Published by Delacorte Press
Published: May 4, 2021
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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.
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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!