Jul 28 2017

Review for By Your Side by Kasie West

Posted by Jenea @ Jenea's Book Obsession in Reviews / 10 Comments

Review for By Your Side by Kasie WestBy Your Side by Kasie West
Published by HarperTeen on January 31st 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 352
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An irresistible story from Kasie West that explores the timeless question What do you do when you fall for the person you least expect?

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 at 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?

It has been quite a while since I read a book from Kasie West, but I did enjoy her On the Fence and Pivot Point so I had to give this one a try too. Especially after reading the blurb and it saying they get locked in a library. Um, yes please!

It starts right off with Autumn getting left behind by her friends at the library. Now her friends think she is with them, and Autumn believes that they will figure out that she isn’t and come back for her. The more time that passes she begins to doubt they are coming back and this is where she finds Dax in the library. He is the fly under the radar guy at school that has spent time in juvie or so the rumor is. And this is where the fun and games begin, literally games begin. They pass the days being locked in trying to stay warm, playing games and watching t.v. and learning a little bit about each other. Dax isn’t a fan of this part though. But they both just have to suck it up till they can get out of the library.

Autumn is just like any other normal teenager, but she suffers from anxiety attacks. She has a great support system at home which I thought was great and the author did a good job handling that aspect of her character. I really like her and thought she was a sweet girl, she just needed to stop worrying about what everyone thought about her and worry about herself. Dax, her library buddy, has been through a pretty rough childhood and no one at school really knows a lot about him and he likes it that way. I don’t blame him for being the way he was, and I felt bad for him. I liked how came around a little at a time especially where Autumn was concerned. I adored him gruffness and all.

Now there is bit of a slow burning romance between them, and I do mean slow. Like almost at the end. Which didn’t bother me at all because I enjoyed watching them grow and work through all the things they needed to. It was sweet and genuine and I would rather see that than a jump right in romance. If you are a fan Wests works, you will definitely enjoy this one, I know I did.

Jenea @ Jenea's Book Obsession

10 Responses to “Review for By Your Side by Kasie West”

  1. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    I really enjoyed this one. Not my favorite by West (that goes to P.S. I Like You) but still really good. I loved the stuck-in-the-library setting at the beginning and their forced togetherness. I thought Autumn’s family was awesome and such a great support to her. Dax’s back story hurt my heart and I felt so badly for him. I think I didn’t mind the slow burn in this one because Dax actually had a story; whereas in the recent Lucky in Love the slow burn was super slow and there was very little known about the ‘love interest.’ It did little to make me invested in him/them. I so agree that the slow burn worked here because they were really getting to know each other. Great review, Jenea!

  2. Sam@WLABB

    I have read all West’s books. I sort of loved Dax. The more I learned about him, the more I wanted to give him a hug. I didn’t mind the slow burn of the romance, because they were actually building a strong friendship

  3. verushka

    The idea behind this is just adorable — locked in a library! The author seems to have taken good advantage of that and made a slow burn romance that clearly left you wanting more — which I think means it’s a success!

  4. Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    I completely agree! This is such a cute and entertaining book and I’m so glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

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