A story of self-discovery perfect for summer reading... Sunkissed by Kasie West (Review) #yalit #newbook @TBRBeyondTours

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By Kasie West
YA Contemporary
Hardcover, Audiobook & ebook, 320 Pages
May 4, 2021 by Delacorte Press


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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My Review

SUNKISSED is a story about a girl who comes to a summer camp with her family after a betrayal involving her best friend and former boyfriend. It's a story of friendship, family and romance as she goes on a journey of self discovery. Recommended to fans of the author and genre.

Avery is one of those characters that grows on you as the story goes. She's very passive, hates conflict, and puts others' happiness before her own, which bothered me at points. I think many readers will easily relate though. Her sister is completely opposite and Avery feels a bit like she's always in her sister's shadow even though Avery is the older one. I definitely didn't like how selfish Lauren could be at points, but I also understood the dynamics of her relationship with her sister. I really liked how the friendships develop in the story and how Avery decides she needs to push out of her comfort zone. There are many moments of self discovery as she pushes past fears and opens her heart. I also really loved the other side characters, especially Brooks and Maricela.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This is a fairly quick and sweet read. The story is mostly light, but with some topics that ran a bit deeper and will resonate with readers. Perfect for summer reading.

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy through TBR and Beyond Tours, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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.

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