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.
Synopsis from Goodreads
I started reading Kasie West books a few years ago and I always saw them to be just really cute, lights books that I would read in a few hours because I was looking for a fun happy ending. However, over the last few books she’s published, I’ve felt a change in her writing style and have been thrilled that her fun rom-coms are beginning to have a little bit more gravity to them. Although still very lighthearted and cute reads, the stories hit a bit different now and I’m here for it! (Also, this cover is so cute! Definitely a different vibe from her previous novels and it looks like publishers might be feeling the change in her writing too?)
Perfect Beach (Camp?) Book
If you’ve ever seen dirty dancing, this family vacation is 100% at a camp like where that movie takes place. If you haven’t seen that movie, don’t worry about it you will still completely enjoyed this book. I really thought it was such a cute idea to have zero phone signal at this family vacation retreat because it really allows the characters to focus on what’s happening around them. It was a really great novel, and I like that we get to see year the different characters grow up a little bit over the course of a few weeks. This is a great summer book (especially if you're lucky enough to get to a beach!)
Putting Yourself First
The biggest take away from this book is to put yourself first. And not in a selfish way or in a way that hurts others, but in a way that it’s OK to want something good for yourself and to chase your dreams. It’s easy to let others tell us what we want or don’t want or to pretend to be fine with some thing to not cause problems or drama, but ultimately we have to feel empowered to chase our dreams. Again, this isn’t to say that do whatever you want even if it hurts people, but I love that the point of this story was for Avery to figure out what she wants for herself and to go after it. Sticking up for yourself is incredibly difficult but so important to be able to do.
West’s Characters Continue to Feel More Realistic
Once again, I was really pleasantly surprised to find how much more realistic this bookshelves, in large part because of the characters and the way they are growing. Avery and Lauren both have a lot to go through but I love seeing how their relationship as sisters changed over the course of this book, along with other characters that Avery befriends during the family vacation. As stressful as it would be to work at a retreat like this, if it meant getting to become friends with and work with the Characters that Avery needs, I would totally do it. And obviously I love the romance of it all. It was very cute to see Avery and Brooks get together. I love a happy ending!
Overall, this is another cute book to add to your Kasie West collection. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of West, to those looking for a fun YA contemporary rom-com, or to people (like me) who just want a cute happily-ever-after book to enjoy without stress.
What did you think of Sunkissed?
FINAL RATING: 4/5
Hi, I'm Alexandra! I love reading (largely YA fiction, but sometimes I'll read "adult" books), playing board games, Nutella, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix with my husband.
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