Book Review: Maybe This Time by Kasie West

Kasie West has always been my contemporary-writing queen, but truthfully, I do think that I’m starting to age out of her primary audience. Her stories have either been a hit-or-miss, and this one seemed to be lacking a special spark to make me completely immersed in the characters and their lives. Maybe This Time had a cute premise and the potential to be a heart-warming story, but it lacked the development to make me truly fall head-over-heels. 💐 While it had the classic playful banter and entertaining storyline of any Kasie West novel, I was hoping for more development in the characters to become my next favorite contemporary.

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MAYBE THIS TIME by Kasie West

PUBLISHED BY Point (Scholastic) on July 9th 2019

GENRES: Contemporary

PAGES: 368

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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.

Trigger/Content Warnings: distant parents, verbally abusive language

Maybe This Time follows the story of Sophie Evans, a small-town girl who works as a local florist but dreams of moving to NYC to become a fashion designer. 💘 Andrew Hart is the son of celebrity chef, Jeff Hart, and is new to town, helping his father revamp a local catering company. Since florists and catering companies tend to run in the same circles, Sophie and Andrew have nine chances to fall in love, but their conflicting perspectives and clashing personalities mean there have been more quarrels than sparks.

In terms of storyline, this book tackled more serious topics than your usual fluffy Kasie West novel, exploring themes of family relationships and tense friendships. Since the story was spread across 9 specific events, it made the execution of these topics difficult to dive deeper into, and at times, I wished it were better contrasted against the romance. While I could see improvement in the family drama over time, it still didn’t feel properly resolved by the end of the book either.

While I did enjoy the overall playful banter and fun writing of the story, the romance development felt more abrupt, and there wasn’t a clear transition between the enemies-to-lovers romance. 🤔 It didn’t have the signature swoony chemistry between the main characters, and if anything, their relationship felt more forced and unnatural. I didn’t find myself yearning for their progression as a couple, and I couldn’t bring myself to be invested in their romance.

Overall, Maybe This Time was a quick and entertaining read, but it lacked the classic romantic development that defines a Kasie West novel. There were definitely moments that left me happy and warm. However, it didn’t quite hit the spot that her typical heartwarming stories do, and this wouldn’t be the first Kasie West book that I’d recommend to others. Hopefully, her future stories bring back that special romantic spark!

Have you read Maybe This Time?

What were your thoughts?

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13 thoughts on “Book Review: Maybe This Time by Kasie West

  1. even if the book was disappointing in some aspects, i just want to say that the aesthetics of your post are not!! honestly, you just have an amazing eye for color and style tiffany!

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    1. shri!! 😭 thank you for being so so sweet! honestly, formatting blog posts have to be one of my favorite parts, and i think this one worked out really well with my theme because of the pink~

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  2. Wonderful review, Tiffany! I’m so sorry to hear that one missed the spark of Kasie West’s stories, it seems like it had so much potential! What was your favorite Kasie West book so far? I really really need to read her books, I only read The Distance Between Us so far ahah. ❤

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    1. Thanks, Marie!! (Also sorry for catching up on comments so late) I think my favorite is P.S. I Like You!! That one was enemies to lovers, and it was soooo cute 😍❤️ I think it was definitely better than The Distance Between Us~

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  3. Oh I am soo sorry that this one didn’t leave a lasting impression, Tiffany! ☹️☹️ I cant imagine how bad it feels when the author whose books you absolutely adore leaves you disappointed! ☹️☹️

    The fact that the conflict didn’t feel resolved by the end is a major fault indeed. Leaving readers dissatisfied like that is just….😔☹️

    Still, it seems like although this one was a bit disappointing, but not a complete waste of time, yeah? Well, thats a relief at least!

    And I have to say, your love for Kasie West has made me want to look into one of her novels now! ALSO YOUR REVIEW WAS AMAZINGGG, Tiffany! NOT TO MENTION SOOO VERYYY GORGEOUSSS!! 😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️🌟🌟

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    1. Ahhh I knowwwww!! I was feeling so conflicted because I typically LOVE Kasie West novels, but this one just didn’t meet the bar of being as cute and amazing as her other books??

      I definitely have to agree with your statement though. It’s not my favorite, but I’m still glad I gave it a chance to read!! If you’re ever looking for a recommendation, you should definitely try PS I Like You 😍❤️

      and AFJASLKFJSADK THANK YOU YOURE SO SO SWEET!! I JUST TRY TO MAKE IT AS PINK AND CUTE AS I CAN??

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      1. I am sooo gonna add Kasie West’s novels on my December tbr because WHAT BETTER TIME TO READ FLUFFY ROMANCEEEE?!? 😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️

        PS I Like You? Whoa! Wasnt there a PS I Love You as well? I forget the author though…

        WELLL I LOOVEEE PINK AND ITS HELLA CUTTEEEE SO YOU ARE DOING AN AWESOME JOB AT IT!! 😍😍❤️❤️❤️❤️

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      2. YES!! PS I STILL LOVE YOU is by Jenny Han (the second book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy) also would 10/10 recommend!!

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    1. Exactly!! Her books are usually super swoonworthy and amazing, but this one just didn’t hit the mark. I ususally love enemies to lovers too, but this one wasn’t developed as well. I’m glad that you liked my review 😍

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