At my bridal shower, one of the games my sister had arranged for us to play was a “Who Am I?” type game. Everyone had a name taped to her back and had to guess who it was by asking questions of the others. As I recall, we could ask questions with answers other than just “yes” or “no”.
This shower had a few of my friends, some neighbor women, and the women of my family. As I started to ask my questions, I was a little confused at first by the answers I got. According to my mom, the person “I” was, was an author. The neighbor across the street said she was a tennis player. Huh?
As I pondered this, the answer dawned on me and I smiled. Each of the women there saw a different side of me. My mom knew I loved to write (and at that time, I had a dream of publishing a book of short stories.) Our neighbor, Mrs. D., had watched my sisters and me up grow up hitting tennis balls against the garage.
If you had asked me who I was, I’m not sure what my answer would have been. Isn’t it fascinating how differently people see you?
Maybe This Time
by Kasie West
Published by Point
Publication Date July 9, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Clean Romance
Setting: Alabama Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 15-18
Written for: High-School/Young Adult, Middle School
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.
Sophie’s mother didn’t seem to know her at all. On Mother’s Day, when the community party for mothers and daughters involved a “quiz” to see how well mothers and daughters knew each other, her mom’s answers were so outdated! She was so out of touch!
Sophie’s story is one of trying to figure out who she is; what makes her special. She struggled with not changing based on what others expected or wanted, and in trying to find her unique style. I love the way this had been hinted at and yet was subtle enough that it surprised me to discover this with her.
I really enjoyed getting to know Sophie, Micah (her best friend), and Andrew. While the verbal sparring that Andrew and Sophie engaged in was a little sharp at first, it was not over-the-top cruel.
Though he didn’t have a huge role in the story, I loved Gunner, Sophie’s little brother. Being ten, he was old enough to not fall into the super cute kid role, yet he had a vulnerability and innocence that was sweet.
Micah Williams’ family tans dark. This deterred some of the townspeople from using their catering business, which in a small town is significant. This was mentioned more to explain how Andrew and his father related to the story than having prejudice as a theme. I appreciated the way it was so casually mentioned.
Author Kasie West made a great choice in narrating this solely from Sophie’s perspective. While I was curious what Andrew thought at times, I was probably more invested in the story because I didn’t know.
While Maybe This Time is certainly a fun, romantic story, it is also a beautiful investigation of family matters, trust, friendship, and dreams.
Kasie West is at the top of my list of favorite young adult authors. Readers of young adult fiction need to read her books!