Hey, everyone! Welcome back to Day 5 of the 2014 YA Heartbreakers. Today I am so excited to be hosting Kasie West, author of Pivot Point and The Distance Between Us. I just received my ARC of Split Second, and I AM SO EXCITED to do a Kasie West book binge. If you’re looking for the perfect Valentines Day author, Kasie should be at the top of your list!
I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels, published through Harper Teen are: PIVOT POINT, its sequel SPLIT SECOND (Feb 2014), and THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US (a contemporary novel). I also have two more contemporaries, ON THE FENCE coming out July 1, 2014, and THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND coming out the summer of 2015. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.
My top 5 books to read during the month of February
February is the month of romance (or so St. Valentine tells me….or is it Cupid?) so it is no surprise that my top five picks to read this month are contemporary romance.
This book was my introduction to YA contemporary romance. And what an introduction it was. It is amazing. Macy and Wes are the cutest couple ever. It features one of my favorite types of romance too—the slow build. The “I’m going to get to know you through the cutest game of question and answer ever” type! If you don’t get that reference, read this book. Even after now having read many many more contemporaries, it still holds the top spot for me. (This may have something to do with the magic of first-loves but think it’s much more than that)
This book. This book. I wish that was all I had to say about it and it would convince you of how awesome it is. I love it so much. Levi and Cath are another example of the slow build type of romance. They get to know each other through the course of the book and as they do I so do I. And the more I get to know them the more I need them to be together. This book features some swoony scenes where she is reading to him that I love so very much. Because come on, what book lover doesn’t swoon when couples are reading books to each other?
Foreign country, cute accent, witty banter. I adore this book. I think I read the whole thing with a cheesy smile on my face. Anna and St. Clair are the cutest couple ever. I loved how they were with each other.
This is a super cute romance that features the couple—Megan and Joe. Just kidding, as you might suspect from the title. This is a story about Amy and Roger. And lest you think I’ve been a broken record about my slow building romance preference, this has another type of romance I like—the “you bug me so bad and I want to murder you but as I get to know you I realize I may have misjudged you” romance. So maybe they didn’t want to murder each other at first, but they definitely weren’t fans of one another. And that slowly changes as (which the title also suggests) they are forced to travel many miles together in a car. It’s quite epic.
So you might kill me because this doesn’t come out until April and really you can’t read it this month. BUT, you can read it next February. Read it before then though, you’re going to want to. It is amazing. Summer and Caleb are adorable. He’s the misunderstood rock star, she’s a ready-to-quit band manager. There’s music and mystery and of course, romance. I love this book.
6. THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US by…oh wait, I’m done with my list? Now I’m just shamelessly self promoting??
I hope you all have a fabulous February filled with lots of romantic reads. And I guess it doesn’t hurt to have some romance in real life too.