if every day was too much.(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  15. 5 out of 5

    nαомι αndιno

    A family trip with *cue gasps* no wifi!! I loved this because this accidentally happened to me on a family vacation about 3 years ago! Except that I did not have an annoying sister and a cute off-limits staff member :( Avery was pretty relieved about the no wifi thing since she was trying really hard to ignore her best friend who had recently kissed Avery’s ex-boyfriend. Also, Avery is tired of being the predictable daughter and wants to start trying out new things and coming out of her shell. I A family trip with *cue gasps* no wifi!! I loved this because this accidentally happened to me on a family vacation about 3 years ago! Except that I did not have an annoying sister and a cute off-limits staff member :( Avery was pretty relieved about the no wifi thing since she was trying really hard to ignore her best friend who had recently kissed Avery’s ex-boyfriend. Also, Avery is tired of being the predictable daughter and wants to start trying out new things and coming out of her shell. I loved the general plot and most of the characters (although Lauren reaaaaally made me mad towards the end). My only complaint is that it ended up focusing too much on the contest itself and not so much on Avery dealing with her issues. I feel like it would have been cute for Avery to have had bonding moments with her dad.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Sunkissed was my first Kasie West book and it wouldn't be the last. The plot was pretty clear and the characters easily lovable. I love that the entire setting was at a camping site in the mountains where a group of people got to know more about each other by participating in different outdoor activities and that the main female character, Avery, got to live her life in full colors. To my delight, Avery discovered her love for singing and managed to overcome her biggest fear--stage fright--by he Sunkissed was my first Kasie West book and it wouldn't be the last. The plot was pretty clear and the characters easily lovable. I love that the entire setting was at a camping site in the mountains where a group of people got to know more about each other by participating in different outdoor activities and that the main female character, Avery, got to live her life in full colors. To my delight, Avery discovered her love for singing and managed to overcome her biggest fear--stage fright--by helping the mysterious camp guy, Brooks, come up with lyrical words for his songs...and later on, by getting both of them the ticket to the final round of a music contest. To be honest, the overall writing style was pretty concise and easy to read, making this a refreshing Summer read. Even though the ending was a bit abrupt to me, the pace actually fit the whole story flawlessly. I mean, despite the fact that I would prefer slightly more descriptions in some scenes, this book was fairly enjoyable. In short, I'd recommend this book to everyone! Whether you're looking for something unique and light-hearted, or you just need to take a breather from the harsh reality, Avery and Brooks' are waiting for you! ***Thanks to Penguin Random House International for kindly providing me with an e-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.***

  17. 5 out of 5

    ضحى الحداد

    Kasie West is one of the few authors that I can't help but to devour her books really fast because I can't get enough of her cute fluffy stories .. In this book we will meet Avery, she is on a summer vacation with her family in a resort and she finds it the perfect opportunity to figure out the situation with her friend and ex boyfriend .. no phone, no internet, just pure communication .. then she meets Brooks and he makes a challenge for her to find herself and get out of her comfort zone starti Kasie West is one of the few authors that I can't help but to devour her books really fast because I can't get enough of her cute fluffy stories .. In this book we will meet Avery, she is on a summer vacation with her family in a resort and she finds it the perfect opportunity to figure out the situation with her friend and ex boyfriend .. no phone, no internet, just pure communication .. then she meets Brooks and he makes a challenge for her to find herself and get out of her comfort zone starting with auditioning to a singing competition I have to admit this book wasn't my absolute favorite of hers but it did have the cute vibe Kasie always manages to give us .. it reminded me a lot of the movie " Camp Rock" .. I literally played the song ( This Is Me) in the last scene of the book LOL but all and all it was a nice read after a heavy book

