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?
By Your Side by Kasie West was sent to me by Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Now, if you’re a fan of YA Contemporary Romance then chances are you’ll have heard of Kasie West because she is the queen of YA Contemporary Romance. I’ve read, and loved, every single one of her books –so I had high hopes for By Your Side and it did not disappoint.
If you’re looking for a lighthearted, warm, fun, and cozy read then look no farther, because By Your Side is all of that. The premise of the book is simple, a boy and a girl from opposite ends of the social spectrum get locked in a library together over the weekend. The plot was straightforward and simple; troubled boy and popular girl start out hating each other and slowly start to bond and fall in love. It’s a tried and true plot, so while it was predictable it was no less enjoyable.
The main character, Autumn, was very relatable. Autumn was kind, obedient to her parents, afraid to stand up for herself to her friends, and suffered from anxiety. She was an extremely likeable character, and I think it will be easy for almost everyone to find an aspect of Autumn to relate to. The focus on anxiety was one of my favorite things about this book, having suffered from anxiety since I was a teenager I always enjoy books that have a focus on anxiety and panic disorders. Autumn’s anxiety played a key role throughout the novel and plot, and was very well written.
Dax, the romantic interest, was your typical “bad boy that is secretly really sweet” type of character, and although it is an overused and clichéd character archetype I still loved Dax. Although, I did find the plotline involving his mother to be a bit unnecessary. As for the other characters, I loved Autumn’s brother and the relationship between the siblings. On the other hand I found Autumn’s friends to be, for the most part, frustrating, selfish, and annoying.
Overall this was a quick and enjoyable read. It’s the perfect kind of book to read on a cold winter night when you want something that will be warm and fuzzy. This one is a solid 3.75/5 stars for me. I really enjoyed it and wanted to give it 4 stars, but had to take off 1.25 stars for clichés used in abundance throughout the novel. Don’t let that put you off though, there may be a lot of clichés but the book was still very cute and enjoyable to read.