By Your Side [Review]

Posted July 18, 2017 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

By Your Side [Review]By Your Side by Kasie West
Published by Harper Teen on January 31st 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 346
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased, Uppercase Box
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four-half-stars
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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?

My Thoughts

This book was adorable! Kasie West has definitely climbed up to an author I autobuy. I am absolutely in love with her writing and her stories. Every book of hers that I read is always a quick and fun read for me and they help me get out of some reading slumps!

This book of hers is no exception. I was completely engrossed with the story and loved the idea of being locked in a library for a weekend! Autumn, the main character, winds up being locked in the library for a weekend with Dax, the troublemaker. I loved the relationship that grows between Autumn and Dax. And I really loved the fact that it was a hate to love romance. Those are some of my favorite romances!

What really bothered me and what I have noticed in the few Kasie West books that I have read is that I usually hate the friends the main character has. I wish there were better friendships in her books which is ultimately why I rated this at a 4.5 star read. Like, for the first half of the book I kept questioning myself as to why she was friends with these people. Granted, later on in the book it made sense (mostly) as to why they never came back for her at the library. But even at the same time, I still questioned why she was friends with them.

All-in-all though, I thought this was a great story and honestly, you should read it for the whole being locked in a library aspect alone! 😀

Let’s talk about it!

Have you read this Kasie West book? How do you feel about the friendships within her books?

 

four-half-stars

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Stephanie
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