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jaye Berry

    This was so much Dirty Dancing meets High School Musical?? My friend Maya said that when Kasie was done watching Netflix for ideas, she switched to Disney+ and there is no better way to describe this book. Still kinda liked it though. Sunkissed is about a girl named Avery who is on a family vacation to a remote camp for the summer. There is no wifi or cell service which is perfectly fine for Avery after she was recently betrayed by her best friend. At the camp she has to deal with the great outdo This was so much Dirty Dancing meets High School Musical?? My friend Maya said that when Kasie was done watching Netflix for ideas, she switched to Disney+ and there is no better way to describe this book. Still kinda liked it though. Sunkissed is about a girl named Avery who is on a family vacation to a remote camp for the summer. There is no wifi or cell service which is perfectly fine for Avery after she was recently betrayed by her best friend. At the camp she has to deal with the great outdoors but also a cute off limit camp staff member, and her ever present sister. After an accident, Avery is set on an unexpected course to figure out what she really wants. No but the way this was LITERALLY Dirty Dancing and High School Musical 2 almost sent me off the deep end. Mix those with random scenes of camp / outdoor summer stuff / depressing backstory for the love interest and I have decided to pass away. This book was so lighthearted and sweet though and I did enjoy it!! It was like eating crack, if I knew what eating crack felt like?? The romance was cute and the ending was nice. I didn't mind how predictable or cheesy it was because everyone needs some crack now and then don't you think? The summer vibes were unmatched but personally I hate summer and the outdoors and there is no way I am ever doing any of this, including singing in front of large crowds or falling in love with a guy in a BAND. (If that is your type that is f i n e but no thank you I simply do not mess with musicians.) But while this book is lighthearted it throws in a tragic backstory for the love interest and it was so out of pocket I screamed. (view spoiler)[His mom has to work two jobs and he has to work extra hard because his father had a stroke and is in a nursing home they can't afford. The reason he needs to win the competition so bad is because of that??? Like you don't need some guilt ass reason to want to win you can just say you want to win because you want to and worked hard but go off with this tiny tim shit I guess. (hide spoiler)] I liked the family vibes even though in classic YA fashion, the MC goes behind their backs and doesn't talk to them until the last moment after everything blows up. I loved Avery's sister Lauren (hey Kasie give her a book maybe?) and I really liked Avery's friendship with the staff members. Would sit at a campfire with them. Then there was Avery's best friend who kissed her ex bf when Avery still thought they would get back together and I just?? What was the point? (view spoiler)[She literally forgives her??? No thanks. (hide spoiler)] I tried listening to this on audiobook but I made it 27% and had no idea what was going on so I had to restart the book with my own eyeballs. It was probably for the best though because the narrator had the most child sounding voice, it hurt. But I hadddd the time of my lifeeee. (Not really but three stars & goodnight.)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ritz

    Huge thanks to TBR and Beyond Tours, as well as the author and publisher for giving me a eARC of Sunkissed in exchange for an honest review! Find my blog post here: https://livinglovingandreading.wordpr... Sunkissed by Kasie West was a sweet, light-hearted YA summer romance about a girl finding her way. I am way behind on the Kasie West train. I haven’t read any of her books though they’re on my TBR. And have been for a while. But Sunkissed is motivating me to read her other books. I loved this bo Huge thanks to TBR and Beyond Tours, as well as the author and publisher for giving me a eARC of Sunkissed in exchange for an honest review! Find my blog post here: https://livinglovingandreading.wordpr... Sunkissed by Kasie West was a sweet, light-hearted YA summer romance about a girl finding her way. I am way behind on the Kasie West train. I haven’t read any of her books though they’re on my TBR. And have been for a while. But Sunkissed is motivating me to read her other books. I loved this book. I really liked Avery. She was timid yet strong and I loved that combination. I loved watching her start to live, and her journey of finding herself, and what she wanted to do, not just what others wanted her to do. It was, honestly, inspiring and I really enjoyed it. I also liked the imperfect relationship between her and her younger sister, Lauren. I found it really relatable, because me and my sister are total opposites, her being the obedient, quieter one, while I’m . . . not. Avery and Lauren had their differences and their fights, but ultimately they cared about each other, which was understandable and a lot of people can relate. My first impression of Brooks wasn’t that great. I mean, I thought he warmed up to Avery a little too quickly, as I’d been expecting an enemies to lovers romance, but instead Avery and Brooks were somewhere in friends to lovers. And I wished Brooks was more broody. He wasn’t nearly up to his potential. But as the book went on, I grew to love him, and I found his backstory sad but yet I was happy that he was opening up to Avery and that they were growing closer. The side characters were so well done. I think a lot of authors focus on other things, but the side characters are the ones who show you more about the protagonist(s), and how they interact with others. And I was obsessed with the side characters, and their dynamic was amazing. I loved Maricela, Kai, Ian, Levi and Lauren, and I wish there was more of them, but I savored the parts we had. Their dynamic was so perfect, and I loved that. You could see their friendships and relationships were meaningful, and the banter was the best. Because, obviously, banter is the superior trope. You know that’s the truth. In terms of plot, the book didn’t really have much of it. A lot of time was spent just developing the relationships and friendships between Avery and the others, which, I obviously can’t fault, because I really enjoyed those scenes. But despite that, the book was still wildly entertaining, and I don’t think the lack of plot really hurt the book. It’s a strange thing to talk about setting in a book that’s not fantasy or science fiction but still set in the real world. But still, I really loved the camp, it was such a warm and welcoming place to read about. I really loved the way it was explored, which again is a strange thing but something I loved nonetheless. The vibe of the camp was so perfect, and I loved getting summer camp nostalgia while in Quarantine. How does a book be this light hearted and sweet while still being able to tug at your heartstrings? Hearing about Brooks’ life at home broke my heart and I wanted to jump through the page and give him a hug, which was also what I was telling Avery to do in my head. And, despite a lot of people liking the drama with Avery’s best friend, Shay, I just thought it was used as a plot device and I never really felt sympathetic for Avery, or sad about the whole thing. I feel like it was just too teen-drama-esque and that’s not always a bad thing but I didn’t really enjoy it in this book. Despite the things I didn’t like about this book, it was so sweet and it was great for entertainment. I loved reading about Avery and her summer, and I recommend this book to anyone who wants a great summer read! ____________________________________ A sweet, light-hearted summer read. Full review to come!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emma Leigh

