By Your Side by Kasie West

Posted May 4, 2017 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

By Your Side by Kasie WestBy Your Side by Kasie West
on January 31st 2017
Pages: 346

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 not everything that it could have been. west had the perfect setting a library. A girl and a boy locked in said library is even better. So why am I so-so about this book?

What I liked:

  • Dax: he had a pro and con list and the pros won so he has been added to the like list.
  • it was light, fluffy, and fast
  • Autumn’s family is great. Autumn has really supportive parents that care about her health and mental health. I really enjoyed reading about their family dynamic.

What I didn’t like:

  • The characters are locked in a library but there is no appreciation for this scenario at all. They could have been locked in Walmart and the story would have carried on exactly the same.
  • All libraries I’ve been to have desk phones…so where were the phones?
  • Autumn is extremely whiny
  • Autumn’s friends. Seriously? Are these kids un-observant all the time?
  • Why does Autumn’s anxiety need to be such a secret?
  • This is one of the worst love triangles I have ever seen.
  • There is no emotion.

My wrap is that I have no idea. I usually enjoy Kasie West’s books and this one missed the mark. There is no connection to the characters. The writing had no emotion.  I wish this book was so much more. Being locked int he library could have been so much more interesting.



About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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