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Review: Places We’ve Never Been by Kasie West

Places We've Never Been by Kasie West

Places We’ve Never Been
Kasie West
Delacorte Press
Published May 31, 2022

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About Places We’ve Never Been

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?

My Review

PLACES WE’VE NEVER BEEN is the second book by Kasie West that I’ve read. I’m a huge fan of her sweet storytelling, sibling relationships, and of course, the romance.

This book had all the things I love and expect from a Kasie West novel. Norah has an older brother, and Skyler has an older brother and younger sister. There were lots of scenes showing goofing off, hassling, and teasing between siblings, which I really enjoyed.

I also loved watching the relationship between Norah and Skyler unfold. The moments where they tentatively explored the possibility of a connection between them, but where distrust and miscommunication disrupted things felt very real to me. So did the giddiness of falling in love.

The family road trip elements were really fun, too. I’ve never been on a trip like that one, but I have done road trips with my family, and I felt like the road trip vibe in the book was exactly like my memories of those trips are.

I had a lot of fun reading PLACES WE’VE NEVER BEEN. This is a week in which I definitely needed a light, romantic read, and I’m so glad it happened to be this book. I think West fans will not be disappointed with this one, and fans of romance and summer trips will find a lot to love here.

Content Notes

Recommended for Ages 12 up.

Major characters are white. Norah’s best friend is Black. Skyler’s older brother is gay.

Profanity/Crude Language Content

Romance/Sexual Content
Kissing between boy and girl.

Spiritual Content

Violent Content
References to bullying.

Drug Content

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