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TOUR: Sunkissed by Kasie West (Review + Book Look)


Sunkissed by Kasie West

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Publishing Date: May 4, 2021

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 remotefamily 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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What it's about: 

     Avery Young and her family are spending the summer at an off-the-grid camp resort, which turns out to be the perfect escape from finding out your best friend kissed your ex. Avery is all too familiar with running away from her problems, and avoiding any confrontation. But now, she’s tired of being walked all over, and wants to use the summer to find herself, and not the person people expect her to be. Luckily for her, one of the camp employees, Brooks, the guitar player of the camps band, needs her help too. He knows the camp inside and out, so in exchange he will help her try new things. But working with Brooks shows Avery everything she could have if only she is brave enough to go for it.
My thoughts: 

   I read my first Kasie West book in 2014 and my second one not long after, so it is hard for me to even contemplate that 2021 me received an eARC of Sunkissed for this tour. But if I have learned anything, it is that West never disappoints! Sunkissed was everything I could have hoped for in a contemporary at the start of summer break. I think I reached a record in how quickly I read it in one sitting because of how hooked I was. I decided while reading this that West is a master at dialogue. The flow of conversation was always so perfect: the timing, the play on words, the jokes, everything! In general, the timing as a whole was perfect too! Just the right amount of slow burn where other contemporary books tend to rush. This book is literally a bundle of pure joy disguised in pages and ink. I loved the characters so much! I especially loved the sister relationship portrayed with Lauren and Avery. The drama factor was next level too, I was so on edge as to how everything was going to wrap up at the end.
     The Dirty Dancing vibes were immaculate! I cannot express how happy I was with the love interests development, from the meet cute, to the banter, to the deal, to the festival. Avery’s coming of age story was easy to connect with and relatable to a lot of us. Brooks’ initial brooding outside opens to reveal a much deeper soul. I finished the last page with a huge smile on my face, all thanks to the magic Kasie West creates with her stories. I highly recommend this for all your summer TBRs!

Rating: 4.8/5

*thank you to TBRandBeyondTours (see the rest of the tour on their website!) and the author/publisher for providing me an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author: Kasie West is the author of many YA novels, includingThe Fill-in Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You, Lucky in Love, andListen 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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