TITLE: By Your Side
AUTHOR: Kasie West
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5)
TARGET AUDIENCE: Young Adult
GENRE(S): Contemporary, Romance
An irresistible story from Kasie West that explores the timeless question: What do you do when you fall for the person you least expect?
When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her.
Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.
Only he doesn’t come. No one does.
Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye.
As he and Autumn at first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?
After quickly falling for Kasie West’s writing last year, I’m slowly making my way through her backlisted titles. I have to say, this is my favourite one of hers so far. It’s such a cute and romantic read!
By Your Side follows Autumn as she navigates relationships, friendships, growing up and facing fear and anxiety. After accidentally getting locked in a library, her life changes in ways she never expected.
As soon as I picked this book up, I knew I was going to love it. I read it so quickly and just loved every minute of it. Autumn is such a relatable main character and I absolutely loved how realistic her struggle with anxiety is. This is something I think is important to divulge in young adult books, because it’s something that a lot of people struggle with. I think West did a wonderful job at showing how crippling anxiety can be to those who struggle with it.
And Dax. Oh my goodness, I just love Dax. His character is totally guarded and for definite reasons. But I loved watching his friendship and relationship with Autumn grow. They both needed each other in ways they didn’t forsee.
Plus, can we talk about the setting for a second? Obviously as a book lover, I totally love the fact that they were stuck in a library. It’s such a cute setting for the majority of the book and I think it is a great choice for the book overall.
I did find the ending to be a bit abrupt. Having loved the book, I just wanted more from the ending. I just feel like it was kind of rushed and I guess, I just want more!!
Overall, this is such a cute and romantic read. It’s definitely one you can read in one sitting. It’s fluffy, humourous and a classic Kasie West book. I’m curious to see if this will remain a favourite or if another one will rise to the top!
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