Hello and welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond blog tour. This time around I’m at the end of the tour, and you can find the full schedule here with a wonderful selection of bloggers and different types of post. Today I’m sharing a review and my Top Five Reasons To Read Sunkissed.
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.
Rating: 4 stars
It’s funny, I never really read young adult contemporary fiction before I started doing blog tours, and it turns out some of them have been such great reads that I wish I’d started doing it earlier! Sunkissed is a book I probably wouldn’t have picked up without prompting, and it was so much fun, I’m so glad I did.
Stuck in a world of no internet, in a lodge with her sister and parents, Avery is tired of being described as predictable. Dealing with heartbreak and facing no way to communicate with those that had hurt her, she ends up striking a deal with Brooks; she’ll help him with his song writing, and he’ll help her push through her boundaries.
It was a really adorable story, full of fun and sincere kindness, between family members and newly made friends. There were natural ups and downs, but no downs big enough to override the happiness of the story. It was a comfy, cosy, fun read that really made me ready for summer.
Although somewhat predictable, that didn’t take away from the enjoyment of what I was reading, and I’d quite like to book myself in for a two month holiday with plenty of activities availible, and a stack of books to read!
Top Five Reasons To Read Sunkissed
- Dad Jokes
Okay, hear me out. It might sound daft, but here’s a book about a family holiday, with realistic family interactions, where the jokes are daft to the point you laugh at the idea of laughing at them.
- Personal Growth
Avery goes on a journey of self discovery that happens in ways she intends, and ways she doesn’t. She becomes more assertive, and at the same time learns to let go a bit of her fears.
- Summer Lovin’
This genuinely sweet summer romance really does grow naturally, especially finding out that Avery and Brooks live so close together beyond the realms of summer.
- An Artist’s Soul
Avery writes two songs with Brooks in the book, and both of them are lovely. The fact that we get to see the full version of the second song, which is a love song written by them both, is really nice; as her sister tells her with encouragement, writing songs is just like writing poetry with a tune.
- New Friendships
The friends that Lauren and Avery make with the band memebers and also with the other staff members are good frienships; they’re so supportive of her with the music compeition, helping her get ready, and helping her find herself.
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.