Title : Maybe This Time
Author : Kasie West
Genre : YA contemporary
Release Date : July 9th, 2019
Publisher : Point
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.
Maybe This Time is my 11th Kasie West’s books that I read, and honestly I could never get enough of her contemporaries. They’re all so adorable and relatable, and always left you with this warm, fuzzy feelings right after you finished it. And eventhough Maybe This Time isn’t my favorite book from her (the title still belongs to P.S. I Like You and The Distance Between Us. Definitely check them out!), it’s no different.
This book follows Sophie who works at Every Occasion, a flower shop that also serves as the only event organizer in her town. Naturally, Sophie will most likely be found at every gathering that the town has–9 events to be exact. The love interest in this book, Andrew, is the son of a famous chef that’s currently mentoring their town’s caterer. So of course, Sophie and Andrew’s path is bound to collide sooner or later at one of those events, where sparks might or might not start to fly.
Quite to be honest, it takes a while for me to truly connect to the romance in this book. West is going with the (kind of) enemies-to-lover trope in this one, and while this book has the usual playful banter, I don’t really see the chemistry between Sophie and Andrew. Maybe it’s due to the fact that there’s a lot of time jump between the events, and the main characters didn’t see each other often between those events. It wasn’t until halfway to the book that I start to see the connection between them, and cheesy might it be, the ending made it worth the read.
As usual with Kasie West’s books, it also tackles family relationship in here. Sophie’s parents are divorced, and ever since that Sophie feels abandoned by her. I thought it was a great topic to be discussed, but again, the time jump made it kinda difficult to see. Also, eventhough it was resolved by the end of the book, I feel like it’s way too fast and kinda too easy. On the other hand, this book also tackles friendship problem between Sophie and her best friend Micah, and their friendship are really great here. Despite their different view of the future, Sophie and Micah manage to communicate to resolve their differences. I think the friendship is the the thing I like most from this book.
In conclusion, Kasie West is my go-to whenever I’m looking for a fun read. Eventhough this book isn’t perfect, but if you’re looking for a light, heartfelt contemporary, then I still recommend it!