    This was such a great book! Honestly I cried at some parts! I also got really mad at brooks (towards the end) but then he did something amazing (I can't say!) and I loved him again!! I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a summer romance book or anyone who likes young adult romance! This was such a great book! Honestly I cried at some parts! I also got really mad at brooks (towards the end) but then he did something amazing (I can't say!) and I loved him again!! I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a summer romance book or anyone who likes young adult romance!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay (pawsomereads)

    When Avery Young finds out that her best friend and boyfriend kissed, she’s more than happy to escape on a family vacation with her parents and younger sister, Lauren, to a remote campsite in the mountains. Running, hiding and just trying to keep the peace has always been Avery’s way of keeping herself safe. But this summer, she’s ready for a change. She’s looking to branch out and break out of her shell, which she works to accomplish with the help of Brooks, an attractive bass player in the cam When Avery Young finds out that her best friend and boyfriend kissed, she’s more than happy to escape on a family vacation with her parents and younger sister, Lauren, to a remote campsite in the mountains. Running, hiding and just trying to keep the peace has always been Avery’s way of keeping herself safe. But this summer, she’s ready for a change. She’s looking to branch out and break out of her shell, which she works to accomplish with the help of Brooks, an attractive bass player in the camp’s band. The two make a deal that Brooks will help Avery explore more around the camp, and Avery will help Brooks with his song writing. The more time they spend together, the more Avery’s dreams grow. The only question now is whether she’s brave enough to go after them. Kasie West never fails to write the sweetest YA romance that bring an extra layer of depth. Being an older sister myself, I really enjoyed the storyline that focused on the sibling relationship between Avery and Lauren. They didn’t alway see eye to eye, but they grew so much as people and sisters by the end of the book. This story focused a lot on music and that’s one of my personal favorite topics to read about in books! Following Avery and Brooks as they bonded over the song writing process was adorable. They were a super cute couple and I loved seeing them open up to each other more and more throughout the book. They learned important life lessons from each other and I think that’s what takes this beyond just a surface-level romance. I think some twists were kind of predictable but it was still really fun and cute. It was a fast and easy-breezy read that will be perfect to pick up this summer! Thank you so much to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for providing me with a copy of theirs book in exchange for an honest review!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jay G

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review* After her bestfriend betrays her trust, Avery is whisked away by her parents and younger sister on a vacation at a family campground with no Wi-Fi for the entire summer. There, she meets an off-limits staff member named Brooks, who she begins to fall for as she spends more time with him and his friends. Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review* After her bestfriend betrays her trust, Avery is whisked away by her parents and younger sister on a vacation at a family campground with no Wi-Fi for the entire summer. There, she meets an off-limits staff member named Brooks, who she begins to fall for as she spends more time with him and his friends. When an opportunity arises to join a singing competition with Brooks, she jumps at the chance to try something new. This was your typical light-hearted Kasie West book. An easy to read story with a cute romance, summer vibes, sibling relationships, developing friendships, you know the usual. I don't think it was anything particularly special or original, but it was still a quick and fun read. I do think that the book is a bit surface level, never really diving deep into any topic. I liked the inclusion of the music festival and song writing. I liked Avery as a main character, and how she was still trying to figure out what she wanted from life. I think she was a very realistic character, and I liked how she began stepping out of her comfort zone as the story progressed. I also thought Brooks was a great character as well. His interactions with Avery were cute and I liked them together. I was also a fan of Lauren and the sister relationship in this. They were very different from one another, but you could tell they did care about one another. Overall, the storyline was pretty predictable, but it's what you expect from a Kasie West book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sara Carl

