Book Review: By Your Side by Kasie West

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Title: By Your Side

Author: by Kasie West

Published by:  Harper Teen

Published date: January 31st 2017

Format:  Paperback

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Goodreads:

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?

A boy and girl get stuck in a library? All weekend? I’m intrigued!

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Having read Kasie West’s books before, I was expecting a cute YA contemporary romance with well-liked characters. What I wasn’t expecting is that this novel digs deeper than that.

What’s different between this and other YA Contemporary romance is that By Your Side do not just tackles high school romance and drama. It touch on subjects like friendships, family, love, child neglect and mental illness. While this book touches brief on these subjects, it’s unmistakably there.

I love the bond and the understanding of Dax and Autumn, and how much they open to each other as the story progresses. The story line is easy to relate to, and fun to read. I highly recommend this book, and it has become one of my favorite Kasie West’s books.

My favorite quotes:

“It was hard to remember what I’d been so scared of. Being treated differently? Lack of acceptance? I was the one who hadn’t accepted myself for who I was. I was the one who needed to be comfortable in my own skin. I hoped I could do that moving forward.” – Autumn 

“Possibilities are exciting and endless. Realities are final” -Autumn

“Books, bringing people together.’ That would make a good slogan for the library.”-Autumn 

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