Beloved author Kasie West brings her signature witty banter and rom-com fun to a bold, fresh format. Think Four Weddings and a Funeral for YA.
One year. Nine events. Nine chances to . . . fall in love?
Weddings. Funerals. Barbecues. New Year's Eve parties. Name the occasion, and Sophie Evans will be there. Well, she has to be there. Sophie works for the local florist, so she can be found at every big event in her small hometown, arranging bouquets and managing family dramas.
Enter Andrew Hart. The son of the fancy new chef in town, Andrew is suddenly required to attend all the same events as Sophie. Entitled, arrogant, preppy Andrew. Sophie just wants to get her job done and finish up her sketches so she can apply to design school. But every time she turns around, there is Andrew, getting in her way and making her life more complicated. Until one day she wonders if maybe complicated isn't so bad after all . . .
Told over the course of one year and following Sophie from event to event, this delightful novel from master of romantic comedy Kasie West shows how love can blossom in unexpected places.
About the Author
Kasie West is the author of several 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 as ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers and as YALSA Best Books for Young Adults. Kasie lives in Fresno, California, with her family, and you can visit her online at kasiewest.com.
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Maybe This Time based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Working for the local florist, Sophie knows she’ll be at all of the large events her small town will throw in the coming year. Her best friend’s family owns the local catering company and usually she and her BFF work them side by side. This year, their catering company has hired a celebrity chef to help them with a makeover. When Sophie meets that celebrity’s son Andrew she takes an instant dislike to him and isn’t looking forward to working with him over the next year. A year is a long time to carry that hate, will her feelings change? Kasie West is one of my favorite YA contemporary authors. I know exactly what I’m going to get, how long it will take me to read it, and am almost guaranteed I’m going to like it. Maybe This Time didn’t veer from that winning format. Sophie was a small town girl with big town ambitions. Having grown up in a small town myself, I know the feelings of wanting to get out, and Kasie West capture’s those feelings very well. Sophie’s frustrations with trying to achieve her goals, her dissatisfaction with her family life, her bickering with her best friend, all felt so real. I really liked how meeting Andrew changed her. He had the experience of living in different places, including NYC, but maybe the things she was trying to get away from are the things she’d miss. I liked Andrew a lot. A guy who has to move around from town to town with his celebrity dad, doesn’t get a lot of chances to make friends. I felt bad for him when Sophie shot him down from day one and anticipated that day when she’d give him a shot. Despite his GQ airs, he wanted the experiences and family that living in a small town gives you. He and Sophie actually were the perfect pair and I loved the moment when they figured that out themselves. Maybe This Time got the formula right. A simple premise that we can all apply to our own lives. We don’t have to look too far to find happiness. It may be right in front of us the whole time.
I was a little wary about reading this one because I haven't really loved her recent works like I did her first books, but this one felt a lot like her old stuff. And to me it really felt like coming home. I really hope she's going to continue this streak and make her next books like this one! Sophie lives in a small town and works with the local florist. In this small town any time there's a need for flowers, they're called and so is her best friend Micah's dad and his catering business. But when Micah's dad calls out celebrity chef Jet Hart to come and help his business grow, he brings his annoying son Andrew Hart, who thinks he knows everything. But as the year goes on and the events pass quickly along, Kasie West shows how a year can change so many things. I thought I was going to have issues with the way the story was told, but it actually worked well for me. I liked that she gave those small updates of things that happened in-between the events. I know it was just to make the story make sense, but it really worked. It was nice to get a glimpse of them outside the events. As I said, this book felt like her old stuff. The hate to love romance was done really well. And I really liked how there was no insta-love. And we got to see them be together instead of just at the very end and that's it. I really liked their romance. It felt organic and not generic, and I liked seeing the way it developed. The thing I didn't like about this was the main character. I wasn't a fan of how she treated her mom and I wasn't a fan of how she acted towards other people. For fear of spoilers, I will just say I agreed with Micah. (If you read it, you'll understand.) I just thought she had a lot to learn but she was too stubborn to accept help from anyone. She had too much pride and I felt like she saw what she wanted to. Her last book I DNF'ed because the character was terrible. In this book the character wasn't great either, but the good thing is, almost everything else was. It felt like her old works that I loved and this made me very happy. Definitely makes me look forward to her future works.
A touching story of friendship, flowers, and falling in love Sophie's mother didn't seem to know her at all. On Mother's Day, when the community party for mothers and daughters involved a "quiz" to see how well mothers and daughters knew each other, her mom's answers were so outdated! She was so out of touch! Sophie's story is one of trying to figure out who she is; what makes her special. She struggled with not changing based on what others expected or wanted, and in trying to find her unique style. I love the way this had been hinted at and yet was subtle enough that it surprised me to discover this with her. I really enjoyed getting to know Sophie, Micah (her best friend), and Andrew. While the verbal sparring that Andrew and Sophie engaged in was a little sharp at first, it was not over-the-top cruel. Though he didn't have a huge role in the story, I loved Gunner, Sophie's little brother. Being ten, he was old enough to not fall into the super cute kid role, yet he had a vulnerability and innocence that was sweet. Micah Williams' family tans dark. This deterred some of the townspeople from using their catering business, which in a small town is significant. This was mentioned more to explain how Andrew and his father related to the story than having prejudice as a theme. I appreciated the way it was so casually mentioned. Author Kasie West made a great choice in narrating this solely from Sophie's perspective. While I was curious what Andrew thought at times, I was probably more invested in the story because I didn't know. While Maybe This Time is certainly a fun, romantic story, it is also a beautiful investigation of family matters, trust, friendship, and dreams. Kasie West is at the top of my list of favorite young adult authors. Readers of young adult fiction need to read her books! Read my review of Maybe This Time by Kasie West at AmongTheReads.net
I’m 10000% down for anything Kasie writes and I rarely read the synopsis. I liked Sophie and Andrew and of course BFF Micah. She’s got a lot of heart and ambition and it was great to see her grow into her confidence. Andrew was charming and unsure and Micah was just delightful. Plot wise, I loved the idea that they only saw each other at events. It was an interesting way for time to pass. My main complaint is that I wanted more sweetness between them. Yes yes, the banter was still fun, but I’m greedy. Overall, it was a cute and fun story with characters who were easy to root for. **Huge thanks to Point for providing the arc free of charge**