    This book was meh like below average. It was fine ig. Kaise needs to up her game. Probably the best part was that the main characters name was Avery and there was literally another character named Gwen. That blew my brain apart. Anyway I don’t really have anything else to say I just wanted to write a review bc I like to. So ya. That’s it. Sorry if this was a boring review😐. But also I’m at the pool rn and I don’t want to write that much.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jaimie

    I loved Kasie West's other novels based on 80s and 90s romance movies (P.S. I Like You based on You've Got Mail and The Distance Between Us based on Pretty in Pink), so I was excited as soon as I realized this is inspired by Dirty Dancing. Sadly, Sunkissed is cute, but not much more than that. Our main characters both have family issues and there is plotline dealing with poverty and a sick parent. So I would expect quite a lot of depth, but this story remains shallow. More than anything else, th I loved Kasie West's other novels based on 80s and 90s romance movies (P.S. I Like You based on You've Got Mail and The Distance Between Us based on Pretty in Pink), so I was excited as soon as I realized this is inspired by Dirty Dancing. Sadly, Sunkissed is cute, but not much more than that. Our main characters both have family issues and there is plotline dealing with poverty and a sick parent. So I would expect quite a lot of depth, but this story remains shallow. More than anything else, this novel is romantic fluff. I never thought the ending would be anything other than a happily ever after. (view spoiler)[Which is exactly what happens. (hide spoiler)] But I'm not the target audience for this book. Maybe I'm just a grumpy old lady? 3 stars

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andi (Andi's ABCs)

    This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. When I start a Kasie West book I have high expectations. I know that isn't the best way to go into a new book, but I can't help it, it's Kasie. Her books usually just get me so I always expect to have that experience. So when I picked up Sunkissed my expectation were off the charts...and man did Kasie d This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. When I start a Kasie West book I have high expectations. I know that isn't the best way to go into a new book, but I can't help it, it's Kasie. Her books usually just get me so I always expect to have that experience. So when I picked up Sunkissed my expectation were off the charts...and man did Kasie deliver. Sunkissed hit my soul in all the right places. Sunkissed's main character, Avery, has just been betrayed by her best friend. She is ready for the summer of her life where everything falls into place. That is until her parents inform her they are going to a remote family resort, a resort with limited internet access and she will be sharing a room with her sister. But as soon as they arrive Avery finds herself drawn to the band and to Brooks especially. Too bad staff is not allowed to fraternize with the guests. Well at least not get caught doing so. It is safe to say that I devoured Sunkissed. Once I started I couldn't read it fast enough. I loved everything about the book. I loved the Dirty Dancing vibe, I loved the relationship with Avery and Brooks, I loved the setting, I loved the whole thing. Avery was a character I was able to really connect to and understand. She did everything in her power to be the easy, laid back one and all that accomplished was her never getting to be herself. She agreed to things just to be agreeable and that wasn't fair to her. Watching as she slowly realized this and started to step outside her comfort zone was a highlight. She had her Baby moment and she was tired of living in the shadows and being the "good one".  Kasie West once again lived up to my expectations. And if I'm honest she may have destroyed them with Sunkissed. The whole book hit the right note and just left me wishing it was longer than it was. I have a handle of books by Kasie that I love and this just jumped right up there for a tie at the top. Definitely buy a copy of this gem!

