Blog Tour: “Places We’ve Never Been” by Kasie West

Welcome to my tour stop for Places We’ve Never Been by Kasie West! I am so excited to share my review with you all!

Don’t forget to check out the other tour stops here: https://tbrandbeyondtours.com/2022/04/22/tour-schedule-places-weve-never-been-by-kasie-west/ In addition to the blog tour, there is also a bookstagram tour going on now. I have a post up on there as well if you want to check it out here!

Book Info:
Places We’ve Never Been by Kasie West
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publishing Date: May 31, 2022

Synopsis:

A sweet and swoony contemporary Young Adult novel about a cross-country family road trip that puts one girl and her childhood bestfriend on an unexpected road to romance!

Norah hasn’t seen her childhood best friend, Skyler, in years. When he first moved away, they’d talk all the time, but lately their relationship has been reduced to liking each other’s Instagram posts. That’s why Norah can’t wait for the joint RV road trip their families have planned for the summer.

But when Skyler finally arrives, he seems…like he’d rather be anywhere else. Hurt and confused, Norah reacts in kind. Suddenly, her oldest friendship is on the rocks.

An unexpected summer spent driving across the country leads both Norah and Skyler down new roads and to new discoveries. Before long, they are, once again, seeing each other in a different light. Can their friendship-turned-rivalry turn into something more?

My Review:

5/5 stars

I received an ARC of this book, and I am voluntarily leaving a review.

Kasie West did it again! There are only two authors who consistently blow me away with their YA contemporary romances and Kasie West is one of them! (Sarah Sutton is the other, in case you’re looking for something similar!) I read YA fantasy romance more often than contemporaries, but I can’t say no to a Kasie West book!

This is the perfect book to read on a summer road trip/vacation! Just reading it made me want to pack my bags, jump in an RV, and travel across the country! Unfortunately, that’s not happening any time soon, but at least I got to live vicariously through Norah.

Speaking of Norah, she is probably one of the most relatable protagonists I’ve read about recently! She makes weird jokes, speaks in video game references, and overanalyzes things. I also liked how sarcastic she could be at times. Reading this book from her perspective was an absolute joy!

This book begins with two families going on a cross-country road trip in an RV. Norah is beyond excited– she’ll get to see her childhood best friend for the first time in years! But her hopes are quickly destroyed when Skyler, her childhood friend, wants nothing to do with her or the whole trip. His rudeness starts to rub Norah the wrong way, and she decides to fight fire with fire.

If you’re a fan of the childhood friends-to-enemies-to-lovers trope, I’d strongly recommend this! It also includes Norah’s fight to become a video game animator in a male-dominated industry, lots of secrets, friendships, and entertaining sibling relationships. I wish we could get a chapter from Skyler’s perspective or even a sequel! I feel like there was a lot more to his story than we got to see.

Kasie West fans or fans of sweet romances should read this!

Content: Underage drinking, romance only goes as far as kissing

Purchasing Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58784452-places-we-ve-never-been
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Places-Weve-Never-Been-Kasie/dp/0593176308/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=places+we%27ve+never+been&qid=1648500119&sr=8-1
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/places-weve-never-been-kasie-west/1140394045?ean=9780593176306
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Places-We-ve-Never-Been/9780593572542
Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/places-weve-never-been/9780593176306-item.html?ikwid=places+we%27ve+never+been&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0#algoliaQueryId=721eee821e8064db6f3ce25b4402f5d5
IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780593176306

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 burying her toes in the sand of the Central Coast. Kasie lives in Fresno, California, with her family.

Author Links:
Website: http://www.kasiewest.com/Twitter:https://twitter.com/kasiewest
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kasiewest/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5027236.Kasie_West
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057934607048


Thank you for visiting my tour stop! Have you ever read a Kasie West book? If you have, name your favorite book of hers in the comments! As one of her fans, it was an honor to get the opportunity to join this tour and review her newest book! Have a great day everyone!

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