on January 1st 1970
Format: Hardcover, Paperback
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 a bit disappointing to me. I am not a huge contemporary reader but I have always enjoyed West’s contemporaries. I feel like By Your Side fell a bit short. Autumn was not a desirable character. I felt like she was a bit self centered especially since she wasn’t willing to explain her behavior to her friends. Dax on the other hand was great most of the time. There are a few things that I don’t like about Dax but he is a much better character than Autumn.
When Autumn and Dax get stuck in a library for three days in the middle of winter, so many things can go wrong. these two find a way to get along and survive. Then something starts to develop between the two of them and neither one cares for that to happen. Autumn comes from the popular crowd and Dax is a foster kid that everyone likes to avoid. I feel like this book is full of so many cliches.
I was a bit disappointed in this contemporary by West. I think this story could have used more depth. The characters were so hard to love. Autumn forgives her friends way too fast for things to where it doesn’t feel realistic at all. Everything was too light and fluffy for me. This won’t stop me from picking up another Kasie West book because I still think she writes some of the best young adult contemporary out there.