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?
Title: Places We've Never Been
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Expected Publication Date: May 31, 2022
I want to thank Delacorte Press and Netgalley for supplying me with an ebook of this title to review and give my honest feedback.
I'm always a Kasie West fan. Her stories are fun, flirty, romantic, and realistic. There's just something feel good about her writing and what she chooses to show us with her characters.
This one is. friends, to enemies, to lovers trope. Also a second chances trope. And it was fun to watch the progression. I especially liked that the drama actually came from the male character's brooding rather than the female character's. There was no pining on her part, at least not until she realized she felt more than what she thought she did.
To add to the tension, these characters are thrown together on a road trip across the country planned by their mothers. The intent behind the trip is revealed a bit later in the book, though I figured out what kind of turn that would eventually take. But that didn't take away from the story of how these two people who spent their childhoods together and were torn apart, were able to rekindle an old friendship and turn it into something more.
I loved that West did not end the book as you would have liked for it to end, all tied up in this nice little bow. There were still obstacles to overcome and she made sure we saw that.
I will say there were a lot of secrets that had to be revealed and I wasn't sure how the author would do it in an authentic way, but she managed to pull it off.
Overall I enjoyed this sweet, fast, cute, and a little bit sad of a read. I'm excited for whatever the queen of contemporary YA brings next!
I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND. And my contemporary novels: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND, PS I LIKE YOU, BY YOUR SIDE, LUCKY IN LOVE, LOVE LIFE and the LIST, LISTEN TO YOUR HEART, FAME FATE and the FIRST KISS, MAYBE THIS TIME, and MOMENT OF TRUTH. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.