Review: By Your Side by Kasie West

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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?


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I absolutely adored this book and it is probably my second favorite Kasie West book right after P.S. I Like You (My review is HERE!). This book was typical Kasie West style- an adorable, light-hearted romance that manages to touch on a few other themes of friendship, mental health and growing up. 

The story begins with Autumn locked in a library for the weekend. Yes, locked in a library! I loved the Breakfast Club feel to the beginning of the story. At first Autumn panics, but she soon resigns herself to relaxing and reading books for the weekend while scouring the staff kitchen for any food. Autumn soon runs into Dax, who is a loner at school and came to the library obviously prepared to stay for the weekend. They eventually start to open up to each other- but when they finally get out, will their relationship be the same?

I ate up every page of this book. I loved the library scenes when Autumn and Dax were playing silly games to entertain themselves, it was extremely cute and made me giggle.  They also had quite a few tender moments when they talked about more serious topics. Dax comes from a broken home, and he’s much darker than most love interests in Kasie West books. 

Autumn is a well-liked senior in high school- she has a loving family, a group of friends the care about her, and an almost-boyfriend, Jeff. What she doesn’t often talk about is her anxiety disorder. Even if it was a bit simplistic, I love how Autumn was portrayed with anxiety. She constantly worries about outcomes she can’t control, and we witness triggers that lead to several panic attacks throughout the story. I love how Dax was a calming presence for Autumn and helped her work through her anxiety. 

This story was just as much about Dax and Autumn’s relationship as it was about Autumn working through her anxiety and learning to accept it and take control of her life, rather than ignoring it. I know life isn’t as simple as it is portrayed in this story, but it was a nice message! I don’t expect dark, moving and emotional stories when I read a Kasie West story. I expect light books that make me happy and giddy for the rest of the day- and that’s exactly what this books is. 

Another very enjoyable story by Kasie West! I highly recommend any of her books, but I think this one is another one of my favorites. Its a quick, happy read. Hope you enjoy it 🙂

 

4/5★

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      1. Yes! You are talking about my alphabetical list, right? You first have to create a page (under publish) and design your list. Then if you go to ‘menus’ you can link it directly to the page you created. Feel free to DM me on twitter if you need any help! (Not that I’m a wordpress expert at all haha)

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