by Kasie West
Release Date: January 31st 2017
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
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In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.
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 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?
Autumn, when on a small trip with her friends, gets accidentally locked in the local library over a holiday weekend. With her bag in her friend’s car and no way out of the library, she’s stuck to make the best of it for the next three days. All of a sudden a boy appears before her, and she realizes she’s not alone. The lone student, Dax, who talks to no one and is known as being a bad boy who spent time in juvie, stands before her. Dax and Autumn are far from friends, but with only a few dollars, minimal food, and zero chance to escape, these two must make the best of a pretty horrible situation.
As with all of Kasie West’s books, this story was all kinds of adorbs. Yes, I suppose you can say it wasn’t all too realistic at times… but when reading YA contempts, realism is not what I look for. This reminded me quite a bit of a fun teenage rom-com. The kind that has you giggling, has your insides swooming with butterflies, and leaves you with a huge smile once it’s over. I really enjoyed this story quite a bit, and was exactly what I was hoping it would be.
The one thing I would have changed is how Autumn’s social anxiety was addressed. She suffers from panic attacks, yet doesn’t want to talk to anyone about them because she feels like people will treat her differently. I completely understand this, and having dealt with these issues myself, I see how that can be a very honest and true feeling about her mental illness. I just wish the illness itself was dealt with on a deeper level, overall.
Nonetheless, I really enjoyed this book! I’ve been a fan of Kasie West’s since her very first book. I’ve read everything she has written, and I’ve loved them all. By Your Side is no exception. It has the K. West charm that I know and love so much. Be sure to check this one out next time you’re looking for an adorable YA contemporary story to get lost in. It’s super cute and will leave you smiling from ear to ear.
Have you read By Your Side? What’s your favorite Kasie West book?