Listen to Your Heart
Listen to Your Heart
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Annotation: When Kate Bailey lets her best friend, Alana, talk her into joining their high school's podcast she did not expect to find herself as the host, or to enjoy answering calls and giving advice on the air, but she is actually pretty good at it--but when she gets an anonymous call from a boy (possibly Diego Martinez) about his secret feelings for a girl (probably Alana) she is faced with a problem, because she is developing feelings for Diego herself.
Genre: Love stories
Catalog Number: #166696
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 329 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-338-21005-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-338-21005-7
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017040284
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Sensible teen Kate Bailey embraces the quietness found out on the lake, which is where she prefers to spend her time. Yet she's persuaded by best friend Alana to join the high school's podcast, and much to Kate's chagrin, she's chosen as host and is charged with doling out advice to fellow classmates. Kate's definitely outside her comfort zone, but she starts to enjoy the host duties. Things get tricky when an anonymous guy calls in looking for romance advice, and Kate quickly discovers that it's always easier to give advice to others than to follow it herself. In tune with West's previous output, the fun and lighthearted read features teenagers trying to navigate high school's emotional highways as they deal with schoolwork, romance, and friends. Serious but humorous Kate (along with outgoing Alana) keeps readers engaged as she tries to solve dilemmas in both the podcast and relationship spheres. An easy fit for those who like comfortable high-school romantic dramas.
Horn Book
Kate expects to work behind the scenes of her school podcast--not to be chosen as a host. Meanwhile, someone is trying to sabotage her parents' marina on the lake she loves. Hosting the Advice Show helps Kate gain confidence, but as she falls for her best friend's crush, Kate also learns that giving advice is easier than following it. An appealing teen romance with a Sleepless in Seattle setup.
Kirkus Reviews
Kate Bailey, a white 16-year-old, lives in the small town of Lakesprings with her extended family on their lakefront property.Her best friend, Alana, who is Polynesian from Hawaii, has convinced Kate to enroll with her in a podcasting class. Kate expects to only do behind-the-scenes work, but when her topic, advice, is chosen by the teacher, Kate is expected to co-host the podcast. Meanwhile, Alana is interested in a handsome Latino classmate named Diego Martinez—and when Kate takes her cousin to tutoring, she discovers that Diego works there and tries to get to know him better so she can relay the information to Alana. When a boy calls into the podcast seeking love advice about a girl whom he's interested in, Kate is sure that it's Diego talking about his feelings for Alana. However, Kate slowly realizes her own romantic feelings for Diego—even though she is also trying to get over her ex-boyfriend, Hunter, who moved away and has fallen out of touch. Kate tries to abstain from telling Diego anything due to her friendship with Alana. While Kate becomes known for her straightforward advice on the podcast, she seems oblivious to the problems of people around her.West (Love, Life, and the List, 2018, etc.) creates a slow but tender story about friendship and love. (Romance. 12-18)
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Kirkus Reviews
Word Count: 71,050
Reading Level: 4.1
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.1 / points: 10.0 / quiz: 197252 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:6.2 / points:18.0 / quiz:Q73632
Lexile: HL550L
"Hello, podcast listeners. We're your hosts, Victoria and Kat. Welcome to Not My Problem. Have you heard that phrase before? Have you tried to share your angst and woes with friends and they responded with their version of 'it's not my problem'? Well, people, for the next thirty minutes, we are going to make your problems our problems."It was now my job to read the disclaimer. I leaned forward and my mouth hit the mic with a thump. "Oops.""It's okay, we'll fix it later," Ms. Lyon said. "Keep going."I backed off the mic slightly. "Actually, my name is Kate." That needed to be clear from the start. "And as a side note, we are not professionals." My hands were trembling as I read off the notecard we'd prepared with Ms. Lyon. "Whatever views we express today are our own opinions."Yep, the lump in my throat absolutely made me sound like a frog.Now was the time in the show when our first phone call was supposed to be waiting for us. Both Victoria and I looked at the board on the other side of the glass. It was ominously free of blinking lights. Mallory, at the phones, shook her head and shrugged her shoulders."We'll edit out the silence," Ms. Lyon said into our headphones. This was one of the benefits of a podcast, she'd told us in class last week -- editing."Before we'd ask any of you to share your problems with us, however," Victoria was saying smoothly, "what kind of hosts would we be if we didn't participate? Right, Kat?""Kate.""Kate. Okay. Lay it on our audience. What is the biggest thing you're struggling with right now?"I swallowed hard. "Right now?""Yes.""Um . . . having to host a podcast when I don't like people very much."

Excerpted from Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West
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Talking to other people isn't Kate Bailey's favorite activity. She'd much rather be out on the lake, soaking up the solitude and sunshine. So when her best friend, Alana, convinces Kate to join their high school's podcast, Kate is not expecting to be chosen as the host. Now she'll have to answer calls and give advice on the air? Impossible.

But to Kate's surprise, she turns out to be pretty good at the hosting gig. Then the podcast gets in a call from an anonymous guy, asking for advice about his unnamed crush. Kate is pretty sure that the caller is gorgeous Diego Martinez, and even surer that the girl in question is Alana. Kate is excited for her friend . . . until Kate herself starts to develop feelings for Diego. Suddenly, Kate finds that while doling out wisdom to others may be easy, asking for help is tougher than it looks, and following your own advice is even harder.

Kasie West's adorable story of secrets, love, and friendship is sure to win over hearts everywhere.


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