  26. 5 out of 5

    April

    Sunkissed is rom-com YA staple Kasie West's latest title. Unfortunately, it was also massively lackluster. It features a girl, Avery, as she travels to a summer lodge with her family for a wifi-free vacation. She makes friends with various staff at the lodge and the entertainment band and takes an interest in Brooks, the handsome guitar player. I found this title to be so underwhelming. All of the characters were bland and one-note and I couldn't bring myself to care about any of them or what ha Sunkissed is rom-com YA staple Kasie West's latest title. Unfortunately, it was also massively lackluster. It features a girl, Avery, as she travels to a summer lodge with her family for a wifi-free vacation. She makes friends with various staff at the lodge and the entertainment band and takes an interest in Brooks, the handsome guitar player. I found this title to be so underwhelming. All of the characters were bland and one-note and I couldn't bring myself to care about any of them or what happens. I liked the lodge/summer camp premise, but it was tossed out about 40% to focus on the band, which could have happened anywhere. I feel like the setting was included as an easy grab for summertime publication and the band plotline could have happened anywhere. The relationships also were bland and uninteresting and I really didn't care if Brooks and Avery ended up together. I know Kasie West is a massive player in the YA market, and I do enjoy a portion of her titles, namely Maybe This Time and The Distance Between Us , but I haven't enjoyed most of her books to the fullest. I think she has been outpaced by other up-and-coming authors who do the same thing as her but with more diversity in character, plot, and character development successfully. I'm sure there will always be people who pick up her new releases but this one has confirmed that maybe I am not one of those readers anymore. 2/5

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    Sunkissed by Kasie West I always love Kasie West’s books, they always leave me with great character growth and a really sweet love story. Sunkissed is about a family that decides to stay at this camp by this lake for the entire summer. Avery and her younger sister aren’t really looking forward to a social media free summer, and to top things off Avery just went through a breakup with her boyfriend. Since both girls are bummed about being here all summer, avery’s younger sister decides she’s goin Sunkissed by Kasie West I always love Kasie West’s books, they always leave me with great character growth and a really sweet love story. Sunkissed is about a family that decides to stay at this camp by this lake for the entire summer. Avery and her younger sister aren’t really looking forward to a social media free summer, and to top things off Avery just went through a breakup with her boyfriend. Since both girls are bummed about being here all summer, avery’s younger sister decides she’s going to make a summer video for her Instagram, and Avery doesn’t really know what she wants to do, over summer or with her future. She realizes that she sort of just does what her parents expect of her rather than things she loves. So she meets some really great friends at the camp and asks for their help to live outside of her comfort zone all summer long. Avery finds out a lot about herself, and in a way finds her voice too. Oh & there’s a really cute musician who helps her too ;)

  28. 5 out of 5

    janel

    I feel bad rating this because it seems I've really grown out of Kasie's books, but I'm gonna put this just for my own GR stuff. I'm giving it a 3 because it's not the book's fault I don't like it, but it's more realistically a 2. Yeah I just.. don't think I'll be reading anymore books by this author. On top of just always being so white and heterosexual, they just don't seem to have a draw for me, plot wise. The last few books she's published I've just been reading going "okay and?" when her boo I feel bad rating this because it seems I've really grown out of Kasie's books, but I'm gonna put this just for my own GR stuff. I'm giving it a 3 because it's not the book's fault I don't like it, but it's more realistically a 2. Yeah I just.. don't think I'll be reading anymore books by this author. On top of just always being so white and heterosexual, they just don't seem to have a draw for me, plot wise. The last few books she's published I've just been reading going "okay and?" when her books used to be so cute and fun. I looked back on older books to see if maybe my personality has changed and all of her protagonists would feel so whiny to me now, and there was a bit of a change, but not to the level of this book. I guess I just am so far away from being able to relate to these characters, and that's a shame. The love interest had compelling reasons for why he acted the way he did, but it was hard to get over the first meeting where he just goes full 'the people who stay here are the fkn worst huh??' as his greeting. I've worked CS and I get it, but it just felt so contrived for him to leap into that miscommunication (if guests had interrupted them and been rude to either of them, easy peasy). I saw this compared to HSM2 and I've never seen that, so maybe I'd like it more if I had. I have however seen Dirty Dancing, I just don't have much of a memory of it (jaye don't kill me, the sequel was my shit). I'd go back on my words if Kasie put out a diverse rom-com, but I don't know if she'd ever do that, out of desire to stay in her lane or just liking what she's doing. No hate at all, just more evidence that I'll vibe more with other authors works.

  29. 4 out of 5

    BookNightOwl

    Sunkissed by Kasie West is cute and just a fun and easy read. It's about a family who leaves for the summer on a vacation to a camping resort. Of course you will have fun, boys and drama. A- Sunkissed by Kasie West is cute and just a fun and easy read. It's about a family who leaves for the summer on a vacation to a camping resort. Of course you will have fun, boys and drama. A-

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    3.5 Stars

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