Book Spotlight: Places We’ve Never Been by Kasie West

Welcome to book spotlight where instead of giving you another book review, I’m just going to talk about books I’ve read recently that I enjoyed. Prepare yourself for the fangirl gushing.

Last year, I made it my goal to read through all of Kasie West‘s YA contemporary novels. (I’m still debating about reading her other series.) I read one a month to finish them off so I would be ready for her next release, Places We’ve Never Been.

I am always amazed at Kasie’s knack for writing interesting characters. Even if most of them fall into “generic YA contemporary protagonist” when it comes to what they look like or what happens to them, I love that she always gives them interesting hobbies or goals. In this book, Norah is a gamer and artist who wants to combine her interests to create animation for video games. While the romance and the RV trip are the main parts of the story, I love how much this book focuses on Norah’s art and goals.

As always, the romance in this is super cute. I love that Kasie ties together all the different plot threads into the relationship. Nothing feels out of place or included without purpose. It all works together. And it’s fun to see Norah and Skyler warm up to each other after being apart for so long and to fall into their friendship habits. Their banter is fun and adorable as well, another thing Kasie always does well.

I thoroughly enjoyed the RV trip and all the places the characters visit. It really makes me want to take a weeks-long road trip! This book definitely calls to those with wanderlust.

The book isn’t at all surprising, even with a few twists. But I don’t think that’s a big deal since I’m not really reading it for some kind of plot twist or to guess what’s coming. It’s supposed to be a clean, feel-good romance, and it made me happy.

It might be my favorite Kasie West book yet!

~Thank you to the publisher for providing an early digital copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.~

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