Author: Kasie Wesst
Imprint: Delacorte Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance > Young Adult
Publication Date: May 4, 2021
Much thanks to TBR and Beyond Tours and Delacorte Press for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and the opinions are fully my own. Also, all quotes are taken from the ARC and may be different in the final published copy.
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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.
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.
☁ Just The Cute Summer Romance Read I Need ☁
Considering that this would be my third Kasie West book, my heart is absolutely leaping with joy that I can get a breather with the fantasy, sci-fi, and hard-hitting books I’ve been reading.
Sunkissed is the perfect summer read, reminiscent of the times when we actually get to go out and explore the world. (Something I definitely miss!) Considering that it’s summer in the Philippines right now, the setting of this story is really just the perfect one to pick!
Indeed, Kasie West hits the right notes for people who seek something light, fluffy, and sweet.
This book is more character-driven, instead of the plot, but that’s okay with me. We spend time with Avery and her family as they go on a summer trip to a camp. The trip is especially important since she’ll be off to college soon and need the ultimate family bonding hangout before life changes. Additionally, she found her best friend kissing her boyfriend — so this trip paved the way for her to gain an escape.
A bonus point, of course, for my love-loving heart is that we have a hero — who is a musician! Just the right one to capture my heart. Avery and her vlogger sister spend time with the in-house band and the dynamic between them all is so cute.
For some reason, this book felt like a more innocent version of Dirty Dancing and I saw a handful of reviewers who felt the same thing! Especially when the moment Avery embraced herself, braved what she wants to do, and step outside of her comfort zone, that was a little Dirty Dancing moment if I’ve ever seen one!
☁ TOP 5 REASONS TO READ SUNKISSED ☁
- Engaging and easy-to-read writing style
- Lovable and relatable characters
- A summer escape within a book
- A heartwarming coming-of-age story
- Sweet, soft, and fluffy
☁ FINAL THOUGHTS & RECOMMENDATIONS ☁
Overall, Sunkissed is the best book to read while your lounging by the pool with a cool drink in hand. (Or if you’re social distancing like me — maybe the perfect book to read while your cooling in your bed with your dog trying to get your attention!)
My Book Rating Breakdown
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Final Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ | 4/5
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