Places We’ve Never Been by Kasie West

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Places We’ve Never Been

Author: Kasie West

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 4/5

Diversity: Gay character

Recommended For…: young adult readers, contemporary, romance, road trip, summer, grumpy/sunshine

Publication Date: May 31, 2022

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Age Relevance: 13+ (romance, underage alcohol consumption, child abuse, drugs, divorce, cancer, gore)

Explanation of Above: There is some romance in this book, though it takes a bit for it to take off. There are mentions of underage alcohol consumption and to a character being roofied. There is also vague context to child abuse in how a father character treats their child. I’m not sure if that was implied by the author or not but that’s how I saw it. There is also a brief mention of divorce and some mentions of cancer. There is also some very brief gore with blood.

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Pages: 336

Synopsis: 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?

Review: Overall this was a good YA Contemporary Romance book. I loved the grumpy sunshine aspect of the romance and I loved that it was a road tripping romance as well. I also loved that the MC was a coder and an artist! The book did so well to develop all of the characters and the world building was also decent. I thought that the book was interesting and I read nearly all of it in one sitting.

However, I did think that the book had a lot of characters and it was confusing in how they were all introduced. It was a bit too quick for me. The book had a lot of flashbacks as well, but they weren’t sectioned off well in the arc I was given, which also led to some confusion. I also thought that the book was super slow and that it took a long time to get anywhere with the romance and overall story. The book also had a bit of a cliffhanger in how a certain character dealt with another character and it seemed like a big deal to me but wasn’t in the book, which I found very confusing.

Verdict: It was good!

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 best friend 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?

Book 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 bury-ing 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

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