Maybe This Time – Published 2019
“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.” – Goodreads
WHAT I LIKED
At the end of the book, West mentions that events are really important to her. So, that’s why she set the book up in nine special events. This was a really interesting concept. Sometimes large spans of time had happened in between events, and even though some characters remained in contact during that time, others didn’t, so they picked up right where they left off, just weeks or months later.
At the beginning of each special event there is a a note about a specific type of flower. (Spoiler) Later on we find out Sophie has written these (sometimes snarky) notes on the whiteboard in the flower shop. I thought this was a clever idea on the author’s part.
As always, this was a “low stress” young love/friendship story. I finished it in a couple of sittings and will definitely recommend it to my students.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
Sophie was annoyingly stubborn and angsty in the beginning. I know this was done intentionally, but the trope of “They hate each other, so obviously they’re perfect for one another” is sort of lost on me. I think it’s a bit too immature for me. When I met my husband, I just liked him. We weren’t arch rivals that learned our chemistry was strong and we should end up with one another. We just liked one another.
This one moved a little slow until the end when things felt rushed.
I am sad to say this is probably my least favorite Kasie West book. I think students will really love it, so that’s the good news. For those of us who are older and just like to read YA, though, it’s not a five star.
For adult readers, I’ll give it a 3.
For my 8th graders, I’ll give it